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Johnny Rotten, James Baldwin, William F Buckley Jr. and Some Dumb Hick Over-Paid and Granted too Great a Stage

“Anarchy In The U.K.”

ha ha ha ha ha…I am an antichrist
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I wanna destroy passer byCause I
Wanna be
No dogs body

Anarchy for the UK
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time stop at traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme

Cause I
I wanna be
In the city

How many ways to get what you want
I use the best
I use the rest
I use the enemy
I use anarchy

Cause I
Wanna be
It’s the only way to be

Is this the M.P.L.A
Or is this the U.D.A
Or is this the I.R.A
I thought it was the UK
Or just
‘Another Country’
Another council tenancy

I wanna be
And I wanna be
Know what I mean
And I wanna be
Get pissed

Just watching James Baldwin debate William F Buckley jr, from 1965, about whether the “American Dream” was built on the misery of black people and it occurred to me… Could Johnny Rotten have been referencing James Baldwin’s book with the line, “…or just ‘Another Country'”?
Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. Fuck you, Lou Holtz,