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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

“Know Your Enemy” Green Day Lyrics

“Know Your Enemy” Green Day Lyrics


The first single off Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown. Produced by Butch Vig of Garbage drumming and Nirvana production fame.

know your enemy single image green day cover


Know Your Enemy Lyrics:
Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Violence is an enemy
Against the enemy
Violence is an energy

Bringing on the fury
The choir infantry
Revolt against the honor to obey

Overthrow the effigy
The vast majority
Burning down the foreman of control

Silence is the enemy
Against your urgency
So rally up the demons of your soul

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

The insurgency will rise
When the bloods been sacrificed
Don't be blinded by the lies
In your eyes

Violence is an energy
From here to eternity
Violence is an energy
Silence is the enemy
So gimme gimme revolution

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy

Overthrow the effigy
The vast majority
Burning down the foreman of control

Silence is the enemy
Against your urgency
So rally up the demons of your soul



More songs from Act 1 Hereos and Cons

Speaking of Green Day, do want to read the lyrics from the songs of Revolution Radio? Get your eyes over Ordinary World (no, it's not a Duran Duran cover!) and also our favourite from the album, the almost criminally under rated, Still Breathing

101 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think that is terrible

Anonymous said...

what's this??

Anonymous said...

Hey You two... thats right you two... go shove it!!! Those lyrics are so beautiful that when I read them I cried a little...

Anonymous said...

billy joe armstrong= political genius. his lyrics are so deep. why even watch the news? just pick up a green day album. it'll blow your mind.

Anonymous said...

thats not green day! FAKE!

Hillbilly1 said...

listen people, this is not the full song but is green day, the song will be released some time around april 20th-21st, and the video on the 24th

Anonymous said...

whoever doesn't like the brilliant music of green day should not be looking at their lyrics. kthnx bye.

Anonymous said...

Bilie joe armstrong is not a political genius. his lyrics are basically an angry democrat. Don't get me wrong, I love green day, but to say the lead singer is a political genius is just false. He is a musician, not a politician.

Anonymous said...

to you who said this is fake:

CAN'T YOU HEAR? IT'S CLEARLY BILLIE JOE'S VOICE SINGING! IT'S NOT GOD DAMNED FAKE!

and if you don't believe me: than the future will show you that your freakin' wrong! :D

Anonymous said...

yeah! long live to green day, that band showed me that everything of the society is a fake, and that politic is a bullshit (well actually I knew that when I've listened them the first time xD)

Anonymous said...

um, its on Green Day's official website. I'm pretty damn sure its not fake.

Anonymous said...

hey thats off of the NCAA college basketball tournament!! i love greenday! longlive us kids, eh?

Anonymous said...

Green Day is a Leftist / Communist cheer-leading band led by a petulant piss-ant who either doesn't have a clue about the 100 million people that Communists murdered during the last century, or does have a clue, but doesn't have a moral compass. The band is crap, the music is crap, and the ideology is pure unadulterated EVIL being served up for a mindless mob of self-serving, undereducated idiots.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, 'cause like, the only left-wing people in the world are communists, right? Who said anything about extremism? You can be left-wing without being a communist, just like you can be right-wing without turning into Hitler and setting up a Nazi regime. I assume that if you're not left-wing, you're right-wing; does that mean you're a facist? He's singing about anti-war, which to me = anti-murder, which I guess indicates that he does have a moral compass.

I've been waiting for this album for ages! Love Green Day!!

Anonymous said...

I just saw the preview on YouTube of the new video from greendayauthority.com and it's amazing!!

I'm so glad they're back!! It makes me wanna cry!

Anonymous said...

Green Day = wannabe political punks

Go listen to album "Know Your Enemy" by the Crust punk band "Behind Enemy Lines". Does that album name sound familiar?
Find out what true punk music sounds like.

Green Day is shit

Anonymous said...

So why are you bothering to waste your time reading their lyrics, if that's what you think?

Green Day are amazing. I nearly cried when I found out they weren't playing Leeds Fest.

Anonymous said...

Is Democracy any better then Comunism in the long run? No. If only all comunisms didn't go for world domination there'd be alot more.

Anonymous said...

hey, i think its "we're burning down the department of control". Whatd you think?

Anonymous said...

its "Overthrow the effigy" im positive

Anonymous said...

for god's sake this is not a debate about politics, I just don't care what your ideals are, just listen to the goddamn music (which by the way i loved it).

Anonymous said...

keep in mind that this album is like amrican idiot, a concept album with caracter situation ans story. the lyrics may not be billie joe's opinion on everythings. it's just the caracter lines. like a movie.
maybe i'm wrong but...

Anonymous said...

I think its something like "flagon" of control...except that's not a word.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like "foreman of control" but idk

ANJI said...

The song is amazing and love the lyrics. OMG i cant wait until all of u who think this is fake get proven wrong...and watch this song go straight to number 1!!!

Anonymous said...

They dont sound the same, green day doesnt have to make a political refrence or be left winged they are a band, but the album dissapoints me because the two songs ive heard from it so far sound like mainstream songs, and it better not be cause thats the lowest of the low

Anonymous said...

i think they say

*all us know* the effigy

and

we're burning down the *father* of control

Anonymous said...

who the fuck said green day was communist???

Anonymous said...

Green Day is the best band in the century. The people that think they're fake don't know the meaning of music. No offence Green Day made me who i am now. It made me not follow the crowd but to just be myself. The guided me in a way. Green Day is amazing they are the best band ever!!

Anonymous said...

Not trying to be a critic but it's not Wa'hay it's
Right, it's the way he says it

He basicly says it
Ri ate

Listen to it carfully and please change, thank you

Anonymous said...

The lyrics are actually

Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well gotta know the enemy right .
Violence is an energy,
against the enemy
well violence is an energy right
Bring on all the fury
the choir infultrating
revolt against the honor to obey
Silence is the enemy
against beuocracys
so rally up the demons of your soul
Insurgency will rise
when the blood's been sacrificed

I filled in the bits you did wrong!

Kirsty said...

awh the little teenies spelling his name wrong has started all over again. i remember it well from 5 years ago :)

Anonymous said...

he's looked up the lyrics for this song cause hes a die hard Green Day fan and wanted to know the lyrics and this album is not meant to be like American Idiot... they want it to be like the old school days.. 1039 or Kerplunk... ya the good albums b4 Dookie put them on the map..

Anonymous said...

Why are the songs split into acts

Anonymous said...

To get use guyz right out their it is burning down the foreman of control coz i looked up the lyrics and it is Wa'hey its not right Green day are the best this is gonna win them some grammys

Spazzy said...

I like it. I dont care what anyone else sais I like it.

Anonymous said...

they're back! and this is amazing! =)god i listen to this and just want to cry so bad, ive got an awful test tomorrow but dont really care THEY'RE BACK!

Anonymous said...

fuck off green day haters -.- they are the most amazin band...

Anonymous said...

Green day is one of the most amazing bands. Take their music for what it is. And it is GREAT! If it makes you move, dont fight the feeling.

Anonymous said...

As if this isn't Green Day, clearly you aren't a real supportive fan if you can't tell that this is Billie Joe's voice.

Anonymous said...

the single is now on itunes

Anonymous said...

the song is kool, but the lyrics are repetetive

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!!

Lisa said...

I think it's hilarious that some people STILL don't know how to spell Billie Joe Armstrong's name correctly.
I can't wait for their new album. :D

Anonymous said...

Pretty good, they can do better though. I have always been a Green Day fan and I miss their punk days. Longview is one of the best punk songs ever, they really need to get back to their "grass roots" if you know what i'm talkin' bout'. as far as the politics bs goes, Billy Joe is not a politician, he is a professional musician/artist. I can guaranty you that Billy Joe does not come to his political decisions by listening to his favorite band. Only the worst of the American idiots form their political ideas by listening to their favorite band. music is entertainment not politics, and thank God for that! GABBA GABBA HEY! LONG LIVE THE RAMONES!!!

Anonymous said...

sorry i "misspelled billy's name you friggin anal cunt. Oh and by the way Johnny Ramone whome Billie Joe named his daughter Ramona after was a hard core republican and the greatest punk rock guitar player that ever lived!!!

Anonymous said...

The song is just an angry rant. I like their music but sometimes their message is too far political that if people take all their songs directly to heart they need to be seriously examined they are only musicians would you really want them handling lets say, defense?, international diplomacy? I really don't think so

Anonymous said...

ughhhh....i miss the old green day!!! DDD:
the song is catchy, but still not as good as their old stuff.
i'm just glad to see them on the music scene again.(:

oh btw, ramona is the name of tre cool's daughter. billie doesn't have a daughter; just two sons.

Anonymous said...

Some of you like Green Day some not!!!!!!!!!
Who cares who like them or not??????
Shut up already

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Shaddaupa ya face!

Anonymous said...

Well it's nice to see the fanbase hasn't changed.

Ha, sarcasm.

o.O

Anonymous said...

I love u.
I hate you.
If you like tomatoes write yes.
I am motherfu**** moronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!
This site sucks

Anonymous said...

Green Day just gets worse and worse, I didn't think they had anything left to sell out with.

linkuto said...

Why are they still making songs?
They are not getting more popular!!!!!

Anonymous said...

OK Green Day is the Shitznit>>>i rest my case>>> NOW LEAVE IT ALONE, PPL HAVE OPINIONS so wat!!! Now GO take a damn chill pill like now...go!

crkeeper2 said...

The songs ok but Green Day still sucks

Anonymous said...

it's not fake it just sucks and dookie was awesome

Anonymous said...

For all of you that say "Green Day" Sucks,You are all so blind to true talent...Bille Joe has and always will be #1....Green Day Is The Best Band Alive....

Anonymous said...

I am so pride to like a band as Green Day.
They're perfect and I LOVE all their lyrics...
As I'm always saying...

They're back.
Let's Rock;

Anonymous said...

Foxboro Hot Tubs is way better.

Willow said...

ive never loved green day more. i think they are absolute GODS. no one is a bigger fan than me. i would let the world end instead of green day ending

Jessica said...

Wow, either enjoy the music or go fuck around somewhere else! God Damn. Green Day is purely great. =]

Anonymous said...

Green Day rules! <3

Anonymous said...

1st of all, if u dont lik green day then y were u looking them up? and 2nd it is not fake, this is their new song from their new album, but i guess fake fans wouldnt kno that would they?

Anonymous said...

green day = ownage.

but what does he say after every verse?
like,

"do you know the enemy?
do you know your enemy?
well, gotta know the enemy ...."
like .. ry aye?

Anonymous said...

i think the new green day is trying to hard to be different and make a statement wich just happens to be political. i wish they stayed the old greenday forever. like kerplunk. and nimrod. and stuff like that. they made a statement then too but it wasnt trying so hard and ppl related to it. and we loved it.

Caroline said...

it's much better than I expected I'm glad!
so long since American idiot. At last! even 4 years later my feelings came along again. it's strange in a certain way...I still love them enven if they are not the best band in the world,on in the century, enven if Billie Joe's lyrics are not complicated or sophisticated, enven if I grow and discover they have covered many things to better groups. they have changed my life and given it back some live when I needed and so I'll never forget that feeling I assume...
I hope the album will be as good as this first single and they'll be in my heart even though I think bad of them some day (what they somtimes deserve).

Anonymous said...

jizz

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
jizz

April 30, 2009 5:03 AM

you're mature. ;)

medeepdown said...

doesn't impress me at all. and I'm referring to the quality of writing, not the statement he's making

pansy-musique said...

I freaking love this song.
Billie Joe Armstrong screaming equals awesome.
And I like the lyrics.

Anonymous said...

i'm not a HUGE greenday fanatic, but just gotta ask:

right after "well, gotta know the enemy" in the chorus, are they chantin' "we're here. we're here."?

has anyone kinda noticed that? is it just me? >_<

Anonymous said...

why do people feel the need to come on here with their fancy words being all high and mighty and talking trash about green day?

1- get a life
2- fuck off and spout you're crap somewhere else

ace song, ace band....obviously

Anonymous said...

Green Day Roooocks !!!

Janean L. Watkins said...

Know Your Enemy - GREAT SONG!! I'm so glad to see the new album is out. Way to rock Greenday!

galang said...

Great song!!
The Essential Green day!
Keep Rockin..

Anonymous said...

Jääää!

The Spaghetti Incident said...

77 Nimrods. Gotta be the longest thread on a lyric page in a while!

Anonymous said...

hey guys sorry...my first language is not english and im having troubles understanding this!
what does billie mean with violence is the energy against the enemy? that violence is okay??? or not? it's kinda contradicting or probably it's just me.
sorry dont think im dumb, im just really trying to understand!!
cuz i love green day but fuck violence seriously.

Anonymous said...

Communism = Left Wing
Anarchy = Right Wing

I'm pretty sure Green is either politically far right or they're completely fake and doing the whole punk thing as a front.

Anonymous said...

http://www.spinner.com/2009/04/17/billie-joe-armstrong-goes-nuts-for-robert-pattinson-obama-and/

It's a front. Do YOU know the enemy, Billie? Either buck up and walk how you talk, or get out of the political arena.

Anonymous said...

Ha! When they start playing shows at tea parties I'll start taking their political views seriously!

Anonymous said...

yeah you can be socially liberal and politically right wing. green day should think about what they sing about and grow a pair.

Anonymous said...

Musicians are like designers. Music, visual, they are all modes of communication. Maybe they are just representing the crowd whom they sing for. Whom they do business with. Who will buy their album. It may not represent what they think themselves, but heck, if it makes their lyrics sound poetic and people buy it, why not?

Alex said...

Hey! The link is wrong! I click on "¡Viva La Gloria!" and send me to Know Your Enemy =(

PD: I think the people how is posting "shit" about Green Day, are cowards. Why you enter like "Anonymous" ah? Post your name if you are convinced tath you are saying is right

Anonymous said...

I used to be a huge GD fan, owning all their albums up to American Idiot, but my God, I think this is awful. They never really wrote particularly technical or deep songs at any time, but this almost seems like a joke. It's so repetitive and boring. I've lost pretty much all interest in them. I can't believe how bad this song is.

James said...

green day is shit

Anonymous said...

great

Anonymous said...

Hey Green Day, the political cr-p isn't working. Give it up.

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of musicians pretending to be politicians. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

One of the worst songs of Green day. They always do the same shit....

Anonymous said...

First time I heard this I thought the radio station's computer crashed because they kept repeating the same line over and over, then I realized... They say "Do You know your enemy?" 26 times according to these lyrics, which is more than a little heavy, even by modern standards. I don't have anything against Green Day, but honestly I cringe every time I hear them start playing this song.

Anonymous said...

Correction: They say "enemy" 26 times, not the whole line. Same point though.

Anonymous said...

You should all go on google and search Zeitgeist.

Anonymous said...

this song sucks huge ass!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

worst song ever!!!

Erin said...

I love this song. I think some people don't get it. Each of is has some sort of "enemy". That being said, I believe those that are hating the song can't see past the end of their nose. If you can apply it to yourself, consider yourself lucky.

Some people just don't get Green Day. There are a lot of bands that make statements. If you don't like it, don't listen. If you don't like it and you STILL listen, don't bitch about it!

Erin said...

Sorry, that should have said, " if you CAN'T apply it to yourself, consider yourself lucky".

Anonymous said...

I like the song. It has a very good message. You have to like it. It is also something you can just listen to and enjoy.

Anonymous said...

hi!
i am 100 poster

Anonymous said...

the text is wrong:

Violence is an enemy <-------- wrong
Against the enemy
Violence is an energy

the correct stanza is:

Violence is an energy
Against the enemy
Violence is an energy

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