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Anarchy In The UK
Song

Anarchy In The UK

Sex Pistols
Album:
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols

Song Meaning and Background to Anarchy In The UK by The Sex Pistols


With their debut single, The Sex Pistols achieved their goal of creating a widespread scandal in the United Kingdom.


Steve Jones' guitar sounded like a bar fight, while Johnny Rotten screamed, spat and laughed as he referred to himself as the antichrist and urged his audience to 'Get pissed and Destroy!' at the end of the song.


The Sex Pistols' record company, EMI, abandoned them after the release of "Anarchy in the U.K.", which only served to increase their notoriety.


Rotten remarked, "I don't understand it," in 1977. "All we're aiming for is total destruction,"


Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, considered the song "a call to arms to the kids who believe that rock and roll was taken away from them. It's a statement of self rule, of ultimate independence."


Lyrics of Anarchy In The UK by The Sex Pistols


Right

Now

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 by

 

Cause I

Wanna be

Anarchy

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

Anarchy

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

Anarchy

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

Anarchy

And I wanna be

Anarchy

Know what I mean

And I wanna be

Anarchist

Get pissed

Destroy


Guitar Chords of Anarchy In The UK by The Sex Pistols


[Intro]

 

G           F     Em    Dm  C

                  Right     now

 

[Verse 1]

 

C                F Em

I'm an antichrist

C               F Em

I am an anarchist

C                                         F Em

Don't know what I want but I know how to get it

C

I wanna destroy passers-by

 

 

[Chorus]

 

     G       F Em Dm    C  F Em

'cos I wanna be   Anarchy

C           G

No dog's body

 

 

[Verse 2]

 

C                 F Em

Anarchy for the U.K.

C                          F Em

It's coming sometime and maybe

C                                   F Em

Give the wrong time, stop a traffic line

     C

Your future dream is a shopping scheme

 

[Chorus]

 

      G       F Em Dm    C  F Em

cause I wanna be   Anarchy

C

In the city

 

 

[Bridge 1]:

 

Dm7 Em7 x3

Dm7 G

 

 

[Verse 3]

 

    C                         F Em

How many ways to get what you want

C                          F Em

I use the best, I use the rest

C             F Em

I use the enemy.

C

I use Anarchy

 

 

[Chorus]

 

       G       F Em Dm    C  F Em

'Cause I wanna be   Anarchy

C

It's the only way to be

 

 

[Bridge 2] (Guitar Solo too):

 

D G F#m x4

 

 

[Verse 4]

 

C                  F Em

Is it the M.P.L.A.?

   C                 F Em

or is it the U.D.A.?

   C                 F Em

or is it the I.R.A.?

C

I thought it was the U.K.

 

 

[Chorus]

 

   G      F   Em Dm    C   F Em

Or just another    country

C

Another council tenancy

G       F Em  Dm    C   F Em C

I wanna be an anarchist       Or what a name

G       F Em  Dm    C   F Em C

I wanna be an anarchist       Or what a name

    G       F Em Dm     C    F Em C

And I wanna be   an anarchist get pissed

   C

destroy.

Release Date

1976

Songwriter/s

Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock

Producer/s

Chris Thomas, Bill Price, Dave Goodman

Label/s

EMI

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