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"We've got the right to choose it, there ain't no way we'll lost it. This is our life, this is our song. -- We'll fight the powers that be just. don't pick our destiny 'cause, you don't know us, you don't belong."
- Reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Twisted Sister's only Top 40 single. It ranked #47 on 100 Greatest 80's Songs and #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. (Must not have heard of "I Wanna Rock?"
- The song certified gold in the same year it was released.
- Dee Snider cites influences for the song: the glam rock band Slade and the Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful."
- Notable cover versions: Bif Naked for the film Ready To Rumble and Powerman 5000 for their tribute album Copies, Clones, and Replicants.
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Yeah! Rebellious spirit at its finest. Stay away from us, political class. You don't know us, how to appeal to us, what we want, or why! "We've got the right to choose and there ain't no way we'll lose it," is just a great outlook. It's "live free or die," restated. The lesson here, I suppose, is to stand up for your fredom, and be a little obstinate about it!
"We’re not gonna take it.” Really? Seems like right now most of the population is “taking it.” Between the “if you don’t like it you can just leave,” “if you just obeyed the cops, you wouldn’t get hurt,” and the “ you need to pay your fair share,” and “ we need a safe space from free speech” crowds, it can seem like all is lost and the “it” they’re talking about not taking, is freedom.
Then there are people like you. Folks that I have been privileged to meet and get to know online and in real life. Unapologetic libertarians who aren’t “taking it,” but really care about freedom and who make it their mission to learn and teach daily. You give me hope for the future. So while I still see so much of the statist authoritarian nonsense around, I also see you speaking up about it. It is not allowed to go unanswered and is actually changing the hearts and minds of a lot of people out there. Just look at how the tide is turning regarding police corruption and abuse. That has a lot to do with libertarian voices being willing to speak up in the face of ridicule and harassment. I appreciate you and what you are doing. Keep on working to be successful, minimize The State in your life, and bring along those who are ready for real unadulterated freedom.
Nothing like an ode to "stay the hell out of my life." I'm sure Dee and the boys envisioned this as a youth anthem and in that it works fine. The song certainly has legs for me beyond that though. Perhaps, that's because the state seems to think of itself as my mother or father. I'm not necessarily a fan of rebellion for rebellion's sake. If everyone did that I wouldn't be the special snowflake I am. I like being the wild degenerate in the room too much for that. The core idea of "I'm me and this is my life to dictate" is the foundational belief of all libertarians. There may be quibbles over what implications that might purport but without question, self ownership is everything. It does not matter what the "it" is. If i choose differently for my life, it's best for everyone you stay out of the way.