Judy Is a Punk
Screeching Weasel Lyrics


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Jackie is a punk
Judy is a runt
They both went down to Berlin, joined the Ice Capades
And oh, I don't know why
Oh, I don't know why
Perhaps they'll die
Second verse, same as the first
Third verse, different from the first
Jackie is a punk
Judy is a runt
They both went down to Frisco, joined the SLA
And oh, I don't know why




Oh, I don't know why
Perhaps they'll die

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Screeching Weasel's song Judy Is A Punk are an interesting and somewhat nonsensical take on the punk lifestyle. The song opens with the lines "Jackie is a punk, Judy is a runt," which immediately establishes the main characters of the song. The second line, "They both went down to Berlin, joined the Ice Capades," is seemingly random and absurd, but it serves to illustrate the rebellious and non-conformist attitude of the punk subculture. The chorus, "Oh, I don't know why, perhaps they'll die," further emphasizes this attitude of living dangerously and recklessly.


The second verse is a repeat of the first, while the third verse takes a different turn. "They both went down to Frisco, joined the SLA" refers to the real-life radical group the Symbionese Liberation Army, which was active in the 1970s. This verse takes the rebellious attitude of the punk lifestyle to an extreme, as the SLA was a violent group that committed a number of high-profile crimes. The final chorus concludes the song with the same refrain as before, leaving the listener to ponder the ultimate fate of Jackie and Judy.


Line by Line Meaning

Jackie is a punk
Jackie is rebellious and likely involved in underground punk culture.


Judy is a runt
Judy is small and weak, perhaps vulnerable to others' influence.


They both went down to Berlin, joined the Ice Capades
Jackie and Judy left their normal lives behind to pursue an unconventional and exciting artistic career on ice in a new location.


And oh, I don't know why
The artist is uncertain and confused about the motives behind Jackie and Judy's actions.


Oh, I don't know why
The artist is still uncertain and questioning the purpose behind Jackie and Judy's choices.


Perhaps they'll die
The singer fears for the safety and wellbeing of Jackie and Judy as they take risks and pursue dangerous lifestyles.


Second verse, same as the first
The narrative repeats, emphasizing the cyclical nature of Jackie and Judy's choices, perhaps highlighting a lack of progress or growth in their lives.


Third verse, different from the first
The last stanza introduces a new setting and situation for Jackie and Judy, highlighting their continued pursuit of risky and unconventional lifestyles.


They both went down to Frisco, joined the SLA
Jackie and Judy have now become involved with the extreme political group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army in San Francisco, implying they may be involved in violent or illegal activity.


And oh, I don't know why
The artist still cannot fully understand why Jackie and Judy choose to engage in these radical pursuits and put themselves in danger.


Oh, I don't know why
The singer remains confused and concerned about the motivations behind Jackie and Judy's life choices.


Perhaps they'll die
Once again, the artist expresses fear for the safety and wellbeing of Jackie and Judy as they continue to take risks and engage in potentially dangerous activities.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DEE DEE RAMONE, DOUGLAS COLVIN, JEFFREY HYMAN, JOEY RAMONE, JOHN (RAMONE) CUMMINGS, JOHNNY RAMONE, THOMAS ERDELYI, TOMMY RAMONE

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