Hammerhead
The Offspring Lyrics


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I am the one
Camouflage and guns
Risk my life
To keep my people from harm

Authority
Vested in me
I sacrifice
With my brothers in arms

Trough this doorway
What's on the other side
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded
Voices screaming
Let's go!
Come on do it!
Here we go

[Chorus: x2]
Take a life
That others may live
Oh that's just the way it goes
It's playing over and over in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

Stay the course
Reasonable force
I believe I serve a greater good

Smoke and dust
Enemies are crushed
Nothing left
Where a man once stood

Trough this doorway
What's on the other side
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded
Voices screaming
Let's go
But I'm just doing what I'm told

[Chorus: x2]

Bang bang it hammers in my head
Bang bang it hammers in my head
Bang bang it hammers in my head
In my head
In my head

Yeah though I walk to the through the valley of the
Shadow of death , I will fear no evil:
For Thou art with me

Locked and loaded
Gonna find my truth
Now I'm busting trough
All hell breaks loose

And you can all hide behind your desks now
And you can cry 'teacher come help me!'




Through you all
My aim is true

Overall Meaning

The Offspring's "Hammerhead" was reportedly inspired by the Iraq War and is a reflective commentary on the experience of a soldier in such a conflict. The lyrics speak about the unnamed protagonist taking up arms and the authority vested in them to protect their people. They also speak about the sacrifices they make with their brothers in arms.


The chorus of the song talks about taking a life so that others may live. It plays over and over again in the singer's head, and nobody knows where it will end. The chorus encapsulates the theme of the song – that those in war often do not have a choice but to take up arms and kill people to protect their country and its people.


The singer acknowledges that they are doing what they are told, but at the same time, it is hammers in their head, an ever-present reminder of what they have done. The song ends on a note of defiance, where the singer declares that their aim is true, and they will find their truth, no matter what.


Line by Line Meaning

I am the one
I am the chosen one to embark on a dangerous mission.


Camouflage and guns
I am well-equipped with weapons and am in stealth mode.


Risk my life
I am putting my life in danger.


To keep my people from harm
I am on a mission to keep my people safe from any danger.


Authority
I have been given the power to embark on this mission.


Vested in me
This power has been given to me as a mark of trust.


I sacrifice
I am willing to put everything at risk, even if it means sacrificing myself.


With my brothers in arms
I have my fellow comrades-in-arms with me who share my mission and values.


Through this doorway
I am entering a new space that may be hazardous.


What's on the other side
I have no idea what I may find on the other end.


Never knowing
I am completely unaware of the forthcoming danger.


Exactly what I'll find
I have no idea about the type of danger I will face.


Locked and loaded
I am fully equipped and prepared for battle.


Voices screaming
I hear encouraging cries from my comrades.


Let's go!
It is time to move forward and act with conviction.


Come on do it!
I am being encouraged to proceed despite the danger.


Here we go
It's time to act with bravery and proceed despite the impending danger.


Take a life
I must kill to complete this mission.


That others may live
It is necessary to sacrifice some to save others.


Oh that's just the way it goes
This is the harsh reality of war.


It's playing over and over in my head
The memory of war and its brutality is deeply etched in my mind.


Where it'll end
I have no idea how this mission will end.


Nobody knows
It is impossible to predict what will happen.


Stay the course
I must stay focused on my mission despite challenges.


Reasonable force
I must use the necessary amount of force required to complete the mission.


I believe I serve a greater good
I am strongly committed to the cause and believe that what I am doing is important.


Smoke and dust
The impact of battle is everywhere.


Enemies are crushed
The enemy has been defeated.


Nothing left
The battle has been so intense that there is almost nothing left behind.


Where a man once stood
There is not even a trace of where the enemy was standing.


But I'm just doing what I'm told
I must follow orders without question, even if it means killing others.


Bang bang it hammers in my head
The sound of gunfire echoes in my mind.


Yeah though I walk to the through the valley of the
I am aware of the dangers and threats around me.


Shadow of death , I will fear no evil:
However, I am not afraid of death and will not give up.


For Thou art with me
I know that God is with me during these difficult times.


Gonna find my truth
I am on a journey to find my own identity and purpose.


Now I'm busting trough
I am breaking free from my past and present situations.


All hell breaks loose
Everything is unpredictable and chaotic.


And you can all hide behind your desks now
Those who are not part of this mission can hide behind their comfort zones.


And you can cry 'teacher come help me!'
They may feel helpless and need external help during chaotic situations.


Through you all
Despite this, I am committed to my mission.


My aim is true
I am confident in my abilities and will do whatever it takes to complete the mission.




Lyrics © Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bryan Keith Holland

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I am the one
Camouflage and guns
Risk my life
To keep my people from harm

Authority
Vested in me
I sacrifice
With my brothers in arms

Through this doorway
What's on the other side
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded
Voices screaming
Let's go!
Come on do it
Here we go!

Oh, take a life
Ten others may live
Oh, that's just the way it goes
Oh, shut my eyes
It hammers in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

Oh, take a life
Ten others may live
Oh, that's just the way it goes
It's playing over and over in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

Stay the course
Reasonable force
I believe
I serve a greater good

Smoke and dust
Enemies are crushed
Nothing left
Where a man once stood

Through this doorway
What's on the other side
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded
Voices screaming
Let's go!
But I'm just doing what I'm told

Oh, take a life
Ten others may live
Oh, that's just the way it goes
Oh, shut my eyes
It hammers in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

Oh, take this life
Ten others may live
Oh, that's just the way it goes
It's playing over and over in my head
Where it begins
And where it'll end
Nobody knows

Bang, bang, it hammers in my head
Bang, bang, it hammers in my head
Bang, bang, it hammers in my head
In my head, in my head

Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I fear no evil for Thou art with me
Locked and loaded
Gonna find my truth
Now I'm busting through
All hell breaks loose

And you can all hide behind your desks now
And you can cry, 'teacher come help me!'
Through you all
My aim is true!
My
My aim is true!

My aim is true



All comments from YouTube:

@gavinoh7132

This video was made for a contest. The band had their fans make a video for them. They chose a video and the maker won ten grand. He also got this as the official video.

@beataens1

GODrumming i should have known that contest so at least i could give a sketch of my concept

@phitsf5475

This was the official Offspring video before the competition

@RagbagMcShag

Man this really is a piece of history

@yvettemarieg5245

Wow cool video

@jimmypratt

Feel like the second one is cooler

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@lucianolopez6534

One of the most underrated videos of the band.

@MrJ0mmy

this song is really underrated its so good

@tudapainicaa

@@MrJ0mmy true that

@theweatherman8474

I wanna thumbs up this. But it's at 69 right now. I don't wanna ruin 3 years of progress.

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