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"Know Your Enemy" (CD Single)



Clean, power-packed political anthem with punk appeal.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The concept of questioning authority is the backbone of this song.


Metaphoricalreferences to burning down the foreman of control, as well as some lyricsthat could be construed as violent in tone: "revolt against the honor to obey."Also, a pronouncement that "violence is an energy" and a reference to bloodbeing sacrificed.


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this high-powered, highly political tune rallies against apathy, the media, and war, without resorting to some of the morecolorful language of Green Day's past songs. While this song is clean, the upcoming album does have a parental advisory warning.

What's the story?

KNOW YOUR ENEMY is Green Day's first release since the trio's Grammy-winning rock opera American Idiot took the music world by storm. That politically impassioned album showed that the band had matured (literally and musically) to become more than a bunch of young punks making punk-inspired music. Their new album, 21st Century Breakdown has been years in the making, and this single is a hard-hitting anthem that rages against apathy and blindly following leadership.

Is it any good?


Green Day knows how to craft a power-packed song, and "Know Your Enemy" has all the angry guitars, pounding drums, and passionate vocals they've become known for. Lyrically, it may seem like a simple song that asks again and again: "Do you know the enemy? Do you know your enemy?" And its repetitive chorus will definitely stick in your head long after the last note. A closer listen, however, reveals more literate, articulate -- and political -- commands and demands such as "Don't be blinded by the lies" and "Rally up the demons of your soul." The boys are back in full force. And even though they cry "Gimme gimme revolution," you'll quickly find that they're not looking for a call to arms, but rather, a call to action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the song is askingpeople to do. What do the lyrics mean by “silence is the enemy?” Why is itimportant to speak up either for or against things in society? What historicalevents have been changed because of people speaking up?

Music details

Artist:Green Day
Release date:April 16, 2009
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMindlessLipMovement June 10, 2013

Another good punk rock song (and clean) from Green Day.

The song "Know Your Enemy" from Green Day is catchy and clean for kids. The only to take in mind is its few violent lyrics, but it would clearly go over kids' heads.
Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2012

Great Song

This is a great song. I am Green Day's biggest fan but there is practically nothing to worry about if your kid is 9+ they know what violence is but green day is just saying how you shouldnt let anyone control you. LET YOUR KIDS LISTEN TO THIS!!!! In all of todays bad auto tune people and lyrics about getting drunk this is a great song (and band) to listen to..
Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2011

Nothing bad, great song, 8+

I played this song on Rock Band and I love it. I love the sound of the song with the powerful guitar. There is nothing bad about this song. If you like rock then this is for you.
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