California Über Alles

Album: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1979)
  • I am Governor Jerry Brown
    My aura smiles and never frowns
    Soon I will be president

    Carter power will soon go 'way
    I will be Führer one day
    I will command all of you
    Your kids will meditate in school
    Your kids will meditate in school

    California Über Alles
    California Über Alles
    Über Alles California
    Über Alles California

    Zen fascists will control you
    Hundred percent natural
    You will jog for the master race
    And always wear the happy face
    Close your eyes, can't happen here
    Big Bro' on white horse is near
    The hippies won't come back, you say
    Mellow out or you will pay
    Mellow out or you will pay

    California Über Alles
    California Über Alles
    Über Alles California
    Über Alles California

    Now it is nineteen eighty-four
    Knock-knock at your front door
    It's the suede denim secret police
    They have come for your uncool niece

    Come quietly to the camp
    You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
    Don't you worry, it's only a shower
    For your clothes, here's a pretty flower

    Die on organic poison gas
    Serpent's egg's already hatched
    You will croak, you little clown
    When you mess with President Brown
    When you mess with President Brown

    California Über Alles
    California Über Alles
    Über Alles California
    Über Alles California Writer/s: Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall, Darren Henley, John Leonard Greenway, Michael Franti
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 22

  • Ross from Leicester, United KingdomJello Biafra was inspired to write the song by Jerry Brown setting himself up as a "leader" for the hippies in California to further his political career. The song takes this idea to the extreme as a comment on how roups of people can be manipulated by a "power hungry fascist"posing as a liberal(Jello's description of Jerry Brown).
    A ery funny lyric (if you can cope with this kind of humour!) which mixes up images of hippy California and Nazi Germany ("suede-denim secret police"/"organic poion gas"/"jog for the master race" etc).
  • Corey from Richmond, VaLove this song. Now it's 1984. 1984 is a great book.
  • Mikey from Ft Worth, TxThis was later redone by the Diposable Heroes of HipHoprisy in 1991 with lyrics about then Governor Pete Wilson. I think the fascist references work better with Wilson than with Jerry Brown.
  • Ziggy from Redding, CaPossibly one of my favorite Dead Kennedy songs, i love the DK's vocals, that kindy shaky-cool tone, and i love the chorus of this, it just sounds so awesome!
  • Dee Dee from Seattle, WaJello Biafra did a version of this song with the Melvins called Kalifornia Uber Alles, taking the perpective of California governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar (sp).
  • V-starr from ?????????, MiThis song is alwsome! It's on Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
  • Max from Laconia, NhThe guitar in this song sounds broken. I love it!!!!!!!!!
  • Jeremy from Minneapolis, MnTo Paul from Zion, IL
    The use of Uber in California Uber Alles
    is used to point out the similarity between the imagined Jerry Brown regime and Hitler's reign over nazi Gemany. Germany's national anthem is Deutschland Uber Alles.
  • Sam from Cambridge, Ontario, CanadaThe 1984 references are as follows:

    -"Big Bro'" is Big Brother, or the government watching you
    -"Now it is 1984" says that we are living in George Orwell's dystopian society
    -The "suede/denim secret police" are the ministry agents and they are "coming for your uncool niece"

    Excellent song!!!
  • Dylan from Olmsted Falls, United StatesGreat song with!
  • Ralph from Newton, MaI'm a high school teacher in Massachusetts and we have a state-mandated "Harmony Week." As one option, a group of kids was learning meditation in a room all sitting lotus-style on the floor. I didn't know whether to laugh or puke.
    I realized then that Brown didn't need to become president for the hippies to control everything when that whole generation was given the keys pretty much from birth.
  • J from Nyc, NyThis song is awesome! Every now and then (like now) it pops into my head over the years and I can't get it out for a few days, they ipod gets stuck on "fresh fruit for rotting vegetables" for a few days.
  • Paul from Zion, IlUber means over, so they're saying california over everything/all. I'm just putting this because i'm tired of uber being used incorrectly.
  • Paul from Zion, IlOh, i almost forgot, just in case anyone is wondering about the 1984 thing (i doubt you are) it's a reference to george orwell's book 1984, which is shockingly close to america today, which isn't a good thing.
  • Sid from Lawton, Iathis song is fun to listen to. If you don't get DK's sarcasm, you won't like them at all. A great example is I Kill Children, fun to listen to, but not to be taken seriously.
  • Angela from Las Vegas, NvThis song is Ã?BER sinister
  • Kim from Stuart, FlThis song is a great example of how the specific references in older punk songs can bring generations together. My father, an old-school newspaper journalist, had a grand time ranting about that SOB Brown when I asked him who the song was about.
  • Zachary from Charlotte, NcThis has to be easily one of the top 10 punk rock songs of all time the lyrics are funny, in a greatly satircal sense, and it speaks the truth.
  • Morgan from Huntington Beach, Cathey were not exagurating anything when they wrote this. jerry brown really was a racist and really wanted to be the dictator of california. i think this song falls in with govenator as well
  • Mike from Plainfield, Illove the band and song, i lol'd at the lyrics
  • Martin from Sydney, AustraliaThe 'uber alles' bit comes from the German national anthem 'Das Lied der Deutschen', which had the infamous lyrics 'Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt' ('Germany, Germany above all, above anything in the world'). After 1945 only one stanza out of the four original was deemed PC enough to be sung.
  • Jane from San Antonio, TxI have no idea of the lyrics, but I will always remember this song. It came out in the 80's and was played frequently at a club I attended in Leeds, England. It is soooo frantic and urgent, and I only knew the chorus line, which is the song title, but sang it quite energetically all the same. :)
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