Authority Song

Words & Music:

John Mellencamp


A   D   E  [basic vamp riff for entire song]


They like to get you in a compromising position.

They like to get you with a smile on your face.

Oh, they think you're so cute when they got in that condition.

Well, I think it's a total disgrace, and I say:



I fight authority, authority always wins.

Well I fight authority, authority always wins.

Well I've been doing it since I was a young kid and I come out grinning.

Well I fight authority, authority always wins.


Call my preacher I said give me strength for round five.

He said you don't need no strength you need to grow up son.

I said growing up leads to growing old and then to dying.

And dying to me don't sound like all that much fun, and so I say.




I say, "Oh, no!  No, no!  Oh, no!  No, no!

Oh, no!  No, no!  Oh, no!  No, no!"


CHORUS:  [2x – first time a capella + claps, second time with chords]


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