Johnny Tigs Picks the Greatest Songs of All Time Part 1: The Ramones – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

I don’t think I have to defend saying that I am picking the greatest songs of all time. Since no one reads this anyway who cares, and it’s all opinion and isn’t that why I have a blog? I better write these now before the shut down the net of all opinions and creative material.

This is the first of many Ramones songs that will be mentioned in this little experiment to force myself to write more. There isn’t enough that can be said about a song like this. Clocking in at 2:17 this song is truly epic. Originally titled “I’m a Nazi, Baby” this song is a testament to the unwillingness of The Ramones to give in to the demands for radio friendly songs and the industry having there way with someone else’s material.

Original Lyrics (as sung):

I’m a Nazi, Baby. I’m a Nazi, yes I am.

I’m a Nazi schatze, you know I fight for the fatherland

I’m a Nazi, Baby. I’m a Nazi, yes I am.

I’m a Nazi schatze, you know I fight for the fatherland

Little German boy being pushed around

Little German boy in a German town

I’m a Nazi, Baby. I’m a Nazi, yes I am.

I’m a Nazi schatze, you know I fight for the fatherland

I’m a Nazi, Baby. I’m a Nazi, yes I am.

I’m a Nazi schatze, you know I fight for the fatherland

Little German boy being pushed around

Little German boy in a German town

Eyns tsvigh dry feer

Today your love

Tomorrow the world

Today your love

Tomorrow the world

Today your love

Tomorrow the world

Today your love

Tomorrow the world

Today your love

Tomorrow the world

The lyric “I’m a Nazi, Baby. I’m a Nazi, yes I am” was changed to “I’m a shock trooper in a stupor, yes I am” though the band protested. If Joey Ramone, who was Jewish, had the balls to scream out “I’m a Nazi” you’d think that the record industry might have the balls to back it, but the industry is full of no talent loser business people who have absolutely no courage and can’t stand behind an artist that they supposedly believe in.

Johnny’s guitar is as harsh and loud as ever and he makes sure that through the mounds of distortion that you can hear every single fucking note he plays. He wants you to move, he wants you to feel the music, he doesn’t want you to just be hit by a brick wall of noise, he wants to steam roll right over you at a million miles an hour and pick you right back up (so he can hit you again).

The lyrics partially inspired by Dee Dee’s childhood in Germany along with Johnny’s love of World War II movies take the form of an epic (that’s twice now) war story that could last forever. And it’s a good thing because the story is never meant to end. The character singing it never lets go of what needs to be done and repeats it so that he never forgets. Whether he is lying near death in a sea of mud and blood holding on to the only thing he has left, or standing on the top of a hill with the sun behind him as he hold his arms up in victory, or somewhere in between we’ll never know. But honestly, who cares? It’s The fucking Ramones.