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Riot
California Dreaming
Length: 3:48
Released: October 27, 2017
Writers: Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog,
Johnny 3 Tears
Producer: Charlie Scene
Album: V

Riot is a song from the band's fifth studio album, V.

Background

In an interview with Kerrang, the band said that the song was originally about the thought of getting older, settling down, having kids, etc. but as they began writing it they decided that they would rather make a song going directly against the original message they had. Johnny 3 Tears said his recently deceased grandfather, Lloyd, inspired him to write this song because even at the age of ninety-two he was still out raging, drinking, and having fun, which intrigued Johnny.

Lyrics

Charlie Scene: I've been searching for an answer but I ain't found one
I've been known to tear shit up and go off like a gun
I've been drinking way too much but now I think I'm done

Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!

Johnny 3 Tears: I gotta get, I gotta get that feeling
Gotta get higher than the twenty-foot ceiling
Just out of rehab, primed for a relapse
Had to do three dabs just so I could relax
Walk in the room and I check for bitches
Check my forty-four, check my ammunition
Got all my homies here and that's fucking bitching
We got more pots than your fucking kitchen
Cook that shit up with the heat up high
Both your middle fingers up like the cops drove by
No motherfucker here is drunker than I
And if we get drunk enough, we can set it on fire
Like fuck it, I don't wanna come down
I wanna get fucked up right about now
Gonna tear shit up, I don't wanna fight it
Who the fuck here wants to start a riot?

Charlie Scene: I've been searching for an answer but I ain't found one
I've been known to tear shit up and go off like a gun
I've been drinking way too much but now I think I'm done

Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!

Charlie Scene: Roll up to the party in my grandma's Chrysler
Jump into your circle 'cause I'm dying to cipher
The older I get, I'm like wine, I get finer
And I can tell your girl wants Charlie inside her
I'm a ride-or-dier with that eye of the tiger
Cornrows banging out the side of my visor
I'm so damn tight, they should call me the Shyster
Hitting bud and Budweiser, shit, I couldn't get higher
You done turned me into the "Swan Song" Charlie
Peeling out on a Harley at a high school party
Got a frame like Bane, call me young Tom Hardy (“Hi!”)
I'm the fucker to blame for the Undead Army
Got the fire tonight 'cause my ass got paid
Now I'm high and tight like my flat top fade
Mixing Molly and Xanax with some Tanqueray
And I'm fucking bad bitches like every single day

I've been searching for an answer but I ain't found one
I've been known to tear shit up and go off like a gun
I've been drinking way too much but now I think I'm done

Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Danny and J-Dog: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!

Charlie Scene: Tear it up, burn it down
Pour them drinks up until we drown
Go out all night every day
Charlie Scene and Johnny 3 Tears: And when you walk into the party make sure you say!

Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears: Let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears: Fuck that shit, let's start a riot!
J-Dog: (Right on)
Charlie Scene, Danny, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears: Tear shit up, fuck peace and quiet!

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing
  • Rhys May - mixing assistant

Trivia

  • The band said this song was the most fun to write and they were laughing the whole time writing it.
  • Charlie makes a reference to their debut album, Swan Songs, with the line "You done turned me into the 'Swan Song' Charlie."
  • Charlie's line "and I'm fucking bad bitches like every single day" could be a reference to Snoop Dogg's song Gin and Juice, where he says "keep coming up with funky ass shit like every single day".

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