About Corona

"Corona" is a song by American punk rock band Minutemen from the album Double Nickels on the Dime, which was composed by the band's lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. The song was inspired by a day trip the band members (Boon, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley) had taken to Mexico on the Fourth of July, 1982. (The same trip also inspired the Mike Watt composition "I Felt Like A Gringo" on Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat.) Moved by some of the more downtrodden elements of the area that he had seen, Boon set about writing a song in sympathy with the people of Mexico. In contrast to the more frantic hardcore punk tempos of the day, "Corona" uses an almost polka-like country swing rhythm for the song. The title comes from the beer of the same name. An early version of the song, as performed by the band on a live video shot by Flipside magazine in 1983, for some reason has the deposit on the bottle being ten cents, not five. The intro and outro of the song was used as the theme for the MTV stunt show Jackass and its spinoff movies; the soundtrack to the first film also features the full version of the song.  


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The people will survive
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The dirt, scarcity, and the emptiness of our south
The injustice of our greed
The practice we inherit

The dirt, scarcity and the emptiness of our south
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I could see it in her eyes
I only had a Corona
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Minutemen were members of teams from Massachusetts that were well-prepared militia companies of select men from the American colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats, hence the name. more »

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