Many years ago I found the song “Red Flag” (performed by Billy Talent) attached to a video of clips from an episode or two of the cartoon series TEEN TITANS, specifically those with the antagonist Red X. I cannot find that youtube video anymore. I also thought the lyrics were completely different, if weird for something attached to a children’s cartoon. “Cast off the crotch that kills the pain?” That just sounds dirty.

I was surprised to find an actual music video. I was also pleased.

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Well I’ve never seen us act like this
Our only hope is the minds of kids
And they’ll show us a thing or two

Our only weapons are the guns of youth
It’s only time before they tighten the noose
And then the hunt will be on for you

The Red Flag waving never meant the same… no
The Red Flag waving never meant the same

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Like the smallest bee packs a sting
Like a pawn checkmates a King
We’ll attack at the crack of dawn

Build a ladder if there’s a wall
Don’t be afraid to slip and fall
Speak for yourself or they’ll speak for you

The Red Flag waving never meant the same… no
The Red Flag waving never meant the same… no!

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Like a fire
Don’t need water
Like a jury
Needs a liar
Like a riot
Don’t need order
Like a madman
Needs a matter

We don’t need them
We all need them
We don’t need them
We all need them
We don’t need them
We all need them
We don’t need them
We all need them

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The Red Flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday

Cast off the crutch that kills the pain (We don’t need them, we don’t need them)
The Red Flag waving never meant the same (We don’t need them, we don’t need them)
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today (We don’t need them, we don’t need them)
When they live in the sins of yesterday (We don’t need them, we don’t need them)

We don’t need them!
album cover - Billy Talent II