Dee Snider Explains Why It Took Three Years To Complete Twisted Sister’s Iconic Song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’

Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider shared a post on his official Twitter page revealing the process of creating the band’s iconic song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ after a fan asked for a piece of advice when it comes to songwriting, and apparently, it took three years to complete the song.

‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is a song by Twisted Sister which was released as a single in their third studio album, ‘Stay Hungry’ back on April 27, 1984. The song was ranked number 47 on 100 Greatest 80’s Songs and certificated gold in the U.S. making the track commercially successful.

The song was written by Dee Snider and as the influence for the song, Snider revealed that he took inspiration from the band Slade and the Christmas carol ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful.’ The end of the song uses lines from the character Douglas C. Niedermeyer in the movie Animal House, ‘You’re all worthless and weak!’

Recently a fan shared a post on Twitter asking both Dee Snider and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach a question about writing a song. That fan stated if the two get stuck sometimes when they come up with a riff or an idea yet don’t know for sure where they should take it.

Here is what the fan said:

Sebastian Bach, Dee Snider, hey guys I have a songwriting question. What do you do when you have a riff or idea but get stuck where to take it? For example, o have a riff I figure out the key but sometimes from there I get stuck.”
Dee Snider shared a post on his official Twitter page answering that fan’s question by giving an example on Twisted Sister’s legendary song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and revealed that he wrote the chorus to the song in 1980 and finally completed the track three years after coming back and forth.
Here is what Snider said:
I wrote the chorus to We’re Not Gonna Take It in 1980 and finished it in 1983. I just kept coming back to it until I figured out the rest of the song.”
You can see the Twitter post below.