Punk is more than just a subgenre of rock music. This fact finds expression in punk?s emphasis on ethical, political and idelogical values and contents, which are reflected in scene-specific behavior and the song lyrics. In the present thesis, the song lyrics are considered manifestations of the aforementioned contents and are discussed as such.The present text differentiates between the British and the American punk scene, which are first analyzed separately. Differences and similarities are dealt with and the ideological cornerstones of the punk scene?e.g. anarchism, the do-it-yourself ethic, animal rights, equality, etc.?are are discussed in depth in separate sections. In this connection, the song lyrics play an important role. They convey the contents, which are based on these political foundations and create awareness of certain issues, spark off discussions and thus perpetuate and develop the general discourse going on in the punk scene. This, in turn, may lead to new ideological aspects perceived within the community. The continued existence of this subculture has always strongly depended on this intra-scene discourse as it has kept punk from congealing. The output of punk artists has doubtlessly furthered this discourse.In the final chapter, four different songs are analyzed and interpreted on the basis of the ideological aspects explained in the preceding chapters. Song lyrics?one song each?by two British bands from 1978 and 1982, an American band (1999) and a Canadian band (2005 - 2 songs) are discussed here. This analysis of song lyrics is the centerpiece of the present thesis, as it requires adequate knowledge of the cultural and ideological aspects discussed before. Furthermore, it illustrates these aspects as expressed in the full context of a variety of songs. A complete collection of all song lyrics mentioned or cited throughout the text completes the thesis, thus providing an anthology of representative punk lyrics.