"No Direction" as written by and Greg Graffin....
A sullen figure walks along a dusty road
His life was holy and he couldn't bear the load
He left his people and a simple life behind
He raised his torso and he looked into the sky

Shouting his questions
Looking for directions
"what do I do now?"

Now a confused school girl stares at the TV tray
The stresses of maturing compound every day
She glances up to see her favorite video
And gets ideas from Madonna's nasty clothes

In need of affection
She craves affection
Her heroes offer her

Everyone is looking for something
And they assume somebody else knows what it is
No one can live with the decisions of their own it seems
So they look to someone else

To tell 'em what to be
Tell 'em what to wear
Tell 'em what to say
Tell 'em how to act and think and compel others compulsively
Until the world is all like them

A righteous student came and asked me to reflect
He judged my lifestyle was politically incorrect
I don't believe in self important folks who preach
No Bad Religion song can make your life complete
You'll get no direction from me
You'll get no direction from me


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"No Direction" as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +2
    General CommentI thing this song is about how fans do what many bands say... "a confused schoolgirl stares at the t.v. (...) and gets ideas from madonna's nasty clothes". I thing they've noticed many fans just do what their lyrics say, many fans gets ideas from bad religion lyrics, then, they say: "NO BAD RELIGION SONG CAN MAKE YOR LIFE COMPLETE"... you can't only follow their lyrics... you will get no direction from him.. be yourself!! not be what artists say you have to be (nor madonna, neither bad religion)
    mateuon May 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah this song prettywell talks about how nobody can think for themselves anymore, whether it be american propaghanda, religion, or images shown on TV.
    SongMeaningson July 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd how raising people to become demi-god icons is a bad thing. Because they cant live your life and solve your problems
    weaselfierceon August 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one o my favorute bad religion songs, noy because of the music, but because of the message of not following the rest and being autonomous.
    ice-diveon March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought this was one of hte most under-appreciated bad religion songs ever. Obviously I think we all agree it's prety upfront with "No bad religion song can make yer life complete" but I think the song is them realisticly looking at themselves as the kind of heiarchy that they always sing against in religious figures and just trying to be hoenst and say how they view themselves in with the rest of the world
    Harrisonkleboldon September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"no bad religion song can make your life complete"
    I like that. They're not full of themselves
    Jebuson June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously sung from the point of view of Sir Charles "I'm not a role model" Barkley.
    swollen uvulaon April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits pretty clear-cut. you see BR on stage getting their message across and your inspired... you wanna start up a band.. who are you trying to be. did he look to someone else for that descision? and then theres one more band out there in the genre. tough stuff. sullen song
    pinkfadeon February 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment They may not tell you what to do, but they do make an attempt to tell you how to think. Is it a forgone conclusion that respecting the wishes of others is wrong? I would suggest if not in this song, it is obvious in many of their other songs.
    gallium31on September 21, 2010   Link

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