(chorus)
sound system gonna bring me back up
one thing that I can depend on

try to describe to the limit of my ability:
its there for a second
then it's given up what it used to be
contained in my music somehow more than just sound,
this inspiration coming and twisting things around
Because you always know that its gonna have to go.
you always know that you'll be back in the cold.
point of depatrure sublimated in a song
its always coming to give me that hope for just a second
then its gone but
(chorus)
static pulse inside of music bringing us escape
its always temporary changing nothing in its wake
just a second where were leaving all this shit behind
just a second but its leaving just this much in mind:
to resist despair that second makes you see
to resist despair because you cant change everything
to resist despair in this world is what it is to be free
(chorus)
wake up turn my box on
bust the shade let the sun in
times getting tougher bout time to start runnin
box in my hand music by my side
skanking to the rhythm of the music by my side


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  • +1
    General Comment"to resist despair that second makes you see
    to resist despair because you cant change everything
    to resist despair in this world is what it is to be free"

    these have to be some of the best lines i've ever seen anywhere, let alone in great ska music. so true.
    subverted0on June 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about no matter how many problems you have, and how little hope you have, you can forget all of your problems and the world's problems with music.
    It's a great message, as is all of Op ivy's music.
    AlkalineRadioon September 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the first song I have ever heard by Op Ivy and is the last song I want to hear before I die.
    FatJustinCantSkankon February 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite OpIvy songs...lyrically it brings me back to the mid 90s when I was doing a lot of skating and constantly had headphones in my ears. Saw Rancid play it live once and about lost it. Still get a smile when I hear my favorite line:

    ...to resist despair that second makes you see
    to resist despair because you cant change everything
    to resist despair in this world is, what it is to be free...
    clicheinsortson March 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great...my fav.
    .paradox.on December 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkick ass song........op ivy rules!
    Anti-Flag1081on July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really cool. operation ivy kicks ass!
    UnwrittenMestUpGurlyon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother Feel Good Song By Op Ivy
    Spade9on July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song i like it the whole cd energy acctually is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    badreligionpigeonon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song of all time.
    theskagodon March 10, 2003   Link

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