"The Gray Race" as written by and Greg/baker Graffin....
The framework of the world
Is black and white
The infrastructure builders
Flex their might

Turning true emotion
Into digital expression
One by one we all fall down

The gray race shrivels
Trapped inside the world it creates
It's black and white

The perpetual destructive
Motion machine
Began to chart a course
Never before seen

Turning raw compassion
Into fields of plus and minus
One by one we all give in

The gray race shrivels
Trapped inside the world it creates
It's black and white

I'd swear there were times when I was someone else
A person with determination and knowledge of the self
But you flattened me to rubble and now I can see that I'm
Just faded negative of the image I used to be

And that's our dilemma

Lyrics submitted by Misanthropos

"The Gray Race" as written by Greg Graffin Brian Champtaloup Baker

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    General CommentI disagree. This song is about the modern world and how our society is increasingly void of true emotion and individuality. The "Gray Race" is an allusion to the fact that we are all the same formless beings created by society.

    The dillema is that we use barriers to communicate (eg. computers instead of meeting in person) and we no longer value the individual or differences.
    Jae_Don October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Jae D. This song is about computers, about how we are becoming more and more dependent on them, even for relationships. I think the gray race, is what we no longer are. The puritans believed there was no gray, you were one way or the other, he is saying we are returning to those beliefs, with no gray area in between, no individuality.
    gofuckyourselfon July 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe shouldnt have people suffer for differences they should be praised for there differences it would be boring if everyone was just gray
    tomgreen3on April 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgofuckyourself, I don't see how you can hold those views and agree with Jae D at the same time....

    Gray doesn't represent individuality here, it represents the lack thereof.
    rpgactionon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe "gray race" refers to the fact that humans have the ability to see shades of gray, not just black and white. despite this ability, we have created a society that encourages "black and white" thinking and behavior. however, we betray our species by doing so, because the world is actually more complex than this. Hence:
    The gray race shrivels trapped inside
    The world it creates is black and white.
    modernman85on December 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjaed and modern man are precise.

    I think its about the minority people of the modern world who are brought up
    face the realization(as in this song) that their basically just cought in a gray area

    that being just who they are, on the whole.

    turning true emotion to digital expression depicts something like the eifell Tower.. or the statue of liberty. the portrayed vision of their constructors.

    turning raw emotion to fields of plus and minus are depicting the raw emotion of ourselves consciously deduced down into numbers, factory precison.

    and the people just born, cought in the middle of all this and dont really dont see the significance of this affliction, and are kindof lost.

    i think greg is expressing himself clearly as his personal views, and its also depicted on the album cover
    pinkfadeon April 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentrpgaction is the only one who got it right.
    also I agree with him: gofuckyourselves,
    and while you're at it check out infowars.com
    might help you get a clue.
    bloodomenon September 28, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsaying we're all the same peopls...no black, white, pink, purple whatever.....just gray
    knotty_brodie_freakon March 13, 2003   Link

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