"Parallel" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Sleeping on a time bomb, staring into space
There's an ocean of unpleasantries we are not prepared to face

Sitting on the fence post to watch the storm roll in
And terrified of the damage it will bring when it begins
It will begin

Splintered dreams of unity (our lives are parallel)
So far from reality (our lives are parallel)
Independent trajectories (our lives are parallel)
Separate terms of equality (our lives are parallel)

Our lives are parallel

Is there no redemption? no common good?
Is there nothing we can do for ourselves? or only what we should?

Comes the hard admission of what we don't provide
Goes the insistence on the ways and means that so divide

They so divide

Side by side suffering loneliness (our lives are parallel)
Phony collective progress (our lives are parallel)
Accepting that it's all such a mess (our lives are parallel)
Gesturing without hope of redress (our lives are parallel)

Our lives are parallel

Forging little plays of deception and pain
As we watch our foundation crumble away
Staggering like birds against a hurricane
And trying all the while to stay out of each other's way

Broken dreams of unity (our lives are parallel)
Independent trajectories (our lives are parallel)
Screaming out for understanding (our lives are parallel)
Turning inward and suffering (our lives are parallel)

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"Parallel" as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +4
    General CommentWhat Greg is saying here is that we're all the same yet we choose not to accept this truth by "forging little plays of deception and pain". In other words, we build little soothing lies to make ourselves feel important, independent, and individualistic. parallel lines are two lines that coincide with each other but never cross each other. Greg is saying that this is a problem because we are deliberately keeping ourselves from connecting with other human beings because we want to be individuals. We could be so much better as a united people. another thing parallel lines also do is run in the same direction. Just like parallel lines we humans do too run in the same direction, we just dont seem to recognize this and is deprecating the advancement of the human race.
    wrinkledPholeon April 24, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with you wrinkled phole and I can see it in my life as well. Everyone I know is trying to see themselves as differents but really, they are all running the same way and not acknowledging it, fighting everyone else to prove their difference but in the end only proving their own monotonous existince of selfishness.
    Dogsweaton January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty much. maby the realization of that connection

    forging plays of deception and pain
    Are the things I think brought upon to keep us seperated.
    foundations crumble away. we loose sight of how we all share some innate connection

    I believe the birds signify us, all trying to stay distant and fly in our own directions
    and the hurricane which strikes vertically to hit us all(birds) are the parrallel lines
    pinkfadeon May 04, 2009   Link

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