"In So Many Ways" as written by and Greg Graffin....
I can see the shadows on the wall
Drifting as the leaves start to fall
Unfazed by rugosity, the objects yield to gravity
And depict the destiny of us all
No one really knows why we die
No one gets a break so we try
Ignoring mortality, we worship mediocrity

And wait to see what happens up on high
In so many ways we live to follow the sun
In so many ways we exalt and fail as one
In so many ways we want so bad to be done
In so many ways we show our pain in unison
Something in you is busy counting the days

Catapulting you trough the haze
Blind to virtuosity, ignorant of your sanctity,
Revealing you, in so many ways
In so many ways we live to follow the sun
In so many ways we exalt and fail as one
In so many ways we want so bad to be done
In so many ways we show our pain in unison


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"In So Many Ways" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentI think this is less about what we do wrong but of the way we hurt. We forget to see the good in life and push for death and the possibility of an afterlife. It's a really sad song.
    maxbenon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all of those above so I won't go into detail with the meaning of the song, just to say that it may be one of the most underrated BR songs in their large encyclopedia going back decades. The vocal harmonies throughout, combined with the lyrics have really just always blown me away. It's a shame so many people never give, "No Substance," a chance since Mr. Brett was not a part of it.
    brgraffinon November 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how there are so many ways we are all going wrong and being stupid.
    intrigued.punkon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWe all live miserable meaningless lives looking forward to finding out what's on the other side, i.e. afterlife or heaven or whatever, and we need to take time to live in the moment and enjoy life. Rather than just waiting and almost wishing to die, make something out of your life.
    sburke09on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWe all live miserable meaningless lives looking forward to finding out what's on the other side, i.e. afterlife or heaven or whatever, and we need to take time to live in the moment and enjoy life. Rather than just waiting and almost wishing to die, make something out of your life.
    sburke09on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about us all being human. We all suffer in so many ways as human beings do. I especially like the lines:

    In so many ways we exalt and fail as one
    In so many ways we want so bad to be done
    In so many ways we show our pain in unison

    Because it says that we all try to become something (like a doctor or a teacher or whatever) and we all fail sometimes. And we do it all in unison, because we are all the same, in well.. so many ways.
    stayfluffyon April 29, 2010   Link

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