"All There Is" as written by and James Horner....
This song goes out to all the hopeless sinners,
With grave allegiances so meaningless and vain
The walking wounded,in a pageant of contenders,
Who balance on a rail of pain just for a pail of rain.

And everything, is barely mist- blood relations and bricks.
My expression, my confession
Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
Once again, like a bullet, as a friend tell me
Can that be all there is?

In my rectory of doubt I kneel to pray like one devout.
As time the great grey dreamless sleep of a modern useless modern God
Erodes away each storied day as wretched Adams with hell to pay.
Content upon a rail of pain for just a little rain.

And everything is dearly missed- blood relations and bricks.
My expression, my confession
Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
Once again, like a bullet, as a friend tell me
Can that be all there is?

There's an endless disposition and it doesn't mean a god damn thing.
There's space for a paper airplane race in the eye of a hurricane.
And if pigs could fly then surely so could I.
But this pedestrian knows better than to even try.
My divinity is caught between the colors of a butterfly

And everything is dearly missed- blood relations and bricks.
My expression, my confession
Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
Once again, like a bullet, as a friend tell me
Can that be all there is?

All there is?


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"All There Is" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General CommentI think that this song is an attack on the ignorance of many people. I think the " can that be all there is" part is like saying " is that all there is to your point", talking about the shallowness to most people's arguements and reasoning.
    I think onece again they are hitting on religion and the lack of eveidence behind it, yet despite this many people choose to follow it and allow it to rule their lives, whilst not really focusing on the real troubles in life.
    Basically it is a call for people to think through their reasoning, "And if pigs could fly, surely so could I
    But this pedestrian knows better than to even try" It's like people don't attempt to fly because they know they can't and it is impossible, yet believing in god's existance is something people do without really looking behind it.
    intrigued.punkon April 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlike the title, I think its about all there is. there has to be life outside of everything man has created. think about what life would be like if it wasnt like this. if peace ruled instead of people. just think about what we have created
    Safetyhazardon June 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentintrigued.punk is goddamn right. And in reality you see that shit all over the place. People blindly follow and believe in 'god', never questioning his existence no matter how profoundly insipid the vestige is. People never see the real problems in life because they're blindly following the tragic laws and selfish ideals of religion.
    agnostic soldieron June 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah I sort of agree with Safety. There is of course religious distraction as well, and the Christians who believe that the world was made for them to serve God, only to begin and end with the human race. Could this be all there is? Is a question that calls attention to the existential idea that everything is significant. With "atoms" and "butterflys", how could the Cultural doctrine of faith, society, and humanity be "All there is?" We are only a whisper in time....
    xvpatchvxon September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song goes out
    to all the hopeless sinners,
    with grave allegiances,
    so meaningless and vain,

    The walking wounded, in a pageant of contenders Who balance on a rail of pain for a pail of rain
    And everything is barely mist - blood relations and bricks
    My expression, my confession
    Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
    Once again, like a bullet as a friend tell me
    Can that be all there is?
    In my rectory of doubt, I kneel to pray like on devout
    As the great gray dreamless sleep, of a uselss modern god
    Erodes away each storied day, as wretched Adam's with hell to pay
    Content upon a rail of pain just a little rain
    And everything is dearly missed - blood relations and bricks
    My expression, my confession
    Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
    Once again, like a bullet as a friend tell me
    Can that be all there is?
    There's an endless disposition, and it doesn't mean a goddamn thing
    There's space for a paper airplane race in the eye of a hurricane
    And if pigs could fly, surely so could I
    But this pedestrian knows better than to even try
    My divinity is caught between the colors of a butterfly
    And everything is dearly missed - blood relations and bricks
    My expression, my confession
    Add it up, extract a lesson more than this
    Once again, like a bullet as a friend tell me
    Can that be all there is?

    Those are the real lyrics...out of the CD booklet
    the rail of pain/pail of rain line is fucking brilliant....not that you should expect any less from Graffin. As is the part about the hurricane 20/10...congrats Greg, BR'S true comeback album after that seemingly never ending stint with Atlantic, with which only one good album was done Gray Race
    gofuckyourselfon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, along with Sorrow, is what got me into songwriting, (which then turned to poetry). Brilliant, brilliant. There best song ever.

    "There’s an endless disposition,
    and it doesn’t mean a goddamn thing—
    there’s space for a paper-airplane race in the eye of a hurricane.

    And if pigs could fly, then surely so could I,
    but this pedestrian knows better than to even try,
    and my divinity is caught between the colors of a butterfly. " ^ Best verse(s) ever. End of story. I think this is more about is life all there is, is this all there is, like, is this emptiness, this pain, this world full of hate, all that there is? Like, the part in about pigs being able to fly, maybe talking about how the greedy get all the good things, while those with morals are always kept down. THE MAN IS BRINGIN' US DOWN, DUDE! But...seriously.
    gofuckyourselfon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentintrigued_punk, I think you have half of it.

    Even after eliminating religion and blind faith, you're left with questions about the nature of the world and a search for meaning. The singer has already rejected blind faith and he's still looking.
    PanteroBlancoon November 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just want to point out that this was writen by Mr. Brett. Not greg graffin.

    poor brett never gets credit for his genious songs.
    duffdrinkinhomeron April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a more personal song. Think less about others and more about yourself when you look at these lyrics. Think about your own life, the days when you realize that your actions have turned into a pattern that you follow obediently whilst thinking, "Can that be all there is?" I feel that this is one of BR's more personal songs where they are supposed to touch you in a certain way such as Along The Way. I think there are also elements of contemplating suicide and your own mortality in a life that seems to just drone on. "like a bullet as a friend".

    I realize that that particular explanation sounds slightly Emo, but keep in mind that what separates Emo, as we know it, and Punk is that Emo deals with feeling sorry for yourself while Punk tried to put life in a perspective where you understand what is wrong and, in turn, figure out how to fix it.
    maxbenon April 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI figured this song was written by Brett...His lyrics are so weird. But amazing, all the same.

    I agree with Safety, defintely. Great song.
    Emjay41on May 24, 2007   Link

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