"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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  • +4
    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
  • +3
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General CommentThats all there is for an atheist like Gregg Graffin.
    gallium31on July 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKudos! I think gallium31 summed it up just perfectly and as simple as possible! The song is about the complex and disconcerting reality of being a true atheist. I will give my interpretations of some of the strong verses in the song.

    These lines seem to raise the most questions,

    "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."

    The disposition refers to human nature and how religion comes naturally to people. But this of course doesn't mean a god damn thing. The hurricane refers to the vast chaos of reality outside of the boarders of religion, however within the chaos there is space (very small space) wide enough to build organized interpretations of the true chaos of nature (religion). Deep in this symbolism Graffin cunningly compares the complexity of religion to that of a paper airplane race.
    Brilliant!! Hahaha!

    "And if pigs could fly then surely so could I.
    But this pedestrian knows better than to even try."

    This line facetiously describes the slippery slope of being religious.

    "My divinity is caught between the colors of a butterfly"

    This line might be my favorite in the song. The butterfly symbolizes beauty within the chaos of nature. As an atheist, Graffin explains the disconcerting feeling that he has no divinity in the religious essence. However, he feels there is something else. He feels a personal divinity outside of the religious sense. But he cannot entirely grasp the idea as more than the beauty of a complexity within the godless chaos of reality (the colors of a butterfly). This confusion related to atheism, along with others that he addresses within the song, raises the question, "Can this be all there is?"
    DrQuorgeon August 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationEveryone seemed to interpret the bridge of the song, but what about the other verses?

    The first verse makes me think of soldiers, especially with the description "the walking wounded," meaning soldiers that have been to war and have returned. The soldiers are a strong example of how we go through so much pain to receive a much smaller reward, yet when we are gone, we don't seem to live on.

    This song goes out to all the hopeless sinners,
    With grave allegiances so meaningless and vain

    I'm not sure if the first part of the verse refers to soldiers (hopeless sinners? hmm...), but soldiers could have a grave allegiance toward our country, resulting in war that is ultimately meaningless and vain.

    The walking wounded,in a pageant of contenders,
    Who balance on a rail of pain just for a pail of rain.

    Soldiers return from their services and they're glorified in the eye of the public, hence "a pageant of contenders." Soldiers sacrifice so much to receive so little in return, which is what I think, "Who balance on a rail of pain for just a pail of rain" means.

    I think the line "like a bullet as a friend" can relate to the soldier topic as well, since soldiers use bullets to protect themselves from enemies.

    The rest of the chorus talks about how the only thing that survives, or lives on, after death is your family and your possessions, "blood relations and bricks," which is nothing significant, or "barely mist."
    listen4kristenon August 02, 2013   Link

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