"Los Angeles Is Burning" as written by and Brett/graffin Gurewitz....
Somewhere high in the desert near a curtain of a blue
The sane man skirts under the wind
But down here in the city of the lime lights
The fans of Santa Ana are witherin'
And you can't deny that living is easy
If you never look behind the scenery
It's showtime for drag lines
And bedlam is dreamin' of rain

When the hills of los angeles are burnin'
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burnin'

This is not a test
Of the emergency broadcast system
When Malibu fires and radio towers
Conspire to dance again
And I cannot believe the media Mecca
They're only trying to battle reality, catch it on prime time, story at nine
The whole world is goin' insane

When the hills of Los Angeles are burnin'
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burnin'

A plague that reads
The end of days
Shotgun roundabouts are bending in the haze

More a question than a curse
How could hell be any worse?

The flames are startin'
The cameras runnin'
So take warnin'

When the hills of Los Angeles are burnin'
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burnin'


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"Los Angeles Is Burning" as written by Brett Gurewitz Greg Graffin

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    General CommentAfter watching the music video for this (yes i know music videos sometimes have their own agenda...) I think the song is about our callous media and their tendancy to explot tragic events. All the fictitious choas is just a flashy backdrop to a very real news agenda.
    ShesMyAlcatrazon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont know what this song is about, but i love it!!

    more a question than a curse
    how could hell be any worse?

    i love that line, its like my favorite.
    Hazardouson June 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a fictional story about Los Angeles catching on fire, and the media is explioting innocent, injured civilions in order to make money.
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    Jakeberton June 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it isn't a completely fictional story, since California had some big fires last year...
    Turkey Friedon September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's a true story, based on the media coverage of the fires, while the city was about to burn up behind them.Think of the media covering the tornados in The Day After Tomorrow. Same message.
    Latchkey Kidon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeh it also represents on how low we've sunk to make a qucik buck.Cover the tragedies and hindering the help just for sick amusement.It will eventually kill us all
    Dogsweaton October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA few corrections on the lyrics.

    "it's showtime for dry climes"

    "they're only trying to peddle reality"

    "a placard reads
    'the end of days'
    Jacaranda boughs are bending in the haze"


    And yeah, it's basically a satire of our media. I love it.
    zephaluson November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhh, I wasn't completely sure if it was based on those or not.
    Jakeberton November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter seeing the music video for this, it is definately about how the media "fuels the fire", making things seem worse than they are, and downplaying real news. Notice how all of the cameras spew flames, adding to the inferno. Also, notice all of the headlines while Greg the newscaster is onscreen. Its just a bunch of irrelevant clippings, and the one that caught my attention most, "You are not being brainwashed."

    From what i can tell, this song is about the media distracting us with exaggerations to take our minds off of the real news.
    cgerbson January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, it's about how the media brainwashes people.
    al.youngon January 04, 2005   Link

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