"Get Off" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Lascivious,
It's all that I can think of as I drag my feet, searching
Like a Diogenes,
Dangerous,
The adjectives of the decade and of your alluring intricacies,
Yes I see your green-screen mentality
And I can feel the sting of its consequence,
And I know I shouldn't but it's too much to ignore,
An emotion I deplore,
Every time I look at you, I just want to do it,
I can clench my fist right through it
But I just want to get off,

Rectilinear,
This direction we've been heading never realizing we are on a runaway machine,
Angular,
The momentum that does turn us one step further on our ladder,
One more turn toward the east,
I realize your green-screen mentality
And I know it is shared by many more,
And I know it is quite impossible
But I am damned to find a way to
Revolve the other way,
Every time I scrutinize I just say "screw it",
We're on a ride down a blind conduit and I just want to get off


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"Get Off" as written by Greg Graffin

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    Song MeaningGreg Graffin: The song Get Off is about a runaway roller coaster that represents the human race.
    Which is why in the middle of that song we have that part where all the guitars go down, down, down, and I do that high pitched girly scream. That was me. Get Off is about life as a ride. Greg just wants to get the fuck off the ride. Which isn't really a great sentiment either.

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    mr.sklipkanon October 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst, to understand any BR song, one must get the definition of the big words because they usually make all the difference.
    Lascivious refers to "arousing sexual desire" or "inclined to lustfulness".
    Diogenes was a greek philosopher who looked around the streets of Athens for an honest man.
    Rectilinear refers to formed by straight lines.

    So! My interpretation is that the beginning really does refer to the sexual "get off" and I always assumed it had to do with a lack of interest in the fake (green-screen mentality) of the person he is referring to and impatience at they way they create these unnecessary, and fake, situations (alluring intricacies).

    But the second part does refer to a ride and going in straight lines while wanting to turn around, so that would refer to wanting to "get off" as in off the ride to get away from the future that we have created with these fallacies.
    maxbenon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA typically brilliant Bad Religion anthem... full of anger and big words... he's just saying here that society is so fucked up and people are so fake that he doesn't want to be a part of it, and he wants to "get off."
    freehat17on May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHmmm... I always thought that this song was about a dying relationship, and related it to the sexual connotation of "getting off."

    Never looked at it that way before though...
    Blackbird_1565on March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually very well could be based on a dying relationship ruined by sex. burned on the insides
    pinkfadeon January 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the inside struggle of an intelligent man. On one hand you have you brains telling you that it is NOT ok to treat women like objekts and be attracted to them purely because of their bodies. On the other hand you have your pelvis telling you to f*ck the shit out of everything with big breasts.

    "Lascivious,It's all that I can think of as I drag my feet, searching like a diogenes."
    This makes me think of a man who is attracted to the outer shell of women without "honest" emotions.

    "Dangerous, the adjectives of the decade and of your alluring intricacies."
    This I interpret as the man realising the dangers of giving in to tempation.

    "I can see your green-screen mentality And I can feel the sting of it's consequence"
    Again, this makes me think about superficial attraction.

    "And I know, I shouldn't But it's too much too ignore, On emotion I deplore, Every time I look at you,
    I just want to do it, I can clench my fist right through it But I just want to get off"
    This is about letting the "animal" within win the struggle. He doesnt WANT to do it, hence he DEPLORES this emotion, and he have to clench his fist through it. But in the end, he just wants to "get off".
    appleseedsweon January 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about getting past all the fake shit in life, that is actually quite hard to get past.

    The first half is about sexual urges and putting up with relationship bullshit just to satiate them. You can muscle past the fake posturing but wouldn't it be great if we just didn't have to?

    The second half is a different idea but connected to the first. It covers social and communal urges in humans, and putting up with being pulled around this way and that (politically, really. "One more turn towards the east") just to satiate those. Again, being in a society or a community is great, but we have to deal with all the extra bullshit that isn't strictly neccessary.

    The main concept is tied up in a neat little bow by the play between "Get Off" as in orgasm and "Get Off" as in exiting or leaving something.
    PayneAlphaon July 28, 2011   Link
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    General Commentlascivious refers to sexual desire and Diogenes was the father of cynical philosophy,

    "Every time I look at you, I just want to do it," I've always taken this line as the interpretation for the first verse

    the second verse i can get behind the roller coaster idea submitted here.
    punks not passeon December 07, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWell, I know that Bad Religion tend to have complex lyrics, but when I hear the words "get off" the first I think of is getting off sexually. I mean, look at the chorus...

    "Every time I look at you,
    I just want to do it,
    I can clench my fist right through it
    But I just want to get off"

    And this line here makes me think that he wants to become gay...?

    "But I am damned to find a way
    To revolve the other way"

    Again, it's weird to think this about a BR song, but ever since the first time I heard this song this was my interpretation of it.
    sinksinkon May 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha yea if you though this song didnt have to do with any sexual tensions.. well..

    yur an idiot. its about blowing your lid.. and the scrutinizing demonizing precarious changes
    you force on yourself as you pleasure center has erupted in your brain. the sedating incendiary chemicals your body releases after you get off. if you look at it that way, it can be quite scary. Greg reveals alot about his sexuality in this song. maby this only song. One of my favorites
    pinkfadeon January 05, 2009   Link

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