Let's gather 'round the carcass of the old deflated beast,
We have seen it through the accolades and rested in its lea,
Syntactic is our elegance,
Incisive our disease,
The swath endogenous of ourselves will be our quandary,

We've nestled in its hollow and we've suckled at its breast,
Grandiloquent in attitude, impassioned yet inept,
Frivolous gavel our design,
Ludicrous our threat,
Excursive expeditions leave us holding less and less,

So what does it mean?
When we tell ourselves it's only for a while
We have been deceived
And it's only for a moment that the treasures of our day
Make life easier to complicate,
The treasure thrown away,

I'm so tired
Of all the fucked up minds
Of all the terrorist religions
And their bullshit lines,
And of all the hand-me-downs
From all industrial crimes
And the weeping mothers
And those who are led so blind,
From the plastic protests
And the hands of time
And the pursuit of mirth
And all hating kind.


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    General CommentI have to say, Pirate punk is right.

    taken from "The Answer" on thebrpage.net:
    Greg said about the song (written by Jay) that "it's grammatically incorrect, makes no sense, we all hate it, and never play it live." Jay has only explained that "it's about us".


    thebrpage.net/…=*
    TBarberon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLet's gather 'round the carcass of the old deflated beast,
    (Let's take a look at how dead society is)
    We have seen it through the accolades and rested in its lea,
    (you can see it by how in order to be happy you need from acknowledge from other people)
    Syntactic is our elegance,
    (what is beautiful to us is what society say it is )
    Incisive our disease,
    (always thinking we know it all is our spreading problem )
    The swath endogenous of ourselves will be our quandary,
    (whats are truly your thoughts/feelings vs what you have been taught to think will be our question)

    We've nestled in its hollow and we've suckled at its breast,
    (we live in and feed off society's brainwash)
    Grandiloquent in attitude, impassioned yet inept,
    (we have a show off attitude with a lot of passion but showing no skills)
    Frivolous gavel our design,
    (society teaches us to want unnecessary things just to have them)
    Ludicrous our threat,
    (being foolish show-offs will threatens society)
    Excursive expeditions leave us holding less and less,
    (to chase after superficial things will leave us holding less)

    So what does it mean?
    When we tell ourselves it's only for a while
    (we tell ourselves we will conform temporarily but will come back to who we are)
    We have been deceived
    (but we have lied to our selves)
    And it's only for a moment that the treasures of our day
    (we think it's only temporary that our technology/stuff we think is gold and)
    Make life easier to complicate,
    (that is supposed to make life easy is making life more complicate)
    The treasure thrown away,
    (we have throw away whats really important in life)

    I'm so tired
    Of all the fucked up minds
    Of all the terrorist religions
    And their bullshit lines,
    (I'm so tired of religions making up bullshit rules for people to live by)
    And of all the hand-me-downs
    From all industrial crimes
    (and how people continue to teach there kids to listen to them and be a consumer but the industry robs us)
    And the weeping mothers
    (mothers crying{making there kid feel guilty}when there kid chooses not to be what society thinks they should be)
    And those who are led so blind,
    (the people who cant see that there nothing but a heard to the rich)
    From the plastic protests
    (the reason protests are aloud is to make people think they can change things)
    And the hands of time
    (getting older)
    And the pursuit of mirth
    (its almost as if people want to stay stupid and be laughed by the rich)
    And all hating kind.
    (rich business men being hateful and killing us with out mercy to make more money)


    the song is about people in society are being herded like cattle through man made laws/ Religious lies, buying junk to impress others which is making the rich richer and how people continue to raise their kids to listen to them and if they don't they are told they're a bad person or stupid/unacceptable or wierd.
    punkofdeathon May 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with punkpirate. I think this songs holds a great, deep meaning that is shielded from most by a phenominal vocabulary. It takes only a few minutes to dissect what Greg is saying here:

    Lines 1-2:
    I think the ‘old deflated beast’ here refers to organized religion. We’ve seen the vast existence of religion through various praises (read: the bible, psalms, etc) and we’ve taken up residence in its house.

    Lines 3-5:
    Our elegance is a product of our sociology, and part of that is to do things without regard to the consequences (such as plundering the Earth’s rainforests and dumping toxins into the oceans thus destroying many an ecosystem). I think what Greg is saying here, basically, is that while we do all of these things behind the scenes, the masses care only about the final product (not many people are willing to do something about how paper is made, as long as they still have paper). It should also be noted that humans are the only species to destroy the very resources it needs to survive, and furthermore, to produce resources that will harm its longevity (greenhouse emissions, toxic waste dumps, etc). Eventually, a ravaged and despoiled planet will be our predicament.

    Lines 6-10:
    We as a race have bought into Religion for a long time, and to be a part of something with a huge fanbase like religion can make us feel important and act pompously. Religion can also make people passionate about things they may know nothing about (such as politics, history, the topic abortion, etc). We do not respect the power bestowed upon us as humans, and it’s funny that we are a threat to ourselves (big businesses polluting everyone’s earth, murder, incest, rape, and other crimes running rampantly through our society). Lastly in this paragraph, Gaffin notes that things that are not important to the survival of Earth (such as the rapid deforestation of much of the Americas) leave us with so much little in the end in terms of time on the biological clock for Earth (due to drastic decreases in resources and ecosystems).

    Lines 11-16:
    This could mean one of two things, possibility 1) Many people think that de-forestation on a massive scale and the extinction of such species as the blue whale, the tiger and countless arthropods are temporary and that they can simply come back into existence, or possibility 2) The brainwashed right-wing Evangelicals believe that they can ravage the planet as much as they like because Jesus will be there to save them just in time, and any suffering incurred will be temporary and just because Jesus is on the way. But in the end, all of the treasures of the Earth that become extinct as a result of human activity will forever remain that way. Putting aside either of these two explanations for a more basic one, Greg is saying that the things we value today that are a result of these violations of the Earth (mass-paper production, oil to power our cars, rape of the land, etc) make it all the more easy for our existence to complicate the Earth’s waning predicament. We feed the machine by being so hooked on these products, and thus the wheels keep on turning and the knife continues to be thrust into the heart of the Earth.

    Lines 17-End:
    I think the last lines (beginning at the middle-eight) are rather self-explanatory.
    vasarabon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, I forgot to expand on humans being the biggest threat to themselves... when the Earth's oil supply is used up, imagine what will happen. Almost all of the Earth's economies (and specifically the USA) are built upon a reliance on oil. Without oil to fuel the socioeconomic setups we have, society will collapse upon itself and create utter unruliness and total chaos.

    This can be brought about by two things: countries vying with each other for control of 'high-oil' territories leading to massive imperialistic efforts by countries such as (and most certainly exclusively) the USA, AND a middle- and lower-class uprising. With the mind of the world governments being focused solely on dealing with the energy crisis, the 'unworthy' will finally have their day of revolution. One can only imagine where that road will lead...
    vasarabon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat amazes me its that only lasts 0:59...

    and vasarab proves us that you can make something that you think has (even intentionally) no meaning, without ever realizing how much it has.
    ilgattopunxon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbands like bad religion realy make me want to smarten up when it comes to global issues.. they realy make a good point ..someone needs to say the united states government is fucked up and what better people to do so than bad religion smart men!

    not only do they speak the truth but also fit it all into short catchy songs anyone can take interest in

    punkchris88on September 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI dunno why this hasn't been posted yet. I don't have a link but could probably track one down if need be but this song isn't a Greg or Brett song. This is a song that was penned by Bentley. The song is poking fun at Graffin for his excessive use of large words.

    This:

    Syntactic is our elegance,
    Incisive our disease
    The swath endogenous of ourselves will be our quandary,


    aaaaaand this:

    Grandiloquent in attitude, impassioned yet inept,


    gran·dil·o·quent/granˈdiləkwənt/
    Adjective: Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, esp. in a way that is intended to impress.

    Sound about right?
    Whitey666on December 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningJay:

    it was directed toward anything that had grown bigger than intended (the punk scene, certain religions, industry, countries, governments, etc), had to sacrifice the original intention and in the end had to resort to defending itself through lies and / or violence. i used intentionally obtuse words because that had become the butt of bad religion jokes, that we we're "thesaurus rock".

    thebrpage.net/forum/…
    mr.sklipkanon January 26, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is the song that introduced me to Bad Religion, and, by connection, punk. The band members have admitted themselves that this song basically makes no sense. Just a bunch of words. Kick-ass though.
    punkpirateon January 26, 2006   Link

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