"The Surface of Me" as written by Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin....
Oh Yeah!

A study of history
reveals an unflagging appeal to mystery
You talk about abstraction at the top of the list,
but you might as well get pissed
'Cause in me the essence does not exist

You're so shallow
How can your romance hope to be the veil of
an ersatz human nature That can pacify
but never slept well
when there's the pretension of living a lie

Take me as I am, judge me for my crimes
I can say I'll behave freely all the time
You can predict what I'll say,
it's in my DNA,
and soon I'll be a catalogue number anyway
So say a little prayer,
convince yourself that someone cares
All I am is what you see
There is nothing more than the surface of me [x2]

Oh yeah!

Apologies to Skinner,
but I do believe I feel like I'm a winner
Having just discovered a long-solved modal secret
of why I always feel
so god damn downtrodden and desperate

[Chorus x2]

What you see is the surface of me

Lyrics submitted by Clipsy

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    General CommentI love this song. It reminds me of that Special Victims Unit episode, called Hate, which was a guy who blamed his DNA on his "uncontrollable need" to torture and kill Arabs. The defense was complete bullshit. Great song though, it's a bonus track on The Empire Strikes First.
    gofuckyourselfon July 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti never watch that show but i saw that episode...i agree the defense was shit. but is this a bonus track or a hidden track? like was it one of those first 2000 cd's sold gets this song or something? cause i'v had the cd almost since it came out and i've never heard it...am i that stupid to have missed it?
    tomscahillIVon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf memory serves me right... it's only on either both the Japanese or European releases, or just one of those releases. I don't know. I've actually never heard this song: it wasn't on my copy.
    Blackbird_1565on March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd now... I am forced to eat my words; I love this song.

    It seems to be about behaviorism. The Skinner I think he is referring to is the psychologist whose theories included "radical behaviorism" where a persons actions are predetermined.
    Blackbird_1565on July 20, 2007   Link

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