"Misery and Famine" as written by and Greg Graffin....
So proud a history, replete with sanctity,
Orbs in their harmony, they sing their code to me,
Have you ever heard yourself, the orbit you are in?
The terse, oppressive blanket that's instilled here by our spin,

It's misery and famine, it's a force we cannot see,
Misery and famine, it compels us naturally,
Misery and famine, great ellipse, we bend to thee,
Misery and famine, just accept your vagrancy,

Others who bear no name, who feel that life's a game,
My verse they will defame, we suffer all the same,
They pay no regard to their position or their speed,
But the firmament still covers them with its malevolent seed,

It's misery and famine, it's a force we cannot see,
Misery and famine, it compels us naturally,
Misery and famine, great ellipse, we bend to thee,
Misery and famine, just accept your vagrancy,

'You look for meaning in things no one comprehends,
You feel no affinity to the rabble we're in,'
Sources of inquiry have nothing to portend,
They will perplex us all until the coming end,

A feeling of despair, hungry and full of care,
We resent everywhere the fortune that we share,
'This world could be a better place' is a concept I condone,
Given our pathetic course our destiny is known,

It's misery and famine, it's a force we cannot see,
Misery and famine, it compels us naturally,
Misery and famine, great ellipse, we bend to thee,
Misery and famine, just accept your vagrancy,

[Repeat: x4]
Misery and famine


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"Misery and Famine" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentWow, I can't believe no one noticed that this wasn't up here for this long. AWESOME FUCKING SONG. The chorus is just amazing, and the instrumentals throughout the song are great. It is about misery and famine, rich people cannot see it, and if we stay on the path we are on, this world is gonna go straight to hell
    gofuckyourselfon March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is the most depressing BR song ever... basically, it's saying that life for the vast majority of mankind is nothing but suffering and misery, and that's all life amounts to.
    punkpirateon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised no one got this already. I guess they don't teach enough science history in schools these days. And here I thought the punk movement was concerned with education.

    Pythagoras (you know his Theorem, I hope) taught a concept that the music of stringed instruments was governed by the motions of heavenly bodies.

    1,600~ years later, Johannes Kepler wrote a book whose name I've forgotten (Harmonice Mundi according to Wikipedia). He believed that not only do planets move in a sort of musical harmony, they actually emit signature tunes. Kepler claimed that Earth's song was Mi Fa Mi, which proved that our planet is wrought with MIsery and FAmine.

    There you have it. Does the song make a little more sense now? I hope so.

    These ideas seem pretty ridiculous today and I highly doubt Greg Graffin believes in such nonsense. I see this song as a tribute to Kepler and Pythagoras. Both were men who enhanced humanity with their insight into the unknown.

    No pun intended.
    Honest Olafon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is similar to Entropy in a way. That theory of Johannes Kepler basically says that misery and famine are caused by the planets (I hope I'm getting this right). And, therefore, it is not our fault. There is this invisible force that is basically causing all the problems. So this song is most likely using that to show how people always try to shirk responsibility by blaming on something that is not human, and not our fault or problem.
    maxbenon May 17, 2007   Link

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