"Tested" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Yeah, they say there's a place free of trouble and care
And you have to pass a test for to make it there
It has something to do with the road that's straight and narrow
And the only way to go it is by being right and thorough
There's always one more hill to climb
There's always one more hill to climb

Bombarded by multiple choices 24/7
Navigating a tangled web of logic and passion
Guided by subconscious voices, astute and sharpened
Tested, tested oh oh oh

Often times we may be wonder what we're supposed to do
Stand and deliver or see the conflict through
And as we long and proceed to build our castles in the sky
Our plans get confounded and determination dies
There's no preparation and no guide
Just what you've done before here with your life

Bombarded by multiple choices 24/7
Navigating a tangled web of logic and passion
Guided by subconscious voices, astute and sharpened
Tested, tested oh oh oh

Acting on will (the test is the reaction)
Opening your heart (the test is the emotion)
Rolling the dice (the test is the agility)
Burning out your mind (the test is a recovery)
Let's go

You can play by the rules or bend them to your knees
But the test isn't over til you reach your dark eternal sleep
There are no absolutes, no big wheels in the sky
You don't have to be first just gotta somehow get by

Yeah bombarded by multiple choices 24/7
Navigating a tangled web of logic and passion
Guided by subconscious voices astute and sharpened
Tested, tested


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"Tested" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentWhoa... no one's talked about this song yet?

    Hmmm... I've never heard this song before. From what I can tell, he's saying that life is a test you can't prepare for. Trying to over-prepare for it, like through religion or something, won't do anything since there are some cases and instances you can't control.

    That's just a guess, though...
    Blackbird_1565on April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe reason no one has talked about this song is because it is a "rare" song (bad religion has 20 or so rare songs that are hard to find). I think you can find it as a download on one of the BR fansites but im not sure.

    Regardless, the song, as the above said, is about life being a test without a guide and without a set design. Funny that BR puts "logic and passion". I'm assuming that it means that some of the answers just aren't logical so it makes it that much harder to do the "test". Remember people, there are always choices to make. That is, until "you reach your dark eternal sleep".
    maxbenon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's also on the album also called Tested, but since it's a live album most people assume it's just a compilation. It has quite a few great songs you won't hear on any other albums. I believe YouTube has a video or two of them performing it live, but other than that you probably won't hear it. It's an excellent song, though.

    The lyrics are brilliant. I'm not quite sure what it means, but I'm assuming that it is about life. Much like both of the above responses say, it's has to do with getting through life, the "test". However, even though certain religions believe that life is a test to see if you are worthy of going to heaven, it seems that Bad Religion thinks otherwise with lines such as "There are no absolutes, no big wheels in the sky". It's an interesting song, I still don't completely understand it, but the general meaning seems to be about life.

    It's an amazing song, it's a shame it is hardly known.
    Beyond Opinionon December 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song after picking up a copy of the album "Tested".

    I agree with beyond_opinion's uh opinion. that as well as a more general opinion on life it could be about an interpretation of many faiths (primarily Christianity).
    I.e. that your life is a 'test' to see if you are worthy of entrance into the afterlife ('a place free of trouble and care') which ends upon death ('your dark eternal sleep').
    The songs speaks of the confusion amongst people trying to live to these ideals and ' navigating a tangled web of logic and passion', those who use ('bend') the ideals for their own needs, and the own opinion that there are no absolutes however 'straight and narrow' your path is.
    DarK_EtheRon February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the first paragraph explains it pretty well.

    Yeah, they say there's a place free of trouble and care
    And you have to pass a test for to make it there
    It has something to do with the road that's straight and narrow
    And the only way to go it is by being right and thorough
    frank8910on November 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry pressed enter or something.

    Yeah, they say there's a place free of trouble and care (heaven)
    And you have to pass a test for to make it there (life)
    It has something to do with the road that's straight and narrow
    And the only way to go it is by being right and thorough (christian (religious) life)

    He's explaining a christian view on life in an ironic way.

    Then in the end he sais how he really sees it;

    You can play by the rules or bend them to your knees
    But the test isn't over til you reach your dark eternal sleep
    There are no absolutes, no big wheels in the sky
    You don't have to be first, just gotta somehow get by

    Not sure about the first two lines but the last two are pretty clear: there is no god, you just need to live your life
    frank8910on November 10, 2009   Link

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