"Fertile Crescent" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Come and see the brilliant light
Don't let your emotions mask your sight
It's the manifestation of a deeper fight
That affects me and you

My optimism was running high
A new world order was on my mind
But I couldn't belive it when I heard them say
They're blowing it away

And the fertile crescent is burning today
And baby my emotions are too
The cradle of humanity has led us all astray
And we're all in this together don't you know

'Cause our species has nowhere else to go
Aggression rears its ugly head
Retaliation brings further dread
The two are linked by unseen threads

That wind back through time
I don't agree with the outdated trend
Nationalism is an evil friend
But hatred is instilled by invisible lines

Drawn in our minds
And the fertile crescent is haunting us today
And baby our instincts are too

The ghost of humanity is warning us this way
And I think we all should need it don't you know
'Cause we've got nowhere else to go

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"Fertile Crescent" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General Commentfloatingeye's interpretation is correct, for the most part. The Fertile Crescent is the name given to a part of the world containing modern day Iraq, and the song was written in '91-'92, so it is an obvious reference to the Gulf War.

    However, like many BR songs, I think there is a larger meaning to it, as well. The Fertile Crescent was were the earliest known human civilizations (city-states) emerged. The emergence of civilization irrevocably changed human existence: before, humans lived in small tribal groups where people were relatively free to live their lives free of control or restrictions by others; civilization brought about divisions of labor, class systems, systems of social control, slavery, war, et cetera; thus the line "the cradle of humanity has led us all astray" (the cradle of humanity being another name for given to the fertile crescent region).

    Also, I think they are pointing out that despite the thousands of years since the birth of civilization, little if any of it's negative aspects have changed ("the fertile crescent is haunting us today").
    PlutoniumHotRodon July 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe fertile crescent contains much of present-day Iraq, Kuwait and Israel/Palestine. I'm guessing that this song was written in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and subsequent gulf war, putting an end to the extremely naive notion that following the collapse of the USSR, some kind of New World Order was going to perpetuate peace. Agression and retaliation create further conflict, false/arbitrary boundaries (invisible lines) rationalize hatred, etc., etc. Pretty standard BR
    floating_eyeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that you're probably right. To me it's more about these laws, and ideas that we have that haven't evolved at all, we still keep antediluvian ideas in our head, and its hurting our society, things like the death penalty. Atleast, that's what I see in the chorus.
    gofuckyourselfon October 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think, at a base level, this song is about the fact that humans cannot at this point leave planet Earth. A World Order is the only logical conclusion for a species that is confined to one planet. However, I think it is naive to think that Mr. Graffin actually believed that Bush 41 would bring about a peaceful World Order. He has been deeply involved in insidious plots of the US government since the Kennedy Assassination. They are trying to bring this about through violence and authoritarian rule, not peaceful means.
    hootkron May 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song creeped me out when it came on my internet radio a minute ago. today in History Class we watched a film on how the Cro-magnons took over the peaceful neanderthals. so i was thinking about how our species always has a tendency to augment natural selection through sensless killing. so i got a huge chill when i heard the line "and our species has nowhere else to go". i like other bands with less-deep lyrics, like Pennywise and Rise Against, but Bad Religions are truly brilliant.
    tjtech12on September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think floating eye got it right, but dont you think its incredible how visionary this song was?
    impulse374on October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe fertile crescent is the time period in which humans decided to start farming(agriculture), and locking the food away and making people work for it. Thus, creating jobs for people which they didnt need before, and taking over more land to make more food which in turn made the population grow. Its a never ending cycle which still exists today. We are destroying the earth for our own consumption. "we've got no where else to go"- thats my explaination for the meaning of this song
    Jaysus75on August 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe fertile crescent is significant from the bible as its apparently where the garden of eden was. Its where the first civiliziations recorded actual writing. And the apparent birthplace of farming.. hence that structure thats led us all astray..

    im not sure of everything he's talking about but its making clear that all societys sprawled out of the fertile crescent.
    pinkfadeon February 27, 2009   Link

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