"Only Entertainment" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Trans fixated on the big blue screen
Its your window to the outside
A melancholy dream
A medium upon which you build reality
This episodic currency
That everybody needs
Somebodies delivery lulls you to sleep

The man behind the weather map
The editor in chief
They control two worlds
Power and disease
And you cannot suppress you curiosity
But see it's only entertainment

Superficial urgency
Poster board mentality
Only entertainment
Tightly constrained
The buzz that remains
Is the story of how we run our lives
Many our the people poor and suffering

From the lack of coverage
From the transmission beam
And if it ever gets there
You'll be offended too
'cause you cannot distinguish
Chicanery from truth
See it's only entertainment
A superficial episode
As life continues to unfold
Only entertainment
Controlled and copied
They've planted the seed

That sprouts into your picture of the world
Can't someone protect me (turn away, turn away)
From this electron beam?
Hey you, Mr. FCC
Have you no advice for me?

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"Only Entertainment" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentIt's about the media i.e.newspapers, television nowadays elctronic sources such as the internet and how they only tell the public certain information about what is going on in the fucking world. It's about how they bullshit us by making us look through only a tiny scope and see only certain events of what is happening. It's controlled by FCC so they say they're 'protecting' us but they're really just giving us faded and drunken view of what is really happening. They keep us in the dark, talking only of entertainment or murders and sports. They never talk of politics etc and other important subjects, it's just another way to keep society ignorrant. It never shows you the truth, but what you want.
    agnostic soldieron June 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagnostic soldier is right, but it also tells us that the storys you hear arent always acurate and that they are, in the end, for ur entertainment and if they can change a story to make a good headline they will.
    fiascodagamaon November 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion, Bad Religion's best song made thus far.
    Hierophantasmagoriaon February 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song deserves more praise. Easily the best on the album, an excellent closer, and easily one of their premium songs.

    BR has a way of expressing people's desires for useless knowledge that the media continually feeds to them through this screen that catches our vision, keeping our gaze tied to the its vibrant glow. They keep showing the public what they want to see, which is somehting that will entertain them. Society doesn't care about politics, world issues, or anything outside their own pathetic wastes of life. And the media knows this, which is why it can keep getting away with sports stories, celebrity info, right wing, left wing nonsense, natural disasters that apparently affect everyone (or at least that's what they'd lead you to believe). The media is only entertainment. Genius, just genius! In any case, one of BR's best songs, easily, beyond the shadow of a doubt
    WorldInferno67on April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFCC have quite some power/ constitutional- freedom of speech vs. "whats acceptable in public interest"
    -determined by the FCC

    head commisioners appointed by the president himself. Jurisdiction to regulate all communications- radio TV phone INTERNET and so on.. in all the states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


    nice song
    pinkfadeon February 27, 2009   Link

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