"Cease" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Blacktop pavement cover me
Like a chemical reaction or a steamroller spreading randomly

There's a distant buzz and low frequency
It tickles my ear, rumbles under my feet
And it shakes the leaves off of every tree

What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

Institution on the hill
Like a beacon in the mind of an ancestor to unite a peoples' will

There's a shadowed stain on the west facade
It has spread like decay to enshroud the fraud
And the descendants find it oh so odd
Oh so odd

What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

Grave memorial, hewn white stone
Like the comforting caress of a mother or a friend you've always known

It evokes such pain and significance
What was once is reduced to remembrance
And the generations pass without recompense

What pretension, everlasting peace
Everything must cease

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"Cease" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentI believe the song is about degradation of the earth that supports our life. It's a closed system similar to a bacteria colony living in a Petrie dish that has exponential growth and will ultimately die. There's problems almost unfixable that momentum has some how brought us to a time of irrational thinking and "monkey" behavior. I want this, I make money, I don't care what happens via progeny. It's fucking crazy how accurate this song is to reality. It's a true tragic tale similar to silent spring. Rachel had it right and so does Greg. It's been an honor being able to give my thoughts on my favorite artists music because the Internet. Im 21 and somehow this guy has all the answers to life depicted in a song for me to unravel. He's an amazing individual that i draw a lot of inspiration from.
    Thebonerstudon September 15, 2015   Link

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