"Empty Causes" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Everywhere you looked there was confusion, violence, drama and drugs
So many righteous revolutionaries spouting Utopian love
Everyone shrouded in purple haze
Then one day they woke up from their dream state
They found themselves no more at peace than before
Older, meek, and conformed

Empty causes
A bluster for the soul, a fix for their mind
Empty causes
Cling to everything you find

Well, the shots rang out like popcorn
And the Chief was hit and rushed out of sight
The Mohawk-chain, leather brigade rejoiced maliciously on that night
Someone cried out "fuck the government"
His mates couldn't define what he meant
So no one gave him the time of day
And the scene died away

Empty causes
A war for the body, an army in the mind
Empty causes
Losing steam as time goes by

Could it be that everybody selfishly desires their own personal retinue
And that causes are just manifestations
Of too much time and far to little to do

Empty causes
Direction for the soul, conviction for the mind
Empty causes
Cling to everything you find
Empty causes
You've got yours and I've got mine

Lyrics submitted by marspunkrocker

"Empty Causes" as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +1
    General CommentIt isn't about the rise of punks or hippies, its about how they supposedly stood for something, but it just turned out that they were just following the grain of everyone else in their demographic.
    samwaltonon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah sam seems to be correct, but the last line sounds very metaphorical. He says that it's not a bad thing to have empty causes, everyone has one, most are different. It seems kind of sad too see peoples ideas like stated "fuck the goverment", die out with age but thats how it goes, so don't regret it.
    ihoodzon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about how all the crap you cared so much about doesnt matter in the end
    soul_doubton September 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis band makes me look up vocabulary to this very day...

    the song changes over verses. the first one is about the hippie age, the 60's, clearly hinted at by referring to "purple haze" (jimi hendrix), and the drug shrouded community. once the fun age was over and hippie beards got gray, they found they had to confront reality in the end, but they're not young anymore - it's like being released from prison, and not finding your place.

    i can't really make sense of the Native American /punk thing on the second verse.
    but in the end, causes are a waste of time, because there's just far too many to have much effect, but like the belief in a faith, it's also easing the directionless mind. so, his view on causes may very well be neither black nor white (but gray!).
    Heinrichon December 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTheres such little space left to accomodate the masses that the rare things
    the demographic occasionally do in their lives are held Sacrosanct; but are actually pointless. literally
    pinkfadeon May 04, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song, glad someone finally added it. I'm pretty sure it's about the rise of punk, hippies, and drugs.
    alkaline388on April 11, 2007   Link

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