"Murder" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
If you didn't know your world's a pile of shit
Listen to a riddle that'll tickle every bit of it

Ha ha ha!

Ape shall not murder, ape wasn't so sure
Bad ape, you made a mistake
Annihilation in a cannibal war
Well, cultivation might have served you
Might have raised you up unscathed
If you had called that fucker by its name...

Did you listen to the arbiter's beck and call?
Did you find what you were looking for or not at all?

Not at all!

Ape shall not murder, ape take the cure
Bad ape you made a mistake
Annihilation in a cannibal war
Culture might have cured you
And raised you up unscathed
If you had called that fucker by its name...

Say the name!
Say the name!
Say the name!


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"Murder" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General CommentThis song, to me, screams War in Iraq/Bush.

    It's about people not recognizing what the troops are doing over there - which, to Brett, is murder.

    "Bad ape you made a mistake
    Annihiliation in a cannibal-war" - ape made the mistake of invading a country without real proof of anything, and so what does he do when he realizes this mistake? annihilate the people there.

    "if you had called that fucker by it's name" - it's name is murder.

    "if you had called that fucker by it's name" if it was recognized as murder, Ape/ man, would realize what he is doing is ultimately wrong.
    duffdrinkinhomeron August 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude, they made a connection with planet of the apes. the entire song isn't about them...
    jerry94on November 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"that fucker"=god?
    Say the name: Refers to the tetragrammaton.
    Ape: people with religion.

    Well cultivation might have served you
    Might have raised you up unscathed:
    Talks about religious corruption

    Ape shall not murder: Religious laws
    Klonemanon July 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnot every song is about george bush.
    i think this song is just about murder and the death penalty

    annihalation in a cannibal war.. killing a person for killing another person

    if you had called that fucker by its name
    the murderer doesnt consider his victim a person and probably called them something bad which led to the murder

    and everythign would have been okay but instead he gets annihilated
    soul_doubton September 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI might have gotten this one all wrong, but to me this is basically a diss of all of "humanity", and about evolution and how humans are actually apes e.t.c. Saying how society is still really fucked up despite laws, religion and schooling and all that stuff.

    "Culture might have cured you
    And raised you up unscathed
    If you had called that fucker by its name"

    But then again i may be way off here.
    St.Catastropheon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song isnt about religion but in fact about the war currently going on. its like a song making fun of soldiers and how they listen to dumbasses like bush and become naive or oblivious to what they are actually doing.

    if your "discontent" to know your worlds a pile of shit. then listen to a riddle that will tickle it. the riddle being DUH the song and its basicallt tickling the fact that its dumb. ape in the song represents humans, possibly the soldiers fighting and killing. Humans shall not murder, Humans werent so sure like we arent sure why we had any fucking business in iraq in the first place.. Bad humans made a mistake and we fix it by killing each other. cultivation being proper morals couldve been good for us and raise us up unscathed " not injured". if we had called that fucker " MURDER" by what it really is.

    two wrongs dont make a right so how does murder fix anything??
    monsterfene297on May 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis made me cry!!! not the song, but your posts!!! i looked this up because i wasnt sure who we it meant by...

    "If you had called that fucker by its name"

    but the ape part is PLAIN AS DAY!!! i signed up just so i could put this on..... my father is a land of the apes FANATIC!!!

    basic summary.... apes conquor man because they evolve, they rule and belive they are better than man (because no ape has ever murderd another ape) and in my oppinion they are.... were..... better. untill an ape kills another ape. then everything ends.... their whole system goes corupt and the world practicaly ends in chaos and murdeing consumption.... because an ape broke the soul rule...

    thats what it means when it says

    "Ape shall not murder "

    that was there only rule... but they were wrongs..... "ape wasn't so sure"
    pfiidudeon June 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPlannet of the Apes.... not land of the apes.... im sory for that mistake...
    pfiidudeon June 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh my god, this is the most straight forward song, idk where the hell you come up with all that other crap

    even the chords the play are basic.


    Its about somebody who committed a murder.. and basically is a pictorial of how society and the judicial system look down upon him before putting him away for life... in a very primitive way...

    in the purest form, They look down at him as an untame monkey who has to be put away because it cant behave itself.. in society.. saying if you had good parents or were somehow brought up the right
    way, this might not have happened, but its too late for you
    pinkfadeon August 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to me that this song is about how religion screams at us to abide the laws they impose onto us, however, if you look at how far the world has come today (war, genocide, hate crimes, etc.), you will see that even though we deem ourselves as religious god-loving people who live in a beautiful bliss-like world, we do not realize we totally oppose our faith and its laws.
    japscatratpackon May 27, 2011   Link

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