"New Dark Ages" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Yeah, can you hear the call in our rambling land susurrations
That can expand beyond all hope of light and plunge us into unrelenting night?

A pall on truth and reason
It feels like hunting season
So avoid those lines of sight and we'll set this right

[Chorus:]
Welcome to the new Dark Ages
Yeah, I hope you're living right
These are the new Dark Ages
And the world might end tonight

Now come ye children one and all - let's heed Ezekiel's call
And bide until the word is good and ripe and get plucked clean out of sight

The world will be erased
Our kin will be immaculate ejaculate in space before the King of King's love
He'll snatch us from above
Brothers, help me sing it

[Chorus]

So, how do you sleep?
There's nothing to keep
This is deep

Because we're animals with golden rules
Who, who can't be moved by rational views, yeah

Welcome to the new Dark Ages
I hope you're living right
Welcome to the new Dark Ages
Say it again, yeah
These are the new Dark Ages
I hope you're living right
Welcome to the new Dark Ages
And the world might end tonight


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"New Dark Ages" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General CommentThe Dark Ages is the time where the oppression of the common man reached an all time low. People lived in fear of violent death, tryannical warlords, rampant disease, and starved to death on a regular basis. All the grandeur and advances reached in the Roman Empire, though the average citizen never was that important in the whole scheme of Rome, had fallen. If you weren't a lord, king, knight, or somebody of royalty or wealthy bloodlines, chances were that you wouldn't make it past 40, if you were lucky. And superstition reigned supreme because the mass public was ignorant. Almost nobody but priests and royal officials could read or write. The Church held THE monopoly on God, and many of the priests lived corrupted lives of extravagance and wealth off the money they gained from the public. Basically, for about 900 years or so, the world in general was ignorant, knowing nothing of their ability to advance as a society.

    To compare the intellectual sense of a dark age with today is reasonable. Wars are breaking out across the world, and people don't care. The government in America has become and more centralized, taking more control over its citizens (i.e. the Patriot Act), and still nobody speaks out. I think what Graffin really points out that so much of the public is disappointed with the govt. but nobody speaks their opinions, hence "susurrations". Instead, the average American is more concerned about "living right" in society and not questioning the system. We care more about getting our new car than what we could be doing to help better the world. We are led to believe everything is fine in our nation, even though most of us know it isn't, a "pall on truth and reason". We don't question what society tells us to be anymore, and as a result we don't question our leaders. Eventually, all advances in the society will stop and we'll go backwards from what we are currently. In a sense, when society controls our worlds, a "new dark age" will be ushered in as mankind gradually stops advancing and we start destroying each other again, like what happened in The Dark Ages.
    crpb1on January 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMmm... just going out on a limb here.

    The Dark Ages was a time of ignorance and superstition, and was blamable a good deal upon the church, who placed religious leaders and such theories over rational action and experience.
    When one considers the typical Bad Religion tone on things, it's not hard to see how it could relate to the current times being the New Dark Ages; for current culture is a "pall on truth and reason", is it not?

    ... anyway, I'm probably completely off on this, but eh, figured I'd go for it.
    SpikyKitsuneon September 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "living right".

    I think
    Grabbalon June 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really thought I heard that 'd'. "living" makes more sense, obviously, but "livid" could be a cool little play with words. I'll have to wait for the insert to be sure, I s'pose.
    TinyVoiceson June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere are some edit's for you.

    Yeah can you hear the call in our rambling land susurrations,
    That can expand beyond all hope of light and plunge us into unrelenting night

    A pall on truth and reason,
    It feels like hunting season
    So avoid those lines of sight and we'll set this right

    Welcome to the new dark ages
    I hope you're living right
    These are the new dark ages
    And the world might end tonight

    Now come ye children one and all - let's heed Ezekiel's call,
    And bide until the word is good and ripe and get plucked clean out of sight

    The world will be erased our kin will be
    Immaculate ejaculate in space
    Before the kind of king's love, he'll snatch us
    From above, brothers help me sing it

    Welcome to the new dark ages
    I hope you're living right
    These are the new dark ages
    And the world might end tonight

    So how do you sleep
    There's nothing to keep
    This is deep

    Because we're animals - with golden rules
    Who... who can't be moved by rational views

    Welcome to the new dark ages
    I hope you're living right
    Welcome to the new dark ages
    And the world might end tonight
    Grabbalon June 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like a lot of those edits, man. I appreciate the help. Peace.
    TinyVoiceson June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's basically about realizing that we might not be able to change the world for the better. All those songs millions of punkers around the world have written, they didn't help. It was all just naive hope. We can't stop people from waging and supporting something as horrible as war. We can't stop people from being short-sighted. And it's only getting worse, "because we're animals with golden rules". We're living in a time of intolerance and lack of respect for each other... however there's still a bit of hope in the line "So avoid those lines of sight and we'll set this right", and the song right after this one (Requiem for Dissent). The world is going to hell, unless people become more tolerant of each other.
    Anorakon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"our kin will be emaculate ejaculate in space"...haha genius
    Nelsonon February 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is basically a description of the resurgence of American fundamentalism. The first verse is about how reason and science are overtaken by something. Science has only one enemy, credulous religious faith. The second verse is basically a description of the rapture, where 'the faithful' will be plucked from the world without any explanation. And the last verse seems to me of just a discussion of humanity and why we haven't moved past a theistic worldview yet.
    DannyWaterhouseon May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts about how another "Dark Age" is comming. More people dropping out of school, and also about how religion can be used to control people. Typical Bad Religion song, but then again, its better than most bands.
    D33PPURPLEon August 31, 2008   Link

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