"Dearly Beloved" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Here's a story of an honest man losing religion
Climbing the pulpit steps before an eager congregation
Then while praying came a wicked inspiration
Brothers, sisters, this is what he said:

Dearly beloved, dearly beloved, dearly beloved
(Make no mistake, despite our traits I've seldom seen)
I can't relate to you (I can't relate to you), I can't relate to you

He was the kind of guy who'd always go right out of his way
But more before the crazy notion leapt right into his head
And stubbornly crept into every mad perception
I can't deny a funny feeling when he said:


Dearest in memoriam, set phasers to stun
And grab yourself a neighbor's skeleton to lean upon
Did you know him in life - one filled with regret
So soon we all forget we ever met

Do you know my name; sing a light refrain
For a man estranged; I won't deny that I'm inclined to isolate

Dearly beloved, dearly beloved, dearly beloved (I can't relate)
I can't relate to you
(I can't relate to you)
I can't relate to you
(I can't relate to you)
I can't relate to you
(I can't relate to you)
I can't relate to you

Lyrics submitted by Grabbal

"Dearly Beloved" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General Commentthis song is the story of an honest man losing religion DUH
    soul_doubton September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. To me it seems straightforward. He realizes he doesn't believe in the religion anymore. He sees so many flaws and stuff, he's opened his eyes, and can no longer relate to those who think religion is infallible.
    RavenSanon July 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell at the moment I feel like I can really relate to this song so I'll offer a meanng.

    It's about a man who's lost all hope with fighting a battle for something he's believed in for so long and feeling like he's not getting any help anymore from the people he's been with for so long.

    "I can't relate to you" Simply means he doesn't know this people anymore and can't believe they'd give up so easily.

    "He was the kind of guy who'd always go right out of his way,
    But more before that crazy notion leapt right into his head,
    And stubbornly crept into every mad perception" This is about him being the only one taking the time to continue the battle and starting to believe that whatever he does will not further the cause.

    "So soon we all forget - we ever met,

    This involves the group slowly seperating from each other and forgetting eafh other's names.

    "Do you know my name - sing a light refrain, for a man estranged"

    This has the group mourning the loss of the member who don't even know his name anymore. Just remember that he's still alive physically, but broken in spirit.

    "I won't deny that I'm inclined to isolate"

    This is finally the man saying he's had enough and he feels like he wants to leave the group.
    manicspikeon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno guys, this is not about religion. you guys open yer eyes - dont take religion literally. bad religion almost always uses religion as a metaphor. manicspike hit the nail on the head.

    originally i actually thought the song was about politicians and other leaders who pretend to be able to associate and sympathize with the masses by claiming to be one of them. it seems like manicspike's analysis fits better though.
    nyghtcrawleron September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBest song on the album.
    Although manicspike has the meaning almost pinned, this group the protagonist is leaving and slowly becoming more isolated from could indeed be a religion as the song states, or just a gang of people holding commonly held beliefs. It's hammering home the same point as 'Lost Pilgrim', that in our apparent 'liberal' societies, for the most part if you break away from the mainstream beliefs then you are cast out as a pariah. Whether or not you are happy with this decision may vary, because the beliefs that the group held could seem completely wrong or irrelevant to you, but take a Christian parish as an example. You were raised your entire life in a small town to a religious education and parents, and all of a sudden as a young adult you begin to question all of the things that your entire life you were told 'just were'. (Probably in some part due to listening to Bad Religion...) After this, you can never look on the same group of people you have grown up with the same way again, whether or not they still accept you, because in your heart you believe what they are doing is wrong, and in their hearts they believe that what you are doing is wrong. The social situation of any group is completely changed when a few, or just a single member of a tight group starts to think autonomously and question their common beliefs.
    mrsquareon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto elaborate on what mr.square is saying, I read an interview lately from Greg, and Brett and the rest, and they mentioned that this album is more introspection into themselves versus, the normal looking outward. I think Square is totally right, but I think that possibly the group he's referring to is society in general.

    mainly, that moment you finally separate yourself from the herd and figure out that lemmings running through their life with prescribed futures isn't for everyone, or really anyone.
    Avaranton October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell said Square nad Avarant!!! My feelings exactly
    sage_of_lighton November 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song rules! it reminds me of "Shattered Faith". I am an honest man losing religion.
    tjtech12on July 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmrsquare has this nailed, it's about mutual isolation between the disillusioned man and his former colleagues. it's not specifically about relgion, though that is the best example as Greg tends to write about atheism and flaws in religious beliefs (kind of a reference to himiself as well really).
    thezinseattleon September 24, 2008   Link
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    My Opinionwhile i quite like the meaning we have derived, i'm still nagged by the line spoken in the background during the first chorus. It seems to me that the person realizes they are different from the rest of the people, and by a lot. Like the pastor/minister/reverend/etc. of a very religious church suddenly has an epiphany: there is no God. All of the sudden, he has realized that he doesn't belong here, he needs to get out of this.
    tedweirdon January 27, 2009   Link

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