"Prodigal Son" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Oh, can't you feel the nostalgia? I wonder about ya
Modern-istocrat Horatio Alger
Clever, never hesitating in the baiting, ever waiting
For the canticle of manacles abating
Did you ever forget you had a regret, and what you only guessed at
Might still be waiting?

[Chorus:]
When the prodigal son with a caroming shadow of hate comes to land at home
Well, he's a morning star with a champagne heart at his curtain call
And father never understood the way the work gets done
Don't look at me; no, I ain't one, no prodigal son
Don't look at me; no, I ain't one, no prodigal son

When everybody about is ready to bout you about controversial values
Don't you think you better readdress the level of the cowardice rising to drown you?
Did you ever connect or come to reject or even inspect
That dream that hounds you?

[Chorus]

When you least expect it, he's going to run
Like the blood red path of the western sun, oh yeah
The prodigal son is waiting, waiting for his moment to come

Well, hell no, don't look at me
Can't you see? I ain't one, no prodigal son
It ain't me; no, I ain't one, no prodigal son


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"Prodigal Son" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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  • +1
    General CommentThe last line of verse two is "the dreams that hound you."
    Horatio Alger was an author who wrote stories about people turn their lives around from being poor to rich.
    Erroriston July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow is this a rip off of The Decline? NOFX has tons of respect for Bad Religion, they always have.
    Erroriston July 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was just kidding...
    it's similar though in "no i ain't one, no prodigal sooooooooon"
    knowoneon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrett song?
    knowoneon July 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think so. It sounds like a Brett song, anyway.
    Blackbird_1565on August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey rhyming scheme in the first verse ("clever never hesitating in the bating ever waiting for the canticle of manacles abaiting") sounds very Graffin-esque to me.
    tomscahillIVon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI haven't read any of Horatio Alger work so I am not really sure how he fits into it, but the rest of the song is the story of the prodigal son but from the other son's perspective. "Do you ever forget - you had a regret - and what you only guessed at Might still be waiting?" sums up the other brother's resentment for their father's acceptance of the prodigal son. Like he is wishing bad things on his brother.

    Also the refrain of "Don't look at me, no I ain't one, no prodigal son" comes across to me in a very sarcastic tone again driving home the feelings of the other son.
    theMassNerdereron February 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "no I ain't one, no prodigal son part" seems like a reference to CCR's Fortunate Son.
    barbarusBarbatuson August 25, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThey ripped off NOFX's "The decline"
    Great Song
    knowoneon July 06, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentProdigal means like, very wasteful. He is just emphasizing that he is not prodigal. The last three lines make it sound like being prodigal is a really shameful thing, so I think that the song it trying to persuade people to stop being wasteful.
    stayfluffyon April 28, 2010   Link

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