"Half-Truism" as written by and Bryan Keith Holland....
One is for envy and one just for spite
The cuts in my heart, they show me your eyes
Don't make it better by twisting knife
Turns all by itself, on to someone else

Your self-liberation, we'll leave this behind
Beyond slings and arrows that rain on our minds
You'll make it better shaking it off
It never mattered anyway

If we don't make it alive, it's a hell of a good day to die
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long
And it's ashes to ashes again, should we even try to pretend?
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long

The banner you're waving is burning and red
It's blocking the sun light that shines overhead
You against the world, diamonds and pearls
Voices inside you churn, watch the city burn

Your own liberation will leave them behind
All the slings and arrows that rain on your mind
Don't make it better break it 'cause
It never mattered anyway

If we don't make it alive, it's a hell of a good day to die
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long
And it's ashes to ashes again, should we even try to pretend?
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long

I won't calm down

The banner you're waving is burning and red
You against the world, diamonds and pearls
It never mattered, mattered,
Mattered anyway

If we don't make it alive, it's a hell of a good day to die
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long
And it's ashes to ashes again, should we even try to pretend?
All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long

All our light that shines strong only lasts for so long


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"Half-Truism" as written by Bryan Keith Holland

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    General CommentI CANNOT WAAAAIT FOR THE NEW ALBUM :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
    anyone else with me?
    emchappson March 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is a damned good song, im hyped for the new album :D and thats a pretty decent translation from the version thats out there atm
    streatheron March 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it means don't pretend to be someone your not. respect who you are for yourself and know that life only last for so long, so why cant we all get along?
    hurleyguy182on June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to say its about people bringing other people down. The lyric,

    "One is for envy and one just for spite, the cuts in my heart, they show in your eyes"

    I believe is saying you cut me down because you want to be like me but your not and you cant deal with it. This is backed by the lyrics,

    "The banner you're waving is burning and red
    It's blocking the sunlight that shines overhead
    You against the world
    Diamonds and pearls, voices inside you churn
    Watch the city burn"

    I think those lyrics are talking about something your passionate about, something so strong it stirs within you. "Watch the city burn" is a tricky one though. Maybe it burns because their ignorance consumes them. Any comments on that?
    Wired_57on September 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDiamonds and Pearls... Pokémon anyone? xD

    no seriously, great song, my favorite part

    "If we don't make it alive
    It's a hell of a good day to die."

    Kinda live one day at a time, or carpe-diem, but also being happy with one's doings so far.
    the_djinon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like the Offspring and I think this CD sounds more like what they used to be. Definately not what every other pop/punk band sounds like. Their last two CDs haven't been this good.
    Rockstar729on November 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me this one has sounded like a breakup song, where the singer is fairly pissed off. Lines like:

    "The twisting knife turns all by itself,
    On to someone else"

    He's moving on because it can't be saved?

    "If we don't make it alive
    It's a hell of a good day to die."

    Sounds like he just doesn't care if they "don't make it"

    "All our light that shines strong
    Only lasts for so long."

    A cynical remark about how all good things fade and come to an end.

    "It never mattered anyway"

    Another cynical line, maybe claiming that to her it never mattered.


    I have a feeling this isn't the intended meaning of the song, but it certainly seems to fit.
    tailgunneron January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe line about "If we don't make it alive" I don't think would be referring to an apathetic view of failure so much as him just making the best of it, hence, "Hell of a good day to die"
    Ibanezplayer1017on April 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not certain, but this album seems to have a pretty political feel to it. Maybe it's only because I just looked up Hammerhead on here, but I sense a bit of current events inspiration in this song. Perhaps it could be a reference to the hate for America in the Middle East?


    "One is for envy and one just for spite / The cuts in my heart, they show in your eyes / It don't make it better / Twisting knife that turns by itself onto someone else"

    The first two lines could be as wired_57 pointed out references to their jealousy, but not of an individual, of American quality of life? The last third line of that passage could be a reference to the fact that their hate doesn't help their situation. "Twisting knife that turns by itself onto someone else" could be saying that trying to stab America in the back with surprise attacks could have turned their anger toward the rest of the world with the Madrid bombings and other events outside of America.


    "Your self liberation will leave this behind / Beyond slings and arrows raining on your mind / You'll make it better / Shake it off, it never mattered anyway"

    "Self liberation" with America's assistance of Iraq and Afghanistan, or perhaps against American oppression in those countries? "Beyond slings and arrows raining on your mind" a reference to the insulted feeling of having your country invaded? "You'll make it better" by fighting back against the invasion. "Shake it off, it never mattered anyway" could mean either the life of a suicide bomber, and everything he holds dear. It could also suggest that they should just give up on their fight because the invasion of their country never mattered and that their leadership is just being replaced by America's equally oppressive rule.


    "If we don't make it alive / It's a hell of a good day to die. / All our light that shines strong / Only lasts for so long. / And it's ashes to ashes again / Should we even try to pretend? / All our light that shines strong / Only lasts for so long."

    I feel like this is the line that gives the most support to my theory. The lyrics could easily be referring to the words of a suicide bomber/millitant who wants to fight against American rule. I'll admit, however that the line "Should we even try to pretend" has some trouble fitting into this description.


    "The banner you're waving is burning and red / It's blocking sunlight that shines overhead / You against the world / Diamonds and pearls, voices inside you churn / Watch the city burn"

    The banner could refer to a burning American flag. The flag is blocking the sunlight because it's just making things worse in the country by throwing society into a state of uncertainty and chaos. "You against the world" could easily refer to the fact that the invasion began as a coalition force of British, French, and American soldiers. "Diamonds and pearls" was a book published, I believe, in 2002 and is written about a woman who inherits a fortune, but has some deep secret? I'm not certain if this is an accurate connection, but if so could symbolize America's wealth masking the bankrupt morality of its society, though I'll leave "voices inside you churn" up for further interpretation. And finally, "watch the city burn" could be another reference to the chaos of the war in Iraq.


    That's just my two cents, and I'm by no means an English major or an expert on the Offspring's lyrics. What does everyone else think of this interpretation? Amazing song btw, and if its meaning parallels my interpretation, it's very deep and symbolic. And yes everyone, "If we don't make it alive / It's a hell of a good day to die." is one of the most powerful lines from the Offspring :D Great band!
    Athaulfon May 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think you're all over analyzing the song a little bit. Half-truism. It's a play on the word altruism, which means extreme dedication to something to the point of caring more about that something than your own well being. A kamikaze pilot...while an extreme example, would be altruistic.

    Half-truism I guess means being not-so dedicated to something, and caring more about yourself. The cuts in my heart, your own liberation will leave them behind, etc. I'm not going to try to figure out exactly what the song means, but for example, if you've ever seen titanic, that one guy that boarded the dingy by saving someones baby...that, in my opinion was...half-truistic. He needed the baby to get on the dingy, and while he may have saved him, all he really cared about was getting himself on that boat.
    nynl6986on October 31, 2009   Link

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