"No Substance" as written by and Greg Graffin....
History doesn't make something right
Consensus is not a fact-based exercise
You're tied and bound to this self indulgent enterprise

We call America
A brush with a star, a token of love
A name in the sand, enough is enough
A diet of air, a face on the net
A fish your palm, your television set

Once you convince yourself
The universe falls into place
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there
And still water stales a soft summer breeze
You cling to your hopes while your drop to your knees

There's no substance
Once you convince yourself
The universe falls into place
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there
And still water stales a soft summer breeze
You cling to your hopes while your drop to your knees
There's no substance


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"No Substance" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General Comment(Here is a part of an interveiw greg did in 1998)

    N.Y. Rock:On No Substance you seem almost bitter...


    Greg:I'm not bitter, but if you are aware of our culture, which I think I am, then you see how it's becoming more and more superficial and I'm addressing that. The media and TV seem to take over peoples' brains. [People] don't want to see what happens in the real world. Their minds get corrupted by fashion. There's nothing wrong with enjoying fashion, if it's just a casual enjoyment, but it isn't just that anymore; it has become compulsive. The increase of cosmetic surgery is a big indicator for me in that respect.

    People are too focused on the outside, on looks, and they neglect everything else. If looks are all that matter to you, then you admit that other values, like political awareness and social conscience, carry no meaning for you. You focus too much on things that have no substance. If you base your whole life on looks, then remember that they're not going to last. They're only skin deep and what will happen if your looks fade? More cosmetic surgery, if you can afford it? Erasing everything that's characteristic and replacing it with a plain plastic Barbie smoothness is not beautiful. It's a misconception of beauty. Real beauty, [however], springs from within.
    BoysDontCry2on March 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about how people just care about looks, and personality doesn't matter, the substance of issues, the substance of anything has no meaning to anyone anymore. They can barely scratch the surface.
    gofuckyourselfon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song represents the fake truths and biases in the world. history and consensus simply go by what the majority of the populous thinks, and what people have written down over the years.. the song speaks about how there is no real substance, or truth, to hold onto. everything seems to have a flaw of some sort, and when the skeptical minds of the more recent generations look for meaning, they can't find it.
    screwyoutooon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttell that to MJ
    pinkfadeon May 26, 2009   Link

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