"You've Got a Chance" as written by and Greg Graffin....
A rhapsody!
Contestants in disguise
A nation of desire
But who will win the prize?
The people stand united,
Reluctantly aligned
Copying and lying
Are the favorite past-time
You've got a chance
To confront the world today
Desperate romance
Is the curse of castaways
What good is skill
If you don't make it to the dance?
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance
Common life, depicted on afternoon TV,
Is spiked to give the
Miserable a vogue identity
Hate your neighbors,
Cheat your friends,
They don't discriminate
Popularity and fame don't care
If you're a reprobate
I'm tired of all this
Shakespearean misinformation
I want to win the game
You've got the right intentions
But who's got time to think?
You've got a noon appointment,
You've got to hit the links
You're talking in the stratosphere,
You're curled up on the floor
With such a wealth of information,
Why are you so poor?
You've got a chance
To be relevant today
Desperate romance
Is the curse of castaways
What good is skill
If you don't make it to the dance?
(don't you believe what the
Wise men have to say)
Despite circumstance
You've got a chance


Lyrics submitted by Kpizzle, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"You've Got a Chance" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentThis song is a call for people to stand up and try to make a difference in the world.
    Madcappunkon March 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's saying that no matter how sorry ur situation mught seem, you still got a chance to do something about it.
    crazy_punk_gurlon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with the two posts above and am not at all trying to undercut their opinions with my post, however, I do intend to take what they posted a little bit further and expand on their thoughts and ideas. Also, I intend to look at the song a whole and give meaning to all of it.

    I believe there are 3 main points that are also very different in this song. The first point is the first verse and I believe Graffin was writing about the 2000 election in this verse. The album was released in May of 2000, six months before the presidential election. Graffin may have been voicing his opinion of the candidates shrouded “in disguise” and how the American people remain “reluctantly aligned” or together by force. The second verse is were Graffin may be voicing his concern of pop culture and the reality T.V. shows that began to take over at the turn of the century. The lines that indicate this to me the most is the last two, “Popularity and fame don’t care / if you’re a reprobate.” In other words, you can become famous even if you are a degenerate, which is something that our culture has embraced as of late. The third main point comes in the interlude I guess you could call it. This part talks of how we have the right motivations and intentions but society has drilled us in a certain direction and forces us to do things that, in turn, do not allow us to do the right thing. And of course the chorus is telling us that we do have a chance.

    That’s my take on the song, other thoughts are welcomed and encouraged.
    Waxxon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song basically calls on the American people

    depicting how their so caught-up in their minuscule tedious lives and what society and the media depicts they way they should live, they squander their potential and opt to fall in line with the rest of the people

    stand out and confront the world, dont have your goal in life being just to fit in..
    pinkfadeon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song should put you in one of the best moods of your life. You've got a chance is a message that is motivating and often valid. Despite circumstance you've got a chance... is very uplifting, especially when it is being told to you with crashing drums and a powerful guitar in the back round.
    stayfluffyon April 28, 2010   Link

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