"It's a Long Way to the Promise Land" as written by and Greg Graffin....
It's a long way to the promise land
So you'd better well know your way
Where's a ship on the ocean
And an albatross who is trying to lead you astray
Leaders, politicians, and power whores
Are in line to receive your choice
And you bet your ass, if you give it to them,
They will gladly take your voice
And it's a long way to the promise land
Wo-oh oh oh oh

It's a long way to the promise land,
If we work we might find it here
There's no substitute for enlightenment,
There's no reason for bridled fear
When you join the people who've joined the club
You gotta clench and play your hand
'cause if you fall in line you're gonna fall in time
And you'll never make a stand
It's a long way to the promise land
Wo-oh oh oh oh

What are you going to do?
When they call for you?
Bend and capitulate?
Or keep your head on straight?
Easy answers bought without experience,
Is gonna lead you to certain doom
Because the truth is just what you make of it,
It begins and ends with you!
And it's a long way to the promise land
Wo-oh oh oh oh


Lyrics submitted by Kpizzle, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"It's a Long Way to the Promise Land" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentI think this song is saying that you should follow your heart and do the right thing, even though there are gonna be a lot of people who will try to get you to do otherwise. You just gotta stick to your morals and press on, avoid all the corruption and apathy and just do your best to achieve your dreams and improve the world.
    Madcappunkon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree...though I disagree in other levels...
    EmoKiD_Rioton March 29, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"Leaders, politicians, and power whores
    Are in line to receive your choice
    ... if you give it to them,
    They will gladly take your voice"

    - don't trust others to make your decisions for you; they don't know best for you, YOU do!


    "When you join the people who've joined the club
    You've gotta clench, and play YOUR hand"

    - when you're in with everyone else who's following, you've gotta do your own thing, your own way

    "no substitute for enlightenment"

    - other people's opinions are no substitute for your own knowledge, learning is better than listening

    "easy answers bought without experience,
    Is gonna lead you to certain doom"

    - answers from another source will doom you, so go experience it and make your own answers

    "Because the truth is just what you make of it,"

    - nobody else can tell you the way things are. you have to make your own mind up.

    "What are you going to do?"

    - central question of this whole song.

    shokwaveon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwith the biblical termes... and modern

    yea its not too different from you'v got a chance I think....

    straight up you better know what your getting into out in the jungle cuz we got a long way to go..
    pinkfadeon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreg says "If you give it to them they will steal your voice". What happens if you don't give it to the leaders, politicians, and power whores that he speaks of here? Greg (the writer) and whoever the band's mail reader is, what's your answer?
    seeingon March 24, 2017   Link

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