"Don't Sell Me Short" as written by and Greg Graffin....
We don't need any more mountains
Because the trail builders
Failed to give us passage there
So we can't reach the sky
We don't need any more failure
There is human tragedy
That's written everywhere
And we are all too young to die
Like a mystery that's here to stay
Some people never go away
'cause they've got something to say
Don't sell me short!
You've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
Just because I don't belong
Like it or not I'm all you've got,
Dispose when I'm shot
Just don't sell me short,
I might not be who you thought
We don't need any more fables
Because the writers have passed
And left us lessonless
And we must find our own way
We don't need any more privilege
There is vivid desperation
That is powerless
That no surplus can repay
Like the fix of rapture in a trance
Oh, fates are sealed by circumstance
So you've got to take a chance
Don't sell me short!
You've been wrong too long
Don't brush me off
Just because I don't belong
Pass me on by, ignore my cry,
Forget me when I die
Just don't sell me short,
Not while I'm still alive
Everybody's talking about heaven on earth,
I'm still trying to figure out
Just what I'm worth
I'm full of emotion
And stuff you can't contain
And you just want to
Flush me down the drain
But you can't make me go away


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"Don't Sell Me Short" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General Comment"We don't need any more fables... priviledge... mountains... etc"

    These are all metaphors for conservative values.

    "Don't sell me short, you've been wrong too long. Don't brush me off just because I don't belong"

    This is a man pleaing with the public to stop ignoring progressive voices (such as bad religion). Conservative values aren't helping anymore, so people should give progressives a chance.
    Vissanon January 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so good! i saw bad religion at warped yesterday! they are awesome live!
    evol stairwellon June 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is good. This is one of the only songs off that album i like. I've seen them live a couple of times, just awesome.
    BadReligionGrrrlon July 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat it means to me is someone is being underestimated as they give the same advice Bad Religion does, and that they really aren't who everyone thinks they are. "..Don't sell me short / I might not be who you thought.."
    Akanaon July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGive everyone the time to express themselves, and give them the respect they deserver as humans.

    weaselfierceon August 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is by far my all time favorite. Bad Religion in my opinion is one of the best punk bands out there. I just love this song becuz its exactly how I feel about the world today and all the people in it who are too quick to judge and dont give ppl a chance to express the way the feel about certain issues GREAT FUKING SONG!
    strungout813on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPeople really do judge people much too quickly based on looks and clothing, without really getting to know what the person is really about. Everyone deserves a chance to express themselves.
    Madcappunkon March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe New America is so underrated. By being so optimistic and strong in the lyrics, Bad Religion put out their most different album since Into The Unknown
    ShesMyAlcatrazon December 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha. I love how people hate things because of principal rather than quality. In a way, isn't that what this song is about? You despised the albums because you didn't want a big label associated with Bad Religion. Because Atlantic wasn't supposed to be in the scene and society you built around yourself maybe? Don't sell that stuff short just because it's different, it still has a lot of power and deserves to be accepted. But yeah, Brett was very needed in the band to give the songs more diversity.

    Oh, and Into the Unknown didn't suck. It was not Punk. So as "Punk" music it sucked, but as music it wasn't all too bad.
    maxbenon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentText is great. Unfortunately punk is too monotonous for me. But this is great.
    wowuon December 09, 2008   Link

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