"Something to Believe In" as written by and Bryan Holland....
I believe that reality's gone
Disillusion's real
I believe that morality's gone
And there's nothing to feel

If you take the sacred things
The things that we hold dear
Empty promise is all you'll find
So give me something

Something to believe in
I believe in a changing of the guard
Put our feet on the ground
See it happen in your own backyard

Everything breaks down
Do you accept what you are told
Without even thinking
Throw it all and make your own

And give me something
Something to believe in
Where they lead
You will follow

Well I guess that's just the way it goes
And if you look away
You'll be doing what they say
An if you look alive

You'll be singled out and tried
If you take home anything
Let it be your will to think
The more cynical you become

The better off you'll be


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"Something to Believe In" as written by Bryan Holland

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    General CommentDescription of society condensed into one short song. Fucking brilliant.
    Weebleon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentonly 1 comment? jesus! this is by far (in my opinion) the best offsring song! simply amazing.
    SeXPiSToLon April 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about people who just kind of accept religion the way it is and don't actually try to think about their situation. You don't have to be an athiest to live by this song though, which I think they tried to imply. They mearly want you to sit back and really look at what you believe it, trash it all and come up with a new set of beliefs based entirely on what you believe life should be about.

    I always believed this should be true. If you find that you believe in God, that's fine, if you don't, that's fine too, but to simply say you do or don't because it seems like it's the way everyone is going isn't right. I don't know how many people I know are athiests just because they wanted to look smart.
    slagoniaon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is probably more about society then God, but i guess it can have more thenone interpretation. Either way, this song is fucking amazing! "The more cynical you become the better of you'll be" - so true!
    crazy_punk_gurlon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEmpty promis is all you'll find
    should be
    hands of crime is all you'll find, just give me something to believe in
    iquit666on June 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentiguit, check Offspring.com or the CD insert. Or, better yet, listen to the song. The line is clearly "Empty promise is all you'll find"
    nightwolf923on July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's not just about religion, but science and everything that's happening.
    egassem_lanimilbuson March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWoah, I've been listening to this song for a long time before listening to the lyrics. It caught my attention with the last line,

    The more cynical you become
    The better off you'll be


    That perfectly summarizes my life. This whole song does. I agree with slag and what he said. Be cynical, be doubtful, question everything in life and form your own goddamn thoughts and opinions.

    The whole last verse speaks to me.

    Where they lead
    You will follow
    I guess thats just the way it goes


    Don't be a sheep. Make up your own mind.


    And if you look away
    You'll be doing what they say
    And if you look alive
    You'll be singled out and tried

    But in making up your own mind, you might get questioned for it. That's society for you, but who cares? Speak out.


    The Offspring have really impressed me this time. This song has been under my nose for too long to have not noticed this.
    Winduon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've been thinking the same thing Windu. I'm studying philosphy in my Humanities class and I just noticed how this song is basically about philosophy (which I would define as the critical examination of life).
    quartercouchon November 15, 2009   Link

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