"Leaders and Followers" as written by and Greg Graffin....
There's the image of a man
Who commands a high opinion
But he hides his hatred with a sheepish grin

And beside him flanking closely
Are the boisterous hollow masses
Who lap up whatever trickles in

This intercourse of nature,
This vulgar social pastime
Reflects the lowest mark of our progress

And the few who ride peripheral
Maintain subtle advantage
Fighting hard to abstain and redress

Do you know your place
In the big charade?
Are you more than they?

Leaders and followers
Leaders and followers

Recognition by proximity
And a brand new face
Just a smidgen of success pie
And a pinch of social grace
You can play with the big boys
Or you can tell them what to do
But sooner or later there's another one like you

The voyeuristic public
Of which we're all a part
Maintains perspective on the human play

And while many have desires
Of joining in the show
Many turn and go the other way

Tell me do you know your place
In the big parade?
Are you fear and shame?

Lyrics submitted by punk_in_drublic99, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Leaders and Followers" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentAnother great BR song on a great soundtrack, Clerks
    the3living1endon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is saying you can be a leader or a follower, it is up to you to make the choice...
    Madcappunkon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell Madcappunk, has somewhat a point...basically I think this means or points out the roles we take in society.

    "The voyeuristic public
    Of which we're all a part
    Maintains perspective on the human play"

    We as the "voyeuristic public" keep things intact...
    Blah...I don't know if that really makes sense to anyone but me :)
    EmoKiD_Rioton April 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about politics.
    Sorrynametakenon May 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnother song capturing BR's "Antitheism". Don't restrict yourselves to a party/religion/institution. Think for yourself.

    He sees both the "Leaders and Followers" as inherently bad, as he states in the first two stanzas.

    'Are you more then they" is the real question.
    xvpatchvxon September 17, 2004   Link

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