"Along the Way" as written by and Greg Graffin....
I refuse to abuse what is kind to the Muse,
But it's there and it's happening to me along the way.
As we go through the snow, we cannot forget our foes,
But the dinner's always waiting at the table 'long the way, yeah.

What you see, not for me, isn't what you planned to be,
But you'll have what you wanted in the end along the way.
And we'll try as we cry and our brothers pass us by,
To be strong through the ages of our tears along the way, yeah.

Now we grow as we show that the morals we must know
Will be shaken and mistaken by the falls along the way.
But forget, don't regret, to find love and happiness
Unless you're willing to be strong when they are gone along the way.
Like Tommy, you are free, and you will not follow me,
Until we see each other once more on the path along the way


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"Along the Way" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentLyrically, this is one of the best BR songs ever written. So simple, yet so encompassing, this song is truely a roadmap for life (along the way is an obvious analogy for living in society). There are so many morals and trueisms in this song, it's almost astounding.
    anthropogentricon March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it refers to both.

    To answer maxben's question, Tommy is the protagonist of the Who's rock opera of the same name. The album has a song entitled, "I'm Free" in which the lyrics in one instance go: "I'm free, and I'm waiting for you to follow me."

    Now, relate both the suicide and the lyric to the song; what Graffin has done here is used both the suicide of his friend, and an inverted song lyric from the aforementioned song to create a simile about loss, or even going one's own way.
    Blackbird_1565on July 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song. but isnt it: but regret, dont forget, to find love and happiness
    ifistartarioton August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Just wish they'd made it a few minutes longer.
    Sgt.Bakeron May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just realized they reference The Who with "like Tommy, you are free."
    UMWFlyerson February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find this to be the most powerful song I have ever heard by BR. Not because of the music, it is kind of mellow, not because of large words, Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking has more, but because, as someone said earlier, it is all encompassing. No matter who you are or what situation you may be in, this song rings true.

    Can you explain the The Who reference because I don't know much about The Who and it appears to be important to the song?
    maxbenon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts not a "The Who" reference. The band, and Greg in particualr, had a close friend named Tommy who commited suicide. Knowing that now, listen to the song. You will be like "oooooohhhh I get it now"
    BRFAN714on May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts not a "The Who" reference. The band, and Greg in particualr, had a close friend named Tommy who commited suicide. Knowing that now, listen to the song. You will be like "oooooohhhh I get it now"
    BRFAN714on May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBlackbird: Now THAT'S deep.
    Kuyukly78on February 12, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentnevermind, i was wrong. my bad.
    ifistartarioton August 31, 2002   Link

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