"Change The World" as written by and Bryan Holland....
I see the way the salesmen stare into the sun
I stood and watched them as they fell off one by one
And everyone's so blind
They're not to help mankind

Reach into your bag of tricks and pull another one
You don't want to change the world
Like you say
You're in it for yourself

No one else
You're ready
Saving yourself
You're gonna change the world

You're ready
Saving yourself
You're gonna change the world
Now when the day is set they'll line up all the same


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"Change the World" as written by Bryan Holland

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    General CommentHey guys!! Great responses.....Most songs have many meanings to the writer...this one has ONE......It is about Brett Gurewitz and the bands perspective on the way he did them wrong during the controversial split from Epitaph Records to signing with Sony Records....Article from 1997---------
    Dexter Holland said he began reading reports and hearing rumors that Epitaph's owner, punk musician Brett Gurewitz, was being courted by major-label princes seeking to buy a share of the company. The Offspring had refused even to talk to the majors, Holland said. We felt really betrayed, like we couldn't trust him anymore. We thought we'd be sold off like a [expletive] commodity. It was so far from where we started with this guy," in what the Offspring had regarded as a "brotherhood of Epitaph."

    If the band was going to be treated as a commodity instead of a blood brother, Holland said, it would choose its own buyer; hence its decision last year to leave Epitaph for Columbia Records, which offered lucrative advance bonuses and royalty rates....Dexter said: "At the time,Epitaph was worth 40 million and 30 million of it was from our SMASH record,so if Brett was going to consider outside business deals,we thought we should be there to be part of the discussion.But we werent."

    Back to present day......This song was directly written, lyrically anyway as a "this is who you REALLY are--a kind of FUCK YOU!! to brett gurewitz",who of course was thought of as a punk svengali so to speak since he was the owner/operator of Epitaph,founding member of Bad Religion and discoverer and signer of Rancid,Offspring,and Pennywise...You dont want to change the world
    Like you say
    You're in it for yourself
    No one else
    You're ready
    Saving yourself
    You're gonna change the world
    You're ready
    Saving yourself
    You're gonna change the world.....is a direct reference to their feelings that Gurewitz was a phony.They were going to dedicate the song to him,but were threatened with a lawsuit if they did.....So,instead they called their album Ixnay On The Hombre,which of course translates to---FUCK THE MAN....many songs on this album are lyrically about the feud and bitter media split with Gurewitz.
    BraxtonLyricon February 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn...why havent more people responded to this song...its such a great song. blinkbomber, im surprised you havent said anything yet. tisk tisk. anywho, the song is great from the little doodle that is played at the end of smash to the excellently written lyrics..awesome song, nothing more, nothing less. end of discussion
    cerealheaduson September 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI find it comforting that some of you never come back to the site...

    That being said, this song doesn't strike me as being about politics at all.

    I think it's more about people that say they're trying to help people but have a personal agenda. It's about that kind of person, be they politicians, evangelists, whatever.
    magicmanx9on January 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwho cares if they re-use some riffs? they're a great band.
    bensley5662on September 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really think this song is about politics and all their b.s. schemes in trying to get into a position of power. This is pretty well shown through the lines:
    "You dont wanna change the world like u say"
    "I see the salesmen stare into the sun, i watch as they fell off one by one"
    Liquid Iseon July 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentonce again, cerealheadus is totally right, this song rocks soooo much and no one says anything! come on... i got a question though. in Genocide, off smash, they play the same sequence of notes like, during this intro and in genocide's chorus. It's awesome, but why use the same one over again? were they working on it or did they just like or what??
    GloryGuy11on September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, GloryGuy, its because its the best sequence of notes. Ever.
    penguin341on September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEVER!
    coolstuff25on June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep ever
    purplepeopleeateron December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with magicman, this song does not apply soley to politicians, but to pretty much anyone in a position of power from which they can affect change on the world, and it is from this seat that while they claim they are going to do one thing to make the world a better place, in reality they are just trying to keep things comfortable for themselces.

    Oh, and as for the same note sequence as Genocide, EVER. 'nuff said.
    PyroPenguinon January 25, 2005   Link

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