"Broken" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
She said
Thanks but I'm broken
I guess
You must have misspoken
What a laugh
I've never been chosen by anyone

She was barely a teen
Hanging out in between
Just a part of the scene
With mercurial smile
And incurable style
She was only a dream
How's that
He didn't know a thing about
Making love to the kind of girl you read about

He said
I'm bound to be broken
My Daddy bet
That I'd amount to nothing
He won't let anybody show him anything

He was a troubled child
Had been down for a while
Always kept to himself
No she couldn't defend
He only wanted a friend
Now he's made something else
It's so sad no one saw it coming
The paper said that he hit the ground running

Oh yeah
I know I'm not broken
A little cracked
But still I'm not broken
I want to laugh but I think that I'm choking on reality

When the
World is turning for you
Don't turn on me
Who are you here to repair
Well I don't know what you mean
You could never resist
Glorifying despair
Well now it's coming to you and I don't really care

Well I'm not
The kind to insist
You couldn't have missed
We must co exist
So please listen to me
There is no such thing as human debris

Oh yeah
I know I'm not broken
A little cracked
But dad I'm not so nothing
I want to laugh
I'm not joking

I'm unbroken
Oh yeah I said I'm unbroken
I said I'm unbroken
A little cracked it's just a token
I'm really not broken
What a guess I'm unbroken


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"Broken" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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  • +4
    General CommentThe Knave, I believe you're talking shit. I really don't think Greg would sleep with a child. And also, this song obviously contains a story and it's clearly not about 40 year old guy fucking a minor. So fuck you.

    Love this song.
    MissNeuroticon January 14, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is so beautiful: "So please listen to me - there is no such thing as human debris". it's a plea never to give up other people, however nasty or "broken" they must seem. Often we treat people as if they were "debris"; things like Capital Punishment to get them out of the place instead of dealing with the deeper rooted issues of poverty and education.

    Does anyone else get the impression that the boy has raped the girl: "he only wanted a friend - now he's made something else" - something else = a child? The undertones do suggest rape, but it could easily be teenage sex leading to teenage parenthood, causing their lives to be "broken"?
    NeuroticSurgeonon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about feeling worthless. Felling that you don't deserve to be happy. (hence the mentions of everybody constantly putting them down, people telling him that he will never amount to anything even by his own dad, and people convincing the girl she is not worthwile by just ignoring her.

    "He only wanted a friend
    Now he's made something else
    It's so sad no one saw it coming
    The paper said that he hit the ground running"
    May indeed mean that he got her pregnant but it seems to me that all that need have happened was they fell in love and it scared the hell out of him. (after all he didn't believe he deserved it and would mess it up)

    The song ends with the realization that you aren't worthless even with your faults.
    Jae_Don January 12, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI feel this song is from greg graffin's point of view talking about these people. All of which are in someway alienated. The girl believes she is broken because no one has ever chosen her. The boy believes he is broken because that is what hes been told. Greg is saying that being cracked is a token, perfection doesn't exist, the great thing is imperfection, and we as a society refuse to see that. Through alienation we destroy ourselves.
    rebelde_perroon September 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo, I just recently discovered Bad Religion and I must say they are pretty awesome.
    rosebud_2oooon February 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhoever thinks this song is "not punk" probably regards "Lost in the Supermarket" by The Clash "not punk." just 'cause it's different than the fast pace of hardcore doesn't change the heart and soul of the song, which is quite punk.
    Ikky36on April 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's always seemed to me that this song is a plea to stop trying to fix people. It progresses from "Thanks, but I'm broken" to "I'm bound to be broken" to "I know I'm not broken". I think that even though there are clearly separate characters, they're not really separate. Multiple characters makes the concept universal. And even though your life could be hard and it seems like a total mess from the outside, that doesn't mean you need to save them. (I use save very specifically here. Meaning: save as in "make a project of turning them into an example of your morals" not assist them with what they ask for)
    EvangelinesCrimeon May 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat broken-down white trash love story.
    Tig45on August 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel that this song is basicly about how a lot of people have treated him badly and hit him down, hes got chucked by his girl his dad thinks hes a waste of space. hes sayin that although this has affected him "a little cracked" he is still able to come out fighting and carry on with his life " im not broken" well thats what the song seems to me n in some kinda ways it is a positive song
    docile_kipperon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite bad religion songs.
    I think the boy gets the girl pregnant ("He only wanted a friend, Now he's made something else")
    He just leaves her though ("the paper said that he hit the ground running") And all the things that docile_kipper said sound right.

    tiGeR_tOrAon August 01, 2002   Link

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