"You Don't Belong" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Hey you
Is there something worth aspiring to
And can it be found in a record store
Well it's not there anymore
Just think of all the things we did
We were different
Just like all the other kids

Missy was a teen blue video star
Tom took his life in his mother's car
Milo went to college but you knew about that
Rodney played our record
GG started riots
Laurie was always quiet
She was battling depression

Hey you
Is there something worth belonging to
And can I pick it up for a song
Or a diploma or a worthy cause
Well let me tell you that there's nothing wrong
It's just that ones like us will never belong

Jack wore a skirt but he knew how to scrap
Billy went to county on a class one possession
Wendy went to school while her daddy shot smack
Eugene kept a list
Mugger was security
Mary she kept her purity
We were all in it together

Yellowed postcards on the wall
Serve to cover up a blankness after all
So I will carry them along
Like a song when I'm gone yeah

Hey you
Is there something worth belonging to
You know we've been here all along
Like a confederacy of the wrong
And I confess it could be prejudice
But to you I dedicate this song
Yeah to you

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"You Don't Belong" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., MOTHERSHIP MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    General Commentbluetears I think i know some others...some aren't 100% though, but they'd be a good guess.

    Heres my list:
    1. "Tom took his life in his mother's car": Tom Clements, from Give You Nothing, died in a car accident.
    2. "Milo went to college but you knew about that": Milo Aukerman from the Descendents, also "Milo goes to college" is the title of one of the Descendents albums.
    3. "Rodney played our record": Rodney "on the rock" show from local Southern California station KROQ who played Bad Religion fo the first time on the radio.
    4. "GG started riots": GG Allen obviously, he was one crazy guy so riots fits perfectly.
    5. "Laurie was always quiet, she was battlin' depression": This could possibly be Laurie Anderson, the only one alternative/punk music in the business I can think of with the name Laurie.
    5. "Jack wore a skirt but he knew how to scrap": Jack Grisha, singer for TSOL, he was known to wear a skirt on stage.
    6. "Billy went to county on a class one possession": Mr. Brett himself (as in No Control's Billy Gnosis) This was reference to when he was caught with ten balloons of heroin and was ordered by the court to go to rehab.
    7. "Wendy went to school while her daddy shot smack": Mr. Brett's daughter makes sense to this one.
    8. "Eugene kept a list": This one isn't known for sure, but my guess since Eugene isn't that common of a name is that it is supposed to be Eugene Reynolds of The Rezillos.
    9. "Mugger was security": Mugger was the roadie From Black Flag.
    10. "Mary she kept her purity": Mary Harron, news reporter/publisher, possibly sarcasm with the line here.

    The only person I am still trying to figure out who she is, Is "Missy was a teen blue video star."
    Hope this helped
    opivy7898on December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, I love the part that goes, "It's just that ones like us, will never belong" Everyone feel slike they don't belong sometimes. This song is great.
    Madcappunkon March 29, 2003   Link
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    General Comment'we were different, just like all the other kids' true. being different is just being the same..

    the names of people in the songs are people who bad religion really knew
    tom = tom clement ('along the way'/'give you nothing')
    milo = milo aukerman
    rodney = rodney from rodney on the rock (first guy to play br's records)
    jack = jack grisham
    billy = brett himself ('billy gnosis'/'billy')

    anyone know any of the others?
    bluetearson October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song captures the reality in teenagers lives. Every teenager that I know has felt like this at some point and the words the writer utilizes brings out the meaning in a way which makes them more real.
    Mandi 03on January 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe only other one is missy was a teen blue video start.... well a 'blue movie' is a term for a porno, so im assuming missy was a teen porn star

    well since i own at researching here's wat i found.
    theres one famous porn star named missy in particular. shes in the encyclopedia as the only porn star name missy. she lived in san fernando valley. it proly isnt a coincidence that greg graffin lived there too. the are only three years apart in age. i was so amused when i discovered the connection between the two -> the odds are they knew each other from school, where graffin was an outcast who discovered an underground punk radio station, inspiring him to form bad religion, and where "missy' was on of the popular girls at school. well there you have it. i own
    chiefhky29on September 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBluetears,
    the Tom in this song and "Give you nothing" is a different Tom than Tommy in "Along the way"
    The Tommy "Along the way" is refering to The Who's rock opera, Tommy. The last track on that album is "I'm Free". Also, this song was written by Greg who most likely didn't know Tom(He was Brett's friend, not Greg's), and Tom died in a car accident 2 years after "Along the way" was written.

    Other than that you, chiefhky29 and opivy7898 are right about everyone.
    TBarberon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentinteresting note, "You Don't Belong" is written on the back of some punk's shirt at a Bad Religion show in a photo on "How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" reissue...
    wexenhexon August 09, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionWell, i don't know about the real lyrics, but in the lyrics i got with the original CD i bought, it says 'Jimmy started riots', not GG.
    Just sayin.
    JimmyFuckeron July 22, 2010   Link

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