"Kyoto Now!" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
It's a matter of prescience
No not the science fiction kind
It's all about ignorance,
and greed and miracles for the blind.

The media parading
Disjointed politics
Founded on petrochemical plunder
And we're its hostages!

If you stand to reason
You're in the game
The rules may be elusive
But all pieces are the same.

And you know if one goes down
We all go down as well
The balance is precarious
As anyone can tell.

This world's going to Hell,
Don't allow
This mythologic hopeful monster to exact its price
Kyoto now
We can't do nothing and think someone else will make it right.

You might not think it matters now
But what if you were wrong?
You might not think there's any wisdom
In a fucked up punk rock song.

But the way it is
Can not persist for long
A brutal sun is rising
On a sick horizon.

It's in the way
We live our lives
Exactly like the double edge
Of a cold familiar knife.

And supremacy
Weighs heavy on the day
It's never really what you own
But what you threw away.

And how much did you pay,
Don't allow
This mythologic hopeful monster to exact its price
Kyoto now
We can't do nothing and think that someone else will make it right.

In your dream
You saw a steady state of bounty for eternity
Silent scream
But now the wisdom that sustains us is in full retreat.

Watch out
Don't allow
This mythologic hopeful monster isn't worth the risk
Kyoto now
We can't have vision for the future if it can't be fixed

Alien
We need a fresh and new religion to run our lives
Hand in hand
The arid torpor of inaction will be our demise.

Oh
Kyoto now!


Lyrics submitted by Flyingtreemonkey

"Kyoto Now" as written by Brett Gurewitz Greg Graffin

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

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  • +4
    General CommentThe kyoto treaty is an agreement to help prevent global warming, that the united states refused to go along with , the line "you may not think it matters now, but what if you were wrong" refers to how we don't think of the future of our planet
    LessThanTimon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love this line so much: "You might not think there's any wisdom in a fucked up punk rock song" I see a lot of wisdom in punk rock, that the general public seems to overlook. Bad Religiong rocks.
    Madcappunkon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is for those who are apathetic towards politics. i thank bad religion for paying attention to our most threatened species - the environment. vote green! nader should have won the presidency!
    ltjpezgirlon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow, I did that website thing way wrong... its kyotonow.org sorry bout that
    Benny-Xon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKyoto Now! Was written during the the race to sign a functionaly underprogressive agreement by the worlds biggest consumer nations, the Kyoto Protocol. When Bad Religion wrote this song there was a chance that this multinational agreement could participate as the back bone in the fight against global warming. The purpose of this song is to motivate multiple nationalities including Americans to represent the community that aproves the kyoto protocol as the agreement was originally drafted before Russia and America other countries ruled by corporate feudalism get a chance to change it. It sound weird, but if enough serf fight against their own nobleman, they will win.
    edelmanon November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never knew about the Kyoto agreement, so I always thought this song was about the city Kyoto. It was the original Japanese capital and was best known for it's almost nonexistant crime rate. I always thought the song was saying we need to go back to doing things the way the people of Kyoto did so long ago. I now see the environmental references too though.

    Bad Religion is an incredible band. The music is complex and melodic and the lyrics are deep and meaningful. If I ruled the world, every person would be required to own this Process of Belief and listen to it every day.
    KillboyPowerheadon March 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song couldn't be more correct, at the present time.

    im in australia and most of you allready know. our political regime is pretty much the butt licker for america. so we wont sign the "kyoto agreement" until america does.

    bad religion are great.
    petetheeliteon October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentof the billions of years of sustainable atmosphere and the last hundred years or so its deteriorating like burning plastic...

    could there be a connection...
    like the 24 hour scale...

    put the earths evolution in a scale of 24 hours... humans have been alive merely a split second or two...
    and we're doing unrepairable demage... holes are getting bigger... how long do you think it will last if we'r already seeing affects in our lifetime!... theres no other way to emphasize that and if you dont understand or acknowledge it..

    your an idiot..

    for the people who advocate economic principles over foresight...
    this is why we'r all fucked.. people like you... people with your views.. yes you...

    pinkfadeon June 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is an enjoyable one, and it's a good political anthem (although Bad Religion should have released it as a single in July 2001, when the issue was still up for discussion in America.) But even though I enjoy it, it's not THE highlight of "The Process of Belief."
    Edoon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with LessThanTim, it's about global warming. "Kyoto Now" was or is, not sure, a name for "a movement dedicated to the ratifacation of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty by the US Senate." Check out kyotonow.org...Anywho it's a fuckin sweet song
    Benny-Xon July 22, 2002   Link

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