"Punk Rock Song" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Have you been to the desert?
Have you walked with the dead?
There's a hundred thousand children being killed for their bread

And the figures don't lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please

Have you lived the experience?
Have you witnessed the plague?
People making babies sometimes just to escape
In this land of competition the compassion is gone
Yet we ignore the needy and we keep pushing on
We keep pushing on

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something's wrong
Like ants in a colony we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' insects out there
And this is just a punk rock song
(like workers in a company we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' robots out there)

Have you visited the quagmire?
Have you swam in the shit?
The party conventions and the real politic
The faces always different, the rhetoric the same
But we swallow it, and we see nothing change
Nothing has changed

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective
One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin' out of time


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"Punk Rock Song" as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +1
    My InterpretationPeople go on with their lives doing what they can. Unfortunatley, many fall victim to the oratory of the political elite, putting their faith in them. But are the politicians goals and objectives really aligned with what the people need? Look at how they spend (read: waste) enormous amounts of money on events/programs/things used to garner enough support to be re-elected ($10 million on a losing campaign), or worse...programs/entities used to maintain control of the people and ensure they stay in power (war on drugs, department of homeland security, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc, etc).

    But what does Bad Religion know...it's just a punk rock song.
    Demagogueon October 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFunny how this song suddenly became so relevant.
    ryan115057on May 17, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song says a lot about the way we live. I like the song, but it is kinda depressing
    NtoTheDrkon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about the truth in the american society.
    kapinnnon May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt cant be more true than this
    HyoCHANon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is very true to how we live. it is sad and depressing but its how f***ked up the world is
    casualtie14on June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTen million dollars on a losing campaign
    Twenty million starving and writhing in pain

    i really like those two lines
    dead_kennedyson June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite BR songs. Describes the world as it is, whether we like it or not.
    Nemhainon July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBR know exactly how to put reality into words...this song rawks!!!
    BaD_ReLiGiOn_BaBeon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm sure everyone agree with me if I say that the lyrics makes this song. I've listened to this song many years ago, but I didn't know english that well so I didn't even thought about the lyrics. Some years later, I discoverd them, and the song became so great. Yes, Bad Religion Babe, they really know how to put reality into words. One of my truly favourites.
    antikriston July 26, 2002   Link

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