"Give You Nothing" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Hey, everybody's looking but they never can see
All the angst, corruption and the dishonesty
Think about the times and places you've never known
You're a man-swarm atom, yet you're alone

So I give you me, I give you nothing

So you've got a place that you can call your own
But you've got a habit of carrying the stone
Look around and ask someone if you are alive
You're a sidewalk cyborg speaking bionic jive

Respectable, despicable, it seems all the same
Now we realize that we have nothing to say
If your reserve is weak, audacity complete
Ask yourself again, do I deserve much from them? No!

Lyrics submitted by walking-catastrophe, edited by brgraffin

"Give You Nothing" as written by Brett Gurewitz Greg Graffin

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  • +3
    General CommentI think what he might talking about is how superficial our society as whole has become. Wasting our time working for a boss that couldn't give two shits about your existence as long as you're helping the corporation maximize its profits.

    "Look around and ask someone if you're alive,
    You're a sidewalk cipher speaking prionic jive."

    Spending most your time working breaking your back for someone else's gain prohibits an individual from spending his/her time doing something has gives meaning to their existence. This is why I think he says:

    "I give you me, I give you nothing"

    I have nothing of value or substance to justify my existence. Having put forth this idea he tells the listener : 'Ask yourself again "do I deserve much from them", no!' Live your life for yourself not for someone else's gain. You only live once. It's great social commentary.

    Well thats my interpretation at least.
    wrinkledPholeon May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Brett's friend Tom Clement who commited suicide.
    alkaline388on March 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like i think its a good song
    badreligionpigeonon July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is another Great Bad Religion Song!
    AxTxon August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentErm is it about your part in life and what you deserve and what you actually get?

    No idea, one of their best songs though.
    InTylerWeTruston October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty good ^^
    lilcrowon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton the right track phole.
    great fucking song, the bass kicks major arse.
    basstardon July 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone say "B-Reactor"?
    gofuckyourselfon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think its about Tom. that would be Along The Way. this is more social commentary. a lot of the songs on No Control are.
    wexenhexon July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^But this is on Suffer...
    Blackbird_1565on October 11, 2007   Link

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