The wheat waving next to you is healthy and so fine
As is dinner with your loved-ones every day
But your routine is changeless
Through the decades of your life
Green pastures, open spaces, holy ways

And it must look pretty appealing
The acres of lights
The crowded festive nights
And the millions of others just like you
It must look pretty appealing
This other world of sin
We keep dreaming of what other people do

The person sitting next to you is dismal and deranged
On the bus ride home from work to end your day
And the food on your table is more plastic than protein
And your intellect depends on your TV

And it must look pretty appealing
The pastoral retreat
The folks on old main street
And the few pleasant people just like you
It must look pretty appealing
The simple way of life
We keep dreaming of what other people do
But we never do what other people do
You're too scared of other people not like you

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"It Must Look Pretty Appealing" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentI like DJgif's comment,

    On the plainest level it is meant to point out the horror of simplicity of life and society.

    Graffin sounds like he is a mediator trying to sell each person the other's lifestyle.

    But honestly each chorus makes everything sound horrible. And intent and cautious energy created by the music and style of Greg's singing makes the song sound very much like a warning. Amazing song.
    transcendant independenton April 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentAn excellent song about the apparant fondness of a simple life. "Ignorance is bliss..." in song form.
    anthropogentricon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDefinately about the bliss of ignorance, how appealing it looks to just live such a simple manufactured life without knowing that there is so much more to life beyond it.
    Madcappunkon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwell thats a good idea but ive always listened to it and immediatly thought it was about how we look at other people's lives and admire them
    wexenhexon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne person lives a simple life, dreaming of the city. And another person lives a city life, dreaming of a simple life. People always dream of other lives, but they are too scared to be able to figure out that they aren't any better, no matter how appealing they look.
    DJgifon May 09, 2009   Link

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