It's a love song to the self
A story recapped every day
It's a world of bogus feelings
And a world of slow decay
It's a world of laughter hidden by this world of fear and torment
A game of strange compulsion, our visceral convulsion

Anxiety for love of life
Anxiety for pain
Anxiety, a feeling that you know you can't contain
Anxiety destroys us but it drives the common man
Foundation of society
Anxiety
Suppress it if you can

The caste of coffee-achievers didn't perform like they planned
The morning rush hour traffic is our play of false elan
So run around your frantic track and lay you down to sleep
Tomorrow's the redemption
We strive for that exception

Anxiety for love of life
Anxiety for pain
Anxiety, a fear that you have nothing more to gain
Anxiety destroys us but it drives the common man
Foundation of society
Anxiety
Suppress it if you can

What are we angry for?
We all need a common cure
That common goal for which you strive
To have more than the other guy

The quest for the truth
The quest for the gold
We end up all the same
The common lie
The righteous cry
We end up all the same
The angry crowd
Those lost and found
Everybody's all the same
The poet's pen
These words I lend
We all bend to anxiety


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Anxiety Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis is currently my favorite BR song. I say currently because as I grow, so does my taste for BR. Amazing how I know all their music but appreciate it differently the older I get.

    This song to me means we have all this self induced pressure (anxiety) to be the best. We measure that by money or possessions. So we have this anxiety to impress others and think we are advancing our lives with these material things. In the end, we all end up the same no matter what things or people we have acquired through our lives.

    That's the next thing I need to understand. Other BR songs say to do actions worthy of note, but even if we do that we end up all the same. So what's the point? Better to have a bronze medal than nothing I suppose.
    jasonnov118on April 20, 2012   Link

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