Hey sit down and listen and they'll tell you when you're wrong
Eradicate but vindicate as progress creeps along
Puritan work ethic maintains its subconscious edge
As Old Glory maintains you consciousness

There's a loser in the house and a puppet on a stool
And a crowded way of life and a black reflecting pool
And as the people bend the moral fabric dies
Then the country can't pretend to ignore its people's cries

Cause you are the government
You are jurisprudence
You are the volition
You are jurisdiction
And I make a difference too

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You Are (The Government) Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentThis song is telling people that they can make a difference and they need to take action, so that things in this world can be changed for the better.
    Madcappunkon March 29, 2003   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me this song is frustration due to the mass short sighted, unwise, unwilling, stupidity of the people. People do their part by voting, but they seem to think that is where it ends. I think the song is telling you that you can't let politicians fuck you over. Bureaucracy is not the government, politicians are not the government, You Are The Government. Think about it, if the people demanded George Bushes head on a platter when he was committing all of those crimes as president, it would have been done. People are too caught up in their own bullshit and never ending rat race to see why things are difficult for them in the first place. Most of the time it is because of a jacked up system. Our constitution is set up for us to revise and change things for the better, but we choose not to do it. This song is a cry to the masses. The masses didn't get it in 1988 and they still haven't gotten today.
    deanerthebeaneron April 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can see where you're coming from madcappunk but, I've always viewed this song as a little sarcastic. I always thought Greg meant that people do elect their congress but in the end the congress has the ultimate control and if you can't really disagree with them but you have to bend to their rules...
    modern manon March 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe hes stating "we" as in the people, the public, the peasants, whatever, are the government. we elect who should be in government anyway.
    phat song.
    basstardon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentModern seem's closest..
    I see it as we vote who we want in power then they do some damn F@*#ing war and do shit and we get mad. But we're electing those who we hate.
    dayredon February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjesus oxigen you could be right.
    pinkfadeon October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningUh... more like Pro-freedom.
    You own your life.
    isearcyon January 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBad Religion are not anarchists, unfortunately...
    Tig45on October 06, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentYou've all got pretty thick skulls. This song is about ANARCHY. In our society we aren't the government. But in an Anarchist society you are
    "the government." This is old punk, not the new pussy Green Day bullshit, and old punk bands were almost all Anarchists.
    oxigenon April 19, 2007   Link

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