So you waste another day getting older and gray in the head,
And you're hearing lots of stories 'bout the happy times you have ahead.
There are other folks in power so you kick back and get farther behind,
And although the world rotates itself the only thing you twist is your mind.
You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts,
And surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it.
You mean nothing to the world, we're all someone else's fool,
But oh, what can you do?
"Yeah you waste your time with losers if you get stuck in a rock-n-roll band."
Do you find it more rewarding to compete with morons throughout this land?
They seem to be in power so I'll kick back and get farther behind.
And I watch them as they fuck up every good thing on this earth
with their "minds."
You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts,
And surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it.
You mean nothing to the world, we're all someone else's fool,
But oh, what can you do?
Yeah you waste another day getting older and gray in the head,
And we're hearing lots of stories 'bout the happy times we have ahead.
The morons are in power so we kick back and get farther behind,
And we watch them as they fuck up every good thing on this earth
with their "minds."
You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts,
And surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it.
We mean nothing to the world, we're all someone else's fool,
But oh, what can you do?
I said, oh, what can you do?
(Go!)


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    I feel like this is another song about smart people's defeatist attitudes. As such, it is similar in context to Misery and Famine, and Entropy. What I feel the idea is, is that the people who see what i going wrong refuse to do anything because they think it is hopeless. There is a lot of talk about minds which makes one think that there is a lack of action and way too much thinking going on (which is good but needs action to go along with it).

    maxbenon June 24, 2007   Link
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    I love this song I think its saying the world is getting screwed up by political leaders, and theres really nothing we can do we're basically wasting our lives because we're screwed anyways

    greendayistrecoolon December 27, 2006   Link
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    What can one do?

    kekon October 05, 2012   Link
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    Mmmmm, Bad Religion.

    gofuckyourselfon January 17, 2006   Link
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    You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts, And surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it. You mean nothing to the world, we're all someone else's fool, But oh, what can you do?

    I love those lines. So truthful.

    Woofsison May 27, 2009   Link

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