Three thousand miles of wilderness overcome by the flow
A lonely restitution of pavement, pomp and show
I seek a thousand answers, I find but one or two
I maintain no discomfiture, my path again renewed

Against the grain, that's where I'll stay
Swimming upstream, I maintain against the grain

Here labeled as a lunatic, sequestered and content
There ignored and defeated by the government
There's an oriented public whose magnetic force will pull
But away from the potential of the individual

Against the grain, that's where I'll stay
Swimming upstream, I maintain against the grain

The flow is getting stronger with small increments of time
And eddies of new ideas are increasingly hard to find
You need all that the other has, it's your right to seize the day
But in all your acquisitions you will soon be swept away

Against the grain, that's where I'll stay
Swimming upstream, I maintain against the grain

There's a common consensus and an uncomfortable cheer
A reverberating chorus that anyone can hear
It sings 'leave your cares behind you, just grab tenaciously'
This lulling sense of purpose will destroy us rapidly

Against the grain, that's where I'll stay
Swimming upstream, I maintain against the grain

Against the grain, against the grain
Against the grain


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Against the Grain Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin

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    I think basically the song speaks for itself. Don't just believe what is force-fed to you. Find out from your own experience instead. It's conforting to conform, but it's not a good way of understanding true human-nature. Going against the grain of tradititional beliefs can reveal the pure truth of our existence.

    FatWreckedDiceon August 27, 2002   Link
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    It's about being a punk (AGAINST THE GRAIN), and Greg's experiences as a kid. When he was young he was outcast, and even more so when he got into punk rock, and when he had released the first Bad Religion 7 inch. He was beat up for it, because it wasn't the kids idea of music, which was music about sex, rape, and getting wasted, but still he remained against the grain, and thank god otherwise BR wouldn't exist, or atleast with Greg (a frightening thought).

    gofuckyourselfon February 09, 2005   Link
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    The way society is straightjacketing people into popular beliefs and how individuality and the need to question and rebel is becoming lost in mainstream trends.

    I think :)

    weaselfierceon August 05, 2002   Link
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    I agree with all of you, but its also anthem that encourages free thinking. It's a great song, while on one end it provides some social commentary, on the other end it inspires listeners to think for themselves.

    Always question popular beliefs.

    wrinkledPholeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I also agree with all of you. I think that it's saying that you should not follow popular beliefs and go your own way... GREAT Song ^_-

    punkrawk3on April 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    It's about shaving. Durr.

    swollen uvulaon March 24, 2008   Link
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    what does everyone think this song is about, i think its about the flow twoards modern society and evelutionogenic regress

    ThE GlOWiNg?on June 20, 2002   Link
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    I also agree with all of you. I think that it's saying that you should not follow popular beliefs and go your own way... GREAT Song ^_-

    punkrawk3on April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    feel free to repeat yourself

    WouldItBeYouon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    Amazing..Amazing song, my personal favorite Bad Religion song, so deep and so true, There's a common consensus and an uncomfortable cheer, A reverberating chorus that anyone can hear, It sings 'leave your cares behind you, just grab tenaciously,' This lulling sense of purpose will destroy us rapidly,

    I love that verse.

    JoE][BoXeRon November 24, 2004   Link

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