Reconcile to the belief
Consumed in sacred ground for me
There wasn't always a place to go
But there was always an urgent need to belong yeah

All these bands and all these people
All these friends and we were equals
But what you gonna do when everybody goes on without you?

To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, yeah
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end

Started in '87 ended in '89
Got a garage or an amp we'll play anytime
It was just the four of us yeah man the core of us
Too much attention unavoidably destroyed us

Four kids on tour, three thousand miles
In a four door car not know what was going on
We got a million years touring out like this
Hell no no premonition could have seen this

To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, yeah
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end

Matty came from far away
From New Orleans, then into the East Bay
He said this is a mecca
I said this ain't no mecca man, this place is fucked
Three months go by, he had no home
He had no food, he's all alone
Matty said fool me once, shame on you
He said fool me twice, he went back to New Orleans

To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end
To the end, yeah
To the end, to the end, I'll journey to the end


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Journey to the End of the East Bay Lyrics as written by Roger M. Freeman Lars Frederiksen

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  • +1
    General Comment

    this song is about how operation ivy came to be and how widley they impacted the punk sceen and the demise of operation ivy

    rancidsoulon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    well this song is great it is about operation ivy breaking up

    ryanilano11on March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    Great song summing up the late operation ivy... Why hasn't anyone posted on the rancid lyrics?

    Starloreon March 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    interesting third verse summing up the attitude of outsiders to the east bay punk scene, and it was great of the guys to remind everyone of operation ivy, great song. J.

    GrimFanon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    this song seems to be more about closure rather than the greatness of operation ivy. tim reflects about his previous band and asks himself what went wrong with such a great thing. he doesnt glorify operation ivy so much as he describes the foolishness of the group of kids that tried to take on the world. their mixed feelings of ambition and exhaustion as their fans became more and more demanding were part of what drove the band apart. tim seems to look back his earlier days with mixed emotions and realize the lessons to be learned

    mbc4nyon April 23, 2002   Link
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    No NO nO....the song is aobut the hourney to the end of there FRIENDSHIP and the verse "Started in '87 ended in '89, you got a garage or an amp, we'll play anytime

    It was just the four of us, yea the core of us ,too much attention unavoidably destroyed us" os all about opt ivy....i really liked the band......i didnt know them then cuz i was just born when they started and i was 2 when they ended! so dont know much about them!

    xRANCIDXon June 12, 2002   Link
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    this is probably one of my favorite rancid song's....but then again, they are all great. it is a song that you can sing along to

    iwannarioton June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    agreed, this is a great song, about opt ivy, another great band which will go down in thee history books of us all

    empty_satireon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    yeah, this song is about Operation Ivy...Kick ass band!

    foreignmanon July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    so what are sum other good songs by rancid?

    Dprincess1220on July 27, 2002   Link

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