Desolate and without purpose
Radiating from so many septic sources
Forming the fabric of a wayward people
Disappearing as the vestiges of our past

Scratched like tartan into virgin soil
A substrate for progress and disarray
A spreading network of broken dreams
Searching for a thoroughfare to take us away

Just a little tale from the streets of America (say a little prayer)
Sparkled promises paved with pathos and hysteria
Trenchant, weary native sons
Step back
And see the damage done
Meander to the horizon (shoot straight to the horizon)
The streets of America

Black, tarred concrete
Pine for me
Lying dormant
For you and country
Hardened surface
Cracked within
Catch the sweat
From off the chin

Of men and women
Senior and child
Who look to you
And your sterile miles
And in their stares
Is bald dismay
For what you promised
Led them astray

Hard-cracked, daunting, lifeless veins
False hope corridors to greener pastures is all that remains

Lyrics submitted by kapinnn, edited by Mellow_Harsher, BadReligionfan

The Streets of America Lyrics as written by Greg Graffin Brian Champtaloup Baker

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationIt's gotta be about the native indians that saw their native land destroyed and they could only stand by and watch....
    BadReligionfanon October 17, 2017   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is that it's a word of caution everyone in society, no matter what their belief or where they come from that to keep themselves in check. The nature of humanity, otherwise society is to be very selfish, acting only on their own instinct. Everyone in society has their own reality, they don't care about anyone else but what they want and by their 'rights as a human they deserve it.' Everyone has their own 'shade of truth,' we will know what they support but we will never know the whole truth.
    agnostic soldieron June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe streets of America is telling me that the roads of life are already in need of serious repair and most people take the nearest exits rather than forging ahead. We need to become the ones who are paving that road to make a better America (I feel the song starts to yell at the audience directly). We can't rely on other people, because too many people already rely on us. I also get the generic punk rock feel, where our leaders are corrupt and are causing our lives to be in such desolate. Besides the generic blame politicians and religion view, I feel this songs focus on everyone who has tried being the leader or allowed people to rely on them.
    CPNZon November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts about our direction. To the horizon. And how America is so onmipotent in the grand scale
    but scrutinized, the commoners are all in torpid misery and anguish

    hence "hardened surface, cracked within"

    agnostic solier is right, we'r all looking for our exits where we can get off on. some for the highway 420.
    About the new "native americans" being whatever - caucasion white people, and nowdays all colors, -
    all experience dissolusionment about the damage we see we'r doing.

    The tone of the song really says it all, not so much the words. nobody can really make out what the hell these assholes are talking about 100%. jk. Best band ever
    pinkfadeon May 21, 2009   Link

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