"New America" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Do you know the cost of future misery?
Have you lost your sense of sustainability?
We are just a step away
From realizing what we strive to be
But we've got to break out
From this insulated blind and lame senility
Wake up the new america

Transcend the mass hysteria
Change is the thing you're wary of
We need a new america
Laurels, human triumph,
Bestowments from the past
Victories don't mean a thing
If they don't last

We are just marching toward extinction
With blinders on our eyes
Jeopardizing everything
We've learned and come to realize
You call that wise?
Open your eyes america

See through the lies they tell to us
Confront the fears that worry us
We need a new america
We don't have to be afraid to re-invent

We've got to start to build,
Progress, and implement
For when we take our fill,
And never pay the price
We only build ourselves a fleeting,
False paradise
You can live in staunch denial
And mark me as your enemy
But I'm just a voice among the throng
Who want a brighter destiny
They say with me

We are the new america
This is the new america?

Lyrics submitted by Kpizzle

"New America" as written by Greg Graffin

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song, in the light of present events, has become the most depressing BR song to me. This song came out pre 9/11 and preaches a message of such hope for the country. Now it seems we have taken the opposite path as suggested by this song. Really sad, when you think about how great we could be but ignored the option to change and bring about a new, more hopeful america.
    captainsquallyon September 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a great song, and the music video is entertaining as well....it is a lot more melodic and musically complex than a lot of their earlier stuff, but I don't like putting limits on what punk rock sounds like...just because a song has more than four chords and well worked out harmonies and shit doesn't mean it can't be classified as punk rock. Anyway, we do need a New America, and this song is a cool one.
    Madcappunkon March 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI knew this song would be one of my favorites after just the first line: "Do you know the cost of future misery?" To me, that is our society's failure-to much short term thinking, to much self gratification...

    There is more to punk rock than beats-per-minute. Bad Religion will always be punk to me.
    zenwizardon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti already responded to this, but it seems it was deleted. hmm.
    anyways, what isn't punk rock about these lyrics? the fact that they don't say "fuck this, fuck that"?
    soowton June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think HyoCHAN meant that Musically, its not Punk Rock. In my opinion, it is one of the best songs musically that Bad Religion have wrote.
    Cycovisionaryon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so awesome. I agree with the song because America does need to change or we will be in big trouble sooner or later. Way for Bad Religion to be mad nice.
    Hardcore_Slackeron October 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentU crazy Americans are pretty messed up.... but atleast most of you on a bad religion lyric page agree with that!!! realecting Bush isnt gonna help but some day power will always corrupt!!! Bad religion always know what they are talking about and after 20 plus years they are still getting strong messages out in their PUNK ROCK... songs!!
    criticgon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds uncannily like the kids of America by kim marsh, but the lyrics are good and completely true.
    intrigued.punkon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank you zenwizard, thankfully someone remembered that the site was called songmeanings.
    John_Eagleon March 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure if the 'masses', as funk so delicately puts it, would have a really tough time figuring this song out. It's not really subtle...
    kururusocho966on August 19, 2007   Link

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