It could happen to you,
A defect from the
Wasted outskirts of Los Angeles
With a crumpled-up pass for the RTD
And no authority or trajectory
On the brink of insanity
You'd better believe it
Because it's written all over your face
Just a neighborhood reject,
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it
Would you ever have thought
Persistence could prevail
Against the almost
Unbearable weight of the system?
With nothing better to do,
And no one else who you can look up to
You'd better believe it
Because it's written all over your face
A political defect,
Out of step and out of place
You'd better believe it
And the future is bright
When ideas run astray
So turn out the light,
A punk can't have a say
Sometimes desire is all that's there
Who said life was fair?


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Believe It Lyrics as written by Brett W. Gurewitz Brett Gurewitz

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    "this song is amazing. it's the standout track from new america."

    maybe because Graffin and Gurewitz wrote it together?

    underthegun897on June 22, 2007   Link
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    I think that this song is about how quickly the world can just dump you and leave you to fend for yourself...life isn't fair, and you better believe that it could happen to you, cause if you don't you're gonna be totally unprepared for it if it does.

    Madcappunkon March 25, 2003   Link
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    well done madcappunk. more specifically I think he's talking about being a punk.

    Would you ever have thought persistence could prevail against the almost unbearable weight of the system?

    He's in a sense criticizing stubborn punks who believe they can overcome the system.

    And yes life does tend to dump you, but Greg's is saying that it all depends on who you are. If you are a punk you've got a better chance of getting dumped, so if you choose this way of life you'd better be prepared to live it.

    wrinkledPholeon April 17, 2003   Link
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    this song is amazing. it's the standout track from new america. it also marks the first collaboration of song writers Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin since Brett left the band in 1994. He also plays giutar in this song. i would have to say this song paved the way for Brett's rejoining the band, as well as BR making their triumphant return to Epitaph records, and regaining that magic that only Greg and Brett can create when sharing song writing duties

    fateworksbothwayson October 06, 2006   Link
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    ps, i used to ride the RTD. man, that thing was gross...

    fateworksbothwayson October 06, 2006   Link
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    another song about their young punkhood..

    pinkfadeon June 24, 2009   Link

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