"Victory" as written by and Greg Graffin....
The velveteen and oaken soothed the lonely child
The parents watched the escort take him while they stood outside
The priest was kind and gentle as he positioned his head
The pain was like brimstone, but the kid hardly bled

Instinct over intellect
It erupts from deep inside
History is laughing at us
Plotting its discovery
Victory, victory
Blame it on the victory

Among the parade crowd there stands a decorated man
Remembering how he helped to save this sacred land
His helpless enemy was wounded, both hands raised with hope
He killed him without second thought, with brute force and a rope

So many times, so many lives
Test the other side
Waiting to see what the maker has in mind

The unsuspecting commoners hum diligent each day
They wallow in their father's sins, as time passes away
The crimes are without motive but they ignore all restraint
The evil sits inside them torpid timing its escape

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"Victory" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentI think Greg is talking about how we like to consider ourselves modern and civilized, yet we still seem to be governed more on the animal part of our brain(50% of our brain is animal). What we should be doing is using the half of our brain that makes us so complex and distinguishes us from animals. Rather than making decisions based on our instincts we should be making them with our ability to reason, compromise, negotiate. Our animal instincts is " The evil[that] sits inside them torpid timing its escape." What he also trying to say is that we humans need to drop this "i want to be first, i want to win, I want to be victorious" attitude because it invokes destructive behaviour(our instincts).

    "His helpless enemy was wounded, both hands raised with hope
    He killed him without second thought, with brute force and a rope"

    He could've reasoned with the guy, but NO he want to completely obliterate his enemy because of his hatred(animal instinct) for his enemy.
    wrinkledPholeon April 24, 2003   Link

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