#6

The Skip 5 Show #6: Bad Religion – Punk Rock Song

If ever there was a song that hit the nail right on the head… well, there are many, of course, and Bad Religion has written more than their share!

I do love Bad Religion, and they’re even better in concert (I went with Brother Wilf ages ago). This band’s sound is essential, in the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’ vein, for sure. Let’s go!

Found on The Gray Race (1996), this one is an anthem for our modern day quarantine-filled life if there ever was one. I’ve included the lyrics here too, because it’s on point. Thank you iTunes randomizer, we all needed this!

Have you been to the desert?
Have you walked with the dead?
There’s a hundred thousand children being killed for their bread

And the figures don’t lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please

Have you lived the experience?
Have you witnessed the plague?
People making babies sometimes just to escape
In this land of competition the compassion is gone
Yet we ignore the needy and we keep pushing on
We keep pushing on

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something’s wrong
Like ants in a colony we do our share
But there’s so many other fuckin’ insects out there
And this is just a punk rock song
(like workers in a factory we do our share
But there’s so many other fuckin’ robots out there)

Have you visited the quagmire?
Have you swam in the shit?
The party convention and the real politic
The faces always different, the rhetoric the same
But we swallow it all, and we see nothing change
Nothing has changed

10 million dollars on a losing campaign
20 million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective
One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin’ out of time

And the figures don’t lie they speak of human disease
But we do what we want and we think what we please

One in five kids below the poverty line
One population runnin’ out of time

6 thoughts on “#6

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Holy smokes, all apologies post mortem to Rik Okasek et al.! It is indeed an excellent random tune, though for me a little unsurprising as iTunes says I currently have 15 BR albums in my collection (which sounds about right) so the chances of them showing up here more than once are good.

      In fact, that raises an interesting question: will I duplicate artists as I go, if iTunes gives me a duplicate after 5 random clicks? Yes I will. Stay true to what the iTunes offers!

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