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Bad Religion lyrics

Album: The Empire Strikes First [2004]

Tracks14
 01 Overture
 02  Sinister Rouge
 03  Social Suicide
 04  Atheist Peace
 05  All There Is
 06  Los Angeles Is Burning
 07  Let Them Eat War
 08  God's Love
 09  To Another Abyss
 10  The Quickening
 11  The Empire Strikes First
 12  Beyond Electric Dreams
 13  Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever
 14  Live Again (The Fall of Man)
all Bad Religion lyrics



Sinister Rouge
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Innocents burned,
alive at the stake
Tortured and dumped
In nameless graves
Centuries wane
Authority died
Scattering seeds of ancient lies

Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score
Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score

Child molesters
And Jesuits
Holding secret conference
Underneath the pontiffís nose
And only God will ever know

Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score
Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score

Give us this day
Our daily bread
Your legacy
We'll not forget
Lick the wounds
Cleanse the land
The modern world
Rejects your hand

Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score
Sinister rouge
Coming back for more
To even the score

Sinister rouge
The nightmare comes in sinister rougeback to top
Social Suicide
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Right now
Well it's finally time to face my fears
Gonna get the hell out of here
And create a fresher atmosphere
But the consequence is clear

There's a furnace set on high
And a yearning undefined
But it's time to turn the tide
It's social suicide

Like you
Perserverence is a useless tool
Just a patron on a ship of fools
Feigning interest in the cast and crew
Why you've broken every single rule

There's a furnace set on high
And a yearning undefined
But it's time to turn the tide
It's social suicide

Shadows entertain the unwashed masses
Scholars explain their numb reactions
I don't even know if I can ever find truth
but I'm sure it won't come from following you

There's a furnace set on high
And a yearning undefined
But it's time to turn the tide
It's social suicideback to top
Atheist Peace
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Maybe itís too late for an intellectual debate,
but a residue of confusion remains.

Changing with the times,
and developmentally tortured minds
are the average citizen's sources of pain.

Tell me what weíre fighting for-
I donít remember anymore,
only temporary reprieve

And the world might cease
if we fail to tame the beast
from the faith that you release
comes an atheist peace.

Atheist peace.

Poilitical forces rent
bitter cold winds of discontent
and the modern age emerged triumphantly.
But now it seems we've stalled
And itís time to de-evolve
and relive the dark chapters of history

Tell me what weíre fighting for-
No progress ever came from war,
only a false sense of increase

and the world wonít wait
for the truth upon a plate
but weíre ready now to feast on an atheist peace.

Atheist peaceback to top
All There Is
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This song goes out
to all the hopeless sinners,
with grave allegiances,
so meaningless and vain,

The walking wounded in a pagent of contenders
Who balance on a rail of pain for just a pail of rain

And everything is barely mist, blood relations and bricks
my expression, my confession, add it up, extract a lesson, more than this,
once again, like a bullet as a friend, tell me: can that be all there is?

In my rectory of doubt, I kneel to pray like one devout,
As time the great gray dreamless sleep of a useless modern god
erodes away each storied day as wretched Adams with hell to pay
Content upon a rail of pain for just a little rain.

And everything is dearly missed, blood relations and bricks
my expression, my confession, add it up, extract a lesson, more than this,
once again, like a bullet as a friend, tell me: can that be all there is?

Thereís an endless disposition,
and it doesnít mean a goddamn thing-
thereís space for a paper-airplane race in the eye of a hurricane.

And if pigs could fly, then surely so could I,
but this pedestrian knows better than to even try,
and my divinity is caught between the colors of a butterfly.

And everything is dearly missed, blood relations and bricks
my expression, my confession, add it up, extract duress and more than this,
once again, like a bullet as a friend, tell me: can that be all there is?
All there is?back to top
Los Angeles Is Burning
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Somewhere high in the desert near a curtain of a blue
St. Anne's skirts are billowing
But down here in the city of the lime lights
The fans of santa ana are withering
And you canít deny that living is easy
If you never look behind the scenery
It's showtime for dry climes
And bedlam is dreaming of rain

When the hills of los angeles are burning
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burning

This is not a test
Of the emergency broadcast system
Where malibu fires and radio towers
Conspire to dance again
And I cannot believe the media Mecca
They're only trying to peddle reality,
Catch it on prime time, story at nine
The whole world is going insane

When the hills of los angeles are burning
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burning

A placard reads
"the end of days"
Jacaranda boughs are bending in the haze

More a question than a curse
How could hell be any worse?

The flames are stunning
The cameras running
So take warning

When the hills of los angeles are burnin
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And los angeles is burningback to top
Let Them Eat War
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There's a prophet on a mountain and he's making up dinner
With long division and writing crop
Anybody can feel like a winner
When it's served up piping hot

But the people aren't looking for a handout
They're America's working corps
Can this be what they voted for?

Let them eat war [x2]
That's how to ration the poor
Let them eat war [x2]

There's an urgent need to feed
Declining pride

From the force to the union shops
The war economy is making new jobs
But the people who benefit most
Are breaking bread with their benevolent hosts

Who never stole from the rich to give to the poor
All they ever gave to them was a war
And a foreign enemy to deplore

Let them eat war [x2]
That's how to ration the poor
Let them eat war [x2]

There's an urgent need to feed
Declining pride

We've got to kill 'em and eat 'em
Before they reach for their checks
Squeeze some blue collars
Let them bleed from their necks
Seize a few dollars from the people who sweat
Cause it's freedom or death and they won't question it
At a job site the boss is god like
Conditioned workhorses park at a stoplight
Seasoned vets with their feet in nets
A stones throw away from a rock fight
But not tonight, feed Ďem death

Here comes another ration (feed them death)
Cause they're the finest in the nation (feed them death)
When there's nothing left to feed them
When it's freedom or it's death

Let them eat war [x2]
That's how to ration the poor
Let them eat war [x2]

There's an urgent need to feedback to top
God's Love
Striking that mental apparitions
Like a drunk on the vacant streets
Silently beset by the hands of time
Indelicate in its fury
An aberrant crack as skeletons yield
To unrelenting gravity
While viruses prowl for helpless victims
Who succumb rapidly

(Tell me!) Tell me; where is the love?
In a careless creation
When thereís no "above"
Thereís no justice
Just a cause and a cure
And a bounty of suffering
It seems we all endure
And what Iím frightened of
Is that they call it "Godís love"

Twisted torment, make-believe
Thereís a truth that we all submit
"Believe my eyes," my brain complies
To all that they interpret

[Chorus]

I know thereís no reason for alarm
But who needs perspective when it comes to pain and harm
We can change our minds; thereís a better prize

But first youíve got toÖ
[Chorus]

They call it Godís love
My pain is Godís loveback to top
To Another Abyss
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Not long ago, and yet the image is so vague
I hesitate to label it a memory
There was a show of local color and I felt astray
Cause I had nothing to offer but insufficiency

And you know that itís such a bitch
When you learn to scratch that itch
Of blatant fallibility
Sooner to some, but eventually
All gets pointed in the same direction
While the human masses and their vague conceptions
Obliterate each other with impunity
And you wonder, "whatís in this for me?"

To another abyss
To no avail
The search is bound to fail
To another abyss
To no avail
So long ago I set sail
And it chills me to the bone
That Iím so far away from home
To another abyss

So what should I do now? What should I celebrate?
Given finite means and a penchant to depreciate
How can I still avow and depend upon a state
That cares nothing for my happiness, welfare, or fate?

And I know I canít explain
The commotion in my brain
Like a terrifying reality
Deconstructed but inadequately
All gets pointed in the same direction
While the human masses and their vain conceptions
Obliterate each other with impunity
And release the weight of history

[Chorus]

So long ago, so long agoÖoh, I set sail
And Iím struggling on the way
And Iím waiting for the day (to another abyss)
And Iím looking for the way back home (to another abyss)
So far away (to another abyss)
So far away (to another abyss)
(to another abyss) So far away
(to another abyss)back to top
The Quickening
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The quickening is an ephemeral thing
That only happens in the dark
Like catching lightning in a jar
And the pain that it brings
Is just the promise of spring
Itís madness on the way
Oh, what does it meanÖ

To come alive
To come alive
To come alive
(To come alive)
To come alive
To come alive
To come alive

The entering is soulful conjecturing
Oh, lost and by the wind grieved ghost
Come back to me again
Because the way that she bleeds
Is in the law that he reads
Confusing words and deeds
So what does it meanÖ

[Chorus]

To pierce the vein of the sacred and profane
Poor science, in service of a faith
But who will bear the mark of Cain?

[Chorus]back to top
The Empire Strikes First
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We strike first
And we're unrehearsed
Here we go again
To stage the greatest show on heaven and earth
Come on, get your money's worth

Don't wanna live
(can't live)
Don't wanna give
(can't give)
Don't wanna be
(won't be)
E-M-P-I-R-E
Don't wanna live
Don't wanna be
E-M-P-I-R-E

We're comin on fast
And we're built to last
We stumbled once in 'Nam
Now we're glad to finally say
Those days have passed
Tell me how long can it last!

Don't wanna live
(can't live)
Don't wanna give
(can't give)
Don't wanna be
(won't be)
E-M-P-I-R-E
Don't wanna live
Don't wanna be
E-M-P-I-R-E

We just started out
You don't need to be afraid
Yeah you deserve two minutes hate

Well, we spit and we cursed and our bleeding hearts burst
But even ten million souls
Marching in February couldn't stop the worst,
Couldn't reverse

Don't wanna live
Don't wanna give
Don't wanna be
E-M-P-I-R-E
Don't wanna live
Don't wanna be
E-M-P-I-R-E

I can't live
If it isn't with youback to top
Beyond Electric Dreams
Here we go now

No one here can show you where it is but I can point to a sign
On the roof of the world without apparent design
The frozen definition of a lunatic envisioned to rise

reality's dead, the future is still, the match is hard to find

Upon a mountain encased in solar rays
Beyond electric dreams of inarticulate passion plays
Coming down a mountain
Eons of a human reign
The conversation of impassive planets
Intercepted by a human being

Ratios and nature is a practic of a way to derive
An attitude of altitude authority by which to abide
Or maybe of the euphony of flaming (?) in the skies

reality's dead, the future is still, the match is hard to find

Up on a mountain encased in solar rays
Beyond electric dreams of inarticulate passion plays
Coming down a mountain
Eons of a human reign
The conversation of impassive planets
Intercepted by a human being

geographic co-worker in the crumbling geometry of night
a torturing form that traces faceless theories
Of a superhuman imagination in a patch of sand
There were raptures guided with every intensity
Iím only a visitor in an atom of atoms
On a jutting red spattered synagogue of granite
Imigrants crowded literally in space

Disposure, demoral, giant
Things in heaven work forever

(live, live, live, live)

letís go where the record goes
Cause Iím melting in a cosmic glow
We'll have a genuine terrestrial show
On a mountain, on a mountain
Let's scan the horizon clean
Of any trace of a human schemes
It's a terrestrial immoral gene
On a mountain, on a mountain

up on a mountain
(letís go where the record goes)
eons of a human reign
(Cause Iím melting in a cosmic glow)
The conversation of impassive planets
(We'll have a genuine terrestrial show)
Intercepted by the human being
(On a mountain, on a mountain)

up on a mountain
(Let's scan the horizon clean)
encased in solar rays
(of any trace of a human schemes)
beyond electric dreams
(It's a terrestrial immoral gene)
on a mountain, on a mountain
(On a mountain, on a mountain)

up on a mountain
(letís go where the record goes)
eons of a human reign
(Cause Iím melting in a cosmic glow)
The conversation of impassive planets
(We'll have a genuine terrestrial show)
on a mountain, on a mountain
(On a mountain, on a mountain)

up on a mountain
(Let's scan the horizon clean)
encased in solar rays
(of any trace of a human schemes)
beyond electric dreams
(It's a terrestrial immoral gene)
on a mountain, on a mountain
(On a mountain, on a mountain)

up on a mountain
(letís go where the record goes)
eons of a human reign
(Cause Iím melting in a cosmic glow)
The conversation of impassive planets
(We'll have a genuine terrestrial show)
on a mountainback to top
Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever
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"Drop dead, it doesnít matter," she said
"It only hurts when I laugh," she said
"Sometimes itís never a crime
"To spend the day in bed"
She made certain that the curtains were red
To dream better by the light they would shed
She leaned back, tilted her head
And this is what she saidÖ

"You canít win; think it over again
"I canít win; look at the trouble Iím in
"We canít win and weíre stuck here together
"Yeah, I hope it will last forever."

"Donít ever dare to hope," he said
"So Iím never let down too bad
"I know thereís nowhere to go
"So Iíll just stay here, instead"
He knew better than to pull at a thread
They unravel like the thoughts in his head
He looked out; it filled him with dread
And this is what he saidÖ

[Chorus]

With good books and looks on their side
And hearts bursting with national pride
They sang songs and went along for the ride
And the other side complied
They said, "Hey, man, where do you reside?"
"And could it be motherís superior lied?"
"And is it possible too many have died?"
Itís only natural to reply

[Chorus]back to top
Live Again (The Fall of Man)
The road is narrow, the horizon wide
And to say whatís waiting on the other side
Is so rewarding and the ultimate prize
But what good is something if you canít have it until you die?

Desperate, tenacious, clinging like a grain of sand
Watching its foundation wash away (wash away)
Drunk with the assertions they know they canít defend
Confident that they mightÖlive again
Live again, live again
Would you give it all up to live again?
Live again, live again
Would you give it all up to live again?

Temptation? Revelation? You decide
Torture shows its colors often in disguise
Progress and purpose help us realize
We pass along a brighter faith even though it must be blind

[Chorus]

(Letís go!)

[Chorus]back to top
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