Bad Religion : Suffer

Hardcore / USA
(1988 - Epitaph Records (USA-1))
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1. YOU ARE (THE GOVERNMENT)

Hey, sit down and listen and they'll tell you when you're wrong
Eradicate but vindicate as "progress" creeps along
Puritan work ethic maintains its subconscious edge
As old glory maintains your consciousness

There's a loser in the house and a puppet on a stool
And a crowded way of life and a black reflecting pool
And as the people bend the moral fabric dies
Then country can't pretend to ignore its peoples' cries

Cos you are the government
You are jurisprudence
You are the volition
You are jurisdiction
And I make a difference too


2. 1000 MORE FOOLS

I heard them say that the meek shall reign on earth
Phantasmal myriads of sane bucolic birth
I've seen the rapture in a starving baby's eyes
Inchoate beatitude, the Lord of the flies

So what does it mean when your mind starts to stray?
Kaleidoscopic images of love on the way
Brother you'd better get down on your knees and pay
A 1000 more fools are being born
Every fucking day

They try to tell me that the lamb is on the way
With microwave transmissions they bombard us every day
The masses are obsequious, contented in their sleep
The vortex of their minds ensconced within the murky deep

So what does it mean when your mind starts to stray?
Kaleidoscopic images of love on the way
Brother you'd better get down on your knees and pay
A 1000 more fools are being born
Every fucking day


3. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Tell me can the hateful chain be broken
Production and consumption define our hollow lives
Avarice as lead us 'cross the ocean
Toward a land that's better, much more bountiful and wide

So when will mankind finally come to realize
His surfeit has become his demise?
How much is enough to kill yourself?
That quantity is known today
As we blow ourselves away

Tell me is there anything so sure?
Rapacity, tenacity, capacity for more!
Like a dog that feeds until he suffers
The infirmity of man is brought on by his selfish cure

So when will mankind finally come to realize
His surfeit has become his demise?
How much is enough to kill yourself?
That quantity is known today
As we blow ourselves away


4. WHEN?

I've seen a lot of things in 5 years
I struggle just to hold back the tears
But every fuckin' where I go I see the pathos that, I know,
Will spell the termination of us all

Someone's got to tell me, do you see
That everything around you has a hidden tragedy?
Seeds of happiness have never found a place to grow
And our generation doesn't know

When, when will you try
To change the logarithmic face of kissing things goodbye?
When, when will you know
That human life is so short, death is oh so slow?!

I've tried to make things make sense, but I can't
I'm happy just to watch them all & laugh
And if you think you've got it made, just revel in your selfish ways
Cos when the world stops turning so will you!


5. GIVE YOU NOTHING

Hey, everybody's lookin' but they never can see
All the angst, corruption & the dishonesty
Think about the times & places you've never known
You're a manswarm atom and yet you're alone

So I give you me
I give you nothing!

I give you me
I give you nothing!

So you've got a place that you can call all your own
But you make a habit of carrying the stone
Look around and ask someone if you are alive
You're a sidewalk cipher speaking prionic jive

So I give you me
I give you nothing!

I give you me
I give you nothing!

Respectable, despicable it seems all the same
Now we realize that we have nothing to say
If you're reserve is weak, audacity complete
Ask yourself again "Do I deserve much from them?"
No!

Hey, everybody's lookin' but they never can see
All the angst, corruption & the dishonesty
Look around and ask someone if you are alive
You're a sidewalk cipher speaking prionic jive

So I give you me
I give you nothing!

I sais, I give you me
I give you nothing!


6. LAND OF COMPETITION

Hey, see, there's a girl who's afraid of the world, so she stays at home
Also a boy who seems so lost in his joy, he's all alone
The camera's on them, they're in the land of competition
Southern California air feeds them
And they know they're the best cos of the way they are dressed
You can bet you are not welcome in their home

Hey, see there's a girl who sits and watches the world from her blue screen
Also a boy who truly wants to destroy his hometown scene
They both want to travel to the land of competition
Southern California will destroy them
And they won't be the best, they'll be the poseurs who dress
Like the plastic idiots who they copy

Tell me what do you need to make you happy? Indeed, is it out of your reach?
Beware of number one, see all the damage it has done, there are so few of them
You won't find too many in the land of competition
Southern California doesn't breed them
If you just want the best turn to yourself for the rest
And forget about the ones who "Have it all"

Be careful of the ones who "Have it all"
Be careful of the ones who "Have it all"
Forget about the ones who "Have it all", hey!


7. FORBIDDEN BEAT

There was a boy who had too many toys and an ache inside of his bones
He sought extrication through chemical vocation and now he answers to Jones

And it's deadly & alluring
The sound of pounding heat
Enslaving all who dare succumb to the temptations of
The forbidden beat

Thinking today of what I want to say, thinking of inhibition & vice
What they call straight I do relegate as I cautiously saltate along

And it's deadly & alluring
The sound of pounding heat
Enslaving all who dare succumb to the temptations of
The forbidden beat

It thunders away at first light of each day and the simpleton lifestyle evolves
But soon enters dusk as the last surrey rusts and a new day, upon us, results

And it's deadly & alluring
The sound of pounding heat
Enslaving all who dare succumb to the temptations of
The forbidden beat
Forbidden beat (x7)


8. BEST FOR YOU

Above us lay the burdens
Below us lay the truth
We're somewhere in the middle
And we're all discontent too

Is someone watching over you?
Inside, they know what's best for you

Judgments not tomorrow
It's today (yes, now it's here)
But no it isn't Jesus
Take a look at all your peers

They're all looking down on you
Inside they know what's best for you

Everybody knows what's best for you (x16)


9. SUFFER

Did you ever see the concrete stares of everyday?
The lunatic, the hypocrite are all lost in the fray
Can't you see their lives are just like yours?
An unturned stone, an undiscovered door leading to
The gift of hope renewed
Eternity for you
The masses of humanity have always had to suffer

The businessman whose master plan controls the world each day
Is blind to indications of his species slow decay
Can't you see his life are just like yours?
An unturned stone, an undiscovered door leading to
The gift of hope renewed
Eternity for you
The masses of humanity have always had to suffer

People blow their minds
(They choose to resign)
This deformed society is part of the design
It'll never go away
(It's in the cards that way)
The masses of humanity have always, always had to suffer!

A door leading to
The gift of hope renewed
Eternity for you
The masses of humanity
Still clinging to their dignity
The masses of humanity
Will always, always have to suffer!
Always have to suffer!


10. DELIRIUM OF DISORDER

Delirium of disorder (x2)

Hey!

Life is the sieve through which my anarchy strains
Resolving itself into works
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written
The timeless, swirling gyroscopic horde

Delirium
Delirium
Of disorder

Hey, I am just an atom in an ectoplasmic sea
Without direction or a reason to exist
The anechoic nebula rotating in my brain
Is persuading me, contritely, to persist

Delirium of disorder (x8)


11. PART II (THE NUMBERS GAME)

One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten!

It's superficial progress, they call it liberation
With opiates of silicon big brother schemes to rule the nation

We're one nation under god we stand above the rest
With mighty high technology we're never second best
Our specialty is infiltration!
Prepare yourselves for subjugation
Victory through domination!

One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six!

The trepidatious throngs all fear the big eye in the sky
The government observes them with their own electric eye

We're one nation under god we stand above the rest
With mighty high technology we're never second best
Our specialty is infiltration!
Prepare yourselves for subjugation
Victory through domination!

Automatons, illiterates and indigents of every shape & size
Don't stop, but aid this cruel crusade participate in their own demise

We're one nation under god we stand above the rest
With mighty high technology we're never second best
Our specialty is infiltration!
Prepare yourselves for subjugation
Victory through domination!


12. WHAT CAN YOU DO?

So you waste another day getting older & gray in the head
And you're hearing lots of stories about the happy times you have ahead
There are other folks in power so you kick back and get farther behind
And although the world rotates itself, the only thing that twists is your mind

You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts
And, surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it
You mean nothing to the world
We're all someone else's fool
But, oh, what can you do?

Yeah, you waste your time with losers if you get stuck in a rock'n'roll band
Do you find it more rewarding to compete with morons throughout this land?
They seem to be in power so I kick back and get farther behind
And I watch them as they fuck up every good thing on this earth with their minds

You see, the world's falling apart at the rifts
And, surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it
You mean nothing to the world
We're all someone else's fool
But, oh, what can you do?

So you waste another day getting older & gray in the head
And you're hearing lots of stories about the happy times you have ahead
The morons are in power so we kick back and get farther behind
And I watch them as they fuck up every good thing on this earth with their minds

Ssee, the world's falling apart at the rifts
And, surprisingly, the leaders can't make any sense of it
You mean nothing to the world
We're all someone else's fool
But, oh, what can you do?
I said, oh, what can you do?


13. DO WHAT YOU WANT

Hey, do what you want
But don't do it around me
Idleness & dissipation breed apathy
I sit on my ass all goddamn day
A misanthropic anthropoid with nothing to

Say what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules
And go to hell with superman
And die like a champion, ya hey!

Hey, I don't know if the billions will survive
But I'll believe in god when one & one are five
My moniker is man and I'm rotten to the core
I'll tear down the building just to pass through the door

So do what you must, do all you can
Break all the fucking rules
And go to hell with superman
And die like a champion, ya hey!


14. PART IV (THE INDEX FOSSIL)

We're widespread and well fed, the earth's rotating fate is in our head
We're dominant and prominent and all our deities omnipotent

And immortality is in our mastermind
And we destroy everything we can find
And tomorrow when the human clock stops
And the world stops ticking
We'll be an index fossil buried in our own debris

We're listless, promiscuous and life to us is either hit or miss
We're savoir-faire and debonair and things we do are done with pride and care

And immortality is in our mastermind
And we destroy everything we can find
And tomorrow when the human clock stops
And the world stops ticking
We'll be an index fossil buried in our own debris

See immortality is in our mastermind
And we destroy everything we can find
And tomorrow when the human clock stops
And the world stops ticking
We'll be an index fossil buried in our own debris
In our own debris


15. PESSIMISTIC LINES

So here we are again to experience the bitter, scalding end
And we're the only ones who can perceive it
But others sing of beauty and the story that has enfolded
As one that deserves praise and ritual

My pessimistic lines
Your superstitious lives
And the modern age's lies
Won't absolve you
And the professorial truth
And the dear clairvoyant youth
And, of course, the nightly news
Will deceive you, watch out

My pessimistic lines
Your superstitious lives
And the modern age's lies
Won't absolve you
And the professorial truth
And the dear clairvoyant youth
And, of course, the nightly news
Will deceive you, watch out



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