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No Substance
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1998
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History doesn't make something right,
Consensus is not a fact-based exercise.
You're tied and bound to this self-indulgent enterprise...
We call America.

A brush with a star, a token of love,
A name in the sand, enough is enough.
A diet of air, a face on the net,
A fish in your palm, your television set.

Once you convince yourself,
The universe falls into place.
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends,
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends.

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air,
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there,
And still water stales a soft summer breeze,
You cling to your hopes while you drop to your knees.
There's no substance.

Once you convince yourself,
The universe falls into place.
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends,
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends.

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air,
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there,
And still water stales a soft summer breeze,
You cling to your hopes while you drop to your knees.
There's no substance.

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Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
3:04 No Substance 6997-1 Europe 12" 2013
3:04 No Substance 6997-1 Europe 12" 2013
3:04 No Substance 6997-1 United States 12" 2010
3:04 No Substance 6997-2 Europe CD 2008
3:04 No Substance CPT-2007 South Korea MC 2007
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3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) n/a Malaysia MC 2009
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC 507628 9 Germany CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) South Korea CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EICP-96 Japan CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EDCI 80030 Japan CD 2002
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Jim Patoose
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Location: United States
06/01/2012 at 14:45
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Location: Japan
05/07/2012 at 22:22
Nick
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Location: Global Citizen
03/07/2006 at 08:12
Matt A.
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Location: Global Citizen
12/28/2004 at 22:41
Jeremy Sell
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Location: Global Citizen
07/17/2004 at 02:39
Austin
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Location: Global Citizen
07/17/2004 at 02:38
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