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Portrait Of Authority
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1993
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<p>Nothing more, nothing less,
An icon on the wall, decoration and duress,
That which many strive to be,
It's the marble statue standing over me.
And nobody has the will to tear it down,
It determines wrong and right,
But to me it's just a stereotype
And it makes us lose our sight.

The portrait of authority, (Portrait of authority)
You tell me that's what I'm supposed to be... (Portrait of authority)
You tell me that's what I'm supposed to be!

Another time, another man,
An oppressive intrusion
And a plague across his land.
And it haunts him every day,
It tells him he has no chance,
His hopes just fade away.
And he lives his life prepared to tear it down,
But he can't muster the support.
And to him it's just a stereotype
Of his life-long fight.

The portrait of authority, (Portrait of authority)
It embodies what he cannot be... (Portrait of authority)
It's what he cannot be!

The portrait of authority, (Portrait of authority)
Portrait of authority!

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Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
2:44 Recipe For Hate 86420-1 United States 12" 2017
2:44 Recipe For Hate 86420-1TBR United States 12" 2015
2:44 Recipe For Hate 86420-1 United States 12" 2010
2:44 Recipe For Hate Russia CD 2007
2:44 Recipe For Hate United States CD 2007
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Live
2:53 Tested EPIT-69952 Europe CD 2008
2:53 Tested DRA 486986 1 Germany 2x12" 1997
2:53 Tested Esca 6658 Japan CD 1997
2:53 Tested DRA 486986 2 Germany CD 1997
2:53 Tested DRA 486986 4 | 485019 4 Poland MC 1997
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