Punk Rock Song (from The Gray Race) | Discography | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995
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Punk Rock Song
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1995
Lyrics
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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.

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

This is just a punk rock song
Written for the people who can see something's wrong.
Like workers in a factory we do our share
But there's so many other fuckin' robots out there.
And this is just a punk rock song.

Ten million dollars on a losing campaign,
Twenty 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.
Runnin' out of time.

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.

(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.)

This is just a punk rock song... [3x]

Lyrics - German Language Version
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Warst du schon mal in der Wüste?
Schon mal den Tod gesehen?
Hunderttausend Kinder sterben für Brot
Und die Zahlen lügen nicht, es ist die Krankheit der Menschen
Doch wir tun was wir wollen,
Wir denken wie es uns gefällt

Hast du die Erfahrung gemacht?
Hast du die Plage gesehen?
Leute machen Kinder, einfach nur um zu fliehen
Im Land des Wettbewerbs ist kein Mitleid mehr da
Und wir vergessen die Armen,
Wir machen weiter und weiter,
Weiter und weiter

Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weitergeht
Wie Ameisen im Haufen sind wir programmiert
Aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten Art
Aber dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song

Hast du schon mal nicht weitergewusst?
Schon mal in der Scheiße gesteckt?
Die Parteitagungen und die Realpolitik,
Die Gesichter wechseln, das Gelaber bleibt
Alles wird geschluckt, und so wird sich nichts ändern
Niemals ändern

Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weitergeht
Wie Fließbandarbeiter tun wir unsere Pflicht
Und es gibt noch mehr von diesen stumpfsinnigen Idioten
Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song

Ten million dollars on a losing campaign,
Twenty million starving and writhing in pain
Big strong people unwilling to give
Small in vision and perspective

Eins von fünf Kindem lebt in Armut
Der Menschheit läuft die Zeit davon
Die Zeit davon

Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song
Für die, die sehen, dass es so nicht weitergeht
Wie Ameisen im Haufen sind wir programmiert
Aber es gibt immer mehr von dieser verfickten Art
Aber dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song

(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 running out of time)
Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song
Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song
Dies ist nur ein Punk Rock Song

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Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
2:27 The Gray Race 6996-1 Europe 12" 2013
2:27 The Gray Race 6996-1 Europe 12" 2013
2:27 The Gray Race 6996-1 United States 12" 2010
2:27 The Gray Race 6996-2 Europe CD 2008
2:27 The Gray Race 88697101822 Germany CD 2007
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Censored
Punk Rock Song 662867 7 Germany 7" 1996
German Language Version
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) n/a Malaysia MC 2009
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC507628 2 Germany CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Song SAMPCS 11266 1 Europe CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC 507628 9 Germany CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) South Korea CD 2002
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Live
2:25 Tested EPIT-69952 Europe CD 2008
2:25 Tested DRA 486986 1 Germany 2x12" 1997
2:25 Tested DRA 486986 2 Germany CD 1997
2:25 Tested Esca 6658 Japan CD 1997
2:25 Tested 486986-4 Turkey MC 1997
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Live Loreley Festival 1996
The Grey Race - Video EP Europe DVD 2003
Video
Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) 202585 9 Germany DVD 2004
Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) 9-202585 Mexico DVD 2004
Not specified
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) n/a Malaysia MC 2009
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC507628 2 Germany CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Song SAMPCS 11266 1 Europe CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC 507628 9 Germany CD 2002
2:27 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) South Korea CD 2002
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Info from 'The Answer'
General Greg Graffin initally called this song "This Is Just A Punk Rock Song". Bad Religion also recorded a German language version of Punk Rock Song. The cover artwork of the single was first intended to be the sleeve for The Gray Race (album). The shout at the end of the song ("Yes! Bo... More
Single There are four different regular versions of the single, containing different live tracks and previously unreleased songs. The UK promo single has the words "shit" and "fucking" censored.
Song meaning "There is so much human tragedy in the world, we can identify it but we can't fix it, all we can offer is this punk rock song. People are usually more interested in discussing a song's fashionability than its meaning. That's why the human tragedy persists." Greg G.: "There are so ma... More
Video The video was directed by David Bragger, who was the director of several other BR videos, too.
Reception The song is BR's highest charting single in Finland (#5), Germany (#29) and Sweden (#21). In April 1996 it was number 17 on the European MTV charts, ranking higher than Green Day and Bon Jovi.
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