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The Surface Of Me
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 2004
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Oh yeah! A study of history
Reveals an unflagging appeal to mystery.
You talk about abstraction
At the top of the list,
But you might as well get pissed,
'Cause in me the essence does not exist.
No!

Yeah yeah! You’re so shallow.
How can your romance hope to be
The veil of an ersatz human nature
That can pacify but never slept well
When there’s the pretension of living a lie?

Take me as I am, judge me for my crimes,
I can say I’ll behave freely all the time.
You can predict what I’ll say, it’s in my DNA,
But soon I’ll be a catalogue number anyway.
So say a little prayer,
Convince yourself that someone cares.
All I am is what you see.
There is nothing more than the surface of me,
There is nothing more than the surface of me! 
You know?

Oh yeah! Apologies to Skinner,
But I do believe that I feel like I’m a winner
Having just discovered a long solved modal secret
Of how I always feel
So goddamn downtrodden and desperate.

Take me as I am, judge me for my crimes,
I can say I’ll behave freely all the time.
You can predict what I’ll say, it’s in my DNA,
But soon I’ll be a catalogue number anyway.
So say a little prayer,
Convince yourself that someone cares.
All I am is what you see.
There is nothing more than the surface of me,
There is nothing more than the surface of me! 

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Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
The Empire Strikes First EICP 372 Japan CD 2004
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Los Angeles Is Burning 1175-7 Europe 7" 2004
Los Angeles Is Burning 1169-2 Europe CD 2004
Los Angeles Is Burning 1169-2 Europe CD 2004
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