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The Answer
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1992
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Long ago in a dusty village
Full of hunger, pain and strife,
A man came forth with a vision of truth
And the way to a better life.
He was convinced he had the answer
And he compelled people to follow along,
But the hunger never vanished
And the man was banished
And the village dried up and died.

At a time when wise men peered
Through glass tubes toward the sky,
The heavens changed in predictable ways
And one man was able to find,
That he had thought he found the answer
And he was quick to write his revelation,
But as they were scrutinized
In his colleagues eyes,
He soon became a mockery.

Don't tell me about the answer
'cause then another one will come along soon.
I don't believe you have the answer,
I've got ideas, too.
But if you've got enough naivete,
And you've got conviction,
Then the answer is perfect for you.

An urban sprawl sits choking on its discharge
Overwhelmed by industry,
Searching for a modern day
Savior from another place
Inclined toward charity.
Everyone's begging for an answer
Without regard to validity,
The searching never ends,
It goes on and on and on for eternity.

Don't tell me about the answer
'cause then another one will come along soon.
I don't believe you have the answer,
I've got ideas, too.
But if you've got enough naivete,
And you've got conviction,
Then the answer is perfect for you.
(The answer is perfect for you.)

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Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
3:21 Generator E-86416-1 | 86416-1LIM United States 12" 2014
3:21 Generator E-86416-1 | 86416-1GRA United States 12" 2014
3:21 Generator E 86416-1 United States 12" 2010
3:21 Generator Russia CD 2007
3:20 All Ages 1221 Poland MC 1996
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Live
3:11 No Substance PRCD 8531B United States CD 1998
3:11 No Substance PRCD 8531B United States CD 1998
3:19 Raise Your Voice DRA 665675 5 Germany CD 1998
Live @ Riviera Theater Chicago, 10/9/1993
Live Hate PRCS 5391 United States MC 1993
Remastered
3:21 Generator 86704-2 Europe CD 2004
3:21 Generator 86704-2 United States CD 2004
3:21 Generator 6704-2 Europe CD 2004
Not specified
3:19 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) n/a Malaysia MC 2009
3:19 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC507628 2 Germany CD 2002
3:19 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC 507628 9 Germany CD 2002
3:19 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) South Korea CD 2002
3:19 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EICP-96 Japan CD 2002
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