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A World Without Melody
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 2000
BPM: 157
Lyrics
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I don't want to live
In a world without melody.
Sometimes the rhythmic din
Of society is too much for me,
But purpose is prioritized.
These days the goal is win the prize.
There's a sleeping resonance we hold
Through which we're unified,
So let it out!

Don't just get lost in the crowd,
No one can deter you from your own path.
There's no trip too remote
From which you can't come back.
And I've got this hunch about you and me,
None of us are ready
For a world without melody.

Melody is the key,
It's the surest way
To unlock your individuality.
Melody is the key,
It will set you free!

Don't disrelish harmony,
Community will make you whole.
Work and understanding are the chords
Way deep within your soul.
They only need to be struck once
And the vibrations swell and spread,
But if we mute them they decay,
Our sensibilities are dead,
So let it out!

Don't just be one of the crowd
Hesitance and diffidence will do you in
And your soul doesn't care
For social medicine.
And I've got this hunch
About you and me,
None of us are ready
For a world without melody.

Melody is the key,
It's the surest way
To unlock your individuality.
Melody is the key,
It will set you free!

And I know together we could change the world,
Just you and me,
But I won't live without melody.

Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
2:31 The New America Russia MC 2019
2:31 The New America United States 12" 2018
2:31 The New America Europe 12" 2018
2:31 The New America 86998-1 United States 12" 2018
2:31 The New America Europe 12" 2013
2:31 The New America 6998-1 Europe 12" 2013
2:31 The New America Europe 12" 2013
2:31 The New America 6998-1 United States 12" 2010
2:31 The New America 6998-2 Europe CD 2008
2:31 The New America Europe MC 2000
2:31 The New America United States MC 2000
2:31 The New America Poland MC 2000
2:31 The New America Canada CD 2000
2:31 The New America QDCA 93300 Japan CD 2000
2:31 The New America 83303-4 United States MC 2000
2:31 The New America n/a Thailand MC 2000
2:31 The New America Turkey MC 2000
2:31 The New America Germany 12" 2000
2:31 The New America 83303-1 United States 12" 2000
2:31 The New America 83303-2 United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America No catalog ID United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America A2 83303 United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America Europe CD 2000
2:31 The New America DRA 498124 2 Germany CD 2000
2:31 The New America ESCA 8152 Japan CD 2000
2:31 The New America ESCA 8152 Japan CD 2000
2:31 The New America DRA 498124 5 Europe CD 2000
2:31 The New America Australia CD 2000
2:31 The New America DRA 498124 2 Europe CD 2000
2:31 The New America 83303-2 United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America Germany CD 2000
2:31 The New America DRA 498124 7 | 498124 7000 Germany CD 2000
2:31 The New America n/a Bulgaria MC 2000
2:31 The New America Brazil CD 2000
2:31 The New America 2A-83303 United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America n/a United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America 2-498124 Argentina CD 2000
2:31 The New America ZK07115 Russia CD 2000
2:31 The New America Canada CD 2000
2:31 The New America Europe CD 2000
2:31 The New America United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America Ukraine CD 2000
2:31 The New America Russia CD 2000
2:31 The New America n/a United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America PRCDA2-83303 United States CD 2000
2:31 The New America 83303-2 United States CD 2000
Info from 'The Answer'
Recording & producing The New America was recorded in September 1999 in Kauai, Hawaii in six weeks. The record was mixed and mastered in L.A. and finally was finished in late February, 2000. The first song was written in November of 1998. Many more songs were written than actually ended up on the album. G... More
Brett's contribution Jay and Greg had planned on The New America being the 20th anniversary album, so Jay proposed: "We have to call Brett!" If we're going to do this anniversary thing, he has to be part of it." Greg Graffin: "I wanted this album to be a sentimental favorite, and I kne... More
Release The New America was released on May 9, 2000 and peaked at no. 88 on the US Billboard 200.
Promotion If one bought the album during the first week in the US, he/she got a free ticket to one of the shows in the fall (you had to have a shrink wrap or merchandise slip from the album and the receipt sent in, and state which show you wanted to attend).
Singles The first single (New America) included two unreleased tracks: Pretenders and Lose As Directed. The second single was I Love My Computer (with A Whisper In Time).
Demos  Two sets of demos exist. The first and earlier set consists of the following songs that were recorded by Greg at his home studio: Let It Burn A World Without Melody The Hopeless Housewife Lose As Directed (this exact same version was also released as a B-side on the German ... More
Reception Brian Baker: "Some of the song on this record are fantastic. And we definitely will be playing songs off of The New America. Luckily the dealings of the production team didn't have any effect on the songwriting." At some Warped shows in 2000, Fat Mike of NOFX said he thought the ... More
Controversy Recording The New America has been one of the most controversial experiences for Bad Religion, and in particular their experience with producer Todd Rundgren. Although Greg Graffin has been a long-time fan of Tod Rundgren and says to have enjoyed Rundgren and the studio time with him, other band ... More
Artwork There are two different covers, one for the European, and one for the American release. The first painting by Joe Murray, showing children saluting the flag and holding guns, was rejected by Atlantic Records for being too controversial and therefore ended up on the European version. The American ... More
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