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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1998
BPM: 124
Lyrics
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History doesn't make something right,
Consensus is not a fact-based exercise.
You're tied and bound to this self-indulgent enterprise...
We call America.

A brush with a star, a token of love,
A name in the sand, enough is enough.
A diet of air, a face on the net,
A fish in your palm, your television set.

Once you convince yourself,
The universe falls into place.
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends,
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends.

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air,
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there,
And still water stales a soft summer breeze,
You cling to your hopes while you drop to your knees.
There's no substance.

Once you convince yourself,
The universe falls into place.
You've got your ideas
And your posse of friends,
You all make up rules
And the fun never ends.

But still there's a problem that leaves you gasping for air,
You look for some meaning, blank smiles are all that's there,
And still water stales a soft summer breeze,
You cling to your hopes while you drop to your knees.
There's no substance.

Versions
Version Length Release Catalog ID Country Format Year
Album version
3:04 No Substance Europe 12" 2018
3:04 No Substance United States 12" 2018
3:04 No Substance United States 12" 2018
3:04 No Substance Europe 12" 2013
3:04 No Substance Europe 12" 2013
3:04 No Substance Europe 12" 2013
3:04 No Substance 6997-1 United States 12" 2010
3:04 No Substance 6997-2 Europe CD 2008
3:04 No Substance CPT-2007 South Korea MC 2007
3:04 No Substance ESCA-6949 Japan CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 489570-2 Australia CD 1998
3:04 No Substance United States CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 489570-8 Germany MD 1998
3:04 No Substance 83094-4 United States MC 1998
3:04 No Substance DRA 489570 4 Germany MC 1998
3:04 No Substance United States 12" 1998
3:04 No Substance Germany 12" 1998
3:04 No Substance DRA 489570 2 Germany CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 83094-2 United States CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 83094-2/4 United States CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 83094 United States 12" 1998
3:04 No Substance Spain MC 1998
3:04 No Substance Russia MC 1998
3:04 No Substance Poland MC 1998
3:04 No Substance A 006497 Bulgaria MC 1998
3:04 No Substance Turkey MC 1998
3:04 No Substance 489570-4 Indonesia MC 1998
3:04 No Substance No catalog ID United States MC 1998
3:04 No Substance 489570 2 Argentina CD 1998
3:04 No Substance South Korea CD 1998
3:04 No Substance Canada CD 1998
3:04 No Substance Canada CD 1998
3:04 No Substance Austria CD 1998
3:04 No Substance Russia CD 1998
3:04 No Substance United States CD 1998
3:04 No Substance DRA 489570 9 Germany CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 83094-2 Israel CD 1998
3:04 No Substance 758.443/2-489570 Brazil CD 1998
Not specified
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) n/a Malaysia MC 2009
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) Germany CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EPC507628 2 Germany CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) Turkey MC 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) South Korea CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EICP-96 Japan CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) EDCI 80030 Japan CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) 2-507628 Brazil CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) SAMP11213 Germany CD 2002
3:04 Punk Rock Songs (The Epic Years) Russia CD 2002
3:04 The New America ZK07115 Russia CD 2000
3:04 No Substance 83094-2P United States CD 1998
3:04 No Substance SAMPCD 4959 Germany CD 1998
3:04 No Substance tbd United States CD 1998
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Jim Patoose
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Location: United States
06/01/2012 at 14:45
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Location: Japan
05/07/2012 at 22:22
Nick
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Location: Global Citizen
03/07/2006 at 08:12
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Location: Global Citizen
12/28/2004 at 22:41
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Location: Global Citizen
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Location: Global Citizen
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