Bad Religion, “The World Won’t Stop Without You”

You’ve got to quit your little charade and join the freak parade
Now that your road has been paved from conception to your grave.
Enormous things to do, others’ practices to eschew,
To be better than you is impossible to do,
But the world won’t stop without you.
No, the world won’t stop without you.
Your achievements are unsurpassed, you are highly-ordered mass,
But you can bet your ass your free energy will dissipate.
Two billion years thus far, now mister here you are,
An element in a sea of enthalpic organic compounds.
The world won’t stop without you.
The world won’t stop without you.
You’re only as elegant as your actions let you be
A piece of chaos related phylogenetically
To every living organ system, we’re siblings, don’t you see?
The earth rotates and will revolve without you constantly.
Two billion years thus far, now mister here you are,
An element in a sea of enthalpic organic compounds.
The world won’t stop without you.
No, the world won’t stop without you.
I said the world won’t stop without you.

One of my favorites. It caps off their brilliantly verbose No Control LP with a reminder that as big as we get, we’re only one among many. I used to drive a beat up Ford and play a tape with No Control on one side and Suffer on the other. Those were some good times. While “The World Won’t Stop” is a fine track in itself, it has become more meaningful as of late. I think of it whenever I hear of people thinking too highly of themselves. Is the world on your shoulders? It may seem like it, but hell, chances are your troubles aren’t any more important than the next guy’s.

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