Bad Religion-Drunk Sincerity

By Irfan Nugroho

The smell of virgin pages wafted through the swinging doors
And the croaking speech he'd heard from countries counsellors before
They said "we all care for you, we know how you suffer
But I know you can succeed, I used to have it so much rougher"

There's hope in the words and emotion in the eyes
It's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
And like fools we trust the delivery
But it's all just drunk sincerity

In maternal family assembly poised regarding the blue tube
The numbers crept up higher and the hawks stayed out of view
Then the generals said "we don't want our boys dead
Your sons and your husbands will be coming back heroes soon"

With steam, heat, and rhythm in the back seat of the car
And adolescent perspective projecting life's forecast to the stars
You heard love from the lips and you were rapt by the hips
And the promise was eternal but you couldn't see that far

Perhaps this song properly represents the most recent political situation – or even broadening not in the present only – happening in my homeland, Indonesia. The condition when the mayor/regent/governor/legislative candidates act like a “savvy gentle” figures. They are only trying to peddle beautifully empty promises to the public, hence Greg Graffin says, “They said, ‘we all care for you, we know how you suffer.’”

Surely such phenomena are also found in other countries. Likewise, most of the “guisers” like above can easily find everywhere. Admitting knowing public’s problems and possessing the ways to solve them, almost all they say are totally wrong. However, we likewise tend to continuously “trust the delivery,” in fact we are “easily misled” by them.

The number of suffering is increasing while outside there, some guisers promised wisely “we don’t want our boys dead. Your sons and your husbands will be coming back heroes soon.” Through this song Graffin summons the youth to protest against the government’s policies damaging or misleading the public – stated on “and adolescent perspective projecting life’s forecast to the stars.” Graffin also suggests us not to easily believe the love from the lips because promises are eternal and inexorable for this situation.

I love this song very much. Bad Religion plays this song in cheerful tones and beats. The drum beating on this song is the typical characteristic of Bobby Schayer’s drum beating. Bass guitar played by Jay also clearly heard, evidently I see that Jay used Fender Guitar Bass for this song. I love the part when the refrain played at the last part of the song, when the refrain is repeated twice with groovy beating and “zem zem zem” guitar distortion.


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