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This Is Not Utopia
The Offspring Lyrics


Like a shot without a warning
Lies a life that's left behind
And though I try
It's something I just can't unsee
It's burned into my mind

And I wake up in the morning
News keeps flashing on my eyes
These dying streets are bruised and beaten
Riot flags are waving
Poor and weak, we extend this streak
These lives we could be saving
Life is cheap, I sit and weep
'Cause there's just no mistaking
Oh, this is not utopia

The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
The roots, the roots, the rules don't matter anymore
This is not utopia

The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
You and you and you don't matter anymore

Better angels of our nature
Well, they've gone away to hide
Brutality, I can't unsee
These pictures are just burned into my mind

It's commotion in slow motion
It's humanity denied
A violent race, punch in the face
With all this hate, how can we all survive?

Oh, and if the change is coming
What makes it take so long?
And if the change is coming
Why sing the same old song?
This is not utopia

The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
The roots, the roots, the rules don't matter anymore
This is not utopia

The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
You and you and you don't matter anymore
This is not utopia

The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
And you and you and you don't matter anymore
(This not utopia)

Now how long must we wait
Until love conquers hate
And heal these hearts?
'Cause it all starts
Right here

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Bryan Holland

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Sean Surrao

Like a shot without a warning
Lies a life that's left behind
And though I try
It's something I just can't unsee
It's burned into my mind
And I wake up in the morning
News keeps flashing on my eyes
These dying streets are bruised and beaten
Riot flags are waving
Poor and weak, we extend this streak
These lives we could be saving
Life is cheap, I sit and weep
'Cause there's just no mistaking
Oh, this is not utopia
The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
The roots, the roots, the rules don't matter anymore
This is not utopia
The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
You and you and you don't matter anymore
Better angels of our nature
Well, they've gone away to hide
Brutality, I can't unsee
These pictures are just burned into my mind
It's commotion in slow motion
It's humanity denied
A violent race, punch in the face
With all this hate, how can we all survive?
Oh, and if the change is coming
What makes it take so long?
And if the change is coming
Why sing the same old song?
This is not utopia
The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
The roots, the roots, the rules don't matter anymore
This is not utopia
The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
You and you and you don't matter anymore
This is not utopia
The roots, the roots, the roots of America
The roots, the roots, the roots of hysteria
And you and you and you don't matter anymore
(This not utopia)
Now how long must we wait
Until love conquers hate
And heal these hearts?
'Cause it all starts
Right here



SLASHISMYHOMMIE 818

Meh, offsprings song structure hasn't changed in the past 25 years, they threw in a finger picking part, which is not anything amazing, if anything it was passe 10 years ago. After their second or third album there's nothing of any substance.

Not trashing them. Just musically there's not much innovation and it's just mediocre butt rock for quite some time, rather than punk rock, but they still keep playing image wise punk rock???

Idk, hate on my comment, thumbs down me (as if it means anything, this isn't reddit). Offspring is just a name that gets on big festival like shows, but they never actually have a legit tour that draws fans for them.

Last time I was at a show they played, it was at Huntington Beach for a huge 2 day festival actually on the beach. First day they headlined, Pennywise and Suicidal Tendencies played before them. After pennywise literally 2/3 of the crowd left. The following night (a Sunday night I might add) Social Distortion played in the time slot Offspring had the night prior and Rancid in the time slot Pennywise was in, after Rancid literally none of the crowd left.

All I'm saying is anyone who is a fan of offspring at this point isn't part of the punk fansbase, and the band is somehow idk, catapulted with marketing even though they're an irrelevant band.



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Vito7200

The rock is not dead. We Just need proper people to do it. Amazing track.

unholy crust boy

i mean, AC/DC?

Apachy roze

Exactly fucking right😉🤘🤘🤘

The Wizard13

I agreee

Michael Chester

@Abdullakc

I'm 64 & 1/2, I think the the constitution still applies to all😃

The RōNIN Channel

Agreed

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Gregor Gonzalez

This is one of the few bands that you can listen to the full albums because they don't have bad songs

The Newells

Es muy cierto!!

The Reaper Death

@filip Nguyen one of my favorite songs form days go by reminds me of when youre in prison form splinter after all how could anyone not like parody songs lol

filip Nguyen

that's nearly true but what about this one?
https://youtu.be/0eJZo1Hs8yk

But I still love them

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