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Riff: Bad Religion – “True North”

Jan 22, 2013

The world’s not my responsibility, and happiness isn’t there for me/But maybe I’ll inch closer to the source, when I find true north

from True North lyrics by Bad Religion

In their 16th album’s opener (yes – 16th), Bad Religion’s “oozin’ ahs” propel a “lost at sea without a [moral] compass” metaphor as they aim to find both their way to shore and some ethical wisdom. Still, one can’t help but remind how tired this chord progression has become. Especially in pop-punk.

  • kurac

    Critics are usually bad unfulfilled musicians!

    • Karl

      That may be true sometimes, but shooting the messenger doesn’t make the message any less true. Search “pop punk chord progression” into wikipedia or “4 chords” onto YouTube for further evidence.

  • dislocated13

    It was written for Graffin’s son.

    • Karl

      That makes sense, and is uber-sweet. From a musical perspective, I find this song annoying, but lyrically, I dig it.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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