Bad Religion - Struck A Nerve Lyrics




There's an old man on a city bus
Holding a candy cane
And it isn't even christmas
He see's a note in the obituary
That his last friend has died
There's an infant clinging
To his overweight mother in the cold
As they go to shop for cigarettes
And she spends her last dollar
On a bottle of vodka for tonight
And I guess it struck a nerve
Like I had to squint my eyes
You can never get out
Of the line of sight
Like a barren winter day
Or a patch of unburned green
Like a tragic real dream
I guess it struck a nerve
Every day I wander
In negative disposition
As I'm bombarded by superlatives
Realizing very well that I am not alone
Introverted
I look to tomorrow for salvation
But I'm thinking altruistically
And a wave of overwhelming doubt
Turns me to stone
And I guess it struck a nerve
Sent a murmur to my heart
We just haven't got time
To crack the maze
Like a magic speeding clock
Or a cancer in our cells
A collision in the dark
I guess it struck a nerve
I try to close my eyes
But I cannot ignore the stimuli
If theres a purpose for us all
It remains a secret to me
Don't ask me to justify my life





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  1. damageinc 1985

    Found a candy cane in the cupboard and reached for it... And it isn't even Christmas. Had to listen to this instantly!

  2. Silver Shade

    Is this a remastered version? Anyway wonderful song, always been one of my faves from their (awesome) catalogue

  3. TheDeanMl79

    fuckin 80 conservas dont like it. screw you muthafucers

    George Dykes

    TheDeanMl79 do you know how to spell conservative you stale bit of bread

    George Dykes

    I am conservative I still love the song many people hate it who liberal

  4. shirley lacour

    WATCH-O!

    Butch Stoneyrock

    Wha-cho!!!

  5. Moises Halison

    Brasil tbm tem bom gosto 🇧🇷

  6. Rodney Wallis

    Killer Bad Religion mash-up by Aussie punks The Phosphorus Bombs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBf90w9X3OA

  7. shirley lacour

    WATCH-O!

  8. Heather C

    Realizing that I am not alone.

  9. Nathan B

    September 12, 2019 19:11

  10. Christopher Bingham

    Wow, I wasn't expecting that woman. This is definitely something different from Bad Religion. And it's incredible

  11. S C

    This sounds great, some of the other versions on YouTube sound like they’re playing underwater.

  12. Rodrigo Salles

    24/07/19 20:24

  13. GREATEST CHEATS OF ALL TIME

    I Walked into a church in my BR shirt 🤘🏼👍🏼

  14. GREATEST CHEATS OF ALL TIME

    This album and this song introduced me to BR back in 93 and I have not stopped listening to this amazing band .

    🍻

  15. Anthony Delucia

    who knew that the girl from concrete blonde is doing the backup vocals here

  16. Hadokenmage Hadoken

    Been listening for 27 years have to say still my favorite song of all time

  17. bill caldwell

    Coming to Chicago on August 9th

  18. Franga Vita

    Yeuteamo

  19. Gumby

    🔥🔥🔥

  20. Todd Ellison

    I consider myself a huge Bad Religion fan. I have 11 of their albums. But this is one of the few that slipped by me... and this song is incredible.

  21. Franga Vita

    Yeuteamo

  22. Ralph Chunksoup

    Song did its job...it struck a nerve.

  23. Ralph Chunksoup

    Nah ...bad religion is much loved. Maybe Greg's choices weren't what real fans thought

  24. Franky Noguera

    My name is Frank and I stink

  25. andrew simmons

    God I love this album, pun intended..

  26. Joseph Von Meisthal

    I remember listening to this song for the first time, 10 years ago. Since this time, I always felt nostaligic while listening it .

    This track is unique in Bad Religion's work.

  27. Fernandita Princess

    Muy buena banda

  28. George Vasquez

    i once was homeless my favorite song cause i understand the complexities of societies fuck the homeless

  29. Tony Torres

    Que música foda!

  30. Tracy Mendiola

    [Verse 1]
    There's an old man on a city bus holding a candy cane
    And it isn't even Christmas
    He sees a note in the obituary that his last friend has died
    There's an infant clinging to his overweight mother in the cold
    As they go to shop for cigarettes
    As she spends her last dollar on a bottle of vodka for tonight

    [Chorus]
    And I guess it struck a nerve
    Like I had to squint my eyes
    You can never get out of the line of sight
    Like a barren winter day
    Or a patch of unburned green
    Like a tragic real dream
    I guess it struck a nerve

    [Verse 2]
    Every day I wander in negative disposition
    As I'm bombarded by superlatives
    Realizing very well that I am not alone
    Introverted I look to tomorrow for salvation
    But I'm thinking altruistically
    And a wave of overwhelming doubt turns me to stone

    [Chorus]
    And I guess it struck a nerve
    Sent a murmur through my heart
    We just haven't got time to crack the maze
    Like a magic speeding clock
    Or a cancer in our cells
    A collision in the dark
    I guess it struck a nerve

    [Verse 3]
    I try to close my eyes
    But I cannot ignore the stimuli
    If there's a purpose for us all
    It remains a secret to me
    Don't ask me to justify my life

    [Chorus]
    Cause I guess it struck a nerve
    Like I had to squint my eyes
    You can never get out of the line of sight
    Like a magic speeding clock
    Or a cancer in our cells
    A collision in the dark
    I guess it struck a nerve

    Christian Rohde

    Thank´s my friend!

  31. Nygoth Uey

    Great. Fucking. Song.

  32. Goyabat

    My favourite BR song so far. I can't get enough of it.
    So beautiful, so deep, I love it so much. ♥

  33. Steven Derfler

    That guitar solo between 2:05 and 2:30 is epic

  34. Hoax Plays

    Uggh, pitched up version...

  35. Troy Cunningham

    a collision in the dark

  36. Mike Lawrence

    favorite band since i was 14 im 35 now.

    latecaio

    i fell you

    Ryan Dickerson

    Mike Lawrence same bro

    Julio Cesar

    Exactly the same here!

    GREATEST CHEATS OF ALL TIME

    Since 15 I am 41 now 🤘🏼

    Namri

    Since I´m 15 and I´m 44 now ;)

  37. Zach InTheHat

    I've always though of this song when I listen to Bill Hicks do his bit about witnessing "hardcore pockets of humanity". The world is so fucking weird and surreal and disgusting sometimes it's overwhelming. Like even going to the grocery store now makes me want to throw up.

    Too much raw humanity at once, man.

    Jay Dean

    Me too. You're not the only one.

    Tracy Mendiola

    Thought*

    Todd Ellison

    I think about this all the time, but I really like the way you phrased it. It's rather profound for me, because I feel like I've had this exact visceral thought before, but I'm hearing it in someone else's words lol.

  38. chris schmelzer

    best punk song ever award--brilliant genius beautiful and I could fly rather than dance to this one

  39. chris schmelzer

    best punk song, ever...brilliant, beautiful, rocks so fine I'd rather take off like turbo-jet than dance

  40. rguy1985ify

    One or the best songs

  41. Michael walker

    I still play this song at the bar all the time and people that have never heard of BR Like this song.

  42. cybernaut667

    Their last masterpiece

    Casey Awesome

    Debatable

    cybernaut667

    Indeed, but that's just my opinion..
    I like most of their LP's after that but I would not rate them as masterpieces..

    Michael walker

    cybernaut667 not even close. true north is epic and they are not done yet. I seen them two weeks ago and they still sound amazing.

    andrew simmons

    Hell fucking NO! Stranger than fiction is a great great great album, the process of belief was not to be fucked with either. True North shows dedication and it's pretty good too.

    Felipe H

    Process of belief and Stranger than fiction are better than this one. You can judge me, i dont care xD

  43. Luchox Batcave

    "WACHO!" (cualquier argentinx va a enteder)

    Guillermo Xavier

    Luciano de Funeral Argentino/Uruguayo! aguante BR bo!

  44. Frankie Sluggo7

    It applies now and forever and should be the theme music of every "news" broadcast. Stuff that in your commercials you monster corporate media shitheads!

  45. Dru Petey

    The most underrated song of Bad Religion's entire catalog. It's got a different sound than anything else they did. This was one of their songs that transcend their genre and anyone who appreciates good music should like this song.

    Leviathan Cross will be my Guide Wish you had it

    dru petey Youre damn right!! I love it. Its got that folky Irish-like touch

    Taylor Faulkner

    dru petey my personal fave

    Javier De la Rocha

    Totalmente de acuerdo.

    Voyager

    Absolutely. It's a classic

    Heather C

    Agreed.

  46. Miljan Tanić

    I can never understand what Greg shouts before the guitar solos in the songs... "Watch out"?

    Mathew Wood

    he's saying "one-two"

    Michael walker

    Mathew Wood it's not one two it's wancho but you have to ask them what means (it's a made up word) it's used in a few songs.

    Iron_A Bartley

    It's "One-Two" but honestly it sounds like "WATTO", the slave owner of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

  47. Charles Gillies

    Couldn't argue that!

  48. ALBER PAJARES

    ✊🏻

  49. thegreatmrt

    This song changed my life when I was young, been a massive fan of them since, it's hard to choose a favorite bad religion album, let alone a favorite song, but if I had to choose this is always the one I come back to. Crazy how much this applies to the world today compared to the time it was created

    rusty shakelfod

    you're just much older..the world sucks

    grilledcheese

    I feel you on that dude. Same for me. My life changed when I discovered Bad Religion.

    Jarrod Hornbeck

    BillieJoesAngel Same here. I was 12 or 13 when this album came out and it was my introduction to BR and I was floored. Then I researched their previous albums and they soon became my favorite band. 23 years later and they still are. I have a lot of tattoos but my only 'band' tattoo is the Against the Grain logo.

  50. Louie Salerno

    it struck a neeeeeerve! love that backup vocal. most underappreciated br song. buried on a meh album. quite possibly the only punk song with 2 guitar solos

    SimunSansa

    +Louie Salerno Your high school clique is hardly a valid sample for you to form such a strong opinion on (most underappreciated br song), and (quite possibly the only punk song with 2 guitar solos) is just so ridiculous a statement, it doesn't merit argumentation.
    By allow I meant: words to leave your head without you granting any consideration to them.
    We clear now?

    hot dog water

    u win. 5 useless pts for u. but before u pick up ur medal, name me another punk song with 2 guitar solos. and, no, the same solo repeated later in the song doesn't count

    Frank

    It's not meh at all. A lot of really strong songwriting on this album. Skyscraper for example

    Wedge Antilles

    Johnette Napatilano has one of the best voices, I love Concrete Blonde as well.

    Isaac P

    A "meh album"? This guy lol...

  51. Fry Diablo

    Sitting here watching people eat there meals and i wonder

  52. Reed Kimbrough

    More applicable now than in the 1990's when it was made. Touching and oh so real, wacho...THANKS eternally GREG AND CO.!!!!!!!

  53. Thomas Bataille

    roll mops i think

  54. Soozi inCa

    Prophetic, more so now, than in the 90's.................look around!

  55. Erick Lara

    Matt Shadows voice sounds  just like this

    XViolent NinjaX

    +Harambe dicks out for Harambe

  56. TheVargsriket

    This is the song that got me into BR back in the 90s. I still get nostalgic goosebumps hearing it 20 years after the first time I heard it. Absolutely amazing songwriting.

  57. Justin Bennett

    By far my favorite Bad Religion song.

  58. Alvaro Castelblanco

    Such a beautiful song

  59. Spazmgazm

    Someone please kill nicki minaj or justin bieber. I too am sorry for my generation. Btw Europe rules!!
    Sincerely
    A 15 year old
    I, too, am sorry for my english. Im dutch ;).

  60. TheVargsriket

    Damn, I still get goosebumps from Bad Religion songs. Used to be the only thing I listened to growing up in NYC in the 90s

  61. jakedude

    thumbs up if you know who social distortion is as well they are pretty good honestly i like them a little more then Bad Religion.

  62. IANWTF

    You sir are baddass!

  63. Elijah Jethro

    I'm 13 and I listen to this music....Our generation is really fucked up listening to those shits...I know how you feel..

  64. captaindaring

    Nice hissy fit.

  65. BNASTYLW

    That explains how you are so smart, You are svede, not an American.

  66. MatrimCuathon

    Actually hair coloring among other activities was and is done to express the ideals of punk. Just because some people do it for cool points doesn't mean everyone who does it is a poser. Sure its all over the place now but decades ago it was pretty life altering to do because of how people would perceive you.

  67. bleejee

    One of the best songs ever made!!!

  68. GoofyiNator

    i guess there is still hope for punk rock, long live punk rock and its freedom it brings

  69. Icebears4ever

    Good choice kid! Just choose not to colour your hair pink and green cause that's not punk, punk is simple chords and society criticism. And I'm swedish as well :P

    S C

    Icebears4ever and for the last 40 years I thought punk was about doing what the fuck you wanted. Thanks for clearing that up. *I* might not want blue hair, the next guy can do what he wants.

  70. GhostoftheRun

    don't take responsibility for your generation, throughout history each one has been often misinterpreted in some fashion. faith in singularity will prevail, and the music you seek translates into what you speak and the people you'll meet.

  71. Michael Chiarello

    i dont think your generation could have possibly ruined the world, your not even old enough to drive or have a job or vote orjust about anything that makes a difference in the world, and yes i realize you were refering to the music made by pre-teens like yourself, but dont feel bad, its certainly not your fault haha

    S C

    The baby boomers broke the world. Don’t worry, they’re getting ready to die. Then as soon as we flush the alt right down the toilet things will be looking up.

  72. Dariusz Darek

    Whoo, watch out, we got a badass over here.

  73. captaindaring

    Good thing no one gives a shit what you think.

  74. Dariusz Darek

    I would rather say that judging people by their appearance is not really punk.
    Punk is about doing what you want and your free will: maybe he wants his "stupid" avatar...

  75. captaindaring

    What do you have such a stupid, childish avatar for? Commenting on a punk band with that pic is just wrong.

  76. pUnKpSyChOsIS

    At Twelve, Don't Do You're Own Head In And Hate Your Generation! Things Got Fucked Up A Long Time Ago!

  77. Nope

    you give your generation way to much credit. You're fucking 12. This world was ruined several hundred years ago, and the modern generations are just continuing the downward trend. You fuckers are nothing special, just the new model of dip shit.

  78. Jacuch Krzaq

    stary poczciwy zajebisty punk

  79. NekroxPunk

    Good for you! Props to that, pass it on bro!

  80. Gregory Lazzarino

    yeah, this is waaaaay different than lady gaga, considering this is the greatest band in the world fronted my a UCLA Life Science Professor.

  81. Emília Peres

    The Band of my life !

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    Emília Peres same

  82. Ezequiel Chavarria

    2:06... WACHO!

  83. jeff heitz

    Best band in the world....hellllll yes they are..

  84. Stylefile007

    Meegaaaaaa!!!

  85. Michael S

    Best fucking band in the world. :)

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    Michael S I know right

  86. J Rock

    I keep getting older but bad religions songs never do

  87. Roberto Dragva

    the best...

  88. loard14

    got me trough a shit load of bad times. thanks guys and anybody who enjoys this music

  89. nakedgunmusic

    Yes. This is good.

  90. Mike O'Malley

    one of the best br songs

  91. sbcistheboss

    This song describe what I see every time I'm in a major metropolitan area. Especially the poorer parts of America.

  92. xKELxPAYNE

    kickass buddy remind me of the old days thx. thumbs up

  93. Hugh Jars

    I TRY TO CLOSE MY EYES, BUT I CAN IGNORE THE STIMULAE IF THERES A PURPOSE FOR THIS SONG IT REMAINS A SECRET TO ME, DONT ASK ME TO JUSTIFY MY LIFE!

  94. moneyillusion

    and actually as important as greg... i didnt like their time without brett, it was too graffiny. now they are back on the track, luckily ----my meaning

  95. moneyillusion

    no, disagree! the lyrics are more than 'just goot'...;-)

  96. McEntenKiller023

    But I'm thinking altruistically
    And a wave of overwhelming doubt
    Turns me to stone ..... those lyrics are just to good ! :')

  97. YaWantTaters

    I think they both had backing vocal spots in the album(although only Eddie was credited, Johnette was not IN PRINT on the tape's liner note when I bought)... still- that sounds clearly like Johnette singing in this song. Neither appeared when I saw this album's tour date though; bummer. I saw myself in the audience in the video for this song that was played on JBTV back in the day. Haha theBCEproductions 'jimmies'!