|Album||Artist||Song||Album Track Number||Year|
|The New America||Bad Religion||"It's A Long Way To The Promised Land"||#2||May 9, 2000|
"It's a long way to the promised land so you'd better well know your waySince most of you are already judging the title, being sung in the opening, what do they mean why it's a "long way to the Promised Land," which is a land of supreme happiness? The keyword there is happiness, and the assumption that it's a "long way," under the assumption that you've gotten this far but still feel unsure about the uncertainties of your own life and the decision(s) you made or have made, you likely haven't gotten to the state of "supreme happiness." You know how the phrase "Live life with no regrets" gets reiterated time and time again? That's because it's true.
There's a ship on the ocean and an albatross who is trying to lead you astray
Leaders, politicians, and power whores are in line to receive your choice
And you bet your ass, if you give it to them, they will gladly take your voice
And it's a long way to the promised land Wo-oh Oh oh oh"
"It's a long way to the promise land if we work we might find it hereBad Religion's mention of "falling in line or you'll fall in time" gives the listener a representation of the Christian-imagery of lining up toward the Gates of Heaven, and the consequence of not finding your way could lead you to fall into a time trap where you may never come back in the waiting line again. Realistically, it applies the same: if there isn't a path in your life you're following, or at least creating for others and/or yourself, you'll "fall in time"—be at the time of your life when it's too late to do anything and unable to "take a stand," in creating and abiding by the truth in making yourself happy. "There's no reason for bridled fear" because, well, there really shouldn't be.
There's no substitute for enlightenment; There's no reason for bridled fear
When you join the people who've joined the club, you gotta clench and play your hand
'cause if you fall in line you're gonna fall in time, and you'll never make a stand
It's a long way to the promise land Wo-oh oh oh oh"
"What are you going to do? When they call for you?One of my favorite line in this entire song, perhaps music in general, reads: "Because the truth is just what you make of it, it begins and ends with you!" Again, it brings me to that Christian imagery of getting your name called in Heaven, ready to have a "Life Review." Answers bought without experience, leading to certain doom, reminds me that if you lied about doing what you were supposed to do, but didn't actually do it, you're done; No one will save you from your egregious wreck of a confession and will live with that painful regret for eternity. Apply to real life here on Earth, you can say you accomplished something when in reality, you brought no contribution to it. Be real, be honest with yourself because no one else will back you up when your chance has arrived. Again, people in power and fellow friends might lead you to the wrong direction, so it's up to you to really charge through the blockades to get what it is you want, that makes you happy.
Bend and capitulate? Or keep your head on straight?
Easy answers bought without experience, gonna lead you to certain doom
Because the truth is just what you make of it, it begins and ends with you!
And it's a long way to the promise land Wo-oh oh oh oh"