From the first Bad Religion long player, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, and the song “Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell” comes quote #2, actually a multi quote post. Three for one!
There’s people out there that say I’m no good
Because I don’t believe in things that I should
Cough, religion, cough. Oh sorry. (For coughing).
Countries manufacture bombs and guns
To kill your brother for something that he hasn’t even done
That is fairly self explanatory.
Smog is ruining my lungs, but aren’t sorry they’ve done wrong
They hide behind their lies that they’re helping everyone
Case in point, Exxon Mobil Corporation. Especially with their new research and development advertisements. Not to forget bp (formerly The British Petroleum Company) and their mess with the Canadian Oil Sands. To be kind, and not exclude, I’ll say big oil in general.
Brian Baker, Bad Religion guitarist, and member since 1994 said how “the meat of Bad Religion is in the message” (see Brian Baker Guitar Lessons on Youtube.). With that in mind, I think it is good to be educated, and you cannot go wrong using Bad Religion lyrics as a launching point.
With that in mind, I’d recommend reading It’s the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet by Linda McQuaig. Among others, there’s also Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk. I have not read the latter, but have to get to reading it, among others. To get started, read about the oil sands on Wikipedia.
Commentary from Brett Gurewitz on recording How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, and full lyrics at badreligion.com.