I’m tired of this city, all this toil and strife.
Trying to cross the boulevard, playing Frogger with my life.
The above quote comes from the Back to the Known ep. The title of the song is “Frogger”, and indeed, it comes from the 1981 video game.
It is a Bad Religion quote I have liked for a long time. It is fairly obvious in meaning, as it can be read in a literal fashion.
A deeper meaning is all the cars he has to avoid to try and cross the street, the detritus of society. That being what is physically there. The toil and strife, which is not as inanimate as the physical objects, yet it still must be avoided in Frogger fashion.
Finally, as this ep contains arguably the greatest Bad Religion song, “Along the Way”. I’ll add the entire lyrics and urge everyone to check out the song, and this entire ep for that matter.
I refuse to abuse what is kind to the Muse,
But it’s there and it’s happening to me along the way.
As we go through the snow, we cannot forget our foes,
But the dinner’s always waiting at the table ‘long the way, yeah.
What you see, not for me, isn’t what you planned to be,
But you’ll have what you wanted in the end along the way.
And we’ll try as we cry and our brothers pass us by,
To be strong through the ages of our tears along the way, yeah.
Now we grow as we show that the morals we must know
Will be shapen and mistaken by the falls along the way.
But forget, don’t regret, to find love and happiness
Unless you’re willing to be strong when they are gone along the way.
Like Tommy, you are free, and you will not follow me,
Until we see each other once more on the path along the way.