Bad Religion quote #23 Shun the Handshake

The negative aspect of “The Handshake”.

Everyone, well, the majority are going about their lives, content with not helping out others, just doing the bare minimum to get by. That is how I see the two slightly altered choruses.

This subject is something I have noticed at least a couple of other times in Bad Religion lyrics at least one being a past quote on this blog, albeit worded differently. And the meaning may vary from person to person as well.

Everyone’s vying for patronage
This is the way of the modern world
And something’s gotta give

Everyone’s fighting for dominance
This is the way of the modern world
And something’s gotta give

Despite his bleak view on the handshake, Greg writes:

Now I believe in unity
And I am willing to compromise
But I’m not gonna lie or sell my soul

So I think Greg is referring to the act of the handshake (assuming it is not symbolic alone, as it could be both) as being fake. Perhaps if the handshake were genuine it would be another story. So in the meantime, omit the handshake, and show genuine compassion.

Full lyrics:

Every time you shake someone’s hand
And it feels like your best friend
Could it be that it’s only superficiality?
Without regard to well being without an inkling of compromise
Handshakes are nothing but a subtle fuck you
And contracts determine the best friendships

This is the way of the modern world
Everyone’s vying for patronage
This is the way of the modern world
And something has gotta give

Every time you shake someone’s hand
And you share neither color or creed
You gotta overcome the obstacles of history
There is restrained passion mistrust and bigotry
And these have created the new foundations of society
There’s no harmony just class and race

This is the way of the modern world
Everyone’s fighting for dominance
This is the way of the modern world
And something has gotta give

Now I believe in unity
And I am willing to compromise
But I’m not gonna lie or sell my soul

Every time you shake someone’s hand
It determines where you stand
And if you won’t uphold your side then it’s better to

Fend for yourself, fend for yourself, fend for yourself
And shun the handshake
Fend for yourself, fend for yourself, fend for yourself
And shun the handshake
Fend for yourself, fend for yourself, fend for yourself
And shun the handshake

Someone’s gotta give

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