The Handshake

Lyrics | Track Details

Every time you shake someone's hand and it feels like your best friend
Could it be that it's only superficially?
Without regard to well-being, without an inkling of compromise
Handshakes are nothing but a subtly "F--k you"
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'm 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 its better to...

Fend for yourself, and shun the handshake someone's gotta give

Writers
Greg Graffin
Recorded
Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA
Musicians
Greg Graffin - vocals, Brett Gurewitz - guitar, Jay Bentley - bass, Greg Hetson - guitar, Bobby Schayer - drums
Publishers
POLYPTERUS MUSIC (BMI) / WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP (BMI)