We're Only Gonna Die

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"We're Only Gonna Die"
Song by Bad Religion
from the album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Released 1982
Recorded 1981
Genre Punk rock, hardcore punk
Length 2:12
Label Epitaph
Songwriter(s) Greg Graffin
Producer(s) Bad Religion
How Could Hell Be Any Worse? track listing
"We're Only Gonna Die"
"Latch Key Kids"
"We're Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance"
Song by Sublime
from the album 40 Oz. to Freedom
Released 1992
Recorded 1991-1992 at Mambo in Long Beach, California
Genre Ska-core
Length 3:07
Label Skunk Records, Gasoline Alley/MCA
Songwriter(s) Greg Graffin
Producer(s) Sublime
40 Oz. to Freedom track listing
"Smoke Two Joints"
"We're Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance"
"Don't Push"

"We're Only Gonna Die" is a song penned by frontman Greg Graffin for Bad Religion's debut album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, which was released in 1982.[1][2] It is the album's opening track, as well as the now-out of print 80–85 compilation, which was released in 1991.

The song is often referred to only by the name "Gonna Die". The liner notes to the How Could Hell Be Any Worse album lists the title as "We're Only Gonna Die from Our Own Arrogance". Graffin occasionally introduces the song with this complete title. The band also called the song "Modern Man" before the release of their 1990 fifth album Against the Grain, which contained a track by that name.

The song can also be heard in the movie Glory Daze. It also appears on the soundtrack of the videogame, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.

More than 30 years after its release, "We're Only Gonna Die" is still a fan favorite and remains one of the band's concert staples.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by the band Biohazard who called it "We're Only Gonna Die (From Our Own Arrogance)". Bad Religion and Biohazard played this song live together during a show in the late '90s.

The ska punk band Sublime also covered this song, calling it "We're Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance." After performing the cover live for several years, a studio version was recorded for their 1992 album 40 Oz. to Freedom. The song continued to be frequently included in their live set lists throughout their history.

The alternative rock band Tripping Daisy also covered "We're Only Gonna Die", as the closing track on their 1994 live album, Get It On - Live.


  1. ^ "How Could Hell Be Any Worse? | Discography | The Bad Religion Page - Since 1995". Thebrpage.net. 1981-01-06. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Bad Religion - How Could Hell Be Any Worse? at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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