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Blackball
Offspring 1995 album cover
First Released The Offspring
Recorded South Coast Recording, Santa Ana, California
Length 3:24
Singer/Guitarist Dexter Holland
Guitarist Noodles
Bassist Greg K.
Drummer James Lilja (1986 version)
Ron Welty (1989 version)
Produced by Jim Dotson (1986 version)
Thom Wilson (1989 version)

"Blackball" is the ninth track on The Offspring's 1989 debut album, The Offspring. The song appeared as the b-side of the 7" single "I'll Be Waiting" (also taken from The Offspring), which was released in 1986 and features original drummer James Lilja, who left the band in the following year and was replaced by Ron Welty, who plays on the album version.

Lyrics

In this world of hate and shallowness, where enemies become your consolation
And those of us who win the game give up their minds, I don't call that winning
Say this doesn't apply to you, but ask yourself, first
What have I done today to win the game and just what have I sacrificed?

Win the battle or lose the war
I know I've played this game before
When people were still real
I don't want this anymore
It's time for me to close the door
There's nothing left to feel

Reflect on all our yesterdays, my own words choke me, why were they spoken?
Regret for things I've said and done just can't compare with regret for those that I have never tried
So blame this world or blame yourself, it's really all the same
When you are standing on that precipice from which you just cannot return

Win the battle or lose the war
I know I've played this game before
When people were still real
I don't want this anymore
It's time for me to close the door
There's nothing left to feel

In the style of forgotten men, I look to my horizon, I see nothing
While thoughts of guns and desecration sweep through my mind, but only coffins and bones remain
As I look to you, the emptiness behind your eyes seals my decision
Can't carry on in a world of jugglers where all this thoughtlessness
And bludgeoning's your key to success, what kind of tradition to carry on?

Blackball, the new disease
Blackball, the new disease
Blackball, your evil ways have found their way inside, inside me
Blackball, the new disease
Blackball, the new disease
Blackball, for a better life in this high tech dog eat dog existence

Win the battle or lose the war
I know I've played this game before
When people were still real
I don't want this anymore
It's time for me to close the door
There's nothing left to feel

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