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Rise Against lyrics

Album: Siren Song of the Counter Culture [2004]

Tracks12
 01  State of the Union
 02  The First Drop
 03  Life Less Frightening
 04  Paper Wings
 05  Blood to Bleed
 06  To Them These Streets Belong
 07  Tip the Scales
 08  Anywhere But Here
 09  Give It All
 10  Dancing for Rain
 11  Swing Life Away
 12  Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
all Rise Against lyrics



State of the Union
rise against: state of the union

if we're the flagship of peace and prosperity
we're taking on water and about to fucking sink
no one seems to noitce, no one even blinks
the crew all left the passengers to die under the sea.

countdown
to the very end
equality
an invitation that we won't extend
ready, aim
pull the trigger now
in time you
firmly secure your place in hell.

state of the union address
reads war torn country still a mess
the words: power, death, and distorted truth
are read between the lines of the red, white and blue
countdown
to the very end
equality
an invitation that we won't extend.

ready, aim
pull the trigger now
in time you
frimly secure your place in hell.

"guilyt" is what our graves will read
no years, no family
we did nothing to stop the murder of
a people just like us.back to top
The First Drop
Im calling out
Only echoes respond
But I scream til my voice is gone
Crouching in corners and hiding your face
Im sick and tired of playing your games

Im not alone
I stand amongst the voiceless
Millions in the unforgiving sun

Here arm-in-arm
We parade these streets
And sing our songs (and sing our songs)

Weve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (Weve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (Weve had enough)
Cant you listen to what we have to say? (Weve had enough)

Unknowing, we lie and wait for the rain
To wash away what they have made
Face down in the dirt with your foot on my back
In the distance I hear thunder crack

C'mon Stand up !
This system of power and privilege is about to come to an end
Here come the clouds
The first drop is falling down (falling down)

Weve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (Weve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (Weve had enough)
Cant you listen to what we have to say? (Weve had enough)

Our futures burn in red horizons
Ashes scattered in winds of change
Casualty numbers are rising
Now its time to raise the stakes

Were meant for something more than living just to put food on our plates
I cant help but wonder--why should we participate?

Weve had enough
Is there even anything left to explain? (Weve had enough)
Am I really someone you need to restrain? (Weve had enough)
Cant you listen to what we have to say? (Weve had enough)back to top
Life Less Frightening
Suffering from something we're not sure of
In a world there is no cure for
These lives we live test negative for happiness
Flat line, no pulse, but eyes open
Single file like soldiers on a mission
If theres no war outside our heads
Why are we losing?

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frightening

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frightening

Hang me out to dry Im soaking
With the sense of knowing
Whats gone wrong but doing nothing I still run
Time again i have found myself stuttering
Foundations pulled out from under me
This breath is wasted on them all
Will someone answer me

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frightening

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frightening

Is there a God tonight?
Up in the sky or is it empty just like me (Just like me)
A place where we can hide out from the night
Where you are all I see (Where you are all I see)
So all he says, Goodbye, and close your eyes
Tell me what you see (Tell me what you see)
A life I sit inside this dream of mine
Where you are all I see

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frightening

I don't ask for much
Truth be told I'd settle
for a life less frightening, a life less frighteningback to top
Paper Wings
one last thing i beg you please just before you go
i've watched you fly on paper wings half way round the world
until they burned up in the atmosphere and sent you spiraling down
landed somewhere far from here with no one else around
to catch you falling down
and i'm looking at you now

and i cant tell if you're laughing
between each smile theres a tear in your eye
theres a train leaving town in an hour
its not waiting for you and neither am i

swing for the fences son
he must have told you once
that was a conversation you took nothing from
so raise your glass now and celebrate excatly what you've done
just put off another day of knowing where your from
catch up with yourself if you run

and i cant tell if you're laughing
between each smile theres a tear in your eye
theres a train leaving town in an hour
its not waiting for you and neither am i

is this the life that you lead?
or the life thats left for you?
will you take the road thats been laid out before you
will we cross pathes somewhere else tonight? somewhere else....

and i cant tell if you're laughing
between each smile theres a tear in your eye
theres a train leaving town in an hour
its not waiting for you and neither am iback to top
Blood to Bleed
This place rings with echoes of
Lives once lived but now are lost
Time spent wondering about tomorrow
I dont care if we lose it all tonight
Up in flames, burning bright
Warming the air of the world

"I dont love you anymore" is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
I have no more blood to bleed
As my heart has been draining into the sea

Since Ive taken your footsteps
Getting me closer to what is left
Of the dreams of what I once claimed to know

Within my bones this resonates
Boiling blood will circulate
Could you tell me again what you did this for?

"I dont love you anymore" is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
I have no more blood to bleed
As my heart has been draining into the sea

Still I wait
With a hope inside of me (inside of me)
So still (so still) I wait (I wait)
Until again we meet
Until again we meet

Within my bones this resonates
Boiling blood will circulate
Could you tell me again what you did this for?

"I dont love you anymore" is all I remember you telling me
Never have I felt so cold
I have no more blood to bleed
As my heart has been draining into the sea

Still I wait
With a hope (so still) inside of me (I wait)
So still (a hope) I wait (inside of me)back to top
To Them These Streets Belong
so look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you've gone? (so precious)
you got what you came for now I think its time to move on (when will you say)
but these ghosts come alive like water and wine
walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs,
to them these streets belong

my atonement lasts the best part of eternity (eternity)
ran out of hands to count the sin that breeds inside of me (inside of me)
not this hate but the loneliness has left me here into this mess of

my hands are soaking in the blood of angels
on broken wings they collapse (will I see the break of day)
dark clouds exploded and torrents of rain fell
all these lost halos wash away

head hung from shame we bear a weight that brings me to a crawl (to a crawl)
these years of longing tell of decades of unanswered calls (unanswered calls)
for a change, cuz everyday we slip and fall
kicked while were down, our fists clenched into a ball

my hands are soaking in the blood of angels
on broken wings they collapse (will I see the break of day)
dark clouds exploded and torents of rain fell
all these lost halos wash away

so look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you've gone? (so precious)
you got what you came for now i think its time to move on (when will you say)
but these ghosts come alive like water and wine
walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs
to them these streets belongback to top
Tip the Scales
Are we so alone,
So distant,
So forgotten,
As we think ourselves to be?

These are our lives
But did they ever even matter?
Are we worth remembering?

These machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
Were throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain

When this is all said and done
We spent this life on the run
Judged by the company we keep

Our language, buried inside
These lungs that keep us alive
We breathe so selfishly

Promises we plan to break
Are made in whispered voices
Cause our despair knows many names

We make mistakes
But we apologize with roses we never stop to smell along the way

These machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
Were throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain

We fell from the sky today
We melt into balls of clay
We sell ourselves everyday
Dont tell me how to live this way

Pushed so far to the edge
We teeter just on the brink
You can lead me to the bloodbath
But you cant make me drink

As these machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams
Were throwing wrenches in the gears
Our lives will not be lived in vain
Our lives will not be lived in vainback to top
Anywhere But Here
We've been on our up until now,
but the air that we breath is about to run out,
We've rehersed our lines clear and loud,
but the que never came, and the lights they never went down

So I'm passing the time, or time passes us
the fast lanes or term never applied to us
now.....my name or a prare in the world
I walk out the door

Destination anywhere but here
away from you, now on my way to the other side
I'll forget everything I've left behind
these empty rooms, are still filled with you

So I've dropped out of my own race
a race with no finish line, no first or last place
these faces all rush right pass me I turn and walk away
cause we finally know now what our time is about
we where not meant to be another face in the crowd
we are the poorest of lifes but we've grown far and wide we'll never be cut down

Destination anywhere but here
away from you, now on my way to the other side
I'll forget everything I've left behind
these empty rooms, are still filled with you

I'm so tired I'm turned around and scared
and im lying in empty beds again,
I'll wait for you, to come
to your senses, barbed wire fences
wont keep me from breaking through I'll swear my will to you

now on my way to the other side
I'll forget everything I've left behind
these empty rooms, are still filled with you
are still filled with you

I'm so tired I'm turned around and scared
and I'm lying in empty beds again, Away from you!back to top
Give It All
Break Through The Undertow
Your Hands I Cant Seem To Find
Pollution Burns My Tounge
Cough Words I Cant Speak So I
Stop My Struggling
Then I Float To The Surface
Fill My Lungs With Air
Then Let it Out

I Give It All
This is the Reason Why I Sing
So Give It All
Cause it's these Reasons That Belong To Me

Rock Bottoms Where We Live
And Still We Dig These Trenches
To Bury Ourselves In Them
Backs Breaking Under Tension

For Far Too Long These Voices
Muffled By Distances
Its Time To Come to Our Senses
Up From The Dirt

We Give It All
This is the Reason Why I Sing
So Give It All
And it's these Reasons That Belong To Me

Breathe (breathe)
The Air We Give (give)
The Life We Live (live)
Our Pulses Racing Distances (breathe)
So Wet My Tounge (give)
Break Into Song (live)
Through Seas Of Competition

So Please Believe Your Eyes
A Sacrafice
Was Not What We Had In Our Minds
I'm Coming Home Tonight
Home Tonight

We Give It All
This is the Reason Why I Sing
So Give It All
And it's these Reasons That Belong To Me

Today I Offer All
Myself To This
I'm Living For
My Dying Wish
I Give It All
Now There's A Reason
There's A Reason
To Give It Allback to top
Dancing for Rain
were losing daylight but i cant work any faster.
under the veil of dust we go on
dont close your eyes.
what if it all disapears in the shadows?
now reach for the stars

if i held my ground would you ask me to change
this drought bleeds on now were dancing for rain
we drink the air but its so not the same
these worlds colide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame and i know.. i know

the waters come but the fire still rages on here
the men all shrugged their shoulders and left
we sleep so sound in rooms just up the stairs
will you save us like you saved them?

if i held my ground would you ask me to change
this drought bleeds on now were dancing for rain
we drink the air but its so not the same
these worlds colide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame and i know.. i know

you've let me try but i'm still breathing
i swear i'm sucking dry the sky
and you wont ever find us kneeling
or swollowing your lies

if i held my ground would you ask me to change
this drought bleeds on now were dancing for rain
we drink the air but its so not the same
these worlds colide but the distance remains
we point the finger, never accept the blame, and i know.. i know

this drought bleeds on... this drought bleeds on.back to top
Swing Life Away
Am I loud and clear
or am I breaking up?
Am I still your charm
or am I just bad luck?
Are we getting closer
or we're just getting more lost?
I'll show you mine
if you show me yours first,
lets compare scars
I'll tell you whose is worse.
Let's unwrite these pages
and replace them with our own words.

We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

I been here so long
I think that its time to move.
The winters so cold
summers over too soon
let's pack our bags and
settle down where palm trees grow

and I've got some friends
some that I hardly know
we've had some times
I wouldn't trade for the world
we chase these days down with talks of
the places that we will go

We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

swing life away [4x]back to top
Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
...so please don't ask me how
i ended up at my wits end and breaking down.
pages torn from books we never read,
cause we're plugged into this grid.
don't pull this plug right now,
or then we really have to live.

[pre-chorus]
when i die, will they remember not
what i did, but what i haven't done.
it's not the end, that i fear with each breathe.
it's life that scares me to death...

[chorus]
when we built these dreams on sand,
how they all slipped through our hands.
and this might be our only chance.
let's take this one day at a time,
i'll hold your hand if you hold mine.
the time that we kill keeps us alive.

your words won't save me now.
i'm at the edge feeling the sweat drip from my brow.
get a grip on yourself is what they say,
every hour every day.
hands over my ears,
I'VE BEEN SCREAMING ALL THESE YEARS!

[pre-chorus/chorus]

[bridge]
WE CAME IN SEARCH OF ANSWERS!
WE LEFT EMPTY HANDED AGAIN!
SHOTS FIRED INTO THE SKY...
ARE NOW RETURNING!
WHERE THE FUCK WILL YOU HIDE!
from the laughter in the closet, some alive
but the door hinges are squeaking letting in thin shards of light.
and now our hands extending outward,
quiet comfort they invite,
and do we dare take what they offer?
do we step into the light?

[pre-chorus/chorus]

[chorus]back to top
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