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Staring at the carnage, praying that the sun will never rise.
Living another day in disguise.
These feelings can't be right, lend me your courage to stand up and fight, on tonight.

Stand up and fight.

Now fighting rages on and...


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    Jul 12th, 2007 7:24am report

    In my opinion MIA is all about human reality, I mean yeah it's about war and killing but not any specific war just the fact that yeah war inst always necessary. NOT ANTI-WAR they don't bring politics into there songs. Its also about the choices we make and some of the choices we let other people make for us. I.E. (10,000,000 soldiers can't be wrong) Basically throwing a, "well everyone else is doing it!" out there. So in short not anti-war just a song, bitches.....


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    Nov 1st, 2006 11:54pm report

    Its a song about war and ones concions, its not pro-war or anti-war, its written in such a way where it doesn't preach to you it actually tells a story. It was written on a base of conversations m.Shadows had with friends who are fighting and have fought in the us army.


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    Apr 23rd, 2007 4:23pm report

    MIA is a song written for Avenged friends and family fighting the war. It is not anti war, it is about the personal experiences their friends have lived through and came home to tell them. Like many of A7Xs songs it has a personal meaning for them.


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    Jun 16th, 2018 6:28am report

    To me i kinda see a relation to the man the movie "American Sniper" was made after, Chris Kyle. A part that sticks out is "Shot a mother right in front of her son", it reminds me of the part in the movie where he shoots the woman holding the grenade in front of the child. this coupled with other parts that can easily be connected to Chris Kyle. And when he did come back to normal life he was never the same and was effected by ptsd and it makes it seem like this could be easily connected to him.


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    Oct 14th, 2016 10:58pm report

    Of course, I think that this song is about the war and the soldier's guilt feelings when they come back home after killing a lot of people.


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    Sep 16th, 2016 9:31am report

    I know the song is about Iraq but I cant help think of world war 1 when i listen to it. In perticular stories ive heard of the battle of Passchendale.


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    Sep 27th, 2014 9:20am report

    I always think of the introduction scenes involving the progression of the crusades in the eyes of the two lead characters in the movie 'Season of the Witch' where they fight for religion king and country. Eventually they grow conscious of the futility of the cause and, battle weary, they resign themselves to the predicament of servitude and long for a worthy adversary in a more worthy cause. The warrior transcends the horror of the battlefield and instead of honor, he fights for survival. The crusades and the opposition forces will wage this war at the expense of life forever into eternity. The song laments not a specific war during a specific era but *this* fight in the eyes of every hero from the beginning on through the centuries.


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    Mar 10th, 2012 3:27pm report

    I like to break this song down by verse. The first he is a young kid going to war because everyone is doing it. "2,000,000 soldiers can't be wrong". "Some are scared I'm just killing for fun". This shows hes a dumb young kid who is going for no resaon. The next verse portrays him older and he is now aware of the circumstances, "I take their lives so they can't take mine" and "scared to make it out alive" He understands the situation. Then he describes war, "watching your brothers all die". He realizes war is hell and at the end he is begging for forgivness for all the trouble he cause because he knew no better. "Please remember that I was so young". This is just my interpretation.


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    Dec 7th, 2011 12:25pm report

    Fight for honor, fight for your life.
    Pray to god that our side is right.
    Even though we won, I still may lose
    Until' I make it home to you
    I see our mothers filled with tears,
    grew up so fast where did those years go?
    Memories wont let you cry
    unless I don't return tonight.

    So many soldiers on the other side, I take their lives so they can't take mine.
    Watching the death toll rise wondering how I'm alive.
    Stranger's blood on my hands, I've shot all I can
    There are no silent nights, watching your brothers all die
    explains it.

    ever noticed the popular bands of this week are always there as if glued on? more like most popular bands of the YEAR!


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    Sep 21st, 2011 9:52pm report

    M.I.A stands for missing in action its telling a story about a soldier being M.I.A


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    Aug 21st, 2011 8:24am report

    It appears, to me at least, that it's a story of a man who is retelling his events, and at first liked being a soldier and understood the risks it entailed (Fight for honor, fight for your life)

    The lyrics "Take this from my consciousness and please erase my dreams" could be in relation to when he has returned home, and is suffering from what he has seen while fighting in the war.

    Following returning home the man tries to cope with his painful memories and he considers himself not so much of a soldier, but more of a murderer(A murderer walks your streets tonight. Forgive me for my crimes..)
    The voice of Shadows as he sings the final part of the song almost sounds as though there are tears in his eyes, and that the man, while he feels that he is a murderer, should be forgiven and not haunted by his memories.

    It's not pro or anti-war, but rather shows a first hand example of how war could change a man following his duties. It is truly a wonderful, beautiful


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    Jun 7th, 2011 6:59pm report

    I think this song is particularly about the Vietnam war. "staring at the carnage, praying that the sun would never rise" in Vietnam when the sun rose, the Vietcong would look for survivors that had lived through an attack, and either kill them brutally, or torture them.
    "I shot a mother right in front of her son" soldiers were forced to kill any armed enemies, even children or women.
    " I walk your land but don't belong, 2 million soldiers can't be wrong" that refers to how soldiers were drafted even if they saw the war as wrong, and there were about 2 million soldiers in vietnam.
    " I'm far from home and I'm fighting your war" the Vietnam war was a support war, not a direct U.S. vs. Vietnam.
    " forgive me for my crimes; remember I was so young"
    Many soldiers felt what they did was wrong because the media portrayed it to be, and many were just young men right out of high school.
    But that's just my take on it, and Vietnam is a popular war to have songs written about due to how controversial it was.
    But yet again, this is just my honest opinion.


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    Apr 21st, 2011 4:21pm report

    A7X is a supporter of the war if anything, note the Songs Danger Line, Gunslinger, and Critical Acclaim.


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    Jan 21st, 2011 1:56am report

    Im in the army this song basicly just portrays the messed up things we have to do to survive and protect our buddys and how difficult it is to get back into the civilian life style after all things things we done that weigh down on our conscious. not exactly anti-war just a song about how difficult the life of a soldier really is


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    Sep 24th, 2010 9:10am report

    M.I.A. Means "missing in action" in military perspective, and this song was dedicated to the Iraq war. I think this song tells about how soldiers lived the war. It's about the soldiers.


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    Sep 3rd, 2010 9:33pm report

    The song is about the thoughts and feelings of a solder from the Vietnam war I'm fairly confident because of the line "I shot a mother right in front of her son"


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    May 26th, 2010 5:27am report

    That was my interpretation from the student of Satya Wacana Christian University, ,
    'I'm evil of darkness'
    A7X forever, ,


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    May 26th, 2010 5:24am report

    Based on the song, the time was in the frightened silent night. The war has begun. this war was between US vs Somalia – East Africa (1992). The US’s trops were in a disguise fighting Somalia’s troops. With the guns in their hand, they wanted to kill and defeat Somalian in one night. Many of them were feeling frightened in fighting. However, they should be more courageous in their war to kill Somalia’s troops. They have to win this war, so no matter if they die. Become a heroic was in their soul and spirit. Never give up fighting the enemy for beloved country.
    The strength of this song is the way people that have achievement to reach something or to do the job; they should be responsible, hard work, keep struggle, and never give up. Moreover, it also encourages the listener to be aware and appreciate toward the people’s work effort.
    ‘Fight for honor, fight for your life’
    ‘Pray to god that our side is right’
    This song is so epic and powerful. We got the message from the sentences above that people should not hesitate in undergoing an obligation to achieve a noble goal, because we believe that god will always bless us. By understanding the message of this song, we are expected to be able to behave like them.
    The weakness of this song, we think that this song just describe from American’s point of view. If we look at from the perspective of Somalia’s troops, how horrible crimes against American forces toward Iraqi troops.

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