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With our backs to the wall, darkness will fall. We never quite thought we could lose it all. Ready, Aim, Fire! Ready, Aim, Fire! And empires fall in just one day. You close your eyes and the glory fades. Ready, Aim, Fire! Ready, Aim, Fire Away!...

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    anonymous
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    Mar 3rd, 2015 3:07am report


    I feel this song relates to war from a soldiers perspective. I know it was written for Iron man 3, but I personally feel this song has something more to it.

    "With our backs to the wall, darkness will fall" from a soldiers point of view could mean that although they are pinned down, they will keep fighting so the "darkness will fall" the darkness being the enemy.
    "An empire falls in just one day, you close your eyes and the glory fades"
    Shows that although there has been a victory and there is the initial relief of being alive, that soon wears off and you think back on it and realise what you have done to gain that victory, and who got hurt because of your actions, and how it changed you as a person.
    The way "Ready, Aim, Fire" is sung, it sounds almost desperate, like there is one chance left, and it sounds almost resigned to the fact this could be the last shot you get to make.

    "We don't have a choice to stay
    We'd rather die than do it your way"
    Sounds like a soldier who has been badly wounded and captured and doesn't have a chance at living but would rather be gone than captured.

    "How come I've never seen your face 'round here?
    I know every single face 'round here
    A man on a mission, changing the vision
    I was never welcome here." Makes it sound like the point of view of a sniper who is scanning the town and seeing someone he hasn't seen before, who could be a threat.

    "Back in the casing, shaking and pacing
    This is the tunnel's light
    Blood in the writing, stuck in the fighting
    Look through the rifle's sight"
    Also supports the theory that it is about battle as "shaking and pacing" could be from battle nerves, and the lines "Blood in the writing, stuck in the fighting
    Look through the rifle's sight" makes it sound like a sniper has been pinned and his team is dying and he is trying to make shots.

    This whole theme also relates to Iron Man 3, as Tony is desperate to stay alive for Pepper, but the arc reactor is failing him so he is pinned down but still desperately trying to save everyone. He starts to make reckless decisions but still only wants the best.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 17th, 2016 7:26am report


    Its about being under attack, but not necessarily the war reference - it's an analogy. Everything they've gained or won, its all about to be lost(fade away). This guy is an outcast or the odd one, but he's somehow influenced everyone to act the way he wants them to.but now someone else has stirred up a rebellion and now everyone's against him. Now he and his friends are cornered with nowhere to go - defeat is imminent but he'd rather die than submit
    I helped write this song I should know ;)



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    anonymous
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    Jun 12th, 2016 6:30am report


    " When you think you are invincible, and nothing is going to be able to " mess thing up ". Then, in just one day, all the thoughts and beliefs you believed in, the invincibility, it all shatters, you get thrown in the middle of a messy situation that you have to fight with every ounce of your being to get out of. None of the ways before you are easy, neither are they safe and painless. But you keep on fighting to get out, because you rather suffer and fight that to let the situation get the better of you. "
    The song relates mainly to war and fighting, but it has context in everyday life as well. We all had the times we thought " this is good, nothing can mess this up, i have made it ", only to have all of those things go away in a short span of time and having to give it our best once more to get out of that situation.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 2nd, 2018 11:44pm report


    Yes, I know it’s from ironman, but it could be a possible future for good ole America. Just saying what came to me when I first heard it.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 28th, 2018 9:53am report


    This song is about going into outer space on an airplane.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 28th, 2018 9:53am report


    This song is about going into outer space.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2018 1:25pm report


    I think it's about the fall of an empire when it says you close your eyes and the glory fades I interpret it as when you die the glory of your great empire falls



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    anonymous
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    Nov 29th, 2017 11:20am report


    This song to me is about a rebellion. Perhaps a rebellion against the evil things in the world people just accept. But in the song he's helping to rebel against evil (after all, this song was made for ironman 3) "off in the distance, there is a resistance, bubbling and festering." So that means a rebellion is starting."a man on a mission, changing the vision, I was never welcome here" so he is basically saying that he wants to change the world for the better and defeat evils, but people are basically slaves and too afraid to stand up for what they think is right, so they just go with it. However, since he stands out and won't put up with wrongdoing, people look at him as an outsider and they look down on him for standing up against evil. - songmeanings
    I have no time to make an opinion for this song.
    - CONFIDENTIAL 11/28/17



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    anonymous
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    Nov 28th, 2017 11:36pm report


    I think it is an analogy for struggle, particularly involving actual fighting. Yet ID has said in statements that not all of their songs have definitive meanings. It's art, make your own opinions :)



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    anonymous
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    Aug 30th, 2017 8:50pm report


    I personally think the song is a rebellion song. "we'd rather die than do it your way..."



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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2017 3:44am report


    I think it does mean the revolutionary war because an empires falling in just one day, which the British had a great empire with king George. And the beginning has the sound of cannons and sounds like bayonets clashing and If you check the history of the war with certain acts such as taxes with tea, paper, and sugar or perhaps the intolerable acts which caused the colonists to rebel against the empire and this could be the battle of the Delaware river when Washington crossed it and they fought the British to push them out. And maybe the tunnels light could be the musket barrel to eliminate British troops and territories. So they did not want to be treated like the British are treating them so they fought.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2017 3:41am report


    I think it does mean the revolutionary war because an empires falling in just one day, which the British had a great empire with king George. And the beginning has the sound of cannons and sounds like bayonets clashing and If you check the history of the war with certain acts such as taxes with tea, paper, and sugar or perhaps the intolerable acts which caused the colonists to rebel against the empire and this could be the battle of the Delaware river when Washington crossed it and they fought the British to push them out. And maybe the tunnels light could be the musket barrel to eliminate British troops and territories.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2017 3:41am report


    I think it does mean the revolutionary war because an empires falling in just one day, which the British had a great empire with king George. And the beginning has the sound of cannons and sounds like bayonets clashing and If you check the history of the war with certain acts such as taxes with tea, paper, and sugar or perhaps the intolerable acts which caused the colonists to rebel against the empire and this could be the battle of the Delaware river when Washington crossed it and they fought the British to push them out. And maybe the tunnels light could be the musket barrel to eliminate British troops and territories



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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2017 3:38am report


    I think it does mean the revolutionary war because an empires falling in just one day, which the British had a great empire with king George. And the beginning has the sound of cannons and sounds like bayonets clashing and If you check the history of the war with certain acts such as taxes with tea, paper, and sugar or perhaps the intolerable acts which caused the colonists to rebel against the empire and this could be the battle of the Delaware river when Washington crossed it and they fought the British to push them out.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2017 3:38am report


    I think it does mean the revolutionary war because an empires falling in just one day, which the British had a great empire with king George. And the beginning has the sound of cannons and sounds like bayonets clashing and If you check the history of the war with certain acts such as taxes with tea, paper, and sugar or perhaps the intolerable acts which caused the colonists to rebel against the empire and this could be the battle of the Delaware river when Washington crossed it and they fought the British to push them out

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2017 1:48pm report


    Reminds of the America revolution, perhaps on the battle of bunker hill. If you listen you can gun shots in the background with swords clashing-bayonets in the Revolution.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 26th, 2017 1:01pm report


    Did you forget this is for Ironman 3? If you have seen you will know what it means, the song means.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2017 1:36pm report


    To me the song "Ready aim fire" is about a man in war fighting for his life, focusing only to complete the mission that he was orderd to do.



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