Linkin Park: Hands Held High Meaning
Hands Held High Lyrics
Light weights step aside when we come in
Feel it in your chest the syllables get pumping
People on the street they panic and start running
Words on loose leaf sheet complete coming
I jump on...
anonymous Aug 18th 2008 report
I believe the "the book he would hold with a little red cover with a broken spine" is talking about a bible. It is quite common that "Gideons" a group of christians who distribute free bibles hand out small red bibles to students, "Red: for in-school distribution to Middle/High school students". these guys were founded in 1899.
anonymous Jul 22nd 2008 report
"When the rich wage war, it's the poor that die" is from The Devil and the Good Lord (1951, a play by French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre.
Not sure if that changes peoples interpretations of the references to communism.
anonymous Jun 22nd 2008 report
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
This is a powerful song about what is going on in our world. The bombing, the president, the war, everything. It talks about his dad and his brother. Its a very powerful song that speaks to everyone who listens to it and actually pays attention to what is being said in the song
This is a very good song but I just wish people would just stop listening to the news all the time and do there own research because the news most of no all of the time focusing on the bad stuff the united states does but not the hundreds of thousands of things the united states does good for the world but no you never hear anything like how we GIVE food to north Korea so there citizens don't starve to death and when people say "Bush got us back into debt" well duhhhhh do you know how much money we give other country's. enough if we asked for it all back we would bankrupt the world.
anonymous Apr 7th 2008 report
I think the thing Mike is trying to say is that
1. 1st part of the song he kinda talks about Bush's mistakes but then in the 2nd changes it to say it's not just his fault and everyone makes mistakes
2. He's saying the rich people started this war and the poor will be the ones to pay for their actions unless people stand up and fight against them
3. The final part is saying
With hands held high into a sky so blue as the ocean opens up to swallow you
Idk why but for some reason the aftermath of Katrina possibly that people are raising their hands for help but in the end they die as the ocean is taking them away.
Or some sort of redemption meaning telling Bush, various others, and the gas companies, etc. That we can still change and redeem ourselves as a people united in peace.
Of course, I could be totally wrong and only Linkin Park could truly tell us what this song completely means
And also, their lyrics can be interpreted to so many things that you can't name them all and that is why this song along with all the rest is so great
I agree with a lot of what's in the interpretations already here, well done all :D
I tend to favor the "little red" book "with a broken spine" being the Quotations of Chairman Mao as the song seems to highlight the idea that, in any and every war, it is the proletariat who die while the bourgeoisie get away with it, despite our indignation ("What did he say?"), we effectively do nothing.
I also think (might be wrong) that the couplet
"It's ironic at times like this you pray
But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday"
has been incorrectly separated in the past, for my liking. I think they're saying that it's ironic that in the middle of a war between religious fundamentalists (on both sides) we try to turn to God, surely the source of the war? This (agree or not) would further support the communist interpretation of the previous lines, as Marx, Stalin, Lenin, Mao have all espoused an Atheist government as the way to avoid war.
anonymous Feb 1st 2008 report
The first part of this song is from the POV of a soldier fighting in Iraq. The second part is POV of a boy, in Iraq. The ending is how both sides come together, and they do not like the war. "when the rich wage war its the poor who die" is a quote by _____.
I'm in general agreement with what you've all said. I must admit that interpretation about the irony of the mosque was a new one on me. I personally love this song. I'm not sure how it could have lost their fan base. I know their new album has displeased a lot of their fans, but it's all a matter of opinion, as with all music. Minutes to Midnight was the first (and only) hard copy LP album I got, and I've also got hold of a copy of Hybrid Theory and Meteora since, and I'm loving the lyrics and meanings they all bring (note I had already heard some of their earlier stuff and loved it).
Hands Held high is one of my faourites as it shows war to be just as stupid as the terrorism it's trying to stop. neither's right and neither's gonna stop. It's just so damn ironic.
anonymous Oct 17th 2007 report
Hand held high in a sky so blue, the ocean opens up to swallow you
Hands held high - could mean protesting
Sky so blue - could mean for a clear and pure reason
Ocean opens up to swallow you - could mean joining the million who are protesting. The reference to water could be that water is peaceful and calm, but when stirred can release a massive amount of power and force.
anonymous Sep 10th 2007 report
Music is art, and art is all about expressing how you feel. Alot of the songs on Linkin Park's new album are expressing various social problems and political issues that have obviously been upsetting them...i personally think it shows how much they've matured in their songwriting. Hands held high is a very powerful song that this whole world needs to listen to.
And I believe the part where it says "10 years old it's something to see, another kid my age dragged under a jeep" is about someone actually being dragged under a jeep. Apparently it was an african-american who ended up getting caught under a jeep and was dragged until death, and the ones in the jeep let the pavement grate his body alive. There was an 8 month old baby dragged by a vehicle too, it's a horrible horrible way to die.
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