What does This Means War mean?

Nickelback: This Means War Meaning

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Song Released: 2011

This Means War Lyrics

To line up to the ring
For a battle that you can't win
Swing as hard as you can swing
It will still mean nothing
Should've seen it coming
It had to happen sometime
But you went and brought a knife
To an all out gun fight

And the only...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 15th 2017 !⃝

    I think this song can be thought of in many different ways, secularly, religiously, or even in a literal sense. War tends to start with small disputes, so it can be taken as a satire on how immature war really is. It can be taken into a religious sense as a fight with temptation and the devil. It can be taken in a literal sense as how Chad said he was upset over something his wife did after he already went to court for it. My brother took it in a way that doesn't fit into any of these. He took it as war on depression and secular temptation. He took it as a fight with the intrusive thoughts that just pop up sometimes and sometimes win people over into harmful acts. It really is up to interpretation, and to see people feuding over the meaning of a song that says "This Means War" is kind of contradictory to the song itself.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 25th 2016 !⃝

    More like writte directly to taunt ISIS

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2012 !⃝

    its about his ex commonlaw wife and the fact that shes asking for $100,000 a month in spousal support. he's already been to court over this.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2012 !⃝

    You people are over thinking it. Chad, himself, even admitted in an interview that it was written about a certain person, but wouldn't say who because it could land him in court. Just look up "Nickelback talk Madison Square Garden Concert, "This Means War" on youtube and he talks about it at 2:50 into the interview. Geez, people!

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2012 !⃝

    Um, this song is a shot back at the Black Keys' drummer for badmouthing NB. Has nothing to do with any of what you're saying.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2012 !⃝

    what this song says is how even the best of friends can turn bitter enemies by a small dispute, maybe getting in the way of a girl, how silly war is and how it can ruin great things.

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 18th 2012 !⃝

    This song speaks about how people spoil one's life by actually by either shitty ways. It might be stealing one's love, or stealing one's friends. Although it speaks about a person's anger on what they want to do against that person, it is also regarded as a comical song along with the greatest irony, they want to do something, but they cannot do it at all!

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2012 !⃝

    This one seems like kind of a sarcastic play on war. It seems to emphasize how it always seems to start as a result of a small disagreement (Say anything you want, but talk will get you nowhere). I think the chorus outlines it the best, because "You've gone too far!!!", "Who do you think you are!?" are usually used more in stupid arguments.

    In short - this is Nickelbacks way of saying how immature war actually is.

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