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Rise Against: Endgame Meaning

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Endgame Lyrics

And on that day they'll tell you
That life hummed on with no clue
The warning signs were all just missed or shouted down
So it goes... The kings all failed to tell us
The madmen failed to sell us
On what would then befall the only life we...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 23rd 2011 !⃝

    The album is a connected theme of "current events" all of which about the world falling apart, and being destroyed by both nature and human beings, mostly the latter. This being the last song in the album (Excluding bonus song lanterns) after all of the disaters and sadistic actions and cruelty of man kind, it implies that an "apocolypse" will be next, but not a natural one a man made one, with humans murdering each other, making others commit suicide, and destroying the earth. WE ARE BRINING OUTSELFS TO THE END, ENDGAME, ONLY IT'S NOT A GAME It's reality.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 3rd 2012 !⃝

    This is left field stuff but anyone who is semi informed on the illumanti this song relates to them. Operation ENDGAME is an illumanti plot to kill 80% of the population by destroying our earth for us. The city lines are down could be refered to as marshall law as its part of the illumanti plot. The kings (reptilians or satanic leaders like the bushs obama queen elizabeth etc.) The madmen are corporations. The warning signs were covered up by media. The woman says is this the end of yesterday is the earth destroyed if they win. The man responds i hope so hoping the killing ends. Listen to Rise Against very carefully its one of the few bands that isnt controlled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jULw6ZFQOf4

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  3. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2011 !⃝

    I also want to add on to the part of the guy and girl talking, because the rest of the lyrics have already been interpreted. The guy looks at his hands and realizes that all he needs is himself, not petty material possessions that he's been made to think he needed. Just wanted to add that.

  4. River
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    Oct 24th 2011 !⃝

    Like everyone else has said it is about the end and how we can't avoid it. "The warning signs were all just missed or shouted down", This is saying how we just ignored the signs (murder, suicide, harmful chemicals to the earth, and etc.), and How we are all falling apart, but when the apocalypse dose come the few survivors that make it will rebuild the world. "The kerosene's run out", this is saying how we are running out of fossil fuels, and other resources. It talks about how the survivors are thankful that they are granted to live and rebuild society, "The weight that we once felt is gone" says that we will once again be at peace.

    I hope this helps you all under stand this song or help you make your own interpretation, and lets all do our part and prevent this from happening in reality.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2011 !⃝

    Ok first off, I hate to be a bother but some lyrics are wrong "The warning signs were all just missed" is actually supposed to be "The warning signs were all DISMISSED"

    Alright I think the lyrics are pretty straight forward, it's just about how we are messing up the world with polution, fossil fuels anf if we don't do anything about it, it's over... Endgame.

    Some of us rely on other things to fix this problem "We bent on finite genious, we prayed for gods to save us".

    It also discusses how we need to look past our differences as a human race and work towards making a better world hence "gone are the cold wars" stating that America and Russia needs to work together despite past events.

    I could go on further but I don't feel like it lol

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2011 !⃝

    it refers to the "endgame" as the consequenses of our mistakes. the "kerosenes run out" implies the slowly failing supplie of natural fuels and the govorment not relesing the full truth.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2011 !⃝

    The name says it all... Endgame refers to the end result. And the chorus explains the end of life as we know it.

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2011 !⃝

    Its the whole Hogwarts thing that the government stops protecting us and surround big cities and kill everyone. Or the gov. finally shows us the truth and people are so shocked by it.

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  9. anonymous
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    May 19th 2011 !⃝

    It means that by some means the world will end. the governments will collapse, and millions will die, and how all our little things that make us feel safe will be completely worthless. and then about how the few survivors will rebuild society, except they will rebuild it better, in light of what they have learned.

  10. Civil
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    May 2nd 2011 !⃝

    I think the song is about how we always think things are a game and it cost to much money to help people and do the right thing and that if the government can play if off as a game than they can hind the fact that the world needs to be mix and they aren't the people to do it but it look like they are payed by the rich not to do a thing other an write off everything that happen and act totally clueless when something go a different way than they said it would. We are going to wipe each other out if we don't change for the better and now the time to take action!!!

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 19th 2011 !⃝

    Cool, my lyrics got posted :P

    This is an interesting song, and was very hard to decipher the lyrics.

    It sounds to me like its about some kind of apocalypse that decimated a population, and then the survivors rebuilding society better than it was before.

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