What does Entertainment mean?

Rise Against: Entertainment Meaning

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Entertainment Lyrics

All we are is entertainment
Caught up in our own derangement.
Tell us what to say And what to do.
All we are are pretty faces
Picture perfect, bottled rage
Packaged, synthesized versions of you.

We've all made petty fortunes
But we can't...

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    joe_green
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    Feb 11th 2010 !⃝

    In actuality, this song is rather simple, but since the lyrics depict more than one political meaning, some can easily become confused. As such, Entertainment is about modern day, well, entertainment. It states that it's "all as if we have something to prove." Entertainment today is so corrupted that, to me, Rise Against feels like "bottled rage" to even be a part of it. (Naturally, they are different though.

  2. anonymous
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    May 22nd 2012 !⃝

    I think it's a story, based in real things. I thinl that some kind of artist or actor tells us that the entertainment is controlled by the government (there's a double meaning at the verse "spotlight follows every single move"), and its only use is to keep us quiet and believing everything is fine.

    I'm very sorry about my english, I'm chilean, I'm doing an effort :)

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 28th 2011 !⃝

    I feel as if this song is talking about how corrupt society and the media really are.
    "All we are are pretty faces, picture perfect bottled rage" States that, yeah, there's nothing behind the music anymore. People now only strive for the fame and the money, not for the satisfaction of getting your point across, or making music in general. The media is willing to make anyone have a big career with the music industry if they have a 'pretty face'

    "We've all made petty fortunes
    But we can't afford a life.
    Confined to pull-out quotes and hotel rooms.
    They are scream "California" and its toppling empire.
    Can't you see the end is coming soon?"
    Also backs my statement up.

    Despite the amount of money these people get, nothing good ever really comes from it. It's all just empty fame. Hollywood is going to crumble once more people finally open there eyes and stop seeing what the media wants them to see.

    "the spotlight follows every single move"
    The media is basically following you, critising. Either you're too fat, or too skinny. Too dumb or to smart. Too Ugly or too fake.

    "And if we cared at all
    About this unknown plight,
    Then we'd do something more
    To finally make this right."

    I feel like that is stating that, even though we know somethings up, we decide to leave things be.

    "They all scream bloody murder over graves already dug."
    Society has it's grave dug. Soon enough, people are going to wake up and notice, and when they do, things are going to be bad.

    That is simply my opinion on the subject, If you think differently that's fine. I believe in what I wrote a lot, and I think music these days means nothing anymore. It's sad to see the depth of lyrics fading :/

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 25th 2011 !⃝

    I think this song is about how the media is affecting poeple today, particularly young people.

    "Packaged, synthesized versions of you". This is about the celebraty's actions being copied by the youth, no one is themself anymore as if they have 'packaged' personalities from celebraties.

    "We've learned to sing and dance and cry on cue". This is reflecting on the way the youth wants to act just like their idol celebraties.

    "This is the only thing that's real or true". This line means that people can make themselves into something they're not by copying their idol celebraties and forgetting their true selves.

    So yeah that's what I think

  5. TheDarkMetal
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    Jun 5th 2011 !⃝

    This song seems to be about Rise Against itself, how the listeners/fans don't get the full meaning of their songs, and their message is "the only thing that's real or true". I'm not sure, but it also seems to talk about the music industry having no real message behind it.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2011 !⃝

    Okay people. This song is about all the shallow celebrities we have. It's about all the scene stealers who come and go in trends. They have no meaning to their lives (Despite these petty fortunes we still can't afford a life) and they're all going down. Like Charlie Sheen went down.

  7. joe_green
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    Feb 13th 2010 !⃝

    Oops. I forgot the other one, huh? The basic other meaning is the simpmle fact that the world is going to Hell. The thing is, since every Rise Against song is like that (essentially), they tried to make it so that it sounds like modern day entertainment is the cause, and they might not be far off.


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