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From Heads Unworthy Lyrics

We are the children you reject and disregard.
These aching cries come from the bottom of our hearts.
You can't disown us now; we are your own flesh and bloo-ood
We don't disappear just because your eyes are shut.

Now tell me...
Love. Loss....

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2018 report

    It's about over bearing parents beating the fuck out of you everyday until you are old enuff to say "I've had enough!"

  2. HearMeRoar
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    Jan 12th 2016 report

    >>We are the children you reject and disregard.<<

    Children means they are "small" people, normal guys who don't have a say in any policies.

    >>These aching cries come from the bottom of our hearts.<<

    This just represents how strong their wishes are...

    >>You can't disown us now; we are your own flesh and bloo-ood<<

    "Your own flesh and blood" means they are from the same country and after all all humans.

    >>We don't disappear just because your eyes are shut.<<

    This means the government only sees what they want to see; the shut their eyes to the issues concerning their people.

    Actually, I don't really know how to integrate this song because there are several lines that could refer to different themes:
    >>Love. Loss. Like a bullet's path.
    Tear. Through. The cavity of my chest.<<
    The cavity of his chest means he has lost his heart, this could refer to a loved one the protagonist loses (probably due to his military Service).

    >>Lights. Out. 'Cause the fuse has blow-ow-ow-own...<<
    This could mean there's some rebellion starting. "the fuse has blown" sounds like there's no return possible, things are going over and over and nothing can stop it from now on. So maybe the hypothese has to be revised; now it seems likely he joins a group of rioters and has to fight with and for them.

    >>As their castles crumble slowly
    (Watch them faaall)...
    We watch 'em fall!
    (Watch them faaall)
    The crown slips from heads unworthy...
    (Watch them faaall...)
    As we gain control!<<
    This refers to the rebellion, which the guy is confident to win. The current government is called "unworthy" which makes the rebellion sound right and necessary. Probably he encourages his love to watch the government fall and ensures her he's going to come back home

    >>This is a war that was lost the day it began.<<
    Now, this is a line I have to admit I don't understand. It seems paradox to the refrain, maybe he is referring to another war? Or war is here used as a metaphor for something else...another possibilty is he just means it was lost looking from the government's point of view.

    >>'Cept for you and me love, everyone's the same!<<
    This adjusts my hypothese that the song is a conversation between a man and his love.

    >>I'm not after fame and fortune.
    I'm after you.<<
    He explains he doesn't do all this to gain might and everything, he only wants her and "just wants to save the world" to come back to her and make her love possible.

    >>And when I've served my time I swear I...
    will come back for you!<<
    Well, this one is very obvious. He promises he will come back to her after the war and is an important line 'cause it says directly he has to "serve his time" => go to some military group, maybe the Army, maybe "just" some rioters.

    >>[...]The crown slips from heads unworthy...
    The added "AND RIGHT ONTO OURS" probably represents the end of the war and says they have won.

    >>But I'm after you.
    I'm after you-ou...
    I'm after you!
    I'm after you...ou...<<
    He could be a mighty leader of the new generation, but chooses not to be. He just wants peace for his love, as he said he's not after fame and fortune, he's after her.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2014 report

    Basically, it means whatever we want it to mean. It's all based on perspective. All good songs are not meant to have just one single interpretation, which is why it appeals to so many different people.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2013 report

    I really thought it had to do with abortion.

    More of like "you can kill us before we are even born, but you will never erase the memory of us. We now watch from another world as your world goes down the drain and crumbles."

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    Nov 14th 2013 report

    I thinks 'as castles crumble slowly' means that a ruling structure or government will always turn in on itself given time if the rulers are 'unworthy'. The crown then moves to him (or the people) but he doesn't want it (a sign that he would do the job well) and would rather be with his partner or people.

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2012 report

    I kinda interpreted it to be from the white male youth who are being sold out by the older generation.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 3rd 2012 report

    This song is about a revolution. In the chorus, the line "as their castles crumble slowly" means the downfall of the current government. "The crown slips from heads unworthy" means the people who are currently running it are not fit to do so. The last line "as we gain control" is referencing democracy; a government by the people. Remember this album was released in 2008 when Bush was on his way out of the presidency. This band supports Obama and wanted him to win which would bring a new change.

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2012 report

    I'm actually pretty sure this song is about abused animals. I saw them in concert and they dedicated it to PETA.

  9. Will Blatter
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    Jun 7th 2011 report

    I think its kinda like people who don't deserve to be treated like the popular crowd. He says as their castles crumble, as their lives go down the drain, we sit here and watch and enjoy. Then we take their place as people realize we have more to offer than them. Or some'm like that

  10. anonymous
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    May 3rd 2011 report

    I think this song is from the point of view of an abused/homeless animal. "we are the children you reject and disregard". He uses the word 'children' to show that they feel just as much as we do.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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