What does Ready to Fall mean?

Rise Against: Ready to Fall Meaning

Album cover for Ready to Fall album cover

Song Released: 2006

Ready to Fall Lyrics

Hold on slow down again from the top now and tell me everything
I know I've been gone for what seems like forever
But I'm here now waitin
To convince you that I'm not a ghost or a stranger
But closer than you think
She said just go on to...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 15th 2007 !⃝

    Well, in an interview, Tim McIlrath said "It's about getting to the top and having nowhere to go but down. It's about the price you pay to follow your dreams."


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 8th 2006 !⃝

    The song is about how the human race is destroying all that nature has created I my not be correct on this one but, the girl is (i'm guessing) "mother nature". "just go on to what you pretend is your life" - she is telling the person to live what they believe real life is, but is in fact falling apart. "she" says " but please don't die on me " meaning be careful of your actions towards nature. (and I'm only guessing but): us as humans have the power to end what we caused. If our race dies because of our destructive actions, nothing can restore our planet.

    I count the times that I've been sorry, (I know, I know)
    now my compation slowly drowns, (I know, I know)
    if there's a time these walls could guard you, (I know, I know)
    then let that time be right now

    line one: the person know that what they do is wrong
    line two: but have little remorce ( porbably because they feel there are more imoprtant things like money)
    lines three and four: pretty straight forward, if there is anything anyone can do to save/help you. Let that time be now - as if praying

    there you go, you stupid idiotic morons who can't figure out shit for themselves. :)


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 29th 2007 !⃝

    I'm not saying anyone's interpretation is wrong, I was just wondering if anyone else picked up on the possible biblical reference in the song. Have you ever heard the story about Jesus telling Peter to walk across the water to him? Yeah, well Peter looks down because his faith is not strong enough and he starts to sink. I think when Tim says " so take a step, but don't look down, take a step" it is a reference to that story and he is telling someone to have faith in him. Just an idea, please don't be mean if you think I'm wrong.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2020 !⃝

    My interpretation of this song is it’s about someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. The chorus alone could support this because it seems the chorus is saying the person has been pushed to their limits and they feel like they can’t take anymore, so they feel like they’re ready to fall off a rooftop and unfortunately commit suicide.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2012 !⃝

    i think it means when you get to the verry top and don't have anywhere to go but down you want to stay at your place. but when you do go down you are glad and never want to go there again. since this happens to bands sometimes i thought this might be right but if it isn't to others... oh well it's just the other person's opinion. so i don't care if anyone else disagrees with me. dislike or like if you wish but i don't care.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2011 !⃝

    Oh come on guys, don't be like that. Everyone has got their own interpretations and even if you disagree with them you shouldn't insult them and tolerate them instead. You don't want others to laugh at your interpretation either, do you?

  7. anonymous
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    May 25th 2011 !⃝

    It is about the planet or that is the way that Rise Against interpreted their own song. Anyone can interpret it however they want. You all get pretty aggressive and defensive about what the song is about.. its not even your song.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2011 !⃝

    Hey retards, the song is about the environment, and the song is about girl,
    and it's about being at the top and having no place to go but down.

    You're all right but the song hasn't only one meaning. If you think you will agree that all of these meanings are possible, look up guys. The song isnt only about one of them.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  9. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2010 !⃝

    Here's my idea, and I only say this because I've listened to the entire album as a whole, when I take apart every single song, and turn it into a progression, I find that it could be used for how drugs can ruin your life, and then you find a way to fix it. "just go on to what you pretend is your life now but please dont die on me" I can see an obvious drug reference there: you are so into drugs that you can't even think of living without them, and all you do is screw everyone else over, which is why you are "pretending" it is the hope that you will snap back at some point, and "Prepetual motion the image won't focus, a blur is all that's seen" could very well be how life seems to go by while you are constantly getting high, and not seeing the world around yourself
    "I count the times that I've been sorry
    I know, I know
    Now my compassion slowly drowns
    I know, I know
    If there's a time these walls could guard you
    I know, I know
    Then let that time be right now"
    Could be the final realization that the drugs are ruining your life.

    I used could be for the simple purpose that it could be, not that it is, music is meant to express ideas, and bring happiness to people however they interpret it.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2010 !⃝

    ok I think it's about the enviroment, but if anyone wants to tell a girl that he loves her, he coul use this song to say it, because there a much lines, thas coul have a double meaning.

  11. anonymous
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    May 7th 2010 !⃝


    RC: "Ready To Fall" is an interesting song. What's it about?

    TM: It's about getting to the top and having nowhere to go but down. It's about the price you pay to follow your dreams.

    That's the official word on it.

  12. joe_green
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    Nov 15th 2009 !⃝

    To begin, I deeply resent the last sentance of whoever wrote the top rated interpretation. There are many people out there who can think for themselves. Other than that...

    Ready to Fall is about everything. Literally. Rise Against is an extremely sincere band who know the atrocities of the world. They try to signify this in the song. Yes, I've seen the REAL video. For those of you who think you've seen the "real" video, but just looked it up on youtube, go to peta2. thats the real one. The REAL one is worse. much worse. It couldn't even get on T.V. it was so graphic. At the end, McIlrath says, "Every action has a reaction. We have one planet and one chance." You don't even have to see the rest of the video. You should, but you don't have to. That sums it all up for those of who haven't noticed. I'm sure even those of you who really can't think for themselves figure out the rest of those implications.

  13. kriminalrizz
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    Oct 24th 2009 !⃝

    I agree with the environmental side of this because as many of have said they are very supportive of all things like this. They have such awesome songs and having such deep meanings makes them better....
    I have a question tho...... The line "wings won't take me, heights don't phase me" what is the meaning behind it?

  14. blabla5128
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    Mar 2nd 2009 !⃝

    Verse One
    Everyone, or a majority of the people for the most part, has everything else on their mind except for nature and animal cruelty. People live what they believe life is although they will have to eventually tack fact that the environment is being destroyed, animals are getting slaughtered and tortured, and that, at this rate, the world will fall apart due to our unrighteous behaviour.

    This crisis is becoming worse, but some people have finally began to take action. Without taking action, it would continue to grow until the slaughterers realize what they have done has come to such an extent that the environment cannot be rebuilt.

    Verse Two
    Same as verse one pretty much.

    Verse Three
    The people damaging the environment and endangering animals know what they are doing is wrong, but they continue to do this for money to make a living, or for greed. These people should overcome this ‘job’ they have; they are being somewhat hypocritical.

  15. alane1205
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    Oct 20th 2008 !⃝

    Personally I agree w/ the first and best interpretation of this song. I actually had to look up the lyrics of ready to fall, to fully understand[: but who cares. The message that I wanna get across, is you're a heartless, cruel fucker if you can harm a defenseless animal. yeah, well I hope it makes you feel like more of a manly guy if you do, either that or go take it up the ass[: personally you can gth as far as I'm concerned (yes I watched the video) about 4 or 5 times, and I cried every single time.

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2008 !⃝

    This song is about human beings thinking that they are rising to the top, when really they are about to fall straight down

    The woman is mentioned is in a way Mother Nature, and the song says "Please Don't Die on Me" because the writer wants to save her and keep her

    In the video there are many clips and images of animal torture, disposal and slaughter, and it closes with him saying "Every action has a reaction" which also re-enforces the idea of saving the planet and helping keep our world that is disappearing and crashing so fast


  17. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2008 !⃝

    I think this song was really meant to state the pollution problem BUT!!
    If you take aside what video and the real meaning, it seems like its a song about finally seeing a girl/guy close to you that you haven't seen ever or for a long time, and that person doesn't seem to feel that way about her/him and they are heartbrbut... other than the pollution meaning

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2008 !⃝

    The song was originally written for a different purpose. However, rise against and their producer decided to change it up a bit to put it with a new meaning. wow, I remember when people used to enjoy music the right way and you knew that a song could mean anything-it just mattered what it meant to you.

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