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Set me off like dynamite strapped tight around my waist
We are the ones in competition but claim this ain't no race

(Let's go!)

Take a breath and explode like bullets
Tearing through the wind
Cut me up with a razor blade
Then try to...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2007 6:48am report


    I just completed a piece in art class that was inspired by these lyrics. I took it to mean that the existence of war, conflict, and hate is proof that we as a species are willing to die for this world because we love it so much. "We are the ones in competition, but claim this ain't no race." I took this to mean that the U.S. claims to be above our nature to want to make the world better. We say hat we want a compromise, but in reality out action on that desire is just fuel in the fire. Everyone thinks they know whats best for the world, and everyone tries to manifest that in the world they live in. The problem is hat there are over 6 billion people trying to accomplish 6 billion different things at once. The use of "explode like dynamite" and "like bullets tearing through the wind" illustrates how we are blinded by our desire to make the world "perfect". In order to fix the problem we need to stop trying to fix the problem. It is a paradox that cannot be avoided. It has been coded into our nature since we first walked the earth; it has shaped our inhabitance on this planet; and any day it will end our inhabitance on this planet. Existence goes on.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 23rd, 2013 9:24pm report


    I think all of you guys had valids points of view but most of you just talk about half of the song:
    Send me off on the morning breeze so far away from here
    Fill your eyes in the strains of thought
    Outside the warm embracing air
    I'm moving slow
    Like a glacier melting
    Watch me dissipate
    I searched for love in an empty world
    But all I found was hate

    Now when the
    White flames are burning flags
    We found a world worth dying for, yeah
    We've been battered so hard that
    I can't close my eyes anymore

    We may identify in this awesome lyrics the desire of the author to express not only his feelings, but also that thought can overcome violence. In the part "white flames are burning flags", what I interpret is that he thinks that there will be peace when the boundries between countries and cultures can be overcome. RISE AGAINST FOR EVER !



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 2011 7:51pm report


    I think it's about battles between good and evil kind of thing where we struggle to fix the world but its just too fucked up. I see a lot of war images. I think the "wreckage of a job well done" is a reference to when Bush claimed Mission Accomplished in Iraq and the narrator using that to say " Wow we really need to wake up"



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    anonymous
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    Feb 5th, 2011 2:21pm report


    i dont know about the 'top rated' answer, only because of the 'dont do anything' approach. If rise against were that passive they wouldnt be vegans or members of peta....

    I can see some of the other things you said, about too many cooks bein in the kitchen, but i just dont see the band telling people to just let things lie where they fall.



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    anonymous
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    May 24th, 2009 5:33am report


    This song has a very easily stated but strong meaning. Right off the bat you are hit with a great mental picture.

    "Set me off like dynamite strapped tight around my waist
    We are the ones in competition but claim this ain't no race?"
    ---Our only means of change is violence. Dead people is not a solution to a deeper problem. We claim that our violence and waging of war are all in the pursuit of peace. Peace and violence can not coexist, period.

    "We've been battered so hard that
    We don't feel anymore"
    ---We are deaf and blind to the problem because it is happening everywhere.

    "Take me
    From this world
    Save me
    What if we
    All die young"
    ---The writer's desire to disconnect from the violence in our world is immense. I love these lines. It's a good hard slap in the face to wake up. Peace and violence can not coexist, period.



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    anonymous
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    May 24th, 2009 5:12am report


    As has been stated by others this song is about how we are blinded by our desires to better our world. We love our existence so much that we are willing to fight and die for it. The one thing that I see that hasn't been mentioned before is the writer's wish to disconnect himself/herself from that. "Take me from this. Forsake me. What if we all die young?" We are causing damage to those we love with all the conflict in our world. Our fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, and daughters go to war to protect that which we hold dear. Unfortunately, that which we hold dearest sometimes doesn't return from the war. Happy memorial day and may God watch over those in conflict (every nation and every race).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2009 3:26pm report


    This sing talks about how "numb" we ave become to the occurences of wra and violence. The Lyrics "We've been battered so hard that, We don't feel anymore" show exactly the way that we have gotten so used to war and violence 'we don't feel it anymore'.

    It also has a hidden meaning that all people have a "war" inside of themselves.



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    originalq
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    Feb 20th, 2009 2:04pm report


    Your all idiots, Rise Against are muther fucking anarchists for crying out loud!! get it straight.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2009 2:39pm report


    I hope that YUUY202000 was kidding or on some major hallucinogenics or something of that nature.This song is not about animal cruelty.
    As for SXcalibur, yes and no. I would not say that the song is about someone who is literally forced to fight, but rather that by living in the world we live in we are all forced to face the battle of life and all the crazy fucked up shit that that entails weather we like it or not. However I stand by my original interpretation saying that the fact that there is war and conflict only shows how valuable our planet is and how much it is "worth dying for".



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    yuuy202000
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    Dec 21st, 2008 12:42pm report


    This song is about Animal Cruelty and how about this world is perfect and how we are just fucking it up...how normally we live are lives normally without any worry about this world being taken away but if we look around there are so many problems to handle and it is our fault....

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    Walters222
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    Sep 29th, 2008 9:36pm report


    My perception is that I think this song is about animal suffering makes a lot more sense to me.

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    SXcalibur
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    May 14th, 2008 5:07pm report


    It sounds like a slave soldier to me "We've been battered so hard that we don't feel anymore"
    And he wants to die but then he goes on to find "a world worth dying for",which could possibly be what he was being forced to fight against,he then rebels against what was enslaving him and he destroys it(in the wreckage of a job well done I saw a place I've never seen before),and then he refuses to be told what to do from there on(at that moment I refused to close my eyes anymore)

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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 2008 5:57am report


    Totally about suicide bombers and the futility of being willing to die for an illusion. "I saw a place Ive never seen before and I refuse to close my eyes anymore"

    Beautiful disillusionment about the waste of lvies that take place in war

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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 2008 3:59pm report


    I believe this song is about our world being totally screwed up if you think about it. "I looked for love in an empty world but all I found was hate" obviously when you like around our world there's so much hate i.e terrorism hate crimes murder rape and the list goes on. but basically I see that this song is telling us to make our world one worth dying for because right now its not.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 2007 3:45pm report


    Could be about suicide bombers - ie. 'dynamite strapped tight around my waist', 'explode like bullets tearing through the wind' (ie. like 9/11) and 'found a world worth dying for'.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 26th, 2007 3:11pm report


    Wow, I couldn't stop laughing when I read the comment from the guy above who "aought" us a lesson. Haha.

    Anyway Rise Against has just about the most powerful lyrics and more meaning in their songs than any other band, why would you listen to one of their songs and not care about the meaning? anyway I think it's about how he is realizing how screwed up the world is, and that we need to do something about it or there will be consequences.



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