Jul 26 2011

Rise Against “Give It All” Music Video & Lyrics

Rise Against “Give It All”

Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band currently consists of Tim McIlrath (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Zach Blair (lead guitar, backing vocals), Joe Principe (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Brandon Barnes (drums, percussion).

This video is about people waking up and fighting back against the Corporatocracy that has taken over our society.

Rise Against “Give It All” Music Video

Rise Against “Give It All” Lyrics

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Break through the undertow, your hands I can’t seem to find,
Pollution burns my tongue, cough words I can’t speak so I

Stop my struggling, then I float to the surface,
Fill my lungs with air, then let it out

I give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Rock bottoms where we live, and still we dig these trenches,
To bury ourselves in them, backs breaking under tension

For far too long these voices, muffled by distances,
It’s time to come to our senses, up from the dirt

We give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Breathe (breathe), the air we give (give), the life we live (live), our pulses racing distances,
(breathe) so wet my tongue (give), break into song (live), through seas of competition

So please believe your eyes, a sacrifice,
Is not what we had in our minds,
I’m coming home tonight, home tonight

We give it all, now there’s a reason why I sing,
So give it all, and it’s these reasons that belong to me

Today I offer all myself to this I’m living for my dying wish,
I give it all, now there’s a reason, there’s a reason, to give it all


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May 15 2011

Rise Against “Audience Of One” — Music Video and Lyrics

Rise Against “Audience Of One”

Rise Against’s song “Audience of One” is written by the band’s frontman Tim McIlrath. It is the second single from their 2008 album Appeal to Reason. Hitting number four on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, “Audience of One” is Rise Against’s third-highest charting single.

In mid-October 2008, the L.A. radio station KROQ began playing “Audience of One”. Its video was announced to be shot with director Brett Simon on December 9.

The topics in the Music video for Rise Against’s “Audience of One” were considered so controversial that it was censored by MTV. There is no nudity, no profanity and no violence in this video. So why was it censored? Judge for yourself.

Enjoy Rise Against “Audience Of One” Music Video

Rise Against “Audience Of One” Lyrics

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I can still remember
The words and what they meant
As we etched them with our fingers
In years of wet cement
The days blurred into each other
Though everything seemed clear
We cruised along at half speed
But then we shifted gears

We ran like vampires from a thousand burning sons
But even then we should have stayed
But we ran away
Now all my friends gone
Maybe we’ve outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
But what are we running from ?
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone ?

Identities assume us
As nine and five add up
Synchronizing watches
To the seconds that we lost
I looked up and saw you
I know that you saw me
We froze but for a moment
In empathy

I brought down the sky for you but all you did was shrug
You gave my emptiness away

But you ranaway
Now all my friends gone
Maybe we’ve outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
But what are we running from ?
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone ?

We’re all ok, until the day we’re not
The surface shines, while the inside rots
We raced the sunset and we almost won
We slammed the brakes, but the wheels went on

We ran away
Now all my friends gone
Maybe we’ve outgrown all the things that we once loved
Runaway
But what are we running from ?
A show of hands from those in this audience of one
Where have they gone ?



Apr 17 2011

Rise Against “Hero of War” — Lyrics & Music Video

Rise Against “Hero of War”

Rise Against’s “Hero of War” shows, that while war is glorified and portrayed as honorable in the media it is actually horrifying and grotesque. It takes up the fact that U.S. solders are torturing people and shooting innocents in other countries which has a horrible effect on the soldiers themselves.

This is what real war looks like:

Rise Against’s “Hero of War” Music Video

Rise Against “Hero of War” Lyrics

"Hero of War" by Rise Against

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He said, “Son,
Have you see the world?
Well, what would you say
If I said that you could?
Just carry this gun and you’ll even get paid.”
I said, “That sounds pretty good.”

Black leather boots
Spit-shined so bright
They cut off my hair but it looked alright
We marched and we sang
We all became friends
As we learned how to fight

A hero of war
Yeah that’s what I’ll be
And when I come home
They’ll be damn proud of me
I’ll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it’s flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

I kicked in the door
I yelled my commands
The children, they cried
But I got my man
We took him away
A bag over his face
From his family and his friends

They took off his clothes
They pissed in his hands
I told them to stop
But then I joined in
We beat him with guns
And batons not just once
But again and again

A hero of war
Yeah that’s what I’ll be
And when I come home
They’ll be damn proud of me
I’ll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Because it’s flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

She walked through bullets and haze
I asked her to stop
I begged her to stay
But she pressed on
So I lifted my gun
And I fired away

The shells jumped through the smoke
And into the sand
That the blood now had soaked
She collapsed with a flag in her hand
A flag white as snow

A hero of war
Is that what the see
Just medals and scars
So damn proud of me
And I brought home that flag
Now it gathers dust
But it’s a flag that I love
It’s the only flag I trust

He said, “Son, have you seen the world? Well what would you say, if I said that you could?”



Mar 23 2011

Flobots Ft. Tim McIlrath White Flag Warrior—Music Video & Lyrics

Flobots ft. Tim McIlrath White Flag Warrior

Flobots’ “White Flag Warrior” is the official first single from Flobots’ album Survival Story. It is about the U.S. troops and war. The song features a guest appearance from Tim McIlrath, lead singer of band Rise Against.

Enjoy the Music Video for White Flag Warrior.

Flobots ft. Tim McIlrath White Flag Warrior Lyrics

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(feat. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)
We request to negotiate
We come to you unarmed
We desire to communicate
You cannot do us harm

For one sacrifice,
they have schemes and ask me to follow their path to the afterlife
I’ve got an appetite
for nice things and the dreams that my enemies could be blasted by
Ooh metaphors
Views that are better for you can’t survive or find your competitor
Rise together
Ooh Fight separate wars i pray I’m never forced to be a predator

Suspecting we won’t last
They’re glad to hate but gladiators breed their last
Scream or mash for their dreams do clash
Like swords in the war let me bleed on that
Put the heat on that
Cept we need strong backs
You call us weak and don’t redeem contracts
Well this speech won’t last
If the beast attacks
The sons and the fathers will be free at last

This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason

They see sharks in the estuary
They claim the arch of Bartholomew’s
They say war is necessary
But we say war is child abuse

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag Warriors (You cannot do us harm)

Take to the core they’re the one’s we’ve been waiting for
We hold steady, steady on the step of door
The type of you are matadors and matadors are capable
Forgive the death and settle scores and test the metal and the ore

What’s your plan go to do with me?
If the bell told us let freedom ring
And find the new ways that we must be king
Instead of leading the young to our suffering

The past test of this
Now screams back in heaven
For testing us like wednesdays at 11
Want to recruit and train us to act evilly
Save it for the shooting range
So back DVD

Just tell me want no more this millennia
It’s never again for me or anyone
So think harder when you refer to us
Rather make our children martyrs than murders

This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason
This is love, and not treason

They shell dwellings to quell the shellings
And lift taboos and seduce the countings
They say we’re too yellow bellied
But we say we’re the new superpower

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag Warriors (You cannot do us harm)

We seek ways to not be liable
We claim to speak for a higher truth
We stand opposed to the homicidal
We tell you you are fire proof

We’d rather make our children (We request to negotiate)
Martyrs than murderers (We come to you unarmed)
We’d rather make our children (We desire to communicate)
White Flag
Warriors
We’d rather make our children
We’d rather make our children

Do what you want to our courage
Ask us what you will
Demand from us a sacrifice
But do not make us kill



Feb 27 2011

Tim McIlrath of Rise Against performs “Ohio” in WI.

Tim McIlrath of Rise Against performs “Ohio” in front of the WI State Capitol during the Rally for Wisconsin’s Workers in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 21, 2011. McIlrath was joined by Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Tom Cabel, and Mike McColgan, among others, in support of public employees whose collective bargaining rights are threatened by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget repair bill.