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Endgame

(2011)
TypeAlbum (Studio full-length)
GenresAlternative Metal, Melodic Hardcore
Album rating :  85 / 100
Votes :  1
Lyrics > R > Rise Against Lyrics (103) > Endgame Lyrics (12)
Submitted by level 21 록스타 (2018-01-30)
1. Architects
Are there no fighters left here anymore ?
Are we the generation we've been waiting for ?
Or are we patiently burning, waiting to be saved ?

Our heroes, our icons have mellowed with age.
Following rules that they once disobeyed.
They're now being lead when they used to lead the way

Do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before ? (That you stood by before.)
Are you out there on the front lines or at home keeping score ?
Do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate ? (Bricks that seal your fate.)
Would you rather be the architect of what we might create ?

(Go!)

They laid out the blueprints,
They poured down a base
Concrete solutions to slow our decay.
But when they are gone
Who the fuck's gonna take their place ?

Yeah, will it be the cynic, the critics galore ?
They say I'm pathetic, face down on the floor.
This trustee complacent we'll collectively ignore.

Do you still believe in all the things that you stood by before ? (That you stood by before.)
Are you out there on the front lines or at home keeping score ?
Do you care to be the layer of the bricks that seal your fate ? (Bricks that seal your fate.)
Would you rather be the architect of what we might create ?

Don't you remember when you were young,
And you wanted to set the world on fire ?
Somewhere deep down, I know you do. (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
And don't you remember when we were young,
And we wanted to set the world on fire ?
'Cause I still am, and I still do. (Hey, hey, hey, hey)

Make no mistake, we're not afraid
To bear the burden of repeating
What they're thinking anyway.

Let's raise the stakes
On the bet we made.
Let's decide to be the architects,
The masters of our fate.

Yeah, we still believe in all the things that we stood by before. (That we stood by before.)
I know, to everything we've seen here, maybe even more.
I know we're not the only ones and we were not the first. (We were not the first.)
And unapologetically we stand behind each word.
2. Help Is on the Way
I have my mother's dreams,
I have my father's eyes,
You can't take that from me,
Just go ahead and try.
The crescent city sleeps,
While giants in the sky,
Preparing to unleash,
Let loose a mighty cry.

Can nobody save us ?
Will anyone try ?
The bayou is burning,
The cypress has died.
And all along they're saying.

Help is on the way (They said, they said)
Help is on the way (They said, they said)
One by land, two by sea.
Right there in front of me.
Help is on the way.

Five thousand feet below,
As black smoke engulfs the sky,
The ocean floor explodes,
Eleven mothers cry.
My bones all resonate,
A burning lullaby,
You can't take that from me,
Just go ahead and try.

She stands at the shoreline,
With hands in the air,
Her words pierce the dark night,
Does anyone care ?
And all along they say it.

Help is on the way (They said, they said)
Help is on the way (They said, they said)
One by land, two by sea.
Right there in front of me.
Help is on the way.

Right here ! Right here !
Right here ! Right here !
Right here ! Right here !

Choking on the black gold,
Upon which we rely,
We keep axes in the attics,
To see cameras in the sky.

Help is on the way
They said, they said
Help is on the way
They said, they said

We were told just to sit tight,
Cause somebody will soon arrive.
Help is on the way.
But it never came !
It never came !

Help is on the way (They said, they said)
Help is on the way (They said, they said)
One by land, two by sea.
Right there in front of me.
Help is on the way.
On the way.
3. Make It Stop (September's Children)
Woah, woah.

Bang bang go the coffin nails,
Like a breath exhaled,
Been gone forever.
It seems just like yesterday,
How did I miss the red flags raised ?

Think back to the days we laughed.
We braved these bitter storms together.
Brought to his knees he cried,
But on his feet he died.

What God would damn a heart ?
And what God drove us apart ?
What God could...

Make it stop ?
Let this end.
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It's come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing...

Woah, woah.

Bang bang from the closet walls,
The schoolhouse halls,
The shotgun's loaded.
Push me and I'll push back.
I'm done asking, I demand.

From a nation under God,
I feel its love like a cattle prod.
(Born free) Born free, but still they hate.
(Born me) Born me, no I can't change.

It's always darkest just before the dawn.
So stay awake with me, let's prove them wrong.

Make it stop.
Let this end,
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It's come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing...

Woah, woah.

The cold river washed him away,
But how could we forget ?
Gathering the candles,
But not their tongues.

And too much blood has flown from the wrists,
Of the children shamed
For those they chose to kiss.
Who will rise to stop the blood ?

We're calling for,
Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.
A brand new song.

Whoa,
(Tyler Clementi, age 18)
A brand new song.
Whoa,
(Billy Lucas, age 15)
(Harrison Chase Brown, age 15)
Whoa,
(Cody J. Barker, age 17)
Whoa,
(Seth Walsh, age 13.)

Whoa, whoa

Make it stop,
Let this end.
This life chose me, I'm not lost in sin.
But proud I stand of who I am,
I plan to go on living.

Whoa, whoa

Make it stop,
Let this end,
All these years pushed to the ledge,
But proud I stand, of who I am,
I plan to go on living
4. Disparity by Design
All the way at the bottom
Of the barrels we cry out
So ashamed of our tears that
We blame only ourselves

That's when they win
They keep us convinced
To lift up our chins
These playing fields are level
We all have a chance
With that they dismiss
The fast lanes they rode
In which access depends
On who you know
Or where you came from

Whose daughter are you ?
Whose fortunate son ?
Will it so
To stick up our bones
And piece from the letters
How we settled the crimes

Is this an over-reaching arm ?
Or is this compassion ?
Is this a handout undeserved ?
Or a just reparation ?
(a just reparation)

Away from the towers
High above glass ceiling tombs
Tell themselves
That they've earned this
Like working hard
Or playing by the rules

But this is only part true
A dangerous trick
Played on me and you
And so like a practical joke
We put on these bootstraps
So hard that they broke

Is this an over-reaching arm ?
Or is this compassion ?
Is this a handout undeserved ?
Or a just reparation ?

And like a single domino
That falls while the rest stay vertical
We're fed these empty fairytales
Oh will you believe them ?

And if there's a God
You better pray
That this sleeping giant
Never wakes

If we just take a step back
A bigger picture we might view
Perhaps the man in the gutter
Is not so different from you

Come in, out of the cold
Forget all that you know
Because there's always been room
By the fire for you, oh
Come in, out of the cold

Will you believe them ?

Is this an over-reaching arm ?
Or is this compassion ?
Is this a handout undeserved ?
Or a just reparation ?

And like a single domino
That falls while the rest stay vertical
We're fed these empty fairy tales
And I'm through believing
5. Satellite
You can't feel the heat
Until you hold your hand
Over the flame
You have to cross the line
Just to remember
Where it lays
You won't know your worth now, son,
Until you take a hit
And you won't find the beat
Until you lose yourself in it

That's why we won't back down
We won't run and hide
'Cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why we stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
Oh shine your light on me

You can't fill your cup
Until you empty all it has
You can't understand
What lays ahead
If you don't understand the past

You'll never learn the fun now
'Till you're standing at the cliff
And you can't truly love
Until you've given up on it

That's why we won't back down
We won't run and hide
'Cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why we stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
Oh shine your light on me

She told me that she never
Would face the world again
So I offered up a plan

We'll sneak out while they sleep
And sail off in the night.
We'll come clean and start over
The rest of our lives.
When we're gone we'll stay gone.
Out of sight, out of mind.
It's not too late,
We have the rest of our lives.

We'll sneak out while they sleep
And sail off into the night
We'll come clean and start over
The rest of our lives
When we're gone we'll stay gone.
Out of sight, out of mind.
It's not too late,
We have the rest of our lives.
The rest of our lives
The rest of our lives

Because we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah 'cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why you stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
Oh shine your light on me (shine your light on me)

Because we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah 'cause these are the things we can't deny
(shine your light on me)
I'm passing over you like a satellite
Cuz these are the things that we can't deny now
This is a life that you can't deny us now
6. Midnight Hands
Like a new day rising
Like a calm before the storm
Like fog lifting from valleys
On a sleeping forest floor
Eyes open slowly as the dust is shaking off
To gaze upon the wreckage
That the midnight hands have wrought

And now I
I feel my temperature rising
My body explode
I feel like somebody's watching
Like I'm not alone
I stop dying but right there and say that :

Whatever path you take (the path you take)
Wherever you may go (where you may go)
Whenever you decide to leave
I'll follow
I'll follow

We face a crossroad never knowing what's in store
There's an angel on my shoulder
There's a devil at my door
She proclaimed that tonight
Will be the greatest of our lives
And I said, don't be so sure
Let's just wait until the morning light

I feel my temperature rising
My body explode
I feel like somebody's watching
Like I'm not alone
I stop dying but right there and say that :

Whatever path you take (the path you take)
Wherever you may go (where you may go)
Whenever you decide to leave
I'll follow
I'll follow

There in the clearing
We gather close
Under the moon's pale light
We lay out the tools
You don't have to do this
But I forgive you if you don't
She just looked away
And said : "I know"

Gripping the midnight hands
We drain the futures
They might prevent
Gripping the midnight hands

The lines cross over
The dawn grows closer
In spite of too much
It's just with a blind trust
In order of our blind faith

Whatever path you take
And wherever you might go
And whenever you decide to leave
I'll follow
I'll follow

I'll bear all the falls you take (the falls you take)
I will let go if you decide to stay
I'll be there until you go away from here
I'll follow
I will follow
I will follow

(Whatever path you take) I will follow
(Wherever you might go) I will follow
(Wherever you decide to leave) I will follow
7. Survivor Guilt
("What are you talking about ? America isn't going to be destroyed."
"Never ?
Rome was destroyed,
Greece was destroyed,
Persia was destroyed,
Spain was destroyed.
All great countries are destroyed.
Why not yours?
How much longer do you really think your own country will last ?
Forever ?")

Block the entrances,
Close the doors
Seal the exits because
This is war

All gave some,
Some gave all
But for what ?
I wanna know

Carry on, don't mind me
All I gave was everything
And yet you ask me for more
Fought your fight
Bought your lies
In return I lost my life
What purpose does this serve ?

A folded flag
A purple heart
A family all
But torn apart

And I fought with courage
To preserve
Not my way of life
But yours

Carry on, don't mind me
All I gave was everything
And yet you ask me for more
Fought your fight
Bought your light
In return I lost my life
What purpose does this serve ?

The cowards preach from pedestals
With words like courage and resolve
But what they meant was fuck them all
Because freedom isn't free

They send our daughters and our sons
To deserts under burning suns
A sacrificial slaughtering
To fill the pockets of the weak

An artificial enemy
Are we so easily deceived ?

They carry on

("You're a shameful opportunist !
What you don't understand is that it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees ?"
"You have it backwards. it's better to live on your feet than to die on your knees.")

Don't carry on
Just walk away
How many more sent to their graves
In this lesson ignored ?

I fought your fight
Bought your lie
In return I lost my life
What purpose does this serve ?
What purpose did I serve ?
8. Broken Mirrors
Hey, man now did you hear
Your final days are near ?
In a free fall of fire and ice
And explosions in the sky

A fate that we deserve (hey, hey, hey, hey)
There's no escape, no (hey, hey, hey, hey)
Now it's your turn
Now it's your turn

It's been years
Since our luck ran out and left us here
Like broken mirrors
Ten million shards of glass and tears
But now we are
Awake enough to shatter what we hate
Like broken mirrors
Reflections of an unfamiliar face

Hey, hey !

Hey man, you got the time ?
Hey, can I trouble you for a light ?
Who ? Me ? No, I'm not the old town crier
I'm the one who sets it all on fire

A fate, yeah, that we deserve (hey, hey, hey, hey)
And there's no escape, no (hey, hey, hey, hey)
Now it's your turn
Now it's your turn

It's been years
Since our luck ran out and left us here
Like broken mirrors
Ten million shards of glass and tears
But now we are
Awake enough to shatter what we hate
Like broken mirrors
Reflections of an unfamiliar face

We hide from the mirrors
They might show our scars
(Go ! Go ! Go !) And hear us
Reflection that we want to be
The people we are (the people we are)
Confront your reflection
Smash what you see
And let's restart
'Cause mirrors can't see our heart

It's been years
Since our luck ran out and left us here
Like broken mirrors
Ten million shards of glass and tears
But now we are
Awake enough to shatter what we hate
Like broken mirrors (hey, hey)
Like broken mirrors (hey, hey)
Like broken mirrors (hey, hey)
Like broken mirrors (hey, hey)
Like broken mirrors (hey, hey)
Reflections of an unfamiliar face
9. Wait for Me
Do you see the world in different colors ?
Do you see the world in black and gray ?
Alone in your thoughts
How many others have stood where you stand
Where you stand today ?
I've stood where you stand
But all, can you...

Wait for me now ?
Take off this crown
To break all these vows
Don't you know ?
Wait for me now
The airs running out
Wait for me, wait for me
Wait for me, wait for me now

The promise of safe return undelivered
The ocean is wider than I first guessed
When roads disappeared, I followed the rivers
But somehow got in over my head
So deep I felt taken

Wait for me now (Wait for me now)
Take off this crown
To break all these vows
Don't you know ?
Wait for me now (Wait for me now)
The airs running out
Wait for me, wait for me
Wait for me, wait for me now

A lost dream of what could have been
A house on fire, a tangled web
The key turns to find the locks have changed
In time to hear the back door slam
A sound that to this day I can't forget
The colors drained to black and gray
Oh...

Wait for me now (Wait for me now)
Take off this crown
To break all these vows
Don't you know ?
Wait for me now (Wait for me now)
The airs running out
Wait for me, wait for me
Wait for me, wait for me now
10. A Gentlemen's Coup
The pain, disorder
A cataclysmic dawn
We trusted but something has gone wrong
We bought it
But woke to find it gone
And have to 5, 4, 3, 2

The place before
The radiation creeps
On cats' feet
We scatter in the streets
She asks me : "Do you think it's safe to breathe ?"
It doesn't look that way to me

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne
Subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoah... (storm the gates, raise the flags)
Whoah... (seize the throne, subjugate)
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough

Afraid, we cower
To interests not our own
The power to free or to control
We let it skip through
Our fingers to the bone
Watch as the bodies wash ashore
Whoah...
Nobody lives here anymore

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne
Subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoah... (storm the gates, raise the flags)
Whoah... (seize the throne, subjugate)
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough

And how long will we fall for this ?
And how long will we fall for this ?
How long will we fall for this ?
And how long will we fall ?
And how long will we fall for this ?
And how long will we fall for this ?
And how long will we fall for this ?
How long, how... ?

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne
Subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoah... (storm the gates, raise the flags)
Whoah... (seize the throne, subjugate)
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough
11. This Is Letting Go
Once upon a time I could take anything, anything.
Always stepped in time,
Regardless of the beat
I moved my feet.
I carried weight
What I could not do I faked ?
I dug seeking treasure
Just to wake up in an early grave
So I stopped right there and said :

Go on alone, 'cause I won't follow.
This isn't giving up, no this is letting go
Out with the old dreams I've borrowed
The path I carve from here on out will be my own
The path will be my own

This is the part where the needle skips
And the chorus plays like a sink that drips
A syllable repeating, like a warning we aren't heeding
Until all of a sudden we noticed it
When the wheels brace and the tires grip
A map we've been misreading
A defeat we're not conceding
Until now
There must be some other way out

Go on alone, because I won't follow
But this isn't giving up no this is letting go
Out with the old dreams I've borrowed
The path I carve from here on out will be my own
A path to take me home

(Hey ! Hey ! Hey ! Hey !)

The wind died
The whole world ceased to move
Now so quiet
Her beating heart became a boom
We locked eyes
For just a moment or two
She asked why
I said : "I don't know why.
I just know"

The wind died (The wind died)
The whole world ceased to move
Now so quiet (The wind died)
Her beating heart became a boom
We locked eyes
For just a moment or two
She asked why
I said : "I don't know why
I just know
I just know"

Go on alone, 'cause I won't follow
This isn't giving up, no this is letting go
I made most of all this sorrow
I tried to brave this discontent, but now I'm through
I'm letting go of you.

(This is letting go)
This is letting go
This is letting go

Once upon a time I could take anything, anything.
12. Endgame
And on that day they'll tell you
That life hung on with no clue
The warning signs were all just missed or shattered down
So it goes
The kings all failed to tell us
The madmen failed to sell us
Of what would then befall the only life we know

When they're burning signal fires
To guide us to the fields
We're building funeral pyres
They all come by the final appeal

The city lines are down
The kerosene's run out
The fracturing of all we relied upon
Lets shed this unclean skin
And start to feel again
Because all the shoulders
On which to cry are gone

The paranoia gripped us
The rain turned engines to rust
The panic set in like a cancer to our hearts
Spreading through
We bet on finite genius
Or prayed for gods to save us
But there was no antidote
Disease tore us apart
We left bodies in the fields (bodies in the fields)
So numb that we forgot how to feel

The city lines are down
The kerosene's run out
The fracturing of all we relied upon
Lets shed this unclean skin
And start to feel again
Because all the shoulders
On which to cry are gone

He looked at the fields
And then his hands,
All I need is what I have
Then shed a tear of happiness

She watched the world
Crumble away
Is this the end of yesterday ?
"Lord, I hope so" is all he said
All I've got are the organs (got are the organs)
All I've got are the coco wars (got are the coco wars)
And as we go forth (go forth)
I pray we'll remember this day

Oh, we relied on now

The city lines are down
The kerosene's run out
The fracturing of all
We relied upon
Lets shed this unclean skin
And start to feel again
There are no shoulders
Shoulders to cry on now

No more, no more
(The weight that we once felt is gone)
No more, no more
(The weight that we once felt is gone)
No more, no more
The weight that we once felt is gone
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