"Anybody Listening?" as written by Geoffery W Tate and Christopher Degarmo....
You and I long to live like wind upon the water
If we close our eyes we'll maybe realize
There's more to life than what we have known
And I can't believe I've spent so long
Living lies I knew were wrong inside
I've just begun to see the light

Long ago there was a dream, had to make a choice or two
Leaving all I loved behind for what nobody knew
Stepped out on the stage
A life under lights and judging eyes
Now the applause has died and I can dream again
Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what's going on?
Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls
Become sand beneath your feet

Fell the breeze?
Time's so near you can almost taste the freedom
There's a warm wind from the south
Hoist the sail and we'll be gone
By morning, this will all seem like a dream
And if I don't return to sing the song, maybe just as well
I've seen the news and there's not much I can do alone

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone who smiles without a mask?
What's behind the words images
They know will please us?
I'll take what's real
Bring up the lights

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what's going one?
Read between the lines
Criticize the words they're selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls
Become sand beneath your feet

Close your eyes


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"Anybody Listening?" as written by Geoff Tate Christopher Degarmo

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    General CommentI believe this song is about how the public simply accepts what they are told, even if something radically different is actually happening. Basically the message is along the lines of "think for yourself, question authority." It could be applied to religion, sure, but I think it deals more directly with the government and the media. Awesome song! And so appropriate for these times...
    llowellon November 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could be about simply government, advertisement, or watever. Like he says---"read between the lines, critisize the words there selling"---
    -ZERO-on September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite Queensryche song. Pretty self explanatory, it's about organized religion.
    tehpressmanon July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has absolutely nothing to do with organized religion.
    highsticking99on July 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about not accepting the forcefed ruse about the nature of reality itself... there is no spoon people
    biosylumon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, the old "think for yourself and question authority." A timeless classis quote from one of the greatest drugheads of the 20th century.
    Armon May 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the government stuff, a heavy metal band makes much more sense promoting independance and freedom of thought, which is exactly what advertisement and branding are against. There is no spoon is a good quote for this!
    GunTotingHippyon October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites. It could be about the government, but it could be interpreted in a deeper sense - don't assume life and reality are what other people tell you, don't buy into the assumed reality, the masks that many people wear, what everyone else claims as 'truth' - find out yourself what's 'real'.
    Squeakyrat11on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think basically he's denouncing conforming to what everyone else is doing. Don't be just another product of society. One of favorite songs byt them.
    maddhatter41on October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentQueensryche has captured a feeling and turned into such a great song, thats why they make real music
    Brixton89on December 31, 2006   Link

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