The hills find peace
Locked armed guard posts
Safe from the screams
Of the children born as ghosts
Gates, guns and alarms
Shape the calm of the dawn
Peering down into the basin
Where death lives on
Where young run foaming at the mouth with hate
Where burning batons beat the freezing who shake
Under the toxic sunsets they dine and toast
Their walls deny the terror faced by the children
Born As Ghosts

One book and forty odd
Stuffed in a r
Ah, the school as a tomb
Where home is a wasteland
Taste the razor wire
And thought is locked in the womb
The tales that tear at the myth of the dream
A suffering that shocks the lives off the screen

Born as ghosts


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    General Commentfor me this song represents children who are born in environments where their life is a hell...they have barely any education, they are beaten, and the rich people in this environment really don't give a shit...its like they dont exist, hence the term "ghosts"
    zapatista88on June 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is definatley about the rich/poor divide in LA

    The hills find peace
    Locked armed guard posts
    Safe from the screams
    Of the children born as ghosts

    refers to the rich in the hollywood hills stuck in their own happy little world, where they dont see the real problems kids in LA have to live with.

    Where young run foaming at the mouth with hate
    Where burning batons beat the freezing who shake

    those kids end up filled with hate towards racist police.

    Under the toxic sunsets they dine and toast
    Their walls deny the terror faced by the children

    LA is well know for having very polluted air.
    The Kids growing up in the oppresive atmosphere that comes with vast expanses of cheap housing.

    One book and forty odd
    Stuffed in a room
    Ah, the school as a tomb
    Where home is a wasteland

    describing the poverty

    The tales that tear at the myth of the dream
    A suffering that shocks the lives off the screen

    LA is more than happy hollywood. the rich and famous are ignorant to the suffering in LA because they are afraid of it
    ruairion August 06, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is about the children born every day into poverty in America, the ones that you hardly ever hear about because no-one wants to hear about poor children. They are never seen or heard about, that's where the "born as ghosts" statement comes from. It is maybe more specifically about the class difference (poor-rich divide) in LA.
    FeelTheFunkBlaston February 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentInitially I thought this song was about the children of illegal immigrants living in places like Southern California who are kept seperated to a large extent from society due to the illegal handicap. They aren't able to attend school and whatnot or ever get a real job if they weren't born in the U.S. and illegally crossed the border with their parents.
    spacebombhazeon February 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI've lived in LA all my life.
    This song is about LA's rich and/or famous turning a blind eye (or completely oblivious eye) on the impoverished children of LA.

    The following lyrics have to do with the rich:
    "The hills find peace
    Locked armed guard posts
    Safe from the screams
    Of the children born as ghosts"
    The rich are locked away in their hillside mansions and have no idea what life is like in the inner city, literally just a few miles outside their doorsteps

    "Under the toxic sunsets they dine and toast
    Their walls deny the terror
    faced by the children born as ghosts"

    "A suffering that shocks the lives off the screen"

    The LA basin (low income area) is the view you would have from The Hills (where the rich live). These areas are crime ridden and impoverished. Gunfire and sirens and whatnot ring out LITERALLY constantly.

    The following lyrics are in regards to the lives of the poor living in LA:
    "Gates, guns and alarms
    Shape the calm of the dawn
    Peering down into the basin
    Where death lives on."

    It also talks about the public school situation in LA

    "One book and forty odd
    Stuffed in a room
    Ah, the school as a tomb"

    These children are told of the American dream, and with their family situation:

    "Where home is a wasteland
    Taste the razor wire"

    and the desperate state of their impoverished lives, it seems like a cruel joke or myth:

    "The tales that tear at the myth of the dream"
    mmessiahon May 12, 2015   Link
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    General Commentto me, this sounds a lot like censorship, "...their walls deny the terror faced...", "A suffering that shocks the lives off the screen..."
    rage-fan2002on June 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song sound a little like cmmon folk who's screams don't matter to people "above them"
    TornadoNHSon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think tornado has a point parts like safe from the screams of the children born as ghosts and ther walls deny the terror faced as the children born as ghosts point this out
    darkpop2Dzombieon July 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason this makes me think of L.A., and how the rich sit up in the "hills with locked arm guard posts", and how the children born into the "toxic" valley are never seen (ghosts) but they continue to struggle "where death lives on"
    srvhendrixon February 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentkickass song. love the lyrics. but wen de la rocha finishes a verse theres a voice sayin yeah. or at least think so. can anyone clear that up
    SisterFister6905on April 15, 2005   Link

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