We can have a day from here, if you'll take your heart!
Put some faith in ideals, the bank cards will all turn around
And rent will pay itself, you can sleep tonight.

Little boys in sweat-shops who will again be children
And tonight they'll eat the lions share!
Bombing skies will sing silent
And the anger turn to laughter.

And on the crucifix Christ doesn't admit
His own sin was a martyr for.
Your shoulders just as heavy
There is no mercy from three holes
And being bored of my life.
Rob the promise and direction given to me,
We're bound to self righteous living.

But tonight... it's all or nothing tonight.
But tonight... away!!!

It's all or nothing!
Is that the way it is starting or is that the way it declines?
Is that the way you're thinking or at least all you know is best!
The possibilities you got, the possibilities you give...
Is this justified living or is it out of sight?

Fingers rapping on the counter, patience wearing thin.
It's just another work week, arthritis at 18
for a minimum living.
Who has time to breathe?
Catch it before it's over, catch it before it eats you.

Hello perspective this is just the human condition.
It's universal love my god I think it's spreading!
They'll kick you when you're down,
Push you down when you're stumbling.
Another day of dying is just evolution.

You said freedom was a hope
Away an hand or a hard push,
Is this inclusive thinking? We run by a thread,
Tongue in cheek idealists.
And I'm not giving up the claim that I can save the world
And all I need is my friends!


Lyrics submitted by b-pot, edited by Logicalrust

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    General Commentwell its basically saying....we are on a leash...and we cant say anything.....
    YOUR_FACE_!on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is just a very nihilistic view on what life would be like with out everyone being Christian and having a government. It's a "what-if" kind of song. Very good. "Another day of dying is just evolution."
    AnarchyWeaseLon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. I think this is one of their, if not their best song.
    EZLNon September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery powerful. A classic and definitely one of the best.
    S1L3N7B0Bon October 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song just isn't a "what-if" rhetoric either; it's definitely the work of a angsty teen, if I do say so! (Kidding, hah)

    All or nothing definitely has very quick changes in mood/feeling; starting off very optimistically, it takes a nose dive into.. well.. reality, I guess. But even after singing so many horrible and emotionless thoughts, it ends on "I'm not giving up the claim that I can save the world and all I need is my friends."

    Thought-Teaser: The song "Burning Bridges" has the lyric: "The feeling's lost inside your vain big-headed dreams of grandeur. You're still stuck on trying to save the world." Contradicting thoughts? Or just different circumstances? (Or Maybe Burning Bridges is sung in a third-person perspective about himself, like "Searching for a Former Clarity".)
    Dynamic of Freedomon July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't get the line: We run by a thread, tongue in cheek idealists.

    If someone could please explain that, it would be awesome
    BuryTheCageon March 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell its basically saying....we are on a leash...and we cant say anything.....
    YOUR_FACE_!on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know on the chorus what exactly he is saying, the yelling part?
    i thought it sounded like god help me.
    some say it sounds like i love that.
    ah!
    this is my favorite song by against me, so i'm pretty curious
    smiletoaston March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure the chorus is saying

    "It's all or nothing.. all or nothing
    it's all or nothing tonight.. but tonight.. it's all or nothing.. but tonight.. away.. (is this the way we're living?) just go away, you don't know anymore.. away"

    i'm probably wrong about the is this the way we're living part though.
    hlidayincambodiaon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIT SAYS AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I THINK IT SAYS

    IN THE BACK ROUND HES SAYING ITS ALL OR NOTHING ITS ALL OR NOTHING AND AT THE END HE SAYS IS THIS REALLY LIVING THATS THE BACK ROUND BUT IT ALSO SAYS ITS ALL OR NOTHIGN TONIGHT BUT TONIGHT ITS ALL OR NOTHING TONIGHT AWAYYYYHAYHAY HOWS IT GONNA BEEEE WHEN YOU DONT LOVE ANY MORE

    BEST AGAINST ME SONG FOR SURE
    dannyvon July 16, 2007   Link

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