You can spoon my eyes out,
but I can still see through you
Slice my ears from my head,
but you can not shut out the sounds of truth
Lock off each sound at the wrist
so I can't raise my fist!

you can kill the protestor (can't kill)
you can't kill the protest
you can murder the rebel (murder)
you can't murder the rebellion

Sawed my feet at the ankles, but i wasnt going to run
Grabbed my face, sliced off my tongue
Lock off each hand at the wrist,
so I can't raise my fist!

you can kill the protestor (can't kill)
you can't kill the protest
you can murder the rebel (murder)
you can't murder the rebellion

LYING STILL NOW, NO WAY TO SPEAK.
NOTHING TO FEAR, BULLETS CAN'T SILENCE IDEAS!


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    General CommentI think the end of the verses is closer to
    Lock off each hand at the wrist
    So i can't raise my fist!
    andyroo2004on September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGood song off of a great album. This is more of a venting song than sending a message. It's just telling people that protesting will never end with the death or torture of a few; in fact, it just makes them stronger.
    Shikamaruon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that actually... That the song means a lot and sends a huge message. How can you say that telling people we won't back down no matter what happens to us isn't a message and that it's just "venting"? Carpe diem and sacrifice... That has to have some significance.
    slightlyviolent1289on March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how government uses violence to try and stop protests and rebellion. But that will never put down the revolution or any revolution. Peace ALWAYS prevails. Governments must learn that as long as there is social injustice, there will always be revolution fighting to stop it. "Revolution begins with ideas," Karl Marx. Revolution is Evolution, therefore it can never be put down for long.
    agnostic soldieron June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fucken amazing, and the message it portrays is just as great. Albeit, this song (in relation to the lyrics) is somewhat uncomplicated, it still manages to get the meaning athwart very nicely.

    Violence is a very powerful force. It’s a surefire way to get attention. It’s all around us: it’s on the television, it’s in our magazine ads, and it’s in the music we listen too. Violent imagery stirs emotion. Most of the time, however, violence is used to oppress people. Violence is used to scare dissenters into submission. Like the bully on the schoolyard, organizations that use violence as a way of maintaining power often do so because of a weakness within the organization. Take for example the factory that uses violence to break strikes. The factory needs the workers more than the workers need the factory, just as the bully on the schoolyard needs the smaller kid to push around. Without someone to push around, a bully is just any other kid. Without a production line full of workers, a factory is just another vacant building.

    At the right time and the right place violence can be used to motivate. It’s something that can make us think and feel. Authors can use violence to make a comment about society. Take for example the way Chuck Palahniuk comments on the destructive and shallow aspects of our capitalist society, in his book Fight Club. Artists use violent images all the time to make us consider the world around us. Take for example British graphitti artist Banksy. In one image he can combine the violent nature of a protest with a message of peace. Musicians often draw on violent imagery. Sometimes it’s used to show despair and loneliness. Listen to the words of your favorite Alkaline Trio song to see what I mean. Other times, musicians use violent imagery to show the frustration many of us feel inside. "You Can Kill The Protestor, But You Can’t Kill The Protest", is a fine example of this.

    The point of all of this is to realize that although violence can be powerful in the fact that it stirs emotion, it does very little in the way of change. Change comes through ideas. Change comes through philosophy, through education, through discussion and humyn interaction. Change is not a result of violence. So while the powers that be may use violence to try to force you into changing your mind, as long as you understand that while violence can be very powerful, it is also extremely delicate, their actions will have little result on your ideas.
    culture-revolutionon September 27, 2007   Link

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