"La Cerca" as written by and Jim/hajjar Ward....
Grew up on a man-made line
That's left me warm
Count your blessings, you're the lucky one
The view from this window
Is frail and brittle
And I've done nothing to change anything
These hills in our hometown
Disguise the beaten down
Can't turn a blind eye anymore

I was raised in a certain way
And I think I've let you down
So I change my ways and I'll find a brand new path

Let's crash these gates and join this party
I want to be welcomed, not just tolerated
I'm watching my own eyes
Looking for truth
I started doubting but fell into the pool
These resolutions firm and panic sets in
In order to grow you must be open to learn

Grew up on a man-made line
That's left me empty

I've seen these scenes
Haunt me in my dreams
I've just begun to question why
How could I forget
Imaginary splits?
Don't have a thing to do with life

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"La Cerca" as written by Matthaeus Guenther Miller Jim Ward

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    General CommentI think this song is the best off their "Porcelain" album. Its frickin brilliant :)
    The_Lost_Messiahon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Sparta's life growing up on the El Paso/Juarez Border and the poverty in them.
    "grew up on a man made line" - the man made line being the border of USA and Mexico.
    "these hills in our hometown disguise the beaten down" - it may seem beatiful and no one looks past the beautiful to see the bad.
    That is what i get from this song.
    atdi7777on November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've seen these scenes
    Haunt me in my dreams
    I've just begun to question why
    How could I forget
    Imaginary splits
    Don't have a thing a to do with life

    To me that means, he has been questioning why what he sees in his dreams, doesn't happen in real life. And then he remember his dreams and ideals don't have a thing to do with real life :/
    Ar0onon November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAs atdi7777 states, the song comes from growing up in the border. I thought much about the phrase "Count your blessings, you're the lucky one". Well, it depends on the perspective. Being on the US part of the border implies having a better economy, better policemen, etc. Yet somehow i believe that people who grow in the border are a mixture of cultures. I saw them live some days ago in Mexico City, it surprised me that they did not seem to know Spanish. They are a really good band to see live.
    malvenkoon December 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI also think this is the best song off of porcelain. About two months ago my brother was playing some atdi and sparta and this was the first song that caught my attention. brilliant. One of the main reasons im drawn to this song is the whole idea of letting someone down because of something you cant change. I think everyone can relate to that in some way.
    laxlizardon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfrom what i've heard, it's about Jim's feelings towards Omar and Cedric...im not sure if thats right or not though
    Johnnyfender43on March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe whole Mexico/US border thing makes sense to me, but my first interpretation of this song was that it was about Tony Hajjar's life in lebanon. It says "count you blessings, your the lucky one", i though that might refer to his family being one of the only few that survived the attacks in lebanon. the lines about the scene haunting in dreams may refer to watching his friends and neighbors die.
    CaveatEmptoron August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSparta's most underrated song. Incredible live, the lyrics are incredibly written; a lot of great lines. "I want to be welcomed not just tolerated"

    But the last lines of the song makes me think that the song is about not letting social norms or other such invisible barriers keep you from achieving what you want.
    moacsupremeon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song helped me soooo much in a vulnerable time in my life. it gave me some insight to stuff that i was doing/stuff that was going on around me. friend stuff had gotten really mucked up and at first i had decided that you know its was a few people that were shady so i let them go and always loved the part "ive done nothing to change anything" at that time i really hadnt. and then awhile later i was listening to la cerca and for some reason i was really paying attention to the song when the part "I want to be welcomed not just tolerated" and in my head "i was like you know i want that too" so after that i said screw you to alot people.
    and it been close to three years and i couldnt be happier at the time i was 17 and was just starting to become my own person knowing exactly what i stood for and what i wouldnt

    i love this song, im so happy now. i dont know were i would be now if i hadnt been paying attention to that song at that time.

    so thanks Sparta

    ManMadeLine0on March 10, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it might be about an illegal Mexican immigrants. They want a better life yet are looked upon. And how people can be prejudice.
    DanStranger51on April 19, 2010   Link

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