"To Them These Streets Belong" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
So look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you've gone? (so precious)
You got what you came for now I think its time to move on (when will you say)
But these ghosts come alive like water and wine
Walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs,
To them these streets belong

My atonement lasts the best part of eternity(eternity)
Ran out of hands to count the sin that breeds inside of me (inside of me)
Not this hate but the loneliness has left me here into this mess of

My hands are soaking in the blood of angels
On broken wings they collapse (will I see the break of day)
Dark clouds exploded and torrents of rain fell
All these lost halos wash away

Head hung from shame we bear a weight that brings me to a crawl (to a crawl)
These years of lounging tell of decades of unanswered calls (unanswered calls)
For a change, 'cause everyday we slip and fall
Kicked while were down, our fists clenched into a ball

My hands are soaking in the blood of angels
On broken wings they collapse (will I see the break of day)
Dark clouds exploded and torrents of rain fell
All these lost halos wash away

So look in my eyes, what will you leave behind once you've gone? (so precious)
You got what you came for now I think its time to move on (when will you say)
But these ghosts come alive like water and wine
Walk through these streets singing songs and carrying signs
To them these streets belong


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"To Them These Streets Belong" as written by Christopher Chasse Brandon Barnes

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    General CommentThis song seems pretty clear. Its about standing up for what you believe in, and if your not commited and strong you will never get what you want or leave your mark on this world ("hat will you leave behind once you've gone?". It seems like their using street protesters as an example ("walk through these streets, singing songs and carrying signs, to them these streets belong"). Idk though, that seems to make some sence.
    Billy_Spleenon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems like their best songs have lowest number of comments.
    I guess that's the way it goes.
    bugmenoton July 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentResponding to bugmenot, the reason there best songs have less coments is because they are harder to understand. I think this song has more to it than i can ever understand, i only understand a little bit. great song though.
    Rattfink(misfits)on August 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Rise Against song, which says alot, because I really think "THe Unraveling" was thier best record, I dunno this song just sticks with me!
    silent eulogyon November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen Rise Against played at big day out they opened up with this song... it was awesome. Id like to know what the song is about though. any help?
    the_gurraon January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok these lyrics are wrong. i have no idea what it means really, something like this is where we belong, like leave us alone kinda thing.
    fccon February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are just fine, they're missing like two little parts that aren't that important. Go complain elsewhere. For the most part it sounds like a song about heart-break in a very punk-rock way. (AKA throwing in protestors and stuff)
    Murphy McManuson May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this one is my favortie too. The lyrics just stick with me (as said before). I agree with Billy Spleen too. It's just an absolutly great song by a great band.
    kmk_natashaon November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about standing up for yourself and that protesters will eventually win but I know that theres more to it
    Rise_Against_Rockson December 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit's a tribute song to past protestors, union workers, anarchists, progressives, and the like of the past and present. i think the singer is also frustrated with not being able to do enough in modern day fights. i think the chorus should be read like a conversation. the phrase you've got what you came for now i think it's time to move on, means to me that conservative procapitalists think our protests are a single fight, when in acutality our streets are filed with endless rallies
    spokeson January 04, 2006   Link

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