"But Tonight We Dance" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
Breathe deep and easy, swallow this pride.
Stare at my shaking hands though bone dry, blood shot eyes.
Clock strip the hours, I count the miles.
Will you be there waiting, awake until sunrise.

I have traveled in darkness, for what seems like days,
I crawl from these sinkholes collapsed under this weight
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
So say you'll stay and dance with me tonight.

In the glow of twilight, our world is finally calm.
I felt it complete me, when the stars give way to dawn.
A language universal, but I speak not his tongue.
Is this a night that spans forever, or a dawn that never comes.

I have traveled in darkness, for what seems like days,
I, come from the same house, collapsed under this wing.
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
So say you'll stay and dance with me tonight.

Tomorrow we might wake in servitude and service?
I will give you everything if you would only have me!
Tomorrow we will sweat and toil,
Our hands will quiver caked with soil,
Tomorrow we'll give it one last chance,
But tonight we dance,
But tonight we dance!

And for this, I travel in darkness, for what seems like days,
I, come from the same house, collapsed under this wing.
I know not your sorrow, but I know mine,
Just say you'll stay and dance with me tonight.


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"But Tonight We Dance" as written by Christopher Chasse Brandon Barnes

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThe meaning of this song is not just carpe diem, it is much more angelic than that.

    Throughout the whole song he is talking about the work he goes through he is describing the pain and anguish he goes trough, "but tonight we dance". So yes it would seem like a seize the moment type song until the very end.

    "And for this I will travel in darkness
    For what seems like days.
    I crawled from the sinkholes,
    Collapsed under this weight.
    I know not your sorrow,
    But I know mine.
    So say you'll stay
    And dance with me tonight."

    He is describing his own personal anguish and just wants to dance, "and for this i travel in darkness" "and for this... i crawled from the sinkholes", "and for this... i collapsed under this weight" so for this one thing, this one dance just tonight he is willing to go through this hell of his. At the end he is pleading with this person to "say you'll stay And dance with me tonight."

    I think this is about finding that one thing that makes your own personal troubles worth living, your one "dance."
    sharpcasperon September 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh and does anyone know if any of the members of Rise Against are Christian? Atheist? Buddhists?
    22jesus22on October 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is definitely my favourite Rise Against song. Although this isn't my favourite album of theirs, it has my favourite song. Siren Song Of The Counter Culture still has me giving thumbs up all the way 8D
    iJamieon March 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo, then. What's it about, you pretentious little prick? Anarchy only exists when it's a concept, not an agenda. Regardless, it's a great song. You shun the conversation when you join it. Yet, you offer NOTHING to the topic. Please elaborate, and let us all know what your take is.
    Scottboy79on March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's about seizing the moment. Carpe Diem.

    This guy's been through hell and back, but it doen't matter, because it's the moment that counts. He just wants to be with this girl right here, right now. Be aligned with the stars and the forces of nature and not worry about consequences. No tomorrows, no yesterdays, just tonight, cut yourself free, and dance.
    Pocketmoonlighton June 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthot song
    speeedon July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow i hope this song isn't going unnoticed. It's my current fav by rise against, it's amazing.
    BullwinkleBon August 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite rise against song at the moment....for me it's about the hell he's been through, about the darkness they've endured and basically saying screw it..tonight it's you and me. We'll dance and forget everything around us, and hes praying that it never ends (is this a night that spans forever or a dawn that never comes'

    i cant believe more people havent commented on this song, it's one of my favourite rise against ones of all time
    tortured_tiarason August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredible song!
    Cannsawon September 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah its quite good how do you get the other two songs off their B-side??
    22jesus22on October 30, 2006   Link

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