"Survive" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
Somewhere between happy, and total fucking wreck
Feet sometimes on solid ground, sometimes at the edge
To spend your waking moments, simply counting time
Is to give up on your hopes and dreams, give up on your?

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We've all been sorry, we've all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

An obvious disinterest, a barely managed smile
I'll take a deep nod in agreement, a status quo exile
I shirk my obligations, I miss all your deadlines
I'm excel at quitting early, you're fucking up my life

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We've all been sorry, we've all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
Everything always works out, I have never felt so fucking great
All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
Everything always works out, I have never felt so great

(Life isn't like this) [Repeat x4]
Life isn't like this [Repeat x2] (Life isn't like this) [Repeat x3]

Are we verging on an answer, fucking up my?

Life for you, has been less than kind
So take a number, stand in line
We've all been sorry, we've all been hurt
But how we survive, is what makes us who we are

(Who we are)
It's what makes us who we are
(Who we are)
Makes us who we are
(Who we are)
It's what makes us who we are
(Who we are)


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"Survive" as written by Christopher Chasse Brandon Barnes

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  • +4
    General Commenti think a bunch of people are misinterpreting this. i dont see how it relates to 'emo' culture at all, and i definitely cannot see how it supposedly hits back at whining and melodrama. in fact, if anything i think it might reach out to those people with its key line ('how we survive is what makes us who we are') and pleading with the listener to keep their head up and pull through whatever brings them down, not in a harsh, tough love kind of way, but in a positive, supportive way, that echoes the old punk values of togetherness and courage.
    kryptonite22on October 07, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentNOT A TRANSLATION BUT WHY THE SONG IS IMPORTANT TO ME:

    This song single handedly might have saved me from an iminent spiral even farther downfor about 3-4 years befor this album cameout i was gettin involved with some bad stuff i was 14-18 i was skipping school doing drugs drinking partying and eventualy moved onto selling drugs and wasting alot of time and youth it got to a point were i would get high maybe 5-6 times a day and just go to work come home and sleep play video games to kill time befor and after work i dropped out of school when i was 16 and barely went befor that from 16-18 i worked and made a total of around $15,000 those 2 years and spent probably 14,000 or so on drugs

    ever since siren songs came out i fell in love with RA's music and they way they wanted to reach out and touch people but i just was never touched i looked up all there other cd's and still felt the same but it wasnt untill this song that i was touched the day it came out i went down to best buy and picked it up and right as i heard this song i listened to it for im gonna say almost 2-3 days straight and i just took a long sober look at my life and realized what the hell do i have to show for it what possative thing can i say i did...nothing except when iw as really young.

    so i moved out and started my path of self rehab my first move was crap because i moved in with a closet coc head and oxycoton head but i moved right as i found out still listening to this song i moved in with my mom at 19 as much as i hated it i got better now at 21 im clean back in school 14 credits shy of graduation and soon to be married and joining the great USAF(United States Air Force) to be a mechanic to later open up my oun garage and racing team for mods and muslce mods

    the meaning is as is there is always room for change and if you dont like whats happening now it wont last forever unless you keep killing time so get off your ass casue someone out there has it worse then you so at lest make your life better and how you wnat it you are in controle of it wether or not you believe in the grander plan or not you control what you do and dont do so just do it
    HopeInANewDayon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't get the "Shut up you whiny emo bitch" vibe at all from this song. From what I've gathered that's far from anything Rise Against would ever do.

    I find it hilarious the way people seem to believe that EVERYONE have the exact same amounts of problems. Rise Against focuses a lot on reaching out to victimized people. Even the title of this specific album is "The Sufferer and the Witness".

    I think it's all about giving support to people who are depressed while gently reminding them that they're not the only ones with problems. "Take a number, stand in line" Not everybody in the emergency room are there for the same reason. Even if some are worse off than others, they're still not the only ones whos problems matters. Just like they're worse than the people there, there are those who are worse off than them.

    ...and then there's always this one bitch who's there for absolutely ridiculous stuff.
    TeddiDon March 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is less about seeing the brighter side of things, and knowing that lots of people have problems just like, you, and is more about just realizing that the person you are today, was forged by overcoming all the shit life throws at you. SO you can wither bow and buckle under the pressure under the pressure, or you say, “I’m gonna be one steel-tempered SOB when this is all done.”

    It’s saying we are the sum of our lives. The good, the bad, and the damn awful. How we came through the bad times, and how tough we came out on the other side, that is the very core of what we are. Stretching the idea a little further, It’s almost as if they are say, “We are a re ability to survive the bad times.” It’s been said that life is mostly about the bad times, and those little spots of joy between them are what let us survive the rough spots. So if, “how we survive is what makes us who we are” then are we not joy?

    Yeah, I stretched the hell out of that one, but this is also part of a song. It’s ability to make you think, deeply, about your own life, and the lives around you, that is a sign of a great song.

    It should also be noted that there are a few mistakes on the lyrical side of things presented here, some of them like putting in a instead of and, mean little, but others are bigger,

    I SHIRK my obligations
    I EXCEL quitting early

    should be noted I geuss.
    Blighton December 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isnt trying to "fight" the "emo" culture. But rather, it speaks out about the individuals that think they are the only ones with problems. That does happen to describe a lot of emo people, but this song isnt saying that dealing with your problems in a way that is "different" is bad, because "how we survive is what makes us who we are".
    manhunter098on April 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI fucking love Rise against. They are my favorite band! i'm determined to see them in concert once they come to California. On one of their video disc thingys, is'nt the title of the video from them, "How we survive"? It talks about how Tim has a kid and a Girlfriend, and Brandon is married and has a kid, and how joe is married, and how former guitarist, Chirs has a girlfriend? yea, it's "How we survive". I thought this song was about the band. lol, but idk.


    I LOVE YOU RISE AGAINST!!!!!
    hallnoatesluveron March 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBadmotorfinger08, im not too sure if rise against is as much telling "STFU to emo people" thats kinda ignorant in you, because it says that you dont understand that some peoples lifes are really fucked up. Sure, alot of people out there make big deals about shit most people would think wasnt a big deal, but thats not the purpose of the song.
    This is what it means to me:
    Somewhere between happy, a total fucking wreck
    Feet sometimes on solid ground, sometimes at the edge
    Spend your waking moments, simply counting time
    Is to give up on your hopes and dreams, give up on your… (If you listen, he does say is to)
    -Hes just saying that sometimes life really gets bad, one second you feel high and the next you hit a big low, but when you hit those lows, if you give up on your aspiration and dwell in the pain, your giving up your life.

    Life for you's been less than kind
    So take a number, stand in line
    We’ve all been sorry, we’ve all been hurt
    But how we survive is what makes us who we are
    -Its a realization that yeah your lifes fucked up, but so is alot of peoples, and it doesn't matter if you see those people with perfect lives, even at times theyve been hurt. Your just like everyone else, even if your pains more than most.

    An obvious disinterest, a barely managed smile
    A deep nod in agreement, a status quo exile
    I shoot my obligations, I miss all your deadlines
    I EXCELL quitting early, and fucking up my life
    -You lose care about the things you loved, maybe you try and fake happiness, you seem to be good at only giving up, which just fucks you up more

    All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
    Everything always works out, I have never felt so fucking great
    All smiles and sunshine, a perfect world on a perfect day
    Everything always works out, I have never felt so great
    -once you can really realize this, i mean REALLY, you can be happy again. Sometimes we think we understand things when we really don't.

    But how we survive is what makes us who we are
    -its getting thru the hardest times that defines us.
    xtrubeastxcson September 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song is saying that you will have shitty days but you will have good days to. So keep on going even if you think that your a fuck up because you will have your good day. You will live as long as you keep on going for that good day.

    Well this is just what I think about it every one has their own thoughts about it's meaning.
    chaoslayeron November 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah I'll admit i spend most of my time depressed so this song gives me encouragement to not bitch cause there are people that have it a lot worse than me

    btw, I'm so depressed because my dad committed suicide but there are kids with no parents
    stfuworldon January 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with kryptonite to an extent, in that the most important line of the song is "but how we survive is what makes us who we are."

    I bought this cd a few days after my ex of 2+ years broke up with me. When I heard this song, I paralleled it with me own life thinking, I can sit here and be upset, and complain, blah blah blah, but digging deep and just getting over it would make me a tougher person who will be able to better hold up to that kind of emotional lashing in the future.

    So basically, the way in which you get past a difficult situation is what shapes us for the future.
    inTHEbloodon July 08, 2009   Link

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