"Behind Closed Doors" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
Chairs thrown and tables toppled,
Hands armed with broken bottles,
Standing no chance to win but,
We're not runnin', we're not runnin'.

There's a point I think we're missin',
It's in the air we raise our fists in,
In the smiles we cast each other,
My sister, my brother.

About the time we gave up hope and
We never find these locks still open,
Stumbling on stones unturned,
The hurt we feel, we all have found.

The lines we've crossed in search of change, but all they see is treason

[Chorus]
Although we have no obligation, to stay alive
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
(Break out) I won't be left here
Behind closed doors.

Bonfires burn like beacons,
Guiding the lost and weakened.
Flames dance on crashing waves,
Guiding ships who've gone a stray

Time out, let's stop and think this through,
We've all got better things to do,
A talk in circles run in place,
Answers inches from my face.

[Chorus]

Black eyes, broken fingers,
Blood drips and I let it run down my lips and to my swollen gums
When hope is non-existent,
Our instincts all scream, "Run",
We never turn our backs or even bite our tongue.

[Chorus: Repeat x2]


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"Behind Closed Doors" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes, Christopher Chasse

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    General Commentyeah, this song seems to me kinda about how people are behind a revolution at first, but never really do anything besides small protests. they spin their wheels never really achieving much. then it seems like they get beaten down badly, and then it turns on and there is no way they are gonna let their opressors take away their voice for their rights, no matter how badly things get, they will never quit
    dazedbysoundon July 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. It has a really interesting meaning behind it. I think it talks about how some people will just look at the current state that other people are in and say, "Oh crap, they're screwed, wish i could help," but when they have their own life threatened, they suddenly do whatever they can to stay alive.
    Lightning.Jon October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, I think it also addresses the fact that a lot of people talk about how they want "change", but then when they see people protesting violently or doing driect action or civil disobidience, a lot of people tend to turn up their noses:
    "The lives we've crossed in search of change, but all they see is treason"
    The "lines" are laws, which are often pretty arbitrary, and people watching from home might see breaking the lawas as "treason", but the people breaking them are only "seeking change"
    CHOOSE BRONZEon November 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst off, this song is amazing. Second, I pretty much agree with what Lightning.J said. People pretend to take a real interest in helping other people, or fighting for a cause, but when it affects their day-to-day life, they get scared. Then there are the people that get beaten down and don't know how to stand up again, so they just give up.

    I think this song is trying to convey frustration of trying hard for something, but never getting anywhere, and loosing so much your only option is to turn away. "When hope is non-existent,
    Our instincts all scream, 'Run',
    We never turn our backs or even bite our tongue."
    But, if I were to use a metaphor, it's like in a fight, when you've been beaten to a pulp and you're ready to give up, but in your heart you're still fighting. That, or you know you're going to loose from the beginning, but you set it up so the next guy has a chance. "On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
    (Break out) I won't be left here
    Behind closed doors. "
    xxletsxrockon January 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChairs thrown and tables toppled,
    Hands armed with broken bottles,
    Standing no chance to win but,
    We're not runnin', we're not runnin'.

    There's a point I think we're missin',
    It's in the air we raise our fists in,
    In the smiles we cast each other,
    My sister, my brother.

    About the time we gave up hopeing
    We'd ever find these locks still open,
    Stumbling on stones unturned,
    the hurt we feel, we all have earned

    The lines we cross in search of change, but all they see is treason

    And though we have no obligation, to stay alive
    On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
    (Break out) I won't be left here
    Behind closed doors.

    Bonfires burn like beacons,
    Guiding the lost and weakened.
    Flames dance on crashing waves,
    Guiding ships who've gone astray

    Time out, let's stop and think this through,
    We've all got better things to do,
    than talk in circles run in place,
    the answers are inches from my face.

    and though we have no obligation, to stay alive
    On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
    (Break out) I won't be left here
    Behind closed doors.

    Black eyes, broken fingers,
    Blood drips and I let it run down my lips into my swollen gums
    When hope is nonexistent,
    Our instincts all scream, "Run",
    We never turn our backs or even bite our tongue.

    Although we have no obligation, to stay alive
    On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive
    (Break out) I won't be left here
    Behind closed doors.


    These are the correct lyrics according to the booklet
    And yes, it really says "and though" twice and "although" in the end.

    Im really unsure about the lyrics, IMO it seems more to be about people fighting a senseless revolution, although they lost hope long ago, but they don't know what do to instead, and so they just go on with it.

    Fighting "behind closed doors" probably means to fight although your goals are unreachable.
    But there is one person left who sees that it can't go on this way "there's a point i think we're missing" and who wants to break out because he doesn't want to end up fighting a senseless fight "i won't be left here, behind closed doors"
    "the hurt we feel, we all have earned" means that they have to realise the hurt they feel (maybe refering to the fighting part at the beginning) is there own fault that they earned through there actions, and if they wan't to get rid of it they have to change them.
    He then crosses the line in search of a better way, but is considered to be a treator, because the others are so narrow minded and focused on "there" way that they can't accept that there might be another one. "the lines we crossed in search of chance but all they see is treason"

    "Time out, let's stop and think this through, We've all got better things to do, than talk in circles run in place, the answers are inches from my face."
    Is a conclusion: Stop fighting a senseless revolution and stop fighting each other and think about how you can actually do something that will really help, it's right in front of you, because there a so many ways you can do something that will actually help.
    Yoshüon November 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn reality, when i hear this song I immeadiatly think Anarchy. look at it. were a small force, but we fight on anyway, "standing, no chance to win but, were not running, were not running". When we (anarchists) rebel, when we revolt, we have vitrouly no chance of winning. The thing is though, we dont care. When he sais "the silent nod we give eachother, my sister, my brother," were talking brothers in arms. anarchys like a religion, and yet its not. We cross whatever lines we have to, break whatever laws we have too, and we do it in search of change, becuase it needs to be done. and yet, they call it treason. burning cities and flags, engaging government forces, or maybe just fly-posting (A) signs all over town one night, we all do our part. we dont even care what happens to us. wre sold out to our cause and we DONT have an obligation to stay alive. No one can tell you whether or not you can die. its posibly the one thing we have freedom over.and when we riot, they beat us down, they tell us to give up, like the bridge sais. black eyes, broken fingers, blood drips and i let it run, down, my lips etc. thats all ill say for now. but seriously consider the possibility that Rise Against are anarchists, or at least anti government.
    originalqon April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbloody brilliant, awesome song.. love the guitar
    Maddy_on June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so friggin great. The first couple line hit you like a bag of bricks and takes you on a rollercoaster ride. So good.

    I think there's a point we're missing
    it's in the air we raise our firsts in.

    I love that line.
    Pocketmoonlighton June 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMade a few corrections on this one, sorry if there are any more mistakes
    ThisismyUsernameon June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has got to be my favorite song on Sufferer....it is so pimpshit!!!!!!
    music_equals_life94on April 03, 2007   Link

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