"Chamber the Cartridge" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
Tell me how these things traced with colors filled with black debris
And how these loyal, living Reich were nameless things swept out of sight
Dead through the streamers on the sky past neon words where we
Remember those killed by names we each call, are you happy where you are?

Blind to this impending fate
We'll let the world carry our weight
Its back breaks with every mile
But we all live in denial

Can we be saved, has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we've become?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What's mine was always yours, and yours is mine

Let's go!

And so we carry on each day as if our lives were not so real
While every breath that we take, we only suffocate
First bouts of delirium and scenes of homeless Democrats
On Wall Street, a single mom of three, a TV personality

I'm blind to this impending fate
We'll let the world carry their weight
Its back breaks with every mile
But they all live in denial

Can we be saved, has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we've begun?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What's mine was always yours, and yours is mine

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Save us from what we have become tonight
Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

Can we be saved, has the damage all been done?
Is it too late to reverse what we've become?
A lesson to learn at a crucial point in time
What's mine was always yours, and yours is mine


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"Chamber the Cartridge" as written by Christopher Chasse Brandon Barnes

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  • +2
    General CommentFor me this song is defiantly about the environment and the state of the world. Tim is questioning whether the earth can be repaired or whether we have already done too much damage.

    That is defiantly what these lines mean to me:

    I’m blind to this impending fate
    We'll let the world carry their weight
    Its back breaks with every mile
    But they all live in denial

    When he says:
    "What's mine was always yours, and yours is mine"
    I think he is referring to the idea that we all share the one earth. So if I damage part of it, it effects every one else as well.

    This is one of the first Rise Against tracks with an obvious environmentalist bend. I wonder if Tim has been thinking of the state of the earth lately.
    Chapmanon July 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis is among my top 5 favorite songs by RA. It gets me so charged up every time I hear it, and I always feel a little bit stronger afterwards.

    "Save us from what we have become tonight.
    Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right."

    These two lines connected with the chorus are so well written and strike a chord in me like nothing else. Tim can certainly write incredible lyrics. He's been doing that since '99.
    NoMoreDeadon January 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that Tim is referencing city life. In the first stanza of lyrics,

    Tell me how these things traced with colors filled with black debris
    And how these loyal, living Reich were nameless things swept out of sight
    Dead through the streamers on the sky past neon words where we
    Remember those killed by names we each call, are you happy where you are?

    He sets up a setting, he points out the buildings and the bright neon signs of the city. He talks about how desensitized we all are, referring to the mother of three on wall street. He even goes further and calls this woman a TV personality, as if trying to say that reporters care more about showing off to the public, rather than helping her.

    The words:

    Save us from what we have become tonight
    Eyes glazed with distrust, no sense of wrong or right

    Are explaining how the scents of right and wrong has diminished, and how we all cant trust each other. Tim is pleading for this to be fixed.

    I also believe that the first words of the track, not the song, but the track

    This is noise

    Are also important. He is referring to the fact that the song is just media, and how we don't act on it, even though he is pointing out common wrongs in life, no one acts on it. Its a social commentary about how a plea for help is just noise.
    plynuton April 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this song yet. Freakin awesome song.
    SeVeNFoLdon July 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song to open the new cd with. i think it talks about all the corruption and fakeness of today's society and wondering if we can still change.
    Lightning.Jon July 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. I only have this CD and ssotcc but on both of them, the opening track seems to take a lot more from the hardcore roots than the tracks that follow them.
    starrain6on July 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"this is noise"
    no shit, but still a good song
    yallRstupidon July 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this songggg.
    speeedon July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho cares no one had commented on the fucken song, the cd even come out yet.
    agnostic soldieron July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti donno what it means but im almost postive its about how he feels we are lettignt he planet down?
    Torontoon September 20, 2006   Link

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