"Rise Above" as written by and David Longstreth....
Jealous cowards try to control
They distort what we say
Try to stop what we do
When they can't do it themselves

We are tired of your abuse
Try to stop us, but it's no use

Society's arms think they're smart
I find satisfaction in what they're lacking 'cause
We are born with a chance
And I'm gonna have my chance

Rise above


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"Rise Above" as written by David Longstreth

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    General Commentthis song is fucking beautiful, i also appreciate how black flag fans either love or hate it
    sithieon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, absolutely gorgeous.

    I know the song is a Black Flag classic, but I'm not sold on the lyrics. They seem to smack of a superiority that just echoes societies presumed contempt.
    But that's counter-culture for you - it has to have something to define itself in opposition too.
    SuitBoyon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWe are born with a chance, and I'm gonna have my chance.

    Great lyrics by Black Flag, but the musicianship and delivery of Dirty Projectors is phenomenal - I've seen them twice, and they are incredible. I hope David Longstreth keeps this band, cos they work so well (even tho it's a different band on recording...)
    tpdewhurston July 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't get around how perfect this song is. Love how the context of the lyrics have changed with time and genre.
    Perhaps Panon December 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSomething as simple as coming in on the upbeat of the fourth beat has never been so beautiful. Thank you Dave Longstreth.
    MesseJorganon January 17, 2010   Link
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    General Commentdidn't he try to cover damages completely from memory, without listening to it in over 10 years or something?
    thegreatfeveron March 22, 2010   Link

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