You gave it up, to give it down
What it was that gave you definition
You'll say for what?
Besides the will to give in to temptation
Think of what your asking for
It's only right that it hurts more than it should
To remain select and understood

So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world
You look alone and scared with nothing to hold
You're being black and blue when your coulda been gold
So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world

Here at the top of the world.
I've always heard that the good die young
There's little time left to prove them wrong
You burned the bridge that you walked here on
Here at the top

Tonight we save the world
Today we have to save ourselves
We have to save ourselves from losing on what we pride ourselves on choosing
It's all that's left that we can depend on
But it gets to hard to have an opinion
on the loyalties unspoken and the thoughts that can't be broken

So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world
You look alone and scared with nothing to hold
You're being black and blue when your coulda been gold
So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world

Here at the top of the world.
I've always heard that the good die young
There's little time left to prove them wrong
You burnt the bride that your walked here on
Here at the top of the world.

Waahhhh

Tonight
Here at the top of the world
Tonight
Here at the top of the world

Rise or die
Here at the top of the world
Rise or die
Here at the top of the world

Here at the top of the world
Here at the top of the world

Rise or die
Here at the top of the world
Rise or die
Here at the top of the world


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    General CommentI think, to put it simply, this song's about becoming successful and what it takes to get there.

    "You gave it up, to give it down
    What it was that gave you definition
    You'll say for what?
    Besides the will to give in to temptation
    Think of what your asking for
    It's only right that it hurts more than it should
    To remain select and understood"
    I think this part is about selling out, or changing your ideas/beliefs to make it big.
    The person talking says it's good that it cost them a lot to do that, because they shouldn't have. ("It's only right that it hurts more than it should")

    "So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world
    You look alone and scared with nothing to hold
    You're being black and blue when your coulda been gold
    So let me tell you it's cold out there at the top of the world"
    Now that this person has made it big, or got what they wanted, they're alone. They could've stayed where they were, out have not taken the easy way to get what they wanted and stuck to their beliefs and not sold out, but they did, so they're "black and blue" instead of "gold"
    The "black and blue" makes me think of someone getting beat up, too, so maybe they're friends turned on them?

    "Here at the top of the world.
    I've always heard that the good die young
    There's little time left to prove them wrong
    You burned the bridge that you walked here on
    Here at the top"
    Either this is saying that someone who's "bad" will die young, or someone who's "good" will live long, but I think it's the former.
    And the "burned the bridge" part is basically saying that this person's stuck where they are now and there isn't a way out.

    "Tonight we save the world
    Today we have to save ourselves"
    Basically, fix yourself before you go on trying to fix things bigger.

    "We have to save ourselves from losing on what we pride ourselves on choosing
    It's all that's left that we can depend on"
    Don't make it so you have to do something. Keep your options.

    "But it gets to hard to have an opinion
    on the loyalties unspoken and the thoughts that can't be broken"
    This part is the one I can't really find words to explain.
    Maybe it's hard to have an opinion on things that can't/won't be changed?



    I could be wrong, but that's my interpretation, haha.
    And did it take anyone else a while to figure out the "R.O.D." in the song title stood for "Rise Or Die"?
    Maybe it's just me...
    AHHHrealmonsterson April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"On the loyalites unspoken, common bonds that have been brocken"
    DesireexFYSon November 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is about straight edge, I have heard so from multiple sources. I know Dan and Alan are both straight edge and them being the vocalists, this goes hand in hand. Being at "the top of the world", Being "gold", "besides the will to give into temptation", "We have to save ourselves from losing on what we pride ourselves on choosing", "the thoughts that can't be broken" (broken as in breaking edge)...

    ...are all straight edge terms and/or references.

    need i say more? haha
    xrayhoyerxon April 26, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe guitar lead at 2:36 is the same as the lead in Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
    kvnbrn11on September 14, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentd00d, i lurve itt. :):)
    fightoff__yrdemonson July 12, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdude, why has like, noone commented yet?

    my fave song by them, speaks to me in ways which i doubt they couldve intended lol, but lyrics lose beauty without personal interpretation, just like they do without original meaning

    new favesy band ^^
    more--than--wordson October 15, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song. And this band. i wish i knew what the lyrics meant, but its still a really catchy song (like most of the other songs in Rise or Die Trying). this band is also one of my new fave's!
    faggellon April 11, 2009   Link

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