"White Knuckles" as written by Myles Kennedy and Mark / Tremonti....
Are you still lost tonight
Living but dead inside?
This is the proclamation
This is the call to rise

Are you abused alone
Walking with broken bones?
If you feel you've been forgotten
Let this song guide you home

We are the disillusioned
We've been left wanting more
Before every aspiration
Hits the floor

Hold on for your life
All we feel is so far from alive
The damned, they're done believing
And the cursed can dream no more
So hold on for your life
Because only the strong survive

They tell you what you should be
They sell you their plastic dreams
Opinions are all provided
But nothing is what it seems

I dare you to take control
'Cause empty your hands and bruised are the souls
Of those who show no resistance
And those who are weak below

We are the disenchanted
We die with each passing day
And no one here understands us
So I say

Hold on for your life
All we feel is so far from alive
The damned, they're done believing
And the cursed can dream no more
So hold on for your life
Because only the strong survive

How will it feel to live your life
Until your dying day when nothing is real?
As we sacrifice
Bending until we break

It's been revealed
Hold on for your life
Dreams are not theirs to take
The dreams are not theirs to take

Hold on for your life
All we feel is so far from alive
The damned, they're done believing
And the cursed can dream no more
So hold on for your life
Because only the strong, I said, only the strong survive


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"White Knuckles" as written by Myles Kennedy Mark Tremonti

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    General CommentI think "Blackbird" is kind of a concept album. rise against all injustices, taking our rights in life and hope for better living are the concepts of most of its songs and "White Knuckles" got it all.

    it's absolutely my favorite song of Blackbird these days; and man, what a killing guitar riff!
    it has also awesome sub-layer guitar work you may not notice in the first times so it's getting better every time you listen to it.
    ColdenScenceon November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAre you still lost tonight?
    Living but dead inside
    This is a proclamation
    This is a call to rise
    Are you abused, alone?
    Walking with broken bones
    If you feel you've been forgotten
    Let this song guide you home

    We are the disillusioned
    We've been left wanting more
    Before every aspiration hits the floor

    HOLD ON FOR YOUR LIFE
    ALL WE FEEL IS SO FAR FROM ALIVE
    THE DAMNED ARE DONE BELIEVING
    THE CURSED CAN DREAM NO MORE
    SO HOLD ON FOR YOUR LIFE
    BECAUSE ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

    They tell you what you should be
    Sell you the plastic dream
    Opinions are all provided
    But nothing is what it seems

    I dare you to take control
    Cause empty are hands and bruised are the souls
    Of those who show no resistance
    Of those who are weal below

    We are the disenchanted
    Who die with each passing day
    No one here understands us so I say

    Chorus

    How will it feel?
    To live a lie until your dying day
    Where nothing is real
    As we sacrifice bending until we break
    It's been revealed
    Hold on for your life
    reams are not theirs to take
    dreams are not theirs to take

    HOLD ON FOR YOUR LIFE
    ALL WE FEEL IS SO FAR FROM ALIVE
    THE DAMNED ARE DONE BELIEVING
    THE CURSED CAN DREAM NO MORE
    SO HOLD ON FOR YOUR LIFE
    BECAUSE ONLY THE STRONG
    I SAID ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

    This is from the lyrics included with the album.

    I guess he's singing about anticonformity. Do want you feel is right and not what other people tell you to do. Live out your dreams. Thinks might seem bad, but nobody can take your thoughts from you. Stick up for what you believe in.
    me77469on December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song tells that nobody cares abt us n if u have lost your hopes let me inform u that its not over yet coz u can take your dreams coz dreams are not only for them who have achieved them.
    zohaibon January 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is fucking amazing. Just listen to how intesnse it is. The intensity of the song literally emobides the thoughbt of clenching "white knuckles" as you take control to chase your dreams, fuck the odds, fuck what anyone says against you. I especially love the part after he screams "hold on for your life" where the guitar plays plays one note, then the bass and drums pound out 4, then the guiter again, then the bass and drums, it's super heavy.
    Xactoon April 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty much a giant middle finger to government, big business, "the man". It's saying that they are going to force you to do things, but you should just say no, control your own life, and be strong.
    jmann900on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of my favorite Alter Bridge songs and one of the most intense songs I've ever heard. It's challenging people who feel lost, dead, abused, alone, empty, damned, cursed, etc. to find a strength inside themselves if they are to survive in this world. I think the purpose of the intensity of the music is to empower such people. As for this part:

    "They tell you what you should be
    Sell you the plastic dream
    Opinions are all provided
    But nothing is what it seems

    I dare you take control
    ’Cause empty are hands and
    Bruised are the souls
    Of those who show no resistance
    Those who are weak below",

    I think this is saying that the world tries to mold us into the people it wants and that we have to find the strength within ourselves to be who we want to be. Otherwise, we will fall to the world, if that makes sense.
    fireToSteel0423on October 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its a really good song , and more like a prophecy !!
    Because , They tell you what you should be
    Sell you the plastic dream
    Opinions are all provided
    But nothing is what it seems

    Does this sound like the government ? yes it is. But its the NWO , "plastic dreams " is the RFID chips ! and the people that dont know the thruth , will say nothhing is what is seems ! its one of my favourite songs! And only the strong will survive.
    TheThruthHurtson November 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt's my favourite Alter Bridge song. Whenever I am depressed and feel like I am lost, listening to this song gives me strength to move on. Because that's what it tells you to do. To hold on for your life. And it's so true that only the strong survive in this cruel world.

    We are the disillusioned
    We've been left wanting more
    We are the disenchanted

    We die with each passing day
    And no one here understands us

    This part gives me a comforting feeling cause I know that I am not the only one who feels lost, there are other people out there with the same feelings.

    It's all about discovering your inner strength so that you can happily survive in this world.
    rahul10000on December 29, 2014   Link

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