"Fight With Tools" as written by Andrew Guerrero, Stephen Brackett, Jamie Laurie, Mackenzie Roberts, Jesse Walker and Kenneth Ortiz....
[[Spoken: Transmitted.... signals coming through? .....okay. ]]

Echo echo one-nine
Hear the call through fault lines
Smoke signals, old rhymes
Shorted lights in store signs
Spelled in a broken code
Find that it is time to
Breath, build, bend, and refine you

We sky tenants
Give it all but won't give up
Radio soul antennas
Radio to lift spirits
Call sign commando
M.O. is independence
Scream till the walls fall
Dissolve all the limits

Occupied minds
Unemployed skills
Worn out
Torn down
Just for now thrill seekers
Test tube babies in beakers
Where gun blasts pump straight from the speakers

The system where the
Poor get poorly paid
To hold the ladder
Where the rich get ricocheted
Into the stratosphere
And in between people are rushin' like Vladimir
With medals to make their status clear
Get us out of here

[Chorus: Repeat 2X]
We need heroes
Build them
Don't put your fist up
Fill them
Fight with our hopes and our hearts and our hands
We're the architects of our last stand

There's a war going on for your mind
Those who seek to occupy it will stop at nothing
The battlefield is everywhere
There is no sanctuary
There are no civilians
You have two choices
Surrender or enlist

What kind of person are you
Always the first to argue
Or never down to stick your neck out
'Cause it hurts you far too much
To see your rep suffer
Set you up a buffer
Well neither is enough for us cut from a tougher brand

Of duct tape the propaganda's stuck on us like sock pajamas
Spread like a virus
Through accepted thoughts and proper manners
But off the cameras
Somethings simmering across the land
About to bubble up
And knock the lids off of the pots and pans

We are non stop juggernauts
Stomp ziggurats
Spit manifestos
By terabytes and gigawatts
Shock paradigms
Give sense to a score
Throw thoughts through the sky
Activate twenty more

In these high and dry times
Expectorate on dogma
Pragmatic sycophants
Divide and conquer
We build bridges offer
Hard work and prosper
As hand made heroes brought to you by no sponsors

[Chorus: Repeat 4X]

All free minds to the front
All free minds to the front
We call upon women
We call upon children
We call upon the handicapped
The infirmed
The weak of heart
We need your courage
Your dedication
Your passion
Your conviction
Gather up your platinum
Melt it down
Gather up your gold
Melt it down
Gather up your silver
Your bronze
Your aluminum
Melt it down
Melt it down
Melt it down

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"Fight with Tools" as written by Jamie Laurie Andrew Guerrero

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  • +4
    General Commentgather up your platinum
    melt it down
    gather up your gold
    melt it down
    gather up your silver
    your bronze
    your aluminum
    melt it down
    melt it down
    melt it down

    This symbolizes how the flobots would like to see society equalized, from the very rich (platinum and gold) to the very poor (bronze and aluminum) to get a prominent middle class (silver).

    we call upon women
    we call upon children
    we call upon the handicapped
    the infirmed
    the weak of heart
    we need your courage
    your dedication
    your passion
    your conviction

    This symbolizes how the flobots want the socially weak to stand up for themselves in order to create a more perfect and equal society. In essence, they are pleading for the weak to help themselves because society is to engrossed with the rich and powerful, the men, and perfection to help them.

    we need heroes
    build them
    don't put your fist up
    fill them
    Fight with our hopes and our hearts and our hands
    we're the architects of our last stand

    This is the flobots telling young society to stand up for what is right and just, but not in any acts of violence, similar to that of the teachings of Gandhi. They are saying that it is today's youth that have to deal with tomorrows inevitable and grievous problems, and that they have to step up to the plate.
    Jugernaut12on April 21, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFight With Tools
    I think the meaning of this, which is used throughout the whole album, is that you have to fight with the resources you have. You dont need weapons to fight an oppressor, you need to think, use your mind, use your conviction, use the tools you have to fight for what you believe in
    soccerman90on May 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is extremely impressive. The lyrics obviously refer to the inequalities and wrongs that are so apparent in this world.
    The chorus basically sums it up completely. In this age we need "heroes". Heroes meaning organizations and groups that are designed to aid people in need, or designed to fight for better policies, and fairer rules. Whether it be in the government, the corporate world, or in local schooling systems, it's everyone's duty to think and question what's going on around us.
    And then to ACT on our beliefs and work together in order to make our world a better place.
    moltenmichon May 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song about the need for justice and change. Just thinking though, "rushin' like Vladimir" refers to Lenin, does it not?
    FeatherPenon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe title "fight with tools" is actually a sentence taken from Ann Braden's speach in the other song.
    And I think that Vladimir could also be a reference to Putin (waybe it is a reference to both Lenin and Putin, but if it is, it is kind of harsh, even if Putin is some sort of despotic leader himself)
    morlaneon August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA really good song that i'm becoming addicted to and i believe the first commenter got it right about the meaning but there is a slight error. Where it says surrendor or enlist i hear a surrendor or resist. I'm pretty sure that's more like the Flobots than enlist.
    SunzLion October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexpectorate??
    *expect a raid, surely? That's what I always heard it as anyway..
    knifedge552on February 24, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's clear that it does refer to Lenin, since in the liner notes lyrics it's written "Russian like Vladimir".
    StatusQuoExileon July 25, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI have no idea if this is what Flobots intended, but when I hear the melting of metals bit reminds me of the Great Leap Forward.
    Serotranceon December 08, 2008   Link
  • -4
    General CommentThis song is about Hitler, or at least a dictator that is taking over the world
    BWills32on November 04, 2008   Link

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