"Rise And Fall" as written by and Graham/barson Mcpherson....
This time you're really dead
Once followed, but always led
You thought you'd rise above it all

It's all inside your head
All ripping it up in shreds
I know someday you're gonna fall

And I don't wanna say I told you so
But I told you so
Now you've lost control

And I don't wanna be the rise and fall
So gimme more or nothing at all

You're in an awful way
Sucked in by what you crave
They just can't wait to see you crawl

And you can only laugh
Give in to the other half
They're only tearing down your walls

They've come to see you rise and fall
They're only tearing down your walls
They've come to see you rise and fall
And I don't wanna say you've lost control

Rise and fall is
Good and evil,
Appearance and reality,
Judgment and reflection.
It is to judge and to be judged,
To dream and to accept.
It is Triumph and despair,
Wish and realization,

And we are both.


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"Rise and Fall" as written by Christopher Foreman Cathal Joseph Smyth

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    General CommentThey played like Green Day because they wanted to send a message to them, or so I think, because I think the song it's about how critics/fans/people in general acts towards Green Day and The Offspring, and a whole generation of bands.

    I will give some impressions:

    "It’s all inside your head
    All ripping it up in shreds
    I know someday you’re gonna fall"

    This is talking about disband rumours. Let's remember The Offspring was believed to released their 7th album (Splinter) and disband, luckily they continued. Idk much about Green Day situation, but maybe it's similar. It's all inside our (press/fans) heads.

    "And I don’t wanna say I told you so
    But I told you so
    Now you’ve lost control

    And I don’t wanna be the rise and fall
    So gimme more or nothing at all"

    Maybe some conversation about how the bands are now controlled by contacts and so. Let's remember The Offspring had to release Splinter mainly because of the "4 albums in 10 years" contract. Idk if now they're "free" about releasing albums when they want, but it seems Green Day "lost control" after American Idiot success and must rush things.

    About the Rise and Fall, is how about both bands are now, IMHO, Conspiracy was a big fall, Splinter a bit of a Rise, Greatest Hits a little fall, and they hope this new album is a Rise again.

    "You’re in an awful way
    Sucked in by what you crave
    They just can’t wait to see you crawl

    And you can only laugh
    Give in to the other half
    They’re only tearing down your walls"

    I think this is how the Records Companies are treating bands nowadays.

    "Rise and fall is
    Good and evil,
    Appearance and reality,
    Judgment and reflection.
    It is to judge and to be judged,
    To dream and to accept.
    It is Triumph and despair,
    Wish and realization,

    And we are both."

    The different actions that happens when you "rise" or "fall" as a band.

    And now, I'll explain what's the first part to me, because it'll be best explained NOW, hehe

    "This time you’re really dead
    Once followed, but always led
    You thought you’d rise above it all"

    you can translated to

    Now you're under contract
    People wanted your music, now a company does
    You thought you could "jump" over "the company"

    Well. It's a good album. Strong lyrics, but the musical content it's not so good in some song. It's 7/10 to me, but way better than Conspiracy, and without "crappy songs" as Splinter had.
    armxon June 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDONT WANNA BE AN AMERICAN IDOT DUN DUN DUN DUN!!!!!

    lol this song reminds me of that
    himynameismarkon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti know same here......
    sonicemeraldon June 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah pretty much. :/
    this song is alright though.
    emchappson June 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentD! 4!

    This song, like "American Idiot" sounds like "Doublewhiskeycokenoice" by Dilinger Four.
    Blackbird_1565on June 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyone have anything worth a shit to say about this song?

    Maybe a little insight as to what the song means?

    Compare this to "American Idiot", and I wouldn't argue, except for the fact that it's a different band, a different perspective, and a different attitude.

    Maybe it's about somebody falling apart, while their ex-lover, or soon-to-be ex-lover, watches them wilt away with the perspective of sheer joy, thus the author chooses to leave the subject, resulting in the author feeling better about themself as a result. Getting ahead while the "getting is good".

    Or maybe, just maybe, it could also be the opposite.

    Somebody so insecure in the possibility that they fucked it all up, they have no choice but to project the blame on the innocent party. All the while, they feel clean and unscathed thanks to their ability to pass the blame. "I'm out of this situation smelling like daisies!!" "You aren't who I thought you were!"

    Either way, it's fucked, and it's typical.

    Welcome to our Human Condition.

    Good Luck, and let's discuss further.

    OR...??? Maybe it's about something else, which I'd LOVE to hear about-since nobody on this fucking site can contribute anything other than "this sounds like 'American Idiot'".

    Way to go guys.
    Scottboy79on June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyone have anything worth a shit to say about this song?

    Maybe a little insight as to what the song means?

    Compare this to "American Idiot", and I wouldn't argue, except for the fact that it's a different band, a different perspective, and a different attitude.

    Maybe it's about somebody falling apart, while their ex-lover, or soon-to-be ex-lover, watches them wilt away with the perspective of sheer joy, thus the author chooses to leave the subject, resulting in the author feeling better about themself as a result. Getting ahead while the "getting is good".

    Or maybe, just maybe, it could also be the opposite.

    Somebody so insecure in the possibility that they fucked it all up, they have no choice but to project the blame on the innocent party. All the while, they feel clean and unscathed thanks to their ability to pass the blame. "I'm out of this situation smelling like daisies!!" "You aren't who I thought you were!"

    Either way, it's fucked, and it's typical.

    Welcome to our Human Condition.

    Good Luck, and let's discuss further.

    OR...??? Maybe it's about something else, which I'd LOVE to hear about-since nobody on this fucking site can contribute anything other than "this sounds like 'American Idiot'".

    Way to go guys.
    Scottboy79on June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its similar to what Scottboy79 said:
    "Maybe it's about somebody falling apart, while their ex-lover, or soon-to-be ex-lover, watches them wilt away with the perspective of sheer joy, thus the author chooses to leave the subject, resulting in the author feeling better about themself as a result. Getting ahead while the "getting is good"."

    It's about watching someone else falling apart, but I wouldn't say the author feels better about themselves, more they don't care anymore. I think the author has put up with so much from the other party, and now that their falling apart, they just say ''fuck you, it serves you right''
    titan_hqon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it sounds like american idiot for the reason that this song is about Green Day.

    discuss
    ToothAcheon June 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentarmx....

    I LOVE your enthusiasm brotha.

    Good an 'ya, and keep it up.
    Scottboy79on July 22, 2008   Link

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