You wanna watch us break
Be the first to take us down
But your teeth are worn
And there’s no stopping us now

You gotta be mental
Your speeches are maligned
Take down this Molotov of words
Penned with you in mind

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
You'll crash where you stand
You've got a riot on your hands

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
Too late to make demands
When you've got a riot on your hands

Silent alarms are ringing
Sounds of revolt draw near
A new united front
That you will come to fear

We will hold together
To become the change
Voice for the voiceless
With every common man engaged

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
You crash where you stand
You've got a riot on your hands

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
Too late to make demands
When you've got a riot

Ignite and watch us burn
Til every embers turn
Mankind will feel inspired
When we set your walls to fire

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
You crash where you stand
You've got a riot on your hands

Speak
Speak for yourself
You paper tigers
Too late to make demands
When you've got a riot on your hands

Speak for yourself!


Lyrics submitted by bustinloose, edited by Skoobasteve24

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    General CommentThe song is an obvious description of government vs. anarchy. When Stephen talks about paper tigers, he is speaking about people who look "tough" on the outside with their vast array of rules and regulations but in reality are powerless to disciple their people into an orderly community and generate fellowship. Hence, the only way to generate order is by disorder-anarchy- and once this kind of dominance is gone the right group of people can come together for a good purpose and fellowship a central ideal that will provide "guards for future security" as mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. It is this core group of people, I believe, that must run a government so that the others who don't won't ruin everything and become paper tigers, bringing about a full circle and a "world begins exactly how it ends" as referenced by Angels and Ariwaves' "Heaven."
    Northern Lightson August 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has sort of a double meaning. The way he says that "walls should fall" it really sounds like he could be talking about spiritual warfare. The Resistance are the Christians that band together as God's army.
    bustinlooseon August 24, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that it has 2 meanings. One being Goverment vs The people and the second one is a spiritual warfare. The Spiritual warfare is the most obvious because Stephen says in one of the verses we are the change (the christians aka The Resistance) and in the last part it says mankind will feel inspired when we set your walls to fire. saying that more people will change their lives from our testimony and everything we do. It also says there's no stopping us now. Thats what i think personally
    eddiemnumero7on June 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti am quite surprised there aren't more comments on this song

    it's lovely
    sarrrabearrraon June 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentin the vein of anarchy, "molotov of words" is probably a reference to Molotov, a Russian political leader who came up with the Molotov Plan, a plan designed to provide aid to rebuild the countries in Eastern Europe. However, the aid was clearly politicized, and was intended to give the USSR a greater stake of power in E. Europe. Hence the "speeches are maligned" because there are never really any pure intentions of dictatorships like the USSR.

    but of course, there could be many other interpretations. it was just interesting to see how anberlin managed to weave in Molotov so seamlessly. quite amazing, they are. can't wait to watch them live.
    stoicsobrietyon July 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that most of the comments have pretty valid views but i have another thought... i was actually studing the protestant reformation for an english lit test when this song came on my itunes playlist.... and i think it kinda fits.

    i think hes talking about the protestant reformation and how the catholic church (paper tigers, Your speeches are malingered, etc) couldnt stop it (got a riot on your hands, verse 2) The moltov of words could have been luthers 95 thesis. and finally the last little bit about ignite and watch us burn could be a reference to the many protestants who were burned at the stake for there faith (see bloody mary in history) and the bit talking about us setting the walls on fire could be a ref to protestants and catholic wars (english revolution and 30 year war)
    ibassforhimon July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStephen is all about human rights/human trafficing awareness. "Paper tiger" is a literal translation of a chinese phrase (check wikipedia); this makes me think of china of course (they have human rights problems). To me this song is about people rising up against their oppressive government..or an oppressive group. The "voice for the voiceless" lyric really stirs images of human trafficing in my mind. Stephen has a non-profit called Faceless Int. that addresses the issue of human trafficing, so this isn't too far fetched.

    "Silent alarms are ringing
    Sounds of revolt draw near
    A new united front
    That you will come to fear
    We will hold together
    To become the change
    Voice for the voiceless
    With every common man engaged"

    allihaveisborrowedon March 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn the chorus it says "You've got a riot of your hands"
    BigWillE 24302on August 24, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"You crash with your sin" sounds more to me like "You crash where you stand."

    "Don't live to make demands" is "Too late to make a stand."

    And the fifth and last lines of the chorus need to be switched to "You've got a riot on your hands."

    "All new united front that you will come to fear" fills in the ?????.

    The last line is "We set your walls to fire."

    Those aren't the only mistakes. I could tell a lot of the other lyrics posted are wrong, but couldn't tell what the right ones were to correct them.

    But of the song... it is freaking amazing!!
    hahasnorlaxon August 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment****Too late to make demands for the second one... my bad. Wasn't thinking.
    hahasnorlaxon August 25, 2008   Link

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