"Long Forgotten Sons" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
Far from home on a road unknown
Where the vultures circle on winds that blow
From northern skies that haunt these waking moments
Our shadows cast by the mountain range
Our calloused souls, we find a way
Through desperate eyes, we long for the horizon
While this sun is rising, yeah

We are the long forgotten sons
And daughters that don't belong to anyone
And we are alone under this sun
And we work to fix the work that you've undone

When cries for help go unanswered
And signal fires just burn and burn
We wonder if we're waiting here for nothing
'Cause our lips are sewn our ears are filled
With the constant drone of the unfulfilled
But we'll never fall if we stand for something
We stand for something, yeah

Yeah, we are the long forgotten sons
And daughters that don't belong to anyone
And we are alone under this sun
And we work to fix the work that you've undone

Don't fall, I see lights in the distance
They're not far away
Stand up cause the sky is turning gray
There's hope in these footsteps of persistence
So don't go astray
These lights get closer every day

'Cause we are the long forgotten sons
Yeah we are the long forgotten sons
We are the long forgotten sons
And daughters that don't belong to anyone
And we are alone under this sun
We work to fix the work that you've undone
What you've undone


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"Long Forgotten Sons" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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    General Commentmy absolute favorite song from appeal to reason, just fantastic.
    FlagshipInfernoon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about the little people in society that are always ignored but keep going and fix every thing thats wrong, hold it all together, help us keep going, but are never given help when they need it back.

    I think its bridge is explaining how if they just keep going and stand for something real and important eventually their time will come, if they never give up and keep doing whats right, it will one day all go in there favour.

    So yer, people ignored, but hold it all together, but there time will come.

    sound right??

    (great song, great album)
    k1i2t3t4on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI view this song as being more politicaly bassed. this is Rise Against after all. I beleive that this song is bassed off our crashing econimy and how the president is too worried about his war to do anything to fix the problem. i beleive that the vultures symbolize the polititions in office who have been "feeding" on the money of the citizens by giving themselves raises while the public falls further into economic loss. i beleive that the second verse is refuering to the crashing stockmarket and the outrages rise in oil cost which were "red flags" to our government that our econamy is crashing. the red flags that were ignored. the thid verse (

    "Don’t fall, I see lights in the distance
    They’re not far away
    Stand up because the sky is turning gray

    There’s hope in these footsteps of persistence
    So don’t go astray
    These lights get closer everyday"
    )symbolizes the 08 election and the hope that our econimy will thrive under new leadership.
    kitesageon February 01, 2009   Link
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    General Comment~just a rough break down of what it means to me i dont have much time to go into detail but here is a nutshell~

    Far from home on a road unknown
    Where the vultures circle on winds that blow
    From northern skies that haunt these waking moments
    (sent over seas in unknown terrain where people are just waiting to hurt you at all hours)

    On shadows cast by the mountain range
    On calloused soles we find our way
    Through desperate eyes, we long for the horizon
    While this sun is rising
    (through night and pain they travel farther into the war wishing that when the sun rises they will be home)

    We are the long forgotten sons
    And daughters that don� belong to anyone
    We are alone under this sun
    We work to fix the work that you�ve undone
    (all of your children feel alone in this new area while trying to fight and fix the problems our elders made for us)

    When cries for help go unanswered
    And signal fires just burn and burn
    We wonder if we�re waiting here for nothing
    (after we ask for help many times and try and show you exactly where we are you still choose not to see or come help us)

    Our lips are sewn our ears are filled
    With the constant drone of the unfulfilled
    But we�ll never fall if we stand for something
    We stand for something
    (threw the military we were tought to not speak out of line and only to listen to waht we are told but if we break the chain and stand up to what we are told we will live)

    We are the long forgotten sons
    And daughters that don� belong to anyone
    We are alone under this sun
    We work to fix the work that you�ve undone
    (same as last chorus)

    Don�t fall, I see lights in the distance
    They�re not far away
    Stand up because the sky is turning gray
    (our end is finaly comeing soon so stand up dont give up we have to be fast to make it)

    There�s hope in these footsteps of persistence
    So don�t go astray
    These lights get closer everyday
    (as long as we stay together and dont give up our cause of right we will find our home and light)

    We are the long forgotten sons
    And daughters that don� belong to anyone
    We are alone under this sun
    We work to fix the work that you�ve undone
    What you�ve undone
    (same chorus)

    (what happens now, we don�t know, just hold on tight now here we go�)
    ((the future is unknown but. but hold your hats cause its coming)

    HopeInANewDayon May 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this has a reference to their old song called "The First Drop".Awesome.
    SilZealon October 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthey! correct lyrics!
    thats a first. well I think this song is about a group of people who have been unwillingly separated from society and civilization, and thus, long forgotten, but struggle and "cries for help go unanswered"

    best new song. even if it is mid-tempo
    chorus guitar riff hits me more than anything else
    x_no_poison_xon October 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have conflicting views on what this is about. Namely because of the daughters that don't belong to anyone line. This to me seems like a reference to China, because of their one child limit, the daughters are the ones that always are "discarded" so to say. Then we have the, we are alone under this sun, which to me alludes to slave work. Not saying thats specifically what they meant, but the concept of it. I also like k1i2t3t4's view. It seems like its talking about the general population, if we keep it just about the US, the general laborforce is what keeps everything together, and right now most of that laborforce is being used and abused, as you can tell by this new financial fallout. These people at the top are causing all the problems with greed, and everyone else has to work to fix what they've caused.
    DarrellJ88on May 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationHmm, to me sounds like it could be about the general population and people devastated by war in Afghanistan (just my 2 cents).

    (First verse) Describes the landscape a bit an suggests the 'sun is rising' or a new hope is coming.

    (chorus) Long forgotten sons could mean the countless number of men killed when recruited to fight for or against the Taliban. There names are not recorded in history books or glorified in any way, they just die like the rest. Afghan record keeping (e.g. birth and death certs) are pretty uncommon too I hear which means there is no proof a lot of the people dying actually exist.

    Women don't fight (or have much freedom there really) and so grow up without fathers, sons and brothers who die for causes. Fixing the work that you've undone could mean cleaning up the mess the US left after funding the Taliban for weapons during soviet occupation there in the 80's.

    (Second verse) Seems about calls for help falling on deaf ears. There lips are sewn (can't speak up for themselves) and there ears are filled (constantly drilled with propaganda) but if they keep believing in what they value and they know is true then they can never be beaten.

    (Third verse) Hope on it's way I suppose in the form or western alliances

    (Fourth verse) Ditto
    rcpunkon January 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds a LOT like something Winston Smith would say in George Orwell's 1984. The first verse are Winston's thoughts after his first affair with Julia in the woods away from the city. He realizes that there is a lot more than Big Brother can promise and he wants more.

    The line: "We work to fix the work that you've undone" is also something Winston would say, as his job is to correct the mistakes that the Government has made. He erases the past and changes it to fit what the Party tells him to.


    "Our lips are sewn our ears are filled
    With the constant drone of the unfulfilled"
    -----
    If anyone speaks out (or even thinks out, for that matter) against the Party, they will be eliminated. That's why their lips are sewn. Plus, "our ears are filled" refers to the massive amounts of propaganda that the Party forces upon the people (Hate Week, Junior Anti-Sex League, etc.)


    "But we'll never fall if we stand for something
    We stand for something"
    -----
    Winston always felt that even if he was killed, the Party couldn't win because he would never truly betray Julia. That's what he stands for: his love for Julia.


    "We are the long forgotten sons
    And daughters that don't belong to anyone"
    -----
    This could literally mean forgotten son in the sense that Winston hasn't known his mother in years, or it could be a metaphor for the fact that the Party is no longer concerned with the well-being of the individuals (sons and daughters), who now feel that they don't belong to anyone, because no one cares for them.


    "There's hope in these footsteps of persistence"
    -----
    Winston repeatedly says that the only hope for humanity is in the mass of the population, the Proles, who the government doesn't really regulate at all. He believes that the Proles have the power to overcome the Party, if they could only ever find a reason to.
    4t0utl3m0nd3on June 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAwsome song. Def about the war. "far away from home","long forgotten son" -soldiers not present in the media anymore, "work to fix the work youve undone" -restoring a place you destroyed.

    If not, it could be about the children of the most politically corrupt generation of all time. Like because of all our parents greed or party politics, they elected a bunch of morons that robbed us every given opportunity. Hard to fit this with the first verse though.
    bigslick83on November 05, 2010   Link

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