"The Strength to Go On" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
Welcome home
While away
They have tampered with the locks
And your things they rearranged
"We propose,
A better way"
Said the note they left behind
In their wake of disarray

You fell in place
Don't fall asleep
They'll find us here
I know a place
To disappear
As a voice proclaimed

What we are is the sum of a thousand lies
What we know is almost nothing at all
But we are what we are 'till the day we die
Or 'till we don't have the strength to go on
'Till we don't have the strength to go on

Let us cry
Let us be
Let us open up our hearts
Without fear of anything
Faith alone's
All we need
To traverse this burning bridge
Now before it gets too late

You claim, "it's fine"
But the heart reveals
What smiles betray
Your sad sad eyes
Gave you away
And don't you know

What we are is the sum of a thousand lies
What we know is almost nothing at all
But we are what we are 'till the day we die
Or 'till we don't have the strength to go on
'Till we don't have the strength to go on

Our shoulders bear an awful weight
But still we trudge on just the same
Our colors run then leave a stain
They blacken our once honest name
How can we argue, tell me
Over the fury and the fire
How many times can we tell you that we
Are not like you, we see right through
The poor disguise that fails to fool
The wary eye is trained on you

What we are is the sum of a thousand lies
What we know is almost nothing at all
But we are what we are 'till the day we die
Or 'till we don't have the strength to go on
'Till we don't have the strength to go on

What we are is the sum of a thousand lies
What we know is almost nothing at all
But we are what we are 'till the day we die
Or 'till we don't have the strength to go on
'Till we don't have the strength to go on

Yeah we don't have the strength to go on.


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"The Strength to Go On" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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    General Comment"These colors run then leave a stain" is such and incredible line to counter all those people with the "these colors don't run" stickers in there trucks. Sounds to me like the song is about America's tarnish reputation by our leaders.
    dnask8on October 13, 2008   Link
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    My Opinionat the end when he repeats the chourus twice the first time it sounds like "Lives" instead of "Lies" but all the other times it sounds like "Lies"
    Gamester360on April 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI know that I wasn't asked, yet I'll give a quick response, regardless.

    @ILikeThatPanda,

    I'm going to go ahead and venture a guess that few - if any - of these guys are Christian. Being that they stand in opposition to just about everything that Christian Society has created, I'd be blown away to learn otherwise. Frankly, with their world view, the way events are really going down and the way things are headed, I can't imagine why they'd believe in any god at all. Maybe Buddhism, at the worst.

    It is a damn good question though. Because I've wondered the same. Too bad the likelihood of them over proclaiming a religious-alliance (if any) is next-to-nil. And good on them for it. Don't let the nonsense get in the way of the truth, right?

    Scottboy79on January 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is not a solid meaning, but it comes to my mind when I listen to the song.

    My favorite book series of all time is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It's a big , 12 book series with each book being 700 - 1000 pages. Like RA, the books are filled with meaning. I was reading one of the books, and this song came on. After listening to the lyrics closely, I seemed that this song was made for the book. No joke. It's almost as if it's the series crammed into a few verses. A

    Anyway, that's just my feeling. I doubt that RA actually based this song on the books, but they both have the same beliefs.
    RiseAgainstSOTon December 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a soldier coming home after a tour or duty and the struggle of day to day life We propose,A better way"Said the note they left behind in their wake of disarray is like him get home to his wife leaving and alot more if you look at it like that
    Kniseon September 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song begins with a 1984 feel:

    "They have tampered with the locks
    And your things they rearranged

    'We propose a better way.'
    Said the note they left behind"

    the chorus is a fairly true statement of all people, being the sum of many a lie, but the emphasis is that the song sings of people particularly surrounded by lies and little truth to the point at which they have little they can truely be certain of. I like the point they make that people are who they are until they die or until they break under pressure. Everyone breaks down under torture it's just a matter of time and pain.

    one of the more interesting themes of the song is the distrust of one of the people that accompany the main singer. He distrusts someone (the second person understood) because the look in their eyes but truly he's heard too many lies to really believe that they're really a liar despite the look in that person's eyes. run through a world of lies there's little to believe, so despite the belief that they aren't who they say they are they remain with the main singer despite the many times he tells the second person understood that he doesn't believe them.
    aardvarkscanflyon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe melody reminds me of their other song entitled "The Good Left Undone",impressive.
    SilZealon October 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"But we are what we are until the day we die
    Or until we don’t have the strength to go on" i think its like untill you have your own voice, your beliefs, untill you break under the pressure of society.

    @mxbrady - 1000 LIES is in the booklet
    and Tim himself says that this song is about information that spins in the world
    slnon October 20, 2008   Link
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    Memory"But the heart reveals
    What smiles betray
    Your sad sad eyes gave you away
    Don’t you know"

    ~~LOVE this part!!
    cassiebluvon December 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti am just putting this out there: could this be referring to TIbet?

    "In their wake of disarray"
    "you fell in place"

    it could be talking about the communism and how they were just put in place...through the confusion and force the tibetans were manipulated

    "your poor disguise that fails to fool"

    could be referring to China's attempt to mask what they were doing to the Tibetans


    just putting that out there, although i don't think it was meant to be quite that litteral?

    perhaps it can just be applied to that..
    smilesbetrayon January 26, 2009   Link

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