It kills me not to know this, but I've all but just forgotten
What the color of her eyes were, and her scars or how she got them
As the telling signs of age rain down, a single tear is dropping
Through the valleys of an aging face, that this world has forgotten
There is no reconciliation that will put me in my place
And there is no time like the present, to drink these draining seconds
But seldom do these words ring true, when I'm constantly failing you
Like walls that we just can't break through, until we disappear

[Chorus]
So tell me now
If this ain't love then how do we get out?
Because I don't know
That's when she said I don't hate you boy
I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
That's when I told her I love you girl
But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have, whoa, whoa

And the day pressed on like crushing weights
For no man does it ever wait
Like memories of dying days
That deafen us like hurricanes
Bathed in flames we held the brand
Uncurled the fingers in your hand
Pressed into the flesh like sand
Now do you understand?

[Chorus]

One thousand miles away
There's nothing left to say
But so much left that I don't know
We never had a choice
This world is too much noise
It takes me under
It takes me under once again

I don't hate you
I don't hate you no

[Chorus]

I don't hate you
I don't hate you, whoa, whoa
I don't hate you
I don't hate you, no, whoa, whoa



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"Savior" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes

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  • +9
    General Comment:alright, honestly i do think it is a love song. my interpretation is this: boy and girl fall in love. it goes well for a while, but the guy's destructive behaviour makes him decide to break up with this girl. hence "i still love you girl but i'm not the answer to your questions" meaning she deserves better. Meanwhile, she says " i want to save you" meaning she wants to save him from himself, for example his alcohol/suicidal/going nowhere in life/or combination of all.
    Rocky1867on October 09, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:Before people start crying about this being a love song, try thinking in a broader sense. Perhaps it's about comraderie and the togetherness that we all once felt but has since then dissipated. Just because he says girl doesn't mean it has to literally be a girlfriend / wife, for all we know he could be singing of the world as the girl and the boy as humanity. Hurricanes fire branding pressed into flesh seems to mean humanity leaving it's mark upon the earth ( pressed into flesh like sand) and the "now do you understand?" as a wake up call, while the "so tell me now if this ain't love then how do we get out? telling of escape from this life. As to Ru1ner, RA isn't about the heavy metal thrash punk bullshit music that you're expecting them to be, they're trying to bring back original mid west hardcore.
    CorruptedbySoundon October 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:well,growing up listening to RA,i think it's ok to say that most songs by them have more than just 1 meaning,depending on the listeners point of view.

    I personally think this is a love song though,but it's possible that it has another meaning,i just can't put my finger in it...

    anyway,ATR is good as well.I'm just hoping they could mix their hardcore style from RPM and The Unraveling and their melodic style on TSSOCC and The Sufferer & the Witness.
    SilZealon October 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:see that what i like about Rise Against they dont always have to be hardcore, i dont know about everyone, but if a band sings about the same thing in every album, i'd be kind of board with them. you cant live your entire life being angry. thus your songs dont always have to be about one single theme. human being go through many emotions. and is okay to express them
    lostfishon October 12, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:It's about a long-distance relationship, ( "all but just forgotten", "1000 miles away") in which the narrator is off doing something he presumably has to do. ("there is no reconciliation...drink these draining seconds")

    He loves this girl and it pains him everyday because he knows he's being selfish in completing his own desires and needs. (" kills me not to know this", "constantly failing you", "I love you girl, but...",)

    She, on the other hand, loves him as well and does not nessecarily disagree or have contempt toward him, she just thinks he needs to have some anchor, and someone to save him because he may go too far. ("I don't hate you boy...something left to save")

    he knows he has left her for some time and aparently they have eyes for no one but each other. ("that this world has forgotten", the repetition of "I don't hate you" in the chorous and towards the end)

    and that there is some block, some wall there that he can't get around until he's gone and away. He needs to get over said obstacle before he can (i'm guessing) be "whole" and commit to a full relationship with this girl, just as she still has questions she needs to answer so she can do the same. ("like walls that we just can't break though...dissappear", "questions that you still have")

    time is ticking, now or never. He just wants to let he rknow that he won't be gone forever, he'll come back, but all he can think of is when they saw each other and how he may need to break off more ties, just trust him. ("day goes on like crushing weights...hurricanes", "bathed in flames...brand...do you understand?")

    and also that if this isn't love, if each of them really are deluding themselvs, he doesen't know what is and whether or not they can get out of this. ("so tell me now...get out? I don't know")

    he can't be the person she needs now because he's not the person he himself needs, and once the two can fufill themselvs they can finally get together and live happily ever after.


    at least that's my epiphany.



    plagueraton February 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:It kills me not to know this but I've all but just forgotten
    What the color of her eyes were and her scars or how she got them
    As the telling signs of age rain down a single tear is dropping
    Through the valleys of an aging face that this world has forgotten
    There is no settlement that will put me in my place
    And there is no time like the present to drink these draining seconds
    But not often do these words ring true when I'm constantly failing you
    Like walls that we just can't break through until we disappear

    (A Relationship that was once complete has died away, the male realizes everything he once had in this girl who was all he was looking for. The perfect girl that he needed in life to make him whole. The girl he could spend the rest of his life with and grow old with. When realizing that he has forgotten the clear memories of them it hurts because they were once cherished so close. He has hurt her before but the hurt he caused is blurry in his eyes because he does not want to accept that he has hurt someone so close to his heart, someone who he would never think of hurting. He does not want to think of the trouble that she went through because of his choice. He is getting older but what he once had with this girl couldn’t get old since it was true love an experience that cannot die, what he will live with knowing. His world and himself have forgotten her although she will remain some how in his mind his world has no reason to think of her, since she effected him the most. With this relationship it cannot be settled, like it once was so miraculously balanced and perfect. The relationship will never be how it used to be. He thinks that maybe there is way but he backs up and knows that it could never be again between them. The present is the only time that can let the thoughts and relationship go, the present is the best time to start anew. He understands that the present is the answer to move on with life but this understanding has not always been understood or thought of, Now that he has lost this connection that he once had with the her, It just isn’t working they are no longer connected so deep and well like they once were. They could have suffered a breakup where the girl lost trust in him; while he was trying hard to gain the trust she once had in him he was “failing” her …there was nothing there anymore. In this relationship there are walls that keep them from connecting because of a mistake he made, His failure, and these walls cannot be broken because neither of the two want to stop what they have, what they only knew, they don’t want to end everything that they have put into this relationship, they don’t want to give up the amazing individuals they have and are lucky they know, But they both identify that the lost connection that they contain was created by a mistake..This mistake is killing the relationship and the only way for them to cease being together is to depart from another. Disappearing out of a relationship can be by a fade; fading away from everything they once had will always be remembered.)

    So tell me now
    If this ain't love then how do we get out?
    'Cause I don't know
    That's when she said I don't hate you boy
    I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
    That's when I told her I love you girl
    But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have


    (The male knows that what he once had was true love, when you are in love you cannot escape it because it is what you only know what you only want to know. Being in love causes you to become blind you only see what you want to see. This guy only knew her, he is still in love with her and he probably won’t stop loving her until he is able to move on. The love that they once had even if he chose to move on, he could never forget. She does not hate him because of the mistake he once made of his choice of a breakup. She could never hate him for he is all she knew, all she wanted to know. The second time around can be reflected on her choosing to be together again with him because she wants to save them both she wants to save the aguish the suffering that this breakup has caused so she agrees of going back to him and making the relationship work. It has become obvious to both that the relationship is fading away but they don’t want to live up to it, they want to continue to believe they can be together forever. Everything cannot be what it once was … the girl comes to the understanding...He still loves her of course and he knows that she has love for him also. His mistake of a breakup cannot be erased it’s hard to know that you had so must trust from someone close to you and you have lost it because of the choice that the individual has made, it is much different the second time around. The male is in deep frustration and he knows that he can’t be the answer to her decisions in life, her partner in crime, her right hand man, he has made a mistake that leaves her unsure at times where once she never had a doubt...The trust she once had in him she has lost and it disgusts her. Feelings for one another start fading and fading away…



    But the day pressed on like crushing weights
    For no man does it ever wait
    Like memories of dying days
    Those deafen us like hurricanes
    Bathed in flames we held the brand
    Uncurled the fingers in your hand
    Pressed into the flesh like sand
    Now do you understand?

    (The day of the final end of the relationship was hard to accept because it once was a sure love, and love who spoke of the future of anything and everything imaginable, a love that was always right about the other. The end of this relationship was what needed to be done. The male may have experienced some hard times in life, sometimes where nothing has come out the way he wanted them to and he is relating that to the end of this relationship and the hurt that he is dealing with could be just the same as his hopes being let down dealing with other situations in life. Memories are being compared to something bad happening after another, the memories of no more, the memories he has experienced with her will never continue, The memories will always stay in his heart because they were so pure and amazing at one point in time ..So perfect. In the relationship they had troubles but they overcame them. He let go of her hand he let go of her… and it was hard because at one time Her hand was said to fit so perfectly in his, Her hand touched his heart she meant everything to him, She will always be in a deep part of his heart. The understanding of this relationship becoming no more is hard to comprehend because it once was everything it once was a sure love a love that never thought of anything negative happening or taking over. Since he was “failing” her and he couldn’t be the best part of her like he once was, he had to let her go, because trying to continue the relationship would never work.)



    So tell me now
    If this ain't love then how do we get out?
    'Cause I don't know
    That's when she said I don't hate you boy
    I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
    That's when I told her I love you girl
    But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have

    1000 miles away
    There's nothing left to say
    But so much left that I don't know
    We never had a choice
    This world is too much noise
    It takes me under
    It takes me under once again
    I don't hate you
    I don't hate you


    (From the beginning it could have been a long distance relationship but they were two optimistic people who thought through their future together, now they are emotionally distant, With this relationship fading there isn’t anything to say anything to workout because it is what has to happen, Everything around them was the answer to their breakup, their second time together, His thoughts were selfish, and she was left wondering. He becomes lost down under and under but he knows that she doesn’t hate him he knows that she can move on, he knows that he doesn’t have to live life knowing that he is guilty… so that is why he remembers her telling him she doesn’t hate him for the decision he once made, It is what can help him move on.)


    So tell me now
    If this ain't love then how do we get out?
    'Cause I don't know
    That's when she said I don't hate you boy
    I just want to save you while there's still something left to save
    That's when I told her I love you girl
    But I'm not the answer for the questions that you still have

    I don't hate you
    I don't hate you, no
    mmonroeon July 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:For me this song mean a lot I think it's about 2 lover she left him because she had many problems or question that she still have to answer before she can fall in love with him. He loves her desperately he knows what she have to do and he can help her but she as to do a big part on her own thats how is not the aswer to her question but mabey he can lead her to the answer. but she dosent want to she dosent want him to be part of her problem she dosent want him to be unhappy because of her problem so she left him and tell him she never loved him thats why is this aint love than how do we get out he is like wake up if your not in love with me just tell it to you attitude cause she dosent know.So she probably propse him the n'1 girls answer but were still really good FRIENDS but he cannot act like that I't kills me not to know but i've all but just forgot what the colors of her eyes look and her scars or how she got them. He know to mutch of her pain (scars) and he loves her to mutch (colors of her eyes)there is no reconcilliation that will put me back in my place mean there is no other girl that will take your place
    And the day pressed on like crushing weights for no man does it ever wait means girls you cannot wait because the weight on your shoulder wont go away it wont wait until your want it to fall

    Bathed in flames we held the brand uncurled the fingers in your hand
    Pressed into the flesh like sand, now do you understand?
    This is an hard part for me to fond the meaning but i've come up with something (probably because i'm french and i didnt understand all the words the first time)
    In the flames of love they didnt make her scars or pain go away but know that he know about her pain he unculed her fingers in french when you'R wishing something we say croise tes doigts that means curl your fingers its an expression so he uncurled her finger stop wishing start doign something she was wishing so hard that she left a mark in her flesh know do you understand that she needs him she says no but she's wishing for something that he is actually

    This is my interpretation of the song it'S a song that a relly love i loved the beat and one day i just read the lyrics and because my ex girlfriend told me we can stay friend like in this rise against song but this song is so mutch more than this ITs a bit of my story im telling you in this this is what i would like her to understand cause yes i still love her and this song like thousans of R.A. songs a really close to what I am living but this one more than the other I hope you enjoyed and sorry if I misspell some words my english fails at some points
    coolasoifon October 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Like many RA songs this has many meanings.

    Yes literally it can be seen as a love song between a man and a woman.

    But a lot of the lyrics elude to a certain type of relationship: the relationship between mankind, and mother nature. When you listen to the song imagine that Tim is singing to mother nature, and the entire song will make sense.

    This is a song of a relationship in which mankind wants to do good to mother nature, however, ultimately, it is in his natural to do the opposite.
    GaryGBon July 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song means so much to me. My now ex-girlfriend and I recently broke up. It was a messed up situation, but in the end we sort of agreed it was best. As time goes on though, I'm finding myself slowly forgetting how she looks, slowly forgetting how she sounds, slowly forgetting what the color of her eyes were and her scars (she had one) and how she got them. I truly don't remember how she got that scar, but I remember that she told me.

    I did have a lot of regrets after the breakup where she sort of did me wrong. That's why there is no reconciliation that will put me in my place, because in the end she was at fault, and there's not much that can mend my scar. And so I'm stuck here in the present drunk off my draining seconds that turned into hours and days and have become weeks of afterthought that's only wasting time. Nevertheless, the words that I told her, that I loved her and that she was #1 seldom rang true, since I failed her in the end. And so a wall came between between us, an emotional barrier, a wall that neither one of us could break through, and it eventually led to us disappearing from one another's lives. A wall that we just couldn't break through, until we disappeared.

    So you tell me now: if this aint love, then how do I get out, because I really don't know. That's when I wrote her a vicious email, the most horrible words I've ever said to another human being, only to immediately regret it, and so there was no reconciliation that could put me in my place once again. No amount of tears could bring forth any reconciliation.

    We talked on the phone, and I asked her to forgive me, and she asked me to forgive her. She said maybe it's better if we just stopped talking or seeing each other. And I want to tell her now that I don't hate her, as I know she doesn't hate me. She told me that she just wasn't in the right place and that I should move on, while there's still nothing left to save. Now I realize that I truly am not the answer for the questions that she still has and her doubts that haunt her.

    You'd think that things were fine and dandy, but no. The days press on like crushing weights, for no man does it ever wait, whether you're broken hearted or just broke, and all that emotional stress is just added weight that crushes your soul. Top that off with the memories of days past, memories of places that we used to go to, songs we used to listen to, shows we used to attend to, memories of dying days that are only kept alive because they are just that: memories, and they will die once forgotten.

    Even if she stretched her hand out for me now, I would put a fist of uncurled fingers, as my feelings have been bathed in flames, and I would not hold her hand ever again. So will she understand? Will she understand that I don't hate her, but I don't love her anymore.

    She moved back home to Texas and I live in Chicago now. Is that 1,000 miles away? Well, it's far enough, there should be nothing left to say, but why does it feel like there's so much left? Why do does it feel like there was room for improvement. Could we have been so much more? What if things had been different? What if I handled myself differently? It feels like there's so much left, but I don't know, and I will never know.

    In the end, we never had a choice. This wall that we created between us was too much noise: the screaming, the fighting, the animosity had deafened us to logic to reason and it has taken me under with no chance of ever coming back.

    Still, Katie, you should know that I don't hate you. And I know you don't hate me. Our timing just sucked, it's unfortunate, but it's ok. I truly don't hate you, I wish you happiness.

    (By the way, this all true, and it's how I feel. I love this song. Thank you Rise Against!)
    hylianlegendson January 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This is a love song, but not "love" as we tend to think of it today. This is speaking in first person as if in a conversation about the relationship between the human race and Mother Nature. To understand this you have to look at everything metaphorically (a single tear = all that nature has left, no time like the present to drink these draining seconds = we must act now to make a change to the way we are impacting the earth before it is too late).

    Dissecting the chorus: Tim/the embodiment of the human race understands that because of us, Mother Nature is hurting and he wants it to stop, but he claims not to know what to do to change things. Mother Nature looks at Tim and claims not that it isn't his fault, but that he needs to be saved before we as humans destroy ourselves. Time then replies that our destruction is inevitable; just look at what we have done to Nature - and that was with love.

    The second verse is fairly simple: it explains that where we have brought ourselves today makes it nearly impossible to step out of line and try to break free of the cycle because one person can't make the difference alone, the rest of the world will continue to contribute to it's own demise, and describes the painful impact we have left on the earth. "Now do you understand?" is asking Mother Nature if she sees now why it is we can't help her - we hurt her in the first place.

    The bridge explains why Tim can't truly help Mother Nature - the world we live in forces us to live the same destructive way as everyone else( with trash piling up - the products we buy, animals continually being slaughtered inhumanely - the food we eat, deforestation - the houses we live in, etc).

    "I don't hate you" repeated are Mother Nature's final words as she continues to slowly die, begging us to save her (and ourselves) before it becomes too late.


    Every song by Rise Against has meaning to it. They don't care about "love" in the same sense that Hollywood has trained us to understand it, at least not in their music; they look at it from a world perspective. If a Rise Against song doesn't seem like it really means something about the world we live in, look deeper. Gotta love these guys, they are some of the few that really use their artistic abilities to influence a change for the better.
    HunterLon October 25, 2011   Link

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