Fire for the hills pick up your feet and lets go.
Head for the hills pick up steel on your way.
And when you find a piece of them in your site,
fire at will, don't you waste no time.

Another thought of the unaware,
addiction in disguise.

With a drop of blood,
you will take them out, for me.

Fire from the hills pick up speed and lets go.
Fire for real, yeah shoot to kill with no aim.
Head for the hills, yes eyes on the camp fire glow.
Creep up there like a white mink hiding in snow.

And outta black a figure forms a soldier in the sky.
With a drop of love, trying to set you free.

Run for the hills, pick up your feet and lets go.
We did our jobs, pick up speed now lets move.
The trees cant grow without the sun in their eyes.
And we can't live if we're too afraid to die.

Hold on tight, yes hold on tight you're too slow.
Fire at the breeze that blows these thoughts through our mind.
Hire only thieves to steal the thoughts from our heads.


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  • +3
    My InterpretationIt's about a revolution. Now, I know some of you are going to be thinking "nah, it's gotta be a war." Well, yeah, you ARE right. Don't forget that a revolution IS a war, but it's a war from WITHIN. More specifically, the soldier's mind as he's fighting to liberate his country from a tyrant.. but gets addicted to the killing, and simply becomes a mindless machine of death.

    That's my opinion, anyway. I choose to have a more complicated and personal view to the song rather than "WAR IZ BADZZZZ" like most of the other posters. (Note that I am a pacifist and dislike war, but I choose to not be a cock-hole about it. ^_^)

    Regardless, this is one of my favorite songs of all time. Say I'm wrong if you'd like, as I truly could care less.
    WyvernZon November 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a really good song and a great band; this song is an instant adrenaline rush. I can't believe only one comment.
    beery41on May 31, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"with a drop of love, trying to set you free" always made me believe the drop of love (LSD) tried to set the soldiers mind free of this madness. i kno the black angels from austin and they were well known for taking fryy on occasions
    sydbarretton November 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a truly haunting song where the lyrics, singing and melodies create a mood that really makes you feel like you're in the middle of battle. The sense of fear and heightened awareness that a soldier must feel should be coming alive in the people who are listening to this song. It's like the classic 'Run Though the Jungle" but cranked up a notch or two.

    The first verse seems to come from the perspective of the person ordering the young man into combat, while the last one reflects on the lingering emotional scars from the battle that just went down. The title "Young Men Dead" could also be taken to mean that while the subject of the song has survived, his innocence is gone and he's emotionally numb to everything he's experienced.

    I don't think the song refers to any battle specifically, although it easily reminds me of scenes from Vietnam movies where soldiers are sneaking through the jungles and fields in the dead of night. I first heard it in the trailer for Person of Interest Season 4, and it seems very poignant for a show with the theme of constant warfare.
    impossiblescissorson August 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about revolution as well. "Fire at the breeze that blows these thoughts through our mind"
    It is saying take on society for the things they are trying to make us believe.
    BlackAnythingon December 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about any one war in particular, but rather war in general. Sometimes it seems like old men make war, and young men die.

    And for those who insist that it's about revolutions, I don't want to make presumptions but is there a chance you got that idea in your head from the Fable III commercials and their tagline, "It's a Revolution"? :P
    TheGassyGunslingeron December 19, 2010   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationThe song is about young soldiers, probably drafted on their 18th birthday given a gun and told to go fight. One line seems like the country itself is talking to them.

    With a drop of blood,
    you will take them out, for me.

    Killing for your country.
    Drakkaron April 30, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI agree, about young men fighting. The whole song is full of things that a young soldier would be told by a superior, presumably an officer or maybe (metaphorically) by his country.

    I love the sound of the gritty guitar, it just seems to grind and roll its way through the entire 5 minutes
    Peppecheon June 02, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentCriticism on the Iraq War.
    bkat004on July 28, 2010   Link

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