"Battle For The Sun" as written by Steve Forrest, William Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal....
I, I, I, will battle for the sun, sun, sun
And I, I, I won't stop until I'm done, done, done
You, you, you are getting in the way, way, way
And I, I, I have nothing left to say, say, say

I, I, I, I, I will brush off all the dirt dirt dirt dirt dirt dirt dirt
And I, I, I, I, I will pretend it didn't hurt hurt hurt hurt hurt hurt hurt hurt
You, you, you, you, you are a black and heavy weight,
Weight, weight, weight, weight, weight, weight
And I, I, I, I, I will not participate, pate, pate, pate, pate, pate, pate, pate

Dream brother, my killer, my lover
Dream brother, my killer, my lover

I, I, I will battle for the sun, sun, sun, sun
'Cause I I I have stared down the barrel of a gun, gun, gun, gun, gun, gun, gun
No falling
You you you you you are a cheap and nasty fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
And I, I, I, I, I, am the bones you couldn't break
Break, break, break, break, break, break, break

Dream brother, my killer, my lover
Dream brother, my killer, my lover

Dream brother, my killer, my lover
Dream brother, my killer, my lover

Dream brother, my killer, my lover
Dream brother, my killer, my lover

I, I, I will battle for the sun


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"Battle For the Sun" as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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  • +4
    General CommentI think Its a great song, I'm not saying that its their best, but its really a good song. I've been a Placebo fan for about 8-9 years now, and I think that hey are still doing great and I think there's still much more to come !

    About the repetition, I think its their to give he the "right" feeling. I don't know how to say it, but if it wasn't there you won't feel the "determination"... he's battling for the sun and no one can stop him or change his mind

    Brain said :
    "We've made a record about choosing life, and choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light. Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it's there, it's essential; it's a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead."

    I think this helps explain the song, though its kinda clear
    Kimbley85on March 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningAwesome song! Great lyrics! I'm a big fan of Placebo and admire this heavy change. But I think I have some meaning behind the lyrics

    Sorry to contradict you all, but I don't think this is about Steve's departure at all. This song makes much more sense when you read it (minus the repitition) instead of listening to it (quicker too!)

    I believe "I will battle for the sun" to mean "I will fight for what I believe in"

    "You are getting in the way" = "You are trying to stop me"

    "I will brush off all the dirt, and I will pretend it didn't hurt" could mean "I will brush off the people that try to stop me, and continue as if it didn't happen" or "after each obstacle, I will pull myself together and keep going," I prefer the latter of these 2

    "You are a black and heavy weight," continuing from "You are trying to stop me," it means "You are a burden"

    "I will not participate" = "I won't be a part of it," which basically means "I'm not going to be burdened by you any more, I'm going to keep going"

    Metaphorically, "'Cause i have stared down the barrel of a gun" = "I will go to war because I know what it's like to stare death in the face" In real terms, it means "I will fight for what I believe in, because I know there is an incredibley high likelihood that I will pay for it, and believe me, I know"

    "I am the bones you couldn't break," "I get knocked down! But I get up again! You're never gonna bring me down!" They mean the same thing. Multiple songs have this imagery of being unmoveable in your original assertion, and that's what this line means.

    Sorry it's so long, I believe I've rambled on for long enough! Still searching for the meaning behind "You are a cheap and nasty fake" and "Dream brother, my killer, my lover"
    InvaderGIRon May 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIm not sure really....
    Lyrically, its pretty average, but the music is good.

    I dont expect much from this album, as much as I love them, it seems that all bands reach their prime and then decline, and I think Placebo might have hit theirs already.
    Im HOPING its not true, and the album will be brilliant, but hey. You never know.

    But yeah, overall an average song, but its not totally terrible.
    syko_braton March 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt first impression I was rather annoyed at the I, I, I, you, you, you repetition then it's purpose and the intensity of the music gelled and I realized it goes hand in hand. He's fed up with the dark days. 'Dream brother, my killer, my lover..' I feel is the metaphorical battle between depression and happiness.
    This song is a powerful affirmation and the album is going to be very interesting.

    PuckerUp69on March 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is a fine song. I heared some people complaining that it is too "mainstream" and although I agree that it is not typical Placebo song I have to say that neither was "Because I Want You" and still when album Meds came out it was something very different then the single and for me it turned out to be best Placebo album.
    sarajevo89on March 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally,I think this song is written about their ex-drummer Steve Hewiit.
    It's clear that Brian and Steve are not in a good relationship.There was a conflict between them,which made him leave the band.These lyrics suggest it to me:"you are getting in the way","Dream brother,my killer,my lover"..regretting the past.
    "I won't stop until I'm done" and "I am the bones you couldn't break" tells that his leaving won't stop them and they'll keep on making great music even without him.
    Also "I'll battle for the Sun"..Sun,it's has an indirect meaning.In my opinion with "Sun" they mean success and worldwide recognition.Yees,Placebo are famous,but we have to admit they are an underrated band,they deserve more...
    That's my interpretation.This song proved how talented is Brian Molko not only as a musician but as a songwriter too.So deep meanings in every single song by Placebo,it's so cool you can find your own meaning of his words..<3
    I love this song.I can't stop listening to it since i heard it.Pure perfection!
    freckle93on March 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI'm really shocked that nobody has mentioned JEFF BUCKLEY ??

    Dream Brother, is one of his most famous songs, so I would assume that Molko is referencing Buckley in some way (perhaps implying that he committed suicide, hmmmm)
    veganshineon January 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahh! I meant to post that as a general comment but hit reply instead, sorry!
    cameoon March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@cameo

    about the "Dream brother, my killer, my lover" part, I might be totally wrong, but I think "Dream brother" is someone who shared the same dreams and goals with him :/
    Kimbley85on March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm quite proud I got the lyrics in first ^^

    But like, I love the beginning, the drums in it are great.
    And I agree with Kimbley85 that the repetition could be to emphasize the determination and such.
    Though the contast repeting does get on my nerves after a bit.

    Overall, good song, let's hope the album has some amazing ones. (:
    Ionosphereon March 18, 2009   Link

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