"Break" as written by Adam Wade Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst and Barry Stock....
Tonight, my head is spinning
I need something to pick me up
I've tried but nothing is working
I won't stop
I won't say I've had enough
Tonight, I start the fire
Tonight I break away,

Break!
Away from everybody
Break!
Away from everything
If you can't stand the way this place is
Take, yourself to higher places

Oh, oh,

At night I feel like a vampire
It's not right
I just can't give it up
I'll try to get myself higher
Let's go
We're gonna light it up
Tonight we start the fire
Tonight we break away

Break!
Away from everybody
Break!
Away from everything
If you can't stand the way this place is
Take, yourself to higher places

If you can't stand,
The way this place is
Take, yourself, to higher places

Break!
Away from everybody
Break!
Away from everything
If you can't stand the way this place is
Take, yourself to higher places
Oh, oh,

Higher places,
Oh, oh,
To higher places,
Oh, oh,
Higher places,
Take yourself to higher places


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"Break" as written by Adam Wade Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst, Barry Stock

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  • +2
    General CommentFirst off, great song. Every time I listen to it I get a rush of energy. Hopefully all of "Life Starts Now" will rock as hard as this single.

    I think this song could be about many things, including rising above the crowd, and taking charge of your life, as vane and Angel of Sin have already pointed out. But I'd like to add another possible angle... (wait for it) ... DRUGS! :)

    Now, I'll be the first to admit that there are far too many songs that people claim are ONLY about drugs. And usually I just laugh when people say that a song is only about drugs, especially when the lyrics are far too ambiguous to make this claim. So, I don't think this song is merely about drug use, but it could be one interpretation. A drug interpretation does seem far too obvious for a song like this... but what the hell, eh?


    "Tonight, my head is spinning
    I need something to pick me up"

    - I'm craving another fix. I'd like to take something to ease my pain. I'm not in a good state of mind, why don't I alter it?

    "Tonight, I start the fire
    Tonight I break away,"

    - I'm going to light up, or maybe shoot up. I'm going to leave this state of consciousness, I'm going to break away from society's expectations.

    "Break!
    Away from everybody
    Break!
    Away from everything"

    - Get away, or escape, from the crap you face in life, the people you can't stand, and forget about life for a while. Take a break from worrying about life.

    "If you can't stand the way this place is
    Take, yourself to higher places"

    - If life is getting you down, get high. If everything sucks, escape to a different state of mind/reality/consciousness. Go on a trip.

    "At night I feel like a vampire
    It's not right
    I just can't give it up
    I'll try to get myself higher"

    - I go out at night looking for my next fix to ease my cravings (like a vampire). It's not a good thing to do, but I'm addicted (to some extent, could be physical or mental addiction). So I'll get high.

    "We're gonna light it up"

    - Let's blaze this J. :) (Or, in other words) We're going to get high on something/smoke something.

    Like I said before, I'm not the kind of guy who sees drug references in every song, and I realize songs have multiple meanings, both to the song writers and listeners. So I may be way off, but I find the possible drug references fairly strong in this song.
    RocknRolla2009on September 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the answer lies in the chorus.

    "Break!
    Away from everybody
    Break!
    Away from everything
    If you can't stand the way this place is
    Take, yourself to higher places"

    I think it is about breaking the mold. What is that mold, you might ask? I think that mold is the stereotypical rock n roll mold that most bands fit themselves into. The whole black and white with skulls charade if you will. Even after watching the video, looking at their album art, they are definitely breaking this "mold." The addition of pinks and purples is a visual representation of this message, to break away from stereotypes and carbon copy molds that society makes for you.

    For you to break away from it all and to do what you want to do.

    That is what I think this song embodies.

    Basically the summary of the chorus is "Be yourself. If you don't like who we are, you can go **** off."

    The line of "start the fire" is a Billy Joel reference - To start the fire, to start something contagious, to break away from old trends and start anew.
    phoenix6475on November 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentat first i laughed at it b/c it in a sense promotes suicide.

    "Break
    Away from everybody
    Break
    Away from everything
    If you can't stand the way this place is
    Take
    Yourself to higher places."

    from what i've heard. it's about Adam and his recent drug problems. Tho he's gotten better, he broke away from it, cuz he couldn't stand the way they were running his life. Major kudos to Adam.
    JulienKGirlon December 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo One's Commented yet???? I'm shocked. My opinion...BEST Three Days Grace song! Ummm...I think this song relates to me. I think it's about realizing you don't like your life or you wanna make it better, so you Break away from things you did back then and focus on making a better future. I think that's one look at it. Don't get me wrong, I could be flatout wrong. I also see this as being about like staying away from Cliques. Like if you don't like it, break away and be better. Just a suggestion.
    vane111391on September 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a message to all the people complaining about their lives. Kind of like Riot, he wants us all to stand up and take charge of our own lives and make them better in some way. In each verse, he starts with a complaint, something's not right, nothing's working, etc. But he finishes by talking about the fire and how he's going to break away to higher places. So what are we waiting for? Let's go!
    Angel of Sinon September 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm going with what rocknrolla said because thats exactly how i felt when i was breaking my addiction to drugs. thats probaly why i'm so connected with this song. or maybe it's the part where i'm a musician and can tell that this song is fucking awesome
    wildchild18950on September 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, and did they have to jump on the vampire bandwagon? =P
    DropCon October 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningOk, in y opinion I agree with everyone but knowing about three days grace songs in the past they have written songs about suicide. I belive that this might be another on of those songs. For example when he said nothing is working. if could be life isn't working for him. Also it says break away from everybody so tell me how can you break away from everyone without killing yourself. Another point why I think it might mean suicide is because when he says " take yourself to higher place ". When you die what do most people think? You die and go to heaven. well tell me what is a higher place then Heaven?
    emothicfuryon October 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIt certainly isn't a stretch to see drug references in this song, but I hope that's not the real meaning. There are more uplifting interpretations. The cover of this album shows people breaking television sets. Then the music video shows a really monotonous place where nothing exciting is happening, but when the guys start playing, their colors start interacting and these fans start sharing the air between the rooms they're in. (See the video for this to make sense.) Then paintballs start flying everywhere among them. It seems like the lyrics are encouraging you, if you're living in the doldrums (and TV is the embodiment of the doldrums), get up, interact with good friends, strike up a tune, play games and sports together. While phrases like "light it up" seem to reference drug use, most other aspects of the song and video don't do so. I keep thinking of the lyrics as referencing truly good things like friends and music and games and such. As long as I keep that association in my mind and disassociate it from the possible drug references, it remains an uplifting theme for me. It could even be about finding good things with which to replace one's former drug addiction.
    thrustaeon November 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the verses i think it has multiple meanings. I think he is talking about drugs, and he wants to stop but can't. You can tell because in the chorus he talks about breaking away to higher places. In the verses he talks about he fills like a vampire and he just can't give it up. Talking about doing the drugs and not being able to give them up. But tonight he'll break away!
    3DG71646on January 12, 2010   Link

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