"Arise" as written by Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann, Kirkpatrick Seals and Lacey Nicole Sturm....
Tell the swine
We will make it out alive
There's a note in the pages of the book
So sleep tonight,
We'll sleep dreamlessly this time
When we awake we'll know that everything's alright

And sing to me about the end of the world
End of these hammers and needles for you

Hold on to the world we all remember fighting for,
There's still strength left in us yet
Hold on to the world we all remember dying for,
There's still hope left in it yet

The snow on your face, and your razor blades
The twilight is bruised and there you lie

And sing to me, about the end of the world
End of these hammers and needles for you
We'll cry tonight, but in the morning we are new
Stand in the sun, we'll dry your eyes

Hold on to the world we all remember fighting for,
There's still strength left in us yet
Hold on to the world we all remember dying for,
There's still hope left in it yet

And sing
Sing
Arise

Arise and be,
All that you dreamed, all that you dreamed

Arise and be,
All the you dreamed, all that you dreamed

Arise and be,
All the you dreamed, all that you dreamed

Arise and be,
All the you dreamed, all that you dreamed


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"Arise" as written by Jared Hartmann James Culpepper

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  • +2
    General CommentThese lyrics look pretty close.

    This will probably be my fav song on Memento Mori. "Circle" is a close second...
    Fury220on November 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is such an epic song ;)
    artyartaon January 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can see how it could be about drug addiction, which is cool. But looking at the `storyline` in the CD case I think it could be interpreted a few different ways. In the CD Arise is a letter written to the Commander`s Army. He`s telling his soldiers or `Sons and Daughters` not to lose heart and that they are going to win the battle, even though it looks helpless. He tells them that if he dies go on! That a seed cannot grow into something until it first dies. He closes with Your time on earth is brief, Arise and Be All that You Dream. He tells them to Encourage each other and tell each other to ARise and be all that you can be. So, I believe that this song is not about dying and going to heaven, I believe that in a sense it is about how our `Commander` isn`t physically on earth and he indeed died and lived to give us life, and it is a song from his perspective saying don`t lose heart, keep going, Keep fighting for what you know is right and arise and be all that you dream. I also think that perhaps the reference to swine might be the `Dread Army` that is often mentioned quite a bit. Loved the CD if you don`t own it, buy it because you miss out on so much of the CD without the letters in the CD case where the Lyrics would normally buy. This is a definate WOW CD. :)
    Tourniquet_faunson March 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the first line about "we will make it out alive, there's a note on the pages of the book" refers to the Biblical promise of a new life. Other than that, everything else has pretty much been covered :)
    DixieJon March 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionhands down, the best song off of Memento Mori. so sad yet inspiring in a carpe diem sense
    thewakebehindyouon November 11, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation This song is so obviously about drug addiction and conquering all chains of the devil by the redeeming power of Christ. The imagery used is very drug-related (hammers and needles, snow on your face and the razorblades, we'll sleep dreamlessly), anyone who has ever shot-up will immediately recognize this. The point is that there is nothing that Christ cannot save us from, and in Him, there is always a brighter tomorrow to aspire to.
    pneumemnekahnon February 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNow I don't know much about drugs except for what I learned in Health class and watching Scarface the one time, but I always thought that the second verse was referring to cocaine. "Snow" is a slang term for the drug and razor blades are often used to crush it/spread it into lines for sniffing. With the addition of the "hammers and needles" (heroin, etc.) line, I think it's obvious this song is about someone overcoming a drug addiction (though it can be applied to other situations). Just my two cents.
    Elishebaon February 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell when I first heard the hammers and needles part of the song I thought of the crucifixion since he was nailed to the cross, but that might just be me.
    MuggleMagicon March 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGoodness, this song is one of my favorites off this album. It gives me goosebumps and almost reduces me to tears.
    aMAEzingNOYseson July 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's really simple to know what this song means. You just need to know a little bit about the Gospels/Old testament. When Jesus cured a demoniac in Matthew 8:28-34, he sent their demons out into a herd of pigs, or swine. According to Jewish culture, swine were unclean animals. Swine are also viewed as unholy in other religions. In the first stanza, she says "tell the swine we will make it out alive, there's a note in the pages of the book" to the effect that she is conquering over the swine, the demons and unholiness that are attemtping to destroy her.
    For me, I believe she says "sing to me about the end of the world, the end of these hammers and needles for you" to refer to the end of the misery and pain of human suffering to come at the Second Coming of Jesus. On a personal level this could mean the end of sinfulness and self-abuse to come when we find Jesus in our lives. The hammers and needles could also reference Jesus' cross, the cross of suffering. "stand in the sun, we'll dry your eyes." the sun is also referring to the Risen Jesus. if you were to translate, it might sound like "stand in Christ's light, and sin no more. go free"
    "arise and be all the you dream, all that you dream," is probably the most meaningful lyric in the song for me, because it directly is telling you to leave your demons behind, forget your fears, follow Christ, and fulfill yourself according to God's will for your life. For me it reminds me that freedom comes from making the right decisions. but it's never to late to "arise."
    Germaineon December 21, 2010   Link

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