"This Is War" as written by and Jared Leto....
A warning to the people, the good and the evil
This is war
To the soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim
This is war

It's the moment of truth and the moment to lie
And the moment to live and the moment to die
The moment to fight, the moment to fight,
To fight, to fight, to fight

To the right to the left
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth,
It's a brave new world from the last to the first
To the right, to the left,
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world, it's a brave new world

(Whoa oh, whoa oh)

A warning to the prophet, the liar, the honest
This is war
To the leader, the pariah, the victor, the messiah
This is war

It's the moment of truth and the moment to lie
And the moment to live and the moment to die
The moment to fight, the moment to fight,
To fight, to fight, to fight

To the right, to the left,
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth,
It's a brave new world from the last to the first
To the right, to the left,
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world, it's a brave new world, it's a brave new world

I do believe in the light, raise your hands up to the sky
The fight is done, the war is won, lift your hands towards the sun
Towards the sun, (it's the moment of truth and the moment to lie
It's the moment to live and the moment to die, the moment to fight)
Towards the sun,
Towards the sun, (it's the moment of truth and the moment to lie
It's the moment to live and the moment to die, the moment to fight)
The war is won (to fight, to fight, to fight, to fight)

To the right, to the left,
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth,
It's a brave new world from the last to the first
To the right, to the left,
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world, it's a brave new world, it's a brave new world

A brave new world
The war is won
The war is won
A brave new world


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"This Is War" as written by Jared Leto

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  • +7
    General CommentThe first things that struck me about this song when I listened to it was then repeated phrase "Brave New World" which of course made me think of the Aldous Huxley novel. "Brave New World" in the book referred to a new society which was highly artificial, blinded and obsessed with consuming and hedonistic pleasures and there was a constant battle between truth (and reality) and what people believed (or were made to believe via government control and mood altering drugs). This society worshiped Henry Ford, the inventor of mass production and the assembly line (and that's why they worshiped him). I think Jared is saying "Its a Brave New World" stating that society has arrived at a point similar to that of the fictional society in the book and that "This is War" because we are fighting back to reclaim a better society which is more truthful and not based on artifical, selfish, meaningless things, hence the song it leads into (100 Suns). Since he states "I do believe in the light, raise your hands up to the sky The fight is done, war is won, lift your hands toward the sun
    toward the sun, toward the sun, the war is won" right before the lead into "100 Suns" makes me think that he's saying we'll win the battle against a fake, meaningless society by its very destruction (reference the "100 Suns till we part" line and its interpretation).
    candykaoson December 02, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think the end of the song will be misinterpted by many. It reminds me of my favorite John Lennon song "GOD." I think what he is saying is you don't have to believe in this and you don't have to believe in that, you just have to believe in ourselves and each other. Peace or War, Earth or Stars, Night or Day, Sin or God, none of those can save us, but we look to everything else except ourselves to.

    I highly doubt the whole end of the song is just a rant about being an atheist but that just my opinion. It seems from this and Kings and Queens that the theme of the album is about changing the world, hope and things like that and it sounds great so far! Can't wait to hear the rest
    Giezer7on November 20, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love the way he introduces the song at concerts: "This is a song about peace. It's called This Is War."
    variakon February 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis could have 2 differrent meanings in my opinion. It could be talking about having a war coming to those who oppress the weak (not necessarily religious but could be). I don't think it actually means the prophet, pariah, masiah etc. I think it is more to the people that immitate them to the so called world leaders and that their reign as a pretence will come to an end 'it's a brave new world'.
    I reckon the essence of it is the people of the world coming together eventually against those who oppress under the pretence of these titles. People will do anything for this new world, everyone has the power within them. This song is empowering to people and the and are acting as a leader for us to fight oppression now that people have conquered the inner fight.
    The last stanza(i call it this because his songs are more like poems), is a little confusing but it could be telling us what he personally believes because they did say in an interview that they are making this album a little more personal for them, although this is confusing as well because Jared wears a cross around his neck so i don't think that his words are that literal.


    These are all my own opinion feel free to comment and say what you think as well, its always good to hear another's opinion. :D Hope I helped clear it up a bit more or maybe confused you :P :D
    princess24095on November 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always makes me feel like I can do anything. It's so inspiring, and has a great attitude toward the future.

    As for my interpretation, I'm a Christian, so it has great religious meaning to me. About how God will save us, and help us with the fight against evil. Stuff like that. xD Aside from religion, I think that it basically means to believe in yourself, because "you can do it".

    Anyway, it's a wonderful song - I never get tired of hearing it. It's power and raw emotion kind of reminds me of "Welcome to the Black Parade" by MCR.
    pepsicola1295on February 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song can be applied to any cause you strongly believe in. For example, I had cancer when I was a little girl and I know I work with cancer patients, volunteer with the American Cancer Society, and conducting research on why we fear cancer. To me "This Is War" not only against cancer but, the stigmas it creates as well. When I'm done with my research I hope it will be "a brave new world".
    Bears09on July 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPlease don't Submit Lyrics with Randomly capitalized words, it's Insanely Annoying
    crazydiamond1to9on January 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationGenerally, the song is mentioned two to four different things at once.

    "The good and the evil", "The soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim", "the prophet, the liar, the honest". This could simply be for the rhythm of the song, but there is also a pattern to it, which leads to other meanings (intentionally or not).

    We'll start with the following line/half-stanza.

    "The soldier, the civilian,
    the martyr, the victim"

    All of these are common words, but there is one that I'd like to define here. A martyr is one who voluntarily suffers as the penalty for refusing to renounce their beliefs. With this in mind, let's continue. The way they are spoken, the soldier and the martyr line up, and the civilian and the victim.

    Soldiers generally defend their land, people, and beliefs. By joining a military, you generally share the beliefs and causes of the group. Many soldiers are wounded and/or killed defending the aforementioned beliefs, people, and/or land. Thus, one could say they are martyrs, of a sort.

    Civilian and victim are lined up, and if you follow the same pattern as the above paragraph, the civilians are the victims. In this case, a civilian could be anyone who doesn't take up arms (Whether physical weapons, or the power of their voice) to defend what they believe.

    The next line like this is "The leader, the pariah, the victor, the messiah". Once again, they line up as Leader:Victor, Pariah:Messiah. A pariah is an outcast, whether by their own will or simply rejection. A messiah is any form of expected messenger or courier. Your mailman could be considered a very low form of messiah, as he doesn't deliver any sort of message of great importance like the typical Messiah.

    This line could be implying that the leader is the one that will be considered the victor, and the pariah is the one who is delivering the message. For example, the one who leads the troops into the fray will be considered the hero at the end, but there could be that outcast (pariah) who is the one that delivers the actual message or cause, without notice or mention.

    Next up, "The prophet, the liar, the honest". This can either be interpreted as two extremes and a median, or, for a more interesting twist, can be interpreted the same way as "The people, the good and the evil". Following the latter, it could be two types of prophets. A prophet is one who can see the future, or tell of what is to come. So, there is the Lying Prophet, and the Honest Prophet. Both know the same thing, but one will tell you something the other won't. The Lying Prophet could tell a warrior that he will win the battle, whereas the Honest Prophet will tell him that he will not win.

    Apply the above to the setting of "war" that the song seems to be creating, and several things can be seen.

    "The Soldier, the Civilian, the Martyr, the Victim"
    The one who fights will become a martyr, and those who don't will be victims.

    "The Leader, the Pariah, the Victor, the Messiah"
    He who leads will be the 'victor', but he who is rejected is the one delivering the message.

    "The Prophet, the Liar, the Honest"
    Two men (groups) know the outcome, but one will lie to get his way, and the other will state the truth unbiased.

    Onto the other lines that are seemingly important. "Brave New World" is repeated quite often in the song, so it must mean something. This implies the coming of a new age, more precisely a "brave" one. Currently, the majority of the world is afraid to stand up for their beliefs, or (more commonly) accept change. A "Brave New World" could be referring to a world where people are not afraid of things changing, and not afraid to stand up for believing in change.

    "A Brave New World"
    A new age where people are not afraid of change and standing up for change.

    The other portions of the first part of the song (the fast upbeat part) are not of too much importance, simply referring to dying for the cause you believe in, and never giving up.

    Let's see what we can get out of the slower parts.

    "I do believe in the light, raise your hands into the sky"
    "The light" could be referring to the final outcome of something, generally a positive outcome. "Raise your hands into the sky" can be interpreted as a religious line, but I will keep that bias out of this. Instead, this line can be referring to how people raise theirs hands to the sky in times of celebration, as the sky has always been there and will always be used to refer to something higher/greater. "The war is won" refers to the change finally taking place, though it doesn't necessarily mean it already has outside the song (which it hasn't).

    I will not interpret the last portion (The "I believe" parts), because I have not heard them in any version of the song I've heard, unfortunately. However at a later date, if I do come across that portion of the lyrics sung in the song, I will reply to this comment with those interpreted.

    Good day.
    Vlaederon February 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst i would like to state to all that i am not a religous person in the slightest i am of all things a taoist(which is a philosophy not a religon). Although i do pride myself on trying to learn about all religons to help me relate with a wider variety of people.

    I read through all of the previous comments because i was interested and a common theme i found was religon, which is understandable, but more specifically is the ascension. Now i do not claim to know any religous book by heart but the armegadon is something i have read extensively about and i hope you all realize something. The bible clearly states that not all christians will rise to heaven. In the bible it states that only a thousand people from each of the thirteen tribes will be taken to heaven before the battle between heaven and hell... and neutrals will start.

    Truth is good and evil is all relative to the person/people categorizeing it. What i find good can be your evil and what you find good i might consider evil. Example a woman breaks into a store and steals food and drinks. She gets caught and the store owner thinking of only theirself and their belongings presses charges and sues the woman. Now if we look into the womans past we find out that she is a single mother with 5 kids and just recently got fired from her job because one of her kids was severely sick and needed to be taken to the hospital. Now clearly not having a job, plus she has bills, now medical bills, she has no money for food and refuses to let her kids grow up in the streets. She decides to rob a store but will only take what she needs... Who is in the wrong? I'll let you decide.

    "To the soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim...... to the prophet, the liar, the honest... To the leader, the pariah, the victim, the messiah"
    Think back on your life we have all at one time considered ourselves multiple things out of this list. Whether it was knowingly or unknowingly that is for you to remember but we have all done it. This is not a warning to some god, antichrist, or fake. This is a warning for us.

    When "This is War" ends and continues into "100 Suns" think about the words being said. I believe he is trying to get across the point of we need to stop bothering ourselves with things that do not matter. Stop worrying about looking like what the mainstream is trying to make us think we need to look like stop worrying bout buying the newest technology stop worrying about what people think just be you. Nothing matters but the beating of our hearts... stop ubsessing about whether or not your clothes are in style and be thankful that we live to see another sun rise, sun set, flower bloom, phase of the moon, just be thankful your alive. Our hearts still beat and we can still make a difference.

    Despite what we have had shoved down our throats since the birth of tv and mainstream... one person CAN still make a difference. ONE PERSON CAN START A REVOLUTION. I am not talking bout god or jesus or any other deity im talking bout one of us. Just another lonely human being that has risen from whatever life they have led that decided to no longer be spoonfed bull shit and stand up for what is right. It can be anyone but it can just as easily be noone.

    I've lived a difficult life and came to a very simple realization. There is one point in everyones life were they will have to make a choice. A choice that can change everything. Their will eventually be a time that you will find something you care bout very deeply and will have to decide whether or not they will stand for what they believe is right...

    I am makeing my stand. I will fight for what i believe in and i will fight for everyones freedom against conventional thought and practice. I hope others will find it worthy of a cause to stand with me against the tide of ignorance so as to see a better tomorrow for everyone. I hope you all find what is worthy to you to stand up for, and i hope you all have the courage to stand whether it be alone or with an army at your side. Despite what we are told the war isnt coming its here and we will all be tested.

    The forces of light and dark are gathering.
    This is war.

    Sincerely,

    The Elementalist

    Forever Neutral
    neutralon June 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is obviously anti-war. watch the video. The beginning of the video has "This is a song about peace. The video also shows every humvee, battleship, weapon, helo, bomber, being collected up in the sky. In "War is a Racket" by Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, it states "That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. Even this, if it were possible, would not be enough."
    agarcia510on November 04, 2012   Link

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