"Radioactive" as written by Kings of Leon...

When the roll is called up yonder
I hope you see me there

It's in the water
It's where you came from
It's in the water
It's where you came from

And the crowd begins to wonder
And they cry to see your face

It's in the water...
It's in the story
It's where you came from
The sons and daughters
In all their glory
It's gonna shape them
And when they clash
And come together
And start rising
Just drink the water
Where you came from
Where you came from

You're the rose
That was called from yonder
Never sold yourself away

It's in the water
It's in the story
It's where you came from
The sons and daughters
In all their glory
It's gonna shape them
And when they clash
And come together
And start rising
Just drink the water
Where you came from
Where you came from

And when they clash
And come together
And start rising
Just drink the water
Where you came from
Where you came from




Lyrics submitted by coldfrontier6, edited by Emzee4life, 60_miles_an_hour


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  • +4
    General Comment:When they played this at Bonnaroo, it sounded almost exactly the same as the studio one, however (obviously) there was no choir, and that gave it such a different meaning. Much like "Going Down South" and "The Immortals" it harps on remembering who you are. It's another one of the fantastic musical arts the Kings of Leon have graced us with.

    If you need any help discovering what the song means...go watch the video. I hate music videos but this one moved me. Here's to you Followill boys.
    DaveC2K9on September 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:First one is right, "When the roll is called up yonder," it's from an old gospel song.
    The second time is "You're the rose that was called from yonder"

    Also, it's "when they clash" both times, not pledge or dance.
    llscienceon October 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I can not wait for the video for this to come out. It looks great so far. Nathan talks about going back to their roots with this song and the gospel is something they grew up with. Jared says its a song they've been playing for awhile but never knew what to do with it because the sound and the verses didnt go together but now its out and its great.
    zombiedefenderon September 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Sure these lyrics are correct?
    In some other sites its like:

    "When the road is called up yonder" instead of "When the roll is called up yonder"
    "You're the rose that was called from yonder" instead of "So the road it was carved from nothing"


    mellovictoron October 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:love kings of leon,
    in my opinion, the song is discussing the importance of going back to your roots and what you know and are familiar with. The lyrics are also suggesting the importance of having an influence on the next generation and how telling and sharing stories of the past can have a strong impact on how they create a life for themselves after the previous generation is gone. And even when differences occur, it is always important to draw on your own past experiences. Also, I think the title is interesting to comment on, "radioactive" could have several interpretations, to me though, it could mean that the water (not so much literally as figuratively) "from where you came from" is "contaminated", if you will, by your past and history of where you are from. I also LOVE the video by the way, and I am definetly not a fan of music videos at all I think they usually ruin songs instead of enhancing them, absolutely not the case with this video. LOVE KOL and hope they continue creating amazing songs that are so unique from other popular bands these days.
    regon December 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The song sounds like it is about going back to your roots. It's those things that you had and that you grew up on, those are in you and are embedded in you. Can't run away from who you are. Basically, it's where you came from. Sounds very exciting and can't wait for the new album!
    elysia05on September 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:I love this. Can't wait for the album
    PoshHammeron September 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is perfect. Such a smack in the face to all the haters who've been saying they're sell-outs (which is total bullshit).

    "NEVER SOLD YOURSELF AWAY"

    To me, it's like they're saying that they see how big they're getting, they see all the people following them...and it's crazy and scary, but amazing at the same time. And it's like they're promising that they'll always remember where they came from - since this was a song they were working on from before they were popular (at least in the US).

    You can't get away from where you came from - it's who you are, it's shaped you to be the person you always will be.

    coldfrontier6on September 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I believe the initial lyrics are "when the roll is called up yonder"

    In interviews they have said that they grabbed a few lines from an old gospel song, and the lyrics work well there.
    bjb06fon September 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I wish the studio version didn't sound so much like a studio version. I'm missing some real force in it at times and especially when you compare it to live versions. Not my fave on the album, but I love it.
    freshonlybakeryon September 30, 2010   Link

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