"Riot Rhythm" as written by and Alexis Krauss Derek Miller....
You've got a smart best friend, she's OK
Have you had a smile today
Push the door and take your seats
I've been seen playin' for keeps

Dear heart, don't stop fighting
Prepare, ride the lightning
It's like heart-heart-heartbeat
Just like banging rhythm

You've gotta march!
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

You've gotta march!
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

You've got a smart best friend and she's OK
Have you ever felt that way
Straight A kids like a treat
She stands up and takes the heat

Dear heart, don't stop fighting
Prepare, ride the lightning
It's like heart-heart-heartbeat
Just like banging rhythm

You've gotta march
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
You've gotta march
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah


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"Riot Rhythm" as written by Derek Miller Alexis Krauss

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    General CommentLYRICS FROM THE NEW VINYL INSERT | Band Official:

    because my best friend she's ok
    carve you out start today
    rush to the door take your seats
    our ill saints play for keeps

    dear heart don't stop fighting
    rhythm ride the lightning
    it's not hell or heaven
    just like riot rhythm

    you gotta march

    because my best friend she's ok
    carve you out all the way
    straight a kids like a treat
    she stands up takes the heat

    dear heart don't stop fighting
    rhythm ride the lightning
    it's not hell or heaven
    just like riot rhythm

    you gotta march

    ah ah ah ah ah
    wornwhiteon April 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not upper-handed ?
    Just like riot rhythm!
    nefittyon October 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat I'm hearing:

    You've got a smart best friend and she's okay,
    Have you had a smile today,
    Close the door take your seats,
    Or else you need to play for keeps.

    Dear heart don't stop fighting,
    We're going to fight the lightning,
    It's not hell or heaven
    Just like riot rhythm!

    You've gotta march!
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

    You've gotta march!
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

    You've got a smart best friend and she's okay,
    Have you ever felt that way,
    Straight-A kids like a treat
    She stands up and takes the heat.

    Dear heart don't stop fighting,
    We're going to fight the lightning,
    It's not hell or heaven
    Just like riot rhythm!

    You've gotta march
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
    ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
    MunkeyNerdon November 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStraight A students? They tend to congregate with other "smart" people, even if you don't have much in common. ("She's okay." You two claim to be "best friends" but aren't actually close. Perhaps emotionally.)

    "Have you had a smile today?"
    Having to ask yourself like as a regimented reminder to "be happy". Like an instructed social norm.

    Go to class. Behave.
    "play for keeps"-"you take things very seriously and the outcome is very important to you; it is not a mere game."(from usingenglish.com)

    "Dear heart..." etc.
    Not very clear on what the lyrics are, but judging from what is posted... This student is pushing forward. I guess, it might be about the social life you sacrifice to get ahead. "Not heaven or hell." People aren't black and white, so it's reassuring to know that you don't belong with one or the other (for instance, high-acheivers vs. average and etc.... Nerds vs. Popular/Jock All-stars... Stereotyped groups.)
    Take the lightning. Quick insults.

    "Just like riot rhythm"
    riot-duel meaning... an uproar. the masses.
    The riot can be the majority or unconcerned, animalistic, wild teenagers.
    (which to me verifies my theory of the beach in "Rachel" as the mass majority/wild youth, because a synonym of "riot" is "sea". Sea of people. The difference is in the outlook of the two songs. This one's take is a very army-like, structured look at... education? Kind of like brainwashing. The idea of manufacturing humans to think and live a certain way.)


    "You gotta march."
    Push forward, but stay undetectable and in line... most likely so that you can make no trouble and get out of there.

    "Straight A kids like a treat.
    She stands up and takes the heat."
    Okay, this one goes a few ways for me.
    High-acheivers kind of tend to find answering questions in class gratifying. At some schools(like I'm thinking of uniform, Catholic school type), when you speak or answer a question you must stand. She is speaking in class and is...
    a.) got the answer wrong or just stood up out of habit but finds that she had no answer and "takes the heat"-incompetence
    b.) goes back to being bullied, get called a teacher's pet or ass kisser or nerd(something negative)
    c.) this one is a bit different from the previous two. it suggests that the whole time she was questioning her routine life of hitting the books hard and associating with people who are smart but are otherwise uninteresting. She is finding different views within herself and is straying from what she has been conditioned to think. She stands up/fights for her new beliefs and is scolded for stepping out of line.
    The change of heart feeling are suggested in the "have you had a smile today?" and "have you ever felt that way?" both second lines in the verse.

    Thoughts? A, B, or C? D, all of the above?
    owlhowlscowlon March 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok why are these lyrics even posted if half of them are question marks and the other half is wrong? lol
    sunkistnaturals1213on April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentForgot to add:

    Jesus Christ, I love this band.
    MunkeyNerdon November 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the chorus is :

    Dear heart don't stop fighting,
    Prepare ride the lightning,
    It's not hardcore heaven
    Just like riot rhythm
    trancer70on December 30, 2010   Link

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