"Help Is On The Way" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
I have my mother's dreams
I have my father's eyes
You can't take that from me
Just go ahead and try

The crescent city sleeps
While giants in the sky
Preparing to unleash
Let loose a mighty cry

Can nobody save us?
Will anyone try?
The bayou is burning
The cypress has died

And all along they're saying

Help is on the way (They said they said)
Help is on the way (They said they said)
One by land, two by sea, right there in front of me
Help is on the way

Five thousand feet below
As black smoke engulfs the sky
The ocean floor explodes
Eleven mothers cry

My bones all resonate
A burning lullaby
You can't take that from me
Just go ahead and try

She says that's a shoreline
With hands in the air
Her words pierce the dark night
Does anyone care?
And all along can say it

Help is on the way (They said they said)
Help is on the way (They said they said)
Hold my hand, to help see, right there in front of me
Help is on the way

Right here
Right here

Right here
Right here

Right here
Right here

Choking on the black gold
Upon which we here rely
We keep axes in the attic
To see cameras in the sky

Help is on the way (They said they said)
Help is on the way (They said they said)

We were told, just to sit tight
'Cause somebody will soon arrive

Help is on the way
They never came
They never came

Help is on the way (They said they said)
Help is on the way (They said they said)
One by land, two by sea, right there in front of me
Help is on the way

On the way


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"Help Is on the Way" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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  • +8
    Song MeaningThis song has a very clear and not as an interpretive meaning than most other of Rise Against's songs. This is pretty much directly about the Oil Spill in the gulf. Some things that support this interpretation are:
    Crescent city - Crescent city is a nickname for New Orleans
    "Five thousand feet below, as black smoke engulfs the sky, the ocean floor explodes" - the sky being a metaphor for the ocean surface, and the black smoke is the oil.
    "Choking on the black gold, upon which we rely" - Black gold is a term for oil, and which we rely is referring to how we use oil on a daily basis.

    The whole chorus about help never coming is a reference to how BP always said they'd deal with the spill and clean it up, but they took forever to do so.

    Snowballroxon January 20, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentWhen the song comes to the part 'It never came!' I feel blazing and bitter fury.
    KatieDementieon January 20, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"the ocean floor explodes
    11 mothers cry"

    For those unaware, 11 people died when the oil rig exploded in the gulf. Hence this line.
    wsoxfan1214on January 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is the best I could do, message me on here if you want to mp3 or you have changes to the lyrics :) awesome song.
    JaCoBiiion January 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe first part seems to refer to Katrina:

    "The crescent city sleeps/While giants in the sky/preparing to unleash"

    Because Hurricane Katrina caught us (I llive in NO) completely off guard since we all thought it was just going to dissipate after it hit Florida. The second part is quite obviously referring to the oil spill but the first part stuck out from that so I thought I'd mention.
    TheSquiggoloon January 25, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think its actually "She stands at the shoreline, with hands in the air" "her words pierce the dark night, does anyone care?" Meaning, that This girl (presumabally stranded) is yelling and screaming and waving her arms to try and get the attention of one of the supposed "rescuers"
    RAColt45on February 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit still is a problem commander. there still is oil in the gulf just the media isnt talking about it anymore
    Cuse24on January 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe media doesn't talk about it because the general population lost interest and i think this song speaks on that saying the help never came because people lost interest and no one is fretting over it anymore thinking "oh its no big deal, the news hasnt said anything so it must be all better now"
    TheSquiggoloon January 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI find it very interesting to listen to the tone of voice used in the song.

    You start with a statement that eventually works it's way into a desperate cry. Immediately followed by the chorus saying "Help is on the way".

    I find this interesting because after the chorus if repeats, starts with a calm statement then back to a desperate cry for help.

    Almost as if when you ask for help and it is offered, you can never really fully rely on anyone else but yourself.

    I think it has more to do with direct action then anything else.
    Worldslayer608on March 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know the real meaning of this song is about Katrina, but if you look at it in a different light, doesn't it seem like some sort of song for a cartoon of some sort?

    *commentary in these sections below each section being commented on*

    I have my mother's dreams
    I have my father's eyes
    You can't take that from me
    Just go ahead and try

    *introduction of the protagonist, parents died somehow*

    The crescent city sleeps
    While giants in the sky
    preparing to unleash
    let loose a mighty cry

    *giants in the sky = monsters/aliens/robots, the next two lines fit with this*

    Can nobody save us?
    Will anyone try?
    pyre is burning
    The severance is tight

    *this is from the civilians, describing the destruction the villain is laying across the area*

    And all along they're saying

    *"they" can be interpreted an outside force supplying the protagonist with some power or ability to fight off the villains, linking it to the next lines*

    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Hold my hand, to help see, right there in front of me
    Help is on the way

    *this can be interpreted as both the outside force telling the protagonist that help is on the way for him to battle the villains, and as the protagonist telling the civilians that he's coming to save the day etc.*

    five thousand feet below
    as black smoke engulfs the sky
    the ocean floor explodes
    11 mothers cry

    *appearance of a new monster, the next three lines are talking about disasters caused by the appearance*

    My bones are resining
    a burning lullaby
    you can't take that from me
    just go ahead and try

    *protagonist again ready to defend city etc.*

    she says that's a sure line
    with hands in the air
    her words miss the dark light
    Does anyone care?
    And all along can say it

    *possible heroine introduction, remember this is supposed to be like an intro to a series*

    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Hold my hand, to help see, right there in front of me
    Help is on the way

    *same as last chorus*

    right here
    right here
    (3x)

    *this is the only part in the song where i'm not sure how you could interpret it as an intro*

    choking on the black gold
    upon which we here rely
    we keep actions in the attics
    to see cameras in the sky

    *protagonist sees destruction spread, villain is slowly winning*

    help is on the way (they said they said)
    help is on the way (they said they said)

    *protagonist's outside forces promising help in a losing situation*

    we were told, just to sit tight
    'cause somebody will soon arrive

    *civilians waiting for the protagonist to turn the tides*

    Help is on the way
    They never came
    They never came

    *protagonist suffers massive injury, all is assumed to be lost*

    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Help is on the way (they said they said)
    Hold my hand, to help see, right there inside of me
    Help is on the way

    *protagonist gets second wind through whatever means, a new ability/weapon etc. comes back stronger than before*

    On the way

    *final blow dealt to villain*
    azuritereactionon March 22, 2011   Link

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