"Satellite" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame
You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays
You won't know your worth now, son, until you take a hit
And you won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it

That's why we won't back down
We won't run and hide
'Cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why you stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
Oh shine your light on me

You can't fill your cup until you empty all it has
You can't understand what lays ahead
If you don't understand the past
You'll never learn the fun now
Till you're standing at the cliff
And you cant truly love until you've given up on it

She told me that she never would face the world again
So I offer up a plan

We'll sneak out when they sleep
And sail off in the night
We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives
When we're gone we'll stay gone
Out of sight, out of mind
It's not too late
We have the rest of our lives

We'll sneak out while they sleep
And sail off into the night
We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives
Out of sight, out of mind
It's not too late
We have the rest of our lives
The rest of our lives
The rest of our lives

Because we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah 'cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why you stick to your game plans and party lives
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
Oh shine your light on me

Because we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah 'cause these are the things we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
'Cause these are the things that we can't deny now
This is a life that you can't deny us now


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"Satellite" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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  • +16
    Song MeaningIs this all songmeanings has become? People anally quibbling over lyrics? Look wrong or not we get the gist of it. Here's my meaning:

    It's all about living to the fullest. All about having a game plan for life and having the balls to fulfill it. To know that anymore, you can't just pass through life. For us Americans, there is no American Dream... only the dream.

    You can't know your limits until you push forth. Evolving and learning to become the best you can, to learn to fly and follow your life. In the day you play and live like normal human beings, at night you get together and find your way. Search things out. Find ways to become who you are without society leaving you still small. It's about having a purpose.

    It's about having the courage, the balls, to walk your path. To become who you are.

    Good people are often hurt by this current environment. Hurt by others and one bitten they end up like hermits, never wanting to go out, never wanting to face the world. So he is saying we'll not worry about the others. We'll do our thing and not let society judge us, even see us, in our wake. We'll do our lives our way, and rise. When we rise and pass over like a satellite, we'll have each other to watch our backs.

    That's all that matters.

    Not quibbling over correct lyrics. What matters is we are all free. There's no time to worry about words, when the truth is spend looking so deeply into them. Rise people! Evolve! Then you'll understand the language!
    chino69on April 24, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretationmaybe its not contradiction, for me is like a story of a character who has to make a choice between running awya with the one he loves or stay and fight! (you can make this more complete if you want)
    Beto7100on May 22, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTaken from the album booklet, although these are the given lyrics, it's not what he always sings. (the additions of that's why we etc) Also the mis-spellings etc are the given spellings in the book.

    You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flames
    You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays
    You won't know your worth now son until you take a hit
    You won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it

    We won't back down we won't run and hide
    Because these are the things that we can't deny
    I'm passing over you like a satellite
    So catch me if I fall
    We stick to you game plans and party lines
    But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
    We are the orphans of the Amerikan dream
    So shine your light on me

    You can't fill your cup until you empty all it has
    You can't understand what lays ahead if
    You don't understand the past
    You'll never learn to fly until you're
    Standing at the cliff
    And you can't truly love until you've given up on it

    We won't back down we won't run and hide
    Because these are the things that we can't deny
    I'm passing over you like a satellite
    So catch me if I fall
    We stick to you game plans and party lines
    But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
    We are the orphans of the Amerikan dream
    So shine your light on me

    She told me that she never
    Could face the world again
    So I offered up a plan:

    We'll sneak out
    While they sleep
    And sail off in the night
    We'll come clean
    And start over
    The rest of our lives
    When we're gone
    We'll stay gone
    Out of sight
    Out of mind
    It's not too late
    We have the rest of our lives

    We won't back down we won't run and hide
    Because these are the things that we can't deny
    I'm passing over you like a satellite
    So catch me if I fall
    We stick to you game plans and party lines
    But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
    We are the orphans of the Amerikan dream
    So shine your light on me
    Because these are the things that we can't deny now
    This is a life that you can't deny us now
    droneeon March 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame"
    you can't understand how much harm something can cause until you have experienced it for yourself.

    "You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays"
    If you don't test your boundaries you'll forget they're even there, much less why they are there or who drew the line.

    "You won't know your worth now, son, until you take a hit"
    Some people are all bark and no bite; they need something to happen to them personally before they understand how they would really react in that situation.

    "And you won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it"
    You won't become dedicated to a cause until you put all you have into it without needing to think about it.

    "That's why we won't back down, we won't run and hide. Ya, 'cause these are the things that we can't deny."
    There are certain things in this world that, once you learn the truth, you can either pretend you never heard it, or take a stand and fight for what is right.

    "I'm passing over you like a satellite, so catch me if I fall."
    I'm taking charge, educating myself and others, and preparing for the inevitable clash. If I falter, be there to be my support.

    "That's why we stick to your game plans and party lines"
    On the outside we appear to be regular citizens, conforming and not making a scene...

    "But at night we're conspiring by candlelight"
    ...while on the inside we are wide awake and can see through all the lies, making our own plans to fight back

    "We are the orphans of the Amerikan dream so shine your light on me"
    It's called a dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. Amerikan is not a typo. Our country has gone to shit and we (the younger generation) have been dumped into it.

    "You can't fill your cup until you empty all it has"
    If you want to take the trip down the Rabbit Hole, be prepared to re-learn everything you thought you knew.

    "You can't understand what lays ahead if you don't understand the past."
    Be a student of history. Amerika is the Modern Rome.

    "You'll never learn to fly now till you're standing at the cliff"
    There won't be a good opportunity to put your plans in action until the eleventh hour.

    "And you can't truly love until you've given up on it"
    If you love it, set it free. You don't know what you have until it's gone.

    "She told me that she never could face the world again. So I offered up a plan:"
    She (girlfriend maybe) sees no point in fighting such a powerful enemy, and that resistance is futile so we should just give up and give in. He lets her know that all is not lost.

    "We'll sneak out while they sleep and sail off in the night"
    Let's bug out and find a better place to live.

    "We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives"
    Put aside all of our differences and start a brand new society from the ground up.

    "When we're gone we'll stay gone out of sight out of mind"
    Never look back, don't give them another chance.

    "It's not too late we have the rest of our lives"
    self explanatory

    We are in a fight against the New World Order. Some of you will laugh, the others know too well. All is not as it may seem, they are constantly tightening their grip on us. They poison the air, water, and food, dumb is down with drugs and schooling, keep us trapped on a postage stamp of political topics, most meaningless, censor and punish descent, feed on our energy with occult rituals, and the rabbit hole never ends. We are nearing the time, shit is about to hit the fan. Maybe martial law, maybe WWIII with US
    uzumaki42on August 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe second verse has some incorrect lyrics. To me, it sounds like what Tim is saying is


    you can't fill your cup until you empty all it has
    you can't understand what lays ahead
    if you don't understand the past
    you'll never learn to fly now
    til youre standing at the pit
    and you cant truly love until youve given up on it

    I'm not sure if "pit" is the right word, but it definitely sounds like the word he's saying starts with a 'p', I just can't tell what it is exactly.
    Angelassassin53on March 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds to me at the line "but at night we're perspiring by candlelight". It sounds more like "conspiring by candlelight" to me. And also it's "why we stick to" not "why you stick to".
    Choppsueyon March 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see the contradiction as Tim saying that you can run away but that is a selfish way to live by going and leaving the people you cared about and fought for behind. Those people who have been led astray with promises of an american dream that no longer exists, who are looking for a new solution (conspiracy by candlelight) but are going along with society and its members of authority as it tells them to.
    youenjoylifeon May 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame
    You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays
    You won't know your worth now, son, until you take a hit
    And you won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it"

    Is about experiencing "life" like doing thing for real to have experience of it, instead of talking or acting without any knowledge of what is really going on.

    "That's why we won't back down
    We won't run and hide
    Yeah cuz these are the things that we can't deny"

    This for me is like taking responsibility about things that have happened, what exactly i'm not sure.

    "I'm passing over you like a satellite
    So catch me if I fall"

    A satellite is the highest man made thing that there is and the old adage goes "what goes up must come down" or "Rome was destroyed, Greece was destroyed, Persia was destroyed, Spain was destroyed.
    All great countries are destroyed"

    "That's why we stick to your game plans and party lines
    But at night we're conspiring by candlelight"

    This is about playing the part in what society expects, but really trying to revolutionize a radical change and that it doesn't have to be the typical rebellious punks or hippies that protest stereo types that make a difference but normal everyday working people.

    "We are the orphans of the Amerikan Dream
    So shine your light on me"

    I'm not sure really what the Amerikan dream is.... maybe global domination, i was under the impression that it was freedom, and maybe shine your light on me is asking to be exposed for what it really is...

    "You can't fill your cup until you empty all it has
    You can't understand what lays ahead
    If you don't understand the past
    You'll never learn to fly now
    Til you're standing at the cliff
    And you can't truly love until you've given up on it"

    again about life experience issues however touching on that you won't actually do something about your situation or learn unless provoked or encouraged... but i think it is more negative like provoked.

    "She told me that she never
    could face the world again
    So I offered up a plan:

    We'll sneak out while they sleep
    And sail off in the night.
    We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives.
    When we're gone, we'll stay gone.
    Out of sight, out of mind.
    It's not too late,
    We have the rest of our lives."

    This again is about confessing(coming clean) to some kind of atrocity/ies like the chorus part... although it seams to touch on suicide which i find quite common in RA lyrics across almost all of their albums with being gone and staying gone... although as mentioned earlier it does seam to contradict the chorus

    echovictoron July 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't really think it's a contradiction found in this song at all. Just different wording for a different situation.


    "She told me that she never would face the world again
    So I offered up a plan

    We'll sneak out while they sleep
    And sail off in the night
    We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives
    When we're gone, we'll stay gone
    Out of sight, out of mind
    It's not too late
    We have the rest of our lives"


    The woman he's talking to is giving up on the world and wants to hide away from it. He tells her the world can be changed. They have to sneak out and come up with the plans underneath the noses of everyone (the government comes to mind here) that's trying to keep it how it is. If they're too open about it, the oppressors would come in to stop them.

    Then when they initiate the change, they'll come clean and be honest about it. They'll shout it out loud and get everyone on their side, and cause the change that will let them start their lives over and make the world a better place for everyone. When the old world is gone, it will stay gone. Out of sight, out of mind. They'll never think about it again because they won't have to deal with it anymore, as it's been fixed for good. With this in mind, the last two lines quoted should be obvious enough.


    It supports the rest of the song when looked at like this. Especially these lines:

    "That's why we stick to your game plans and party lives
    But at night we're conspiring by candlelight"


    The entire song is about breaking out from our preconceived notions of everything and looking at the world in our own way. About not falling victim to what society wants us to be and wants us to think, but to form our own opinions and be ourselves. It's also saying that we should go out and live our lives instead of living in fear. To stand up to everyone and everything trying to stop us from doing so.
    Xydenon February 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion, the verses describe a large amount of life lessons. It also has some foreshadowing to a revolution, so it seems like the song is about how society expects us to behave one way, despite that not being the right way. Because of that, the speaker is pretending to go with society by "following the game plans and party lives" while planning to leave and start over the way life is meant to be lived. Of course, the line "We are the orphans of the American Dream" seems to be a bit of a pun, as the American Dream (according to my old Literature teacher) is to own property, because property will allow for a home. By home, I do not just mean a house where a person lives, but a home where a person belongs. Because of this, an orphan is a person without a home and a family, so an orphan does not belong anywhere. This is to say that the speaker does not belong in this society, which just goes with the idea that he is planning on leaving.
    blaze353on May 31, 2012   Link

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