"Bridge Burning" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear....
These are my famous last words
My number's up bridges will burn
Oh won't you let me twist your fate
It's getting kinda late

And I don't wanna wait no more
Oh may I have this dance of days
Locked in your embrace
You passed your test of faith

Another time, another place, another line upon your face
Another in your wake
Down crooked stairs and sideway glances comes the king of second chances
Now throw him in the flames

Whatever keeps you warm at night (whatever keeps you warm at night)
Whatever keeps you warm inside
Your bridges are burning now
They're all coming down
It's all coming 'round

You're burning them down
It's all coming 'round
They're all coming down
Your bridges are burning now

Oh let me put you in your place
Love it when you say, I'm giving everything away, but
Tell me what's in it for me

Tell me now what's in it for me
No one's getting this for free
So tell me now what's in it for me
Whatever keeps you warm at night (whatever keeps you warm at night)

Whatever keeps you warm inside
Your bridges are burning now
They're all coming down
It's all coming 'round

You're burning them down
It's all coming 'round
They're all coming down
Your bridges are burning now

Gathering the ashes
Everything thrown away
Gathering the ashes
Scatter as they blow away

Gathering the ashes
Everything thrown away
Gathering the ashes
Scatter as they blow away

Your bridges are burning now
They're all coming down
It's all coming 'round

You're burning them down
It's all coming 'round
They're all coming down

Your bridges are burning now
They're all coming down
It's all coming 'round

You're burning them down
It's all coming 'round
They're all coming down
Your bridges are burning now


Lyrics submitted by tdh1121, edited by MiataMike

"Bridge Burning" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear

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    General CommentThis song is excellent. Might take a few times on repeat to truly appreciate the song.
    Sounds alot better than the teaser and then the snippet during the film trailer.
    Not the best album in my opinion. But it will grow on you.
    But from recording the whole album in a garage onto tape, that is what makes the Foo Fighters the best band in the world.
    FFNSDBTCVon April 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Christianity.

    These are my famous last words!
    My number's up, bridges well, burned
    (The moment I die, that will be it)

    Why won't you let me disobey
    It's getting kinda late but I don't wanna wait no more
    (I've been believing in you for a long time but I think it's enough)

    Oh may I have this dance of days
    Locked in your embrace
    Passed your test of faith
    (This is as far as I go, you have to admit that I've done enough)

    Another time another place
    Another line upon your face
    Another in your way
    (Every person that exists in the world disobeys your word)

    Down crooked stairs and sideways glances
    Comes the king of second chances
    Now throw him in the flame
    (This is actually very straightforward, the crooked stairs and sideways glances mean mistakes and hyocrisy; the king of second chances is some kind of title)

    Whatever keeps you warm at night
    (If you want to lie to yourself, be my guest)

    Your bridges are burning down
    They're all coming down
    It's all coming round
    You're burning them down
    (Burning bridges down is means that there's no turning back now, and that once you know the truth, you can't look back)
    Snipeon July 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think the song might be about someone who made up a bunch of excuses and lies and now those things have caught up to him. And now that every knows, his excuses and lies are now leaving him with no where to go. Only the terror of knowing everyone is now out to get him.
    TheMightyQuinn3000on April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould it be political?
    Sneekon April 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman this song kicks ass! such a great opener, like the pretender and all my life.
    herchenmon April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBy the most of the lyrics I think that it's about destroying a relation between two people (friends, lovers..) so by saying "your bridges are burning" it means that the bond that connects the two is disappearing, and "gathering the ashes" means that one of them is trying to save that relationship but it's not working so he says "everything is thrown away". And now returning to the begining "these are my famous last words" probably means that these words are the last thing someone would say to his partner before breaking up. Anyways that's just my interpretation of the song, btw it's the best opener.
    hughtrblcon June 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMightyquinn, just because a band is hard and heavy does not mean Jesus can't come into the equation. The Bible is probably the heaviest piece of writing ever concieved, dealing with issues such as the ETERNAL SALVATION OF HUMANITY. Heavy subject matter... Anyway, Black Sabbath were not Christian, yet their song After Forever deals with the worlds denial of Jesus and redemption in a negative light. It seems in Bridges Burning, the Foos have taken a leaf out of the Black Sabbath book. Society is burning the bridges between itself and God, and some of the imagery in this song, such as the "test of faith" and "king of second chances" suggest that this is what the song is about. Even if the Foos aren't Christian. Brilliant stuff.
    generatorpartyon August 02, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe correct name of this song Bridge Burning, not Bridges Burning.
    pinklauraon November 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commentat least someone corrected the wrong name given to the song thanks pinklaura
    bowden7Don March 06, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationFrom the song I get that it's very political and rebellious towards the establishment and speaking from the working mans point of view towards the economical crisis.

    The king of second chances - Politicians.

    Whatever keeps you warm at night - The lies.

    Burning bridges and throw him in the flames - The public rebelling.

    Another time, another place, another line upon your face - If it was the politician in the working mans shoes they would see the devastation they have cause.

    Gathering the ashes - The working man will suffer in the end.

    My number's up - I'm angry!
    foonaticon March 08, 2012   Link

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