"The Keepers" as written by John Hill, Gregory Allen Kurstin and Santi White....
I walk blind with smoke in my eyes
It's like we don't know where we been
That's it, boy, just state your case
You're just as wrong as you were then
One tough move throw your hands up
Say I don't make no rules
No one even knows I'm here
Now its on you to man up
You say no weight'll hang on what you say

We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
Down, down it burns down
Our house is burning down

Ask me why a dream gets you by
But let it want, turns a dangerous thing
Watch out for it, it snakes right past
Then turns around and it sucks you in
What happens when you get stuck
Get to the bottom of the illusion that you're in
From the roots now it's shook up
Know that what ails without will do you in

We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
Down, down it burns down
Our house is burning down

And not a thing I've done
Abates my fear
And not a thing I've done
Abates my fear
And still although our hearts can't run
We are gone
We are gone
On the heels of all we have done, know

We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
We're the keepers
While we sleep in America
Our house is burning down
Our house is burning
Down, down it burns down
Our house is burning down


Lyrics submitted by omfgmatty

"The Keepers" as written by Gregory Kurstin Greg Kurstin

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General CommentSeems like a critique on the American self-centered attitude. As we sleep comfortably and go about our lives, we forget and remain numb to the immense suffering of the rest of the world (our true, shared home). Yet, we are the very ones who have the power to try and change things... 'The Keepers'.

    Just my interpretation.
    LittleCell09on May 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI see at as a critique on the American society as a whole and how democracy is working right now.

    Chorus:
    The keepers is the US population, a house burning down speaks for itself.

    Verse 1 is in general a conversation with somebody who has given up on democracy/influencing his own life in a political way:
    I walk blind with smoke in my eyes
    =I'm confused
    It's like we don't know where we been
    =Like we don't remember the past
    That's it, boy, just state your case
    =What do you actually want
    You're just as wrong as you were then
    =I remember what you've done (nothing) or giving up an democracy is wrong
    One tough move throw your hands up
    =It's tough to stand out in the crowd, to make yourself known
    Say I don't make no rules
    =I'm not a politician/government official
    No one even knows I'm here
    =I'm just an ordinary citizen in the system
    Now its on you to man up
    =speaks for itself
    You say no weight'll hang on what you say
    =you say your voice has no influence

    Verse 2 is all about the American dream and how fictitious this actually is:
    Ask me why a dream gets you by
    =dreaming is a powerful way of getting by daily life
    But let it want, turns a dangerous thing
    =Be careful not to let them control your thinking and thus life
    Watch out for it, it snakes right past
    =dreaming is a tempting mistress
    Then turns around and it sucks you in
    =speaks for itself
    What happens when you get stuck
    =speaks for itself
    Get to the bottom of the illusion that you're in
    =sometimes you have to get in shit deeper to really know your in shit
    From the roots now it's shook up
    =from the bottom you know there is something wrong and you can build on that
    Know that what ails without will do you in
    =This on was hard as a non native speaker. But I think that without any effort put into something it's worth nothing as well. Something that ails is something that does you harm or makes you feel not so well.

    Verse 3 The text from above doesn't always resemble the lyrics I'm hearing:
    And not a thing I've done Abates my fear
    =It's still as scary to me as to you although I'm sort of famous (or something)

    And not a thing I've done Abates (my fear >this one is actually not there, booklets can be wrong)
    And still although our hearts can't run (I hear 1 voice coming through the other, 1 makes the text as posted with hearts and one says And still I never have to run)
    =Nothing has made it less hard, but still I never had to run from it. Or still my loved ones cannot get away

    We are gone
    We are gone
    On the heels of all we have done, know
    =On our behavior towards democracy we are non existent
    Henkdeon September 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionAsk me why a dream gets you by
    But let it want, turns a dangerous thing

    I really thought this was "ask me why, the Dream gets you by/But lady, want is a dangerous thing". As in, "the [American] Dream is not enough to keep you out of desperation."
    foliageon July 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the correct lyrics. Straight from the CD booklet.

    BTW, Isn't this song amazing? I find it to be so.
    omfgmattyon May 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this song about the housing crisis in the US?
    scofu0512on May 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo be born free is a great privilege, to die free is a great responsibility !
    cashsaleson August 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song has to do with the Youth of America as the Keepers... The keepers are asleep as it is a call to rise.. And that the current government is burning our house down to the ground. She considers herself the youth as depicted in the video, There is nothing one person can say or do, but united they can change something.. The older, like the grandma depicted, doesn't even move when bullets are flying because she doesn't want to change or is stuck as said in the song. The milkman dying is a depiction of the past and how it was. It is now dead and values and morals are dead. America is the house that is burning down.
    gringoguapo_azon January 28, 2014   Link

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