"Zero Visibility " as written by and Tim Mcilrath....
I’m saddling in here for the long haul
Can’t hide forever is what they say
In with the wind, out with a bang
Meanwhile nothing has changed

With each one slowly ordered
A storm brews in her eyes
A miss shot at the buzzard
Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

We are not brave, we are not wise
We stand at the end of the longest times
But we stand here all together
We have been damned, we have survived
We came back to homes we don’t recognize
But we return here all together

The moments of clarity here are short lived
Bleed through the bandages again
The wind is a lie, no longer white
Black as a day without sun

Passed out in a gutter
Woke up in your arms
Nursed back into color
The same touch that heals me
Left the scar

We are not brave, we are not wise
We stand at the end of the longest times
But we stand here all together
We have been damned, we have survived
We came back to homes we don’t recognize
But we return here all together

And the world works in ways that I never
Have claimed to know
We got out and fought through the weather
But it followed
The view from here isn’t better
But it’s all we know
It’s all we know

We are not brave, we are not wise
We stand at the edge of the borderlines
But we stand here all together
We have been damned, we have survived
Who we become you won’t recognize
But became them all together
All together


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"Zero Visibility" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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    My Interpretationalright so I think this has more of a holocaust ring to me

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    he's either in the Warsaw ghetto awaiting transport to a "village" (meanwhile nothing has changed)
    or still hiding from the nazis (can't hide forever is what they say)
    he went running and wound up caught after the nazis shot out a couple of his freinds/family, who were all transported to either the ghetto or the concentration camp (in with the wind, out with a bang)

    With each one slowly ordered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    now this is where I picked up on the holocaust vibe
    the war is finally over and they have been liberated (we stand at the end of the longest times)
    the line "We have been damned, we have survived" shows how they survived the holocaust itself, and all the death that occured
    "we came back to homes we don't recognize" they come back to their old homes only to find them destroyed or bought by someone else
    "but we return here all together" describes the people that survived with him

    this is just my interpretation, the war veteran thing is sounding pretty good but I'm still sticking to my own
    charles115on April 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is a bit of a Stretch, but I think it's about the LGBT Community. It's not the First Time, „September's Children“ was about the LGBT Community, in association with the „It Gets Better Project“. I think Tim's Putting himself in the POV of a Homosexual Person:

    „Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed“
    Can't Hide Forever = Gays are Constantly Bullied and Discriminated everywhere.
    Out with a Bang = Suicide (Many are led to Suicide from all the Bulling/Abuse).
    Nothing has Changed = There are still a lot of people who will go on without end on how they believe Homosexuality is Wrong.

    „The moments of clarity here are short lived
    Bleed through the bandages again
    The wind is a lie, no longer white
    Black as a day without sun“
    Moments... are short lived = Few People actually Stand up for Gays
    Bleed through the Bandages = Internal Suffering, Depression, possible Suicidal Thoughts.
    Black as a Day without Sun = Feeling of No Hope, there's a beautiful Sky up there, but you can't get to it because it'S blocked by Clouds or Something.

    „Passed out in a gutter
    Woke up in your arms
    Nursed back into color
    The same touch that heals me
    Left the scar“
    Passed out in a Gutter = Psychical Violence/Abuse.
    Woke up in Your Arms...Nursed me back into Colour = a Supporter of LGBT Equality is there for them
    The Same touch that heals me... LEFT THE SCAR! = (it should be in all caps 'cause it's Screamed) maybe someone the person Trusted, like a Parent of Friend who was there for them, until they found out they were Gay, then they turned against them.

    „And the world works in ways that I never
    Have claimed to know
    We got out and fought through the weather
    But it followed
    The view from here isn't better
    But it’s all we know
    It’s all we know“
    The World works in ways I have never Claimed to know = He can't believe why this is, why people just can't accept the LGBT Community. Love is Love, regardless of Gender Difference or Gender Similarity.
    We got out and Fought through the weather but it Followed = Either Fighting or Ignoring the Homophobes, but even after the Battle is over the Homophobes still repeatedly keep bashing them.
    The View from here isn't Better, but it's all we Know = Nothing seems to be Working, everywhere he goes, someone Speaks out against him.

    [Chorus]
    „We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together
    /
    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the edge of the borderlines
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    Who we become you won’t recognize
    But became them all together“
    We are not Brave, we are not Wise = We [The LGBT's] are just ordary People, we're not Special, we're not Superhuman.
    We stand at the end of the longest times / We stand at the end of the Borderlines = Everytime their Picked on, it seems like it never ends, because it happens so often.
    We have been Damned, we have survived, we came back to Homes we don't Recognise = Homosexuals have been Discriminated, Hated, Abused, Beaten and even Killed, just for their Personality. But they still carry on, even if all didn't make it, some still Carry on.
    Who we Become you won't Recognise / we Return here all Together = This is Directed at the Homophobes, basically saying „If you don't like us because of who we are... then Fuck You! We're not Giving Up. We'll always Stand Together.“

    Overall, I think it's a Great Song. I'm not 100% on this Interpretation, this is just my Educated Guess. I'm actually not even part of the LGBT Community Myself, I am a Straight Man, but I fucking Hate people who hate the LGBT Community. To me, it's just as offensive and Unacceptable as Racism, Sexism and Xenophobia. Or just Discrimination in General. I'm not Gay, but I wish I was just to Piss of Homophobes. And for any one out there Part of the LGBT Community, I'm with Tim (And probably the rest of Rise Against as well), I may not be a Part of you, but I'm willing to Walk with you until the End.
    ZeGermanon September 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is actually about war veterans, most of this lyrics seem to match men going off to fight in the war of terror, and coming back to a home that isn't what they were fighting for. (I have also made changes to the lyrics to what I think they should be)

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    [Saddling in for a long haul fly to deployment, can't hide forever is describing the insurgents, "In with the wind, out with a bang" could describe missiles, Nothing has changed despite all they've done]

    With each word slowly uttered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    [Speaking to his girlfriend/life about what he's doing over there, with her getting angrier with each word she says, saying it doesn't matter if he's doing a good thing or not, he's still not at home]

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest lines
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    [Pretty self explanatory one you get into the mindset, soldiers coming back home, being damned for being over there, coming back to homes that aren't the same, all coming back home at the same time from deployment]

    The moments of clarity here are short lived
    Bleed through the bandages again
    But when is a lie, no longer white
    But black as a day without sun

    [Starting to question why they are out there, and each time it's explained it keeps them content for less, old wounds are starting to hurt, and wondering if they were lied to]

    Passed out in a gutter
    Woke up in your arms
    Nursed back into color
    The same touch that heals me
    Left the scar

    [Injured while on duty, woke up in the hospital, "The same touch that heals me
    Left the scar" it was government care that got him better, but its because of the government he got hurt in the first place.]

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    [Same again from above chorus]

    And the world works in ways that I never
    Have claimed to know
    We got out and fought over the weather
    But it followed
    The view from here isn’t better
    But it’s all we know
    It’s all we know

    [Beginning to understand that there was some bigger plan by higher up people and it wasn't about why they came over in the first place, people have been fighting over the credibility of climate change because of the fossil fuel consumption, and people aren't changing because they are afraid]

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the edge of the borderlines
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    Who we become you won’t recognize
    But became them all together
    All together

    [Waiting to check back into the country, still damned by their country, and no-one understands but the people who have been there]
    SneakyBriton October 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationalright so I think this has more of a holocaust ring to me

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    he's either in the Warsaw ghetto awaiting transport to a "village" (meanwhile nothing has changed)
    or still hiding from the nazis (can't hide forever is what they say)
    he went running and wound up caught after the nazis shot out a couple of his freinds/family, who were all transported to either the ghetto or the concentration camp (in with the wind, out with a bang)

    With each one slowly ordered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    now this is where I picked up on the holocaust vibe
    the war is finally over and they have been liberated (we stand at the end of the longest times)
    the line "We have been damned, we have survived" shows how they survived the holocaust itself, and all the death that occured
    "we came back to homes we don't recognize" they come back to their old homes only to find them destroyed or bought by someone else
    "but we return here all together" describes the people that survived with him

    this is just my interpretation, the war veteran thing is sounding pretty good but I'm still sticking to my own
    charles115on April 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationalright so I think this has more of a holocaust ring to me

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    he's either in the Warsaw ghetto awaiting transport to a "village" (meanwhile nothing has changed)
    or still hiding from the nazis (can't hide forever is what they say)
    he went running and wound up caught after the nazis shot out a couple of his freinds/family, who were all transported to either the ghetto or the concentration camp (in with the wind, out with a bang)

    With each one slowly ordered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    now this is where I picked up on the holocaust vibe
    the war is finally over and they have been liberated (we stand at the end of the longest times)
    the line "We have been damned, we have survived" shows how they survived the holocaust itself, and all the death that occured
    "we came back to homes we don't recognize" they come back to their old homes only to find them destroyed or bought by someone else
    "but we return here all together" describes the people that survived with him

    this is just my interpretation, the war veteran thing is sounding pretty good but I'm still sticking to my own
    charles115on April 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationalright so I think this has more of a holocaust ring to me

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    he's either in the Warsaw ghetto awaiting transport to a "village" (meanwhile nothing has changed)
    or still hiding from the nazis (can't hide forever is what they say)
    he went running and wound up caught after the nazis shot out a couple of his freinds/family, who were all transported to either the ghetto or the concentration camp (in with the wind, out with a bang)

    With each one slowly ordered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    now this is where I picked up on the holocaust vibe
    the war is finally over and they have been liberated (we stand at the end of the longest times)
    the line "We have been damned, we have survived" shows how they survived the holocaust itself, and all the death that occured
    "we came back to homes we don't recognize" they come back to their old homes only to find them destroyed or bought by someone else
    "but we return here all together" describes the people that survived with him

    this is just my interpretation, the war veteran thing is sounding pretty good but I'm still sticking to my own
    charles115on April 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationalright so I think this has more of a holocaust ring to me

    I’m saddling in here for the long haul
    Can’t hide forever is what they say
    In with the wind, out with a bang
    Meanwhile nothing has changed

    he's either in the Warsaw ghetto awaiting transport to a "village" (meanwhile nothing has changed)
    or still hiding from the nazis (can't hide forever is what they say)
    he went running and wound up caught after the nazis shot out a couple of his freinds/family, who were all transported to either the ghetto or the concentration camp (in with the wind, out with a bang)

    With each one slowly ordered
    A storm brews in her eyes
    A miss shot at the buzzard
    Time whether wasted or well spent is still time

    We are not brave, we are not wise
    We stand at the end of the longest times
    But we stand here all together
    We have been damned, we have survived
    We came back to homes we don’t recognize
    But we return here all together

    now this is where I picked up on the holocaust vibe
    the war is finally over and they have been liberated (we stand at the end of the longest times)
    the line "We have been damned, we have survived" shows how they survived the holocaust itself, and all the death that occured
    "we came back to homes we don't recognize" they come back to their old homes only to find them destroyed or bought by someone else
    "but we return here all together" describes the people that survived with him

    this is just my interpretation, the war veteran thing is sounding pretty good but I'm still sticking to my own
    charles115on April 28, 2016   Link
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    General Commentsorry for posting so much of the same post, I accidentally spammed the add comment button and I don't think I can delete them
    charles115on April 29, 2016   Link

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