"Writings on the Wall" as written by and Jeffrey Cleve Ling Benjamin Michael Gordon....
When you’re born in the dirt the only way to grow is up
So we reach for the sun but it seems
Every rung that you climb is another crooked line
That you cross off the tally of your dreams
Don’t step out of line kid, you learn it pretty fast
Every face has its place in the crowd
They’ll give you all the answers, so you don’t ask any questions
Then they’ll march you with a smile into the ground

And we all go to heaven in a little row boat

So put your hands up, put your hands up
If crawling for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
The writing’s on the wall, this ain’t ever gonna stop
Put your hands up, put your hands up
If crawling for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
We’ll fight until we die, this ain’t ever gonna stop

This stray dog world, this sick sad place
Got a belly full of maggots and disease
Every apple here is rotten, every blessing is a curse
Every word is a lie you best believe
We take one step forward, then two steps back
In a race to the bottom of the barrel
They teach us how to fear
They teach us how to hate
Then they arm us and they march us off to hell

And it's left, left, left right left

So put your hands up, put your hands up
If crawling for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
The writing’s on the wall, this ain’t ever gonna stop
Put your hands up, put your hands up
If crawling for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
We’ll fight until we die, this ain’t ever gonna stop

This ain’t ever gonna stop

Because they came for our minds
We said nothing
They came for our hopes
We said nothing
They came for our souls
And still we said nothing
Now they’re coming for our lives
So what’s it gonna take

So what’s it gonna take

What’s it gonna take

What’s it gonna take

See how they run, see how they run

So put your hands up, put your hands up
If clawing for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
The writing’s on the wall, this ain’t ever gonna stop
Put your hands up, put your hands up
If clawing for the scraps won’t ever be enough
Put your hands up, put your hands up
We’ll fight until we die, this ain’t ever gonna stop


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"Writings on the Wall" as written by Jeffrey Cleve Ling Benjamin Michael Gordon

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    My InterpretationThis song is SO powerful the stomp and clap beat reminds me of "We Will Rock You" from Queen. This song is like auditory caffeine. When the guitar intercedes at 2:26 it makes me want to start throwing stuff in my room.

    I think this song is one of those classic "rebellious" songs that musicians pump to get kids excited at shows. Though the basis of this song is to "break the cycle" I still think that we can get some merit out of it (not that the song is bad). The song describes how everyone just does what they're told and given lies to make them think that everything is "alright". The title "Writings On The Wall" comes from a story in the Bible. Basically meaning, a forewarning that bad will come. I think that Winston is trying say that we should instead think for ourselves and always question our motives. Its as if we are dumb sheep and are led by a shepherd of iniquity. Though the message of the song is a bit widespread among other artists, I think that this is a great song. The adrenaline, meaning, and intensity combined really gives this song a solid kick.
    Metaliciouson February 24, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretationthis is about how the few people in power control the rest of us and tell us how to live and send us to war saying that we are doing good and 'we all go to heaven in a little row boat'. every person is born into this system and this isn't gonna stop unless we put our hands and rise above it all.
    Winston McCall for president of the world!!!!!
    jonjonwinnyon December 20, 2015   Link
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    Song ComparisonHas a very similar musical style to King 810 songs. The theme is a little different, as King 810 seem to focus more so on criminal aspects in their impoverished Flint area. Parkway Drive seem to be more making a general rally cry for all (a bit more encompassing and relatable to the masses).
    sokornyon March 29, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationFollows along the theme of many on the Ire album about standing up and fighting for your rights (freedom). That is not letting others rule your life but instead breaking free of the apathy and being free.

    "better to die on your feet than live on your knees"
    sokornyon March 29, 2016   Link

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