"Down In Flames" as written by and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
Christians, we're all afraid of fire
We prefer to suck on pacifiers
Baby pacifists, we're throwing fits
We don't shake hands, we shake our fists

We're cannibals, we watch our brothers fall
We eat our own, the bones and all
Finally fell asleep on the plane
To wake to see we're going down in flames
We're going down, down, down in flames
We're gonna drown, drown, drown insane

We see the problem and the risk
But nothing's solved, we just say
Tsk, tsk, tsk and shame, shame, shame
Finally fell asleep on the plane
To wake to see we're going down in flames

Christians, we mourn, the thorn is stuck
In the side of the body
Watch it self-destruct
The enemy is much ignored
When we fight this Christian civil war

Let me pause to clarify
Because I'm sure you're asking why
I stand before you and proudly claim
To belong to what this song complains
I'm part of the problem, I confess
But I gotta get this off my chest
Let's extinguish the anguish
For which we're to blame
And save the world from going down in flames.


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"Down in Flames" as written by Matthew Arnold Thiessen

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    General CommentI really love this song and this band because they are sending out what all Christians need to heard.
    Fallsemesteron May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyea, this is a really awesome song for Christians to hear, Relient K has an awesome way of doing this, and they send out awesome messages for not just christians, but to everyone
    relient_k_girlon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, there obviously is a meaning to this song. This place is to discuss meaning, so I will break the ice.

    This song is about the damage we (Christians) do to one another through our division. Are minds are closed to our fellow bretheren and we can't let it continue. For 500 years we have been separated by the Schisms of man instead of being united in the pormise of God. If we let this continue, we not only hurt each other, but will keep others from getting to know God and entering into Eternity with Him.
    nofameloston June 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNo fame Lost i agree with you. There are too many different sections in the church.
    Emericanskateron June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGo to the “Softer to Me” Lyric page for a great discussion
    ducttapeguy4187on June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just saw these guys twice in concert at IOSF in NH, and they sang this song both times. I love it, it has a good message, and also Relient K KICKS ASS!
    stargazer00on August 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok anything i've ever wanted to say to ppl who are like "yea i'm all christian" yet they go and fool around is sumed up in this song... ppl these days abuse the term christian... they use it as a word not as an action...to be a christian is to act christ-like no matter the place yer put in...i mean swaring and stuff that deff is not what Jesus would have said.... i mean non of us can be fully christ-like but striving to is the point....n i would like to see this Christian civil war ended real soon.....

    "Let me pause to clarify ('cause I'm sure you're asking, "Why?"). I stand before you, and proudly claim to belong to what this song complains. I'm part of the problem I confess, but I got to get this off my chest. Let's extinguish the anguish for which we're to blame, and save the world from going down in flames." ~thats my fav part.......sigh
    jessiejess88on August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnofamelost nailed that one ! ya i like this song & all except it can be really confusing for like non-christians & people who r just geting to know God.. like they can't dig into the meaning & they think it sounds like a "we're all going to hell" message... i dunno but other than the little bit of confusion there its a good song & i luv the lyrics! ~*rOmANs 3:23*~
    miss la de daon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about all the generalizations people stereotype Christians with.
    Traddon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with nofamelost (civil war, ect) but i also think that this song means we need to break out of our shells & also get to know people who aren't christian. we feel safer just talking within our group of christian friends. we need to spread the good news.
    fiddler08on June 02, 2005   Link

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