"401 Kill" as written by and Principe/mcilrath/barnes/wleklinski....
As I watch your life go up in flames,
You'll swear up and down you'd like to change
But when the sun sinks slowly into the sky,
Now you're right
Where you started again with nothing to say,
Without an argument or case
And when it's said and done and done and said,
And now what's another day?

I can feel these changes right before my eyes
I see a dying fire inside your eyes, inside your eyes

When will you stop and realize,
The worth and value of your life?
As you suffocate yourself within this mindless,
Nine to five wake up! there's more!
And your life is nobody's but yours
And now its said and done and done and said,
And now what's another day?

I can feel these changes right before my eyes
I see a dying fire inside your eyes

You're running circles around my slow pace
You've reached the finish line only to realize there was no race
I'm sick of being stepped on for the things I choose
I give and take and now I've taken all I could

And now I've taken all I could
And now I've taken all I could
And now I've taken all I could (now I've taken, now I've taken)
And now I've taken all I could (now I've taken, now I've taken)
And now I've taken all I could


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    General CommentThis song is about people not living life to the fullest. Just following the ways of every other person and not being yourself. Spending your whole life working, and doing nothing more. Wasting away everything. And about you knowing that you are ruining or wasting your life and not doing anything to change it.
    LoveCanDieon November 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song fits in quite well with themes put forth in other Rise Against songs. Touched upon frequently is the contrast between enjoying life as you live it and slaving away throughout life for material gain. This is highly visible in the lines: "You're running circles around my slow pace / You've reached the finish line only to realize there was no race."

    The band offers a more laid back approach to life, whereas the other person hustles throughout life to come to the realization that all of his effort has not brought him much.

    The name of the song touches upon this theme as well. 401K retirement plans are highly representative of putting off enjoyment today for a payoff near the end of your life. As the alteration to '401 Kill" would suggest, Rise Against apparently does not find this path very worthwhile as such fruits of your labor could be used to make your life happy in the present.
    JujubeParadeon July 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLoveCanDie has got it better than JujubeParade, Rise Against is NOT advocating to be more laid back, in fact as the lines

    "when will you stop and realize the worth and value of your life? as you suffocate yourself within this mindless 9-5 wake up! there's more!"

    suggest, Rise Against is saying that WORKING is giving in when there are more important matters at hand. What matters are unclear, but a good guess would being socially active and living for more than just yourself, because thats the theme of most of their songs, instead of drowning yourself in a 9-5.

    "I see a dying fire inside your eyes"

    This suggests that the person Tim is talking to/singing about once had a passion or a dream but lost it in the game of patting his/her 401 k "only to realize there was no race."
    jaykav07on December 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song... They kinda sound like Anti-Flag when they sing it...

    X.x MoNiCa
    ProudEmoKidon April 07, 2003   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthave u seen the burried life on mtv? that show reminds me of this song
    back10minuteson February 25, 2010   Link

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