All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive

All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive

Ragged lines of ragged grey
Skeletons, they shuffle away
Shouting guards and smoking guns
Will cut down the unlucky ones

I clutch the wire fence until my fingers bleed
A wound that will not heal, a heart that cannot feel
Hoping that the horror will recede
Hoping that tomorrow, we'll all be freed

Sickness to insanity
Prayer to profanity
Days and weeks and months go by
Don't feel the hunger, too weak to cry

I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate
Are the liberators here, do I hope or do I fear?
For my father and my brother, it's too late
But I must help my mother stand up straight

Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?

Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?

I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate
Are the liberators here, do I hope or do I fear?
For my father and my brother, it's too late
But I must help my mother stand up straight

Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?

Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?


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Red Sector 'A' Lyrics as written by Geddy Lee Weinrib Alex Lifeson

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    Song MeaningOf course this song refers Geddy's parents but it is also about the book "I Have Lived a Thousand Years" about a 13 year old girl growing up in the holocaust. The girl in the book had a father and a brother that were lost, and she had to help her mother constantly to survive in the prison camps. The line "But I must help my mother stand up straight", refers to the chapter in the book "The Selection" where her mother can no longer stand due to weakness, and she must support her and keep her standing to pass the roll call. Quote from the book:
    "When the SS brass approaches, several girls help me pull Mommy up on her feet. I stand behind her, my body giving her support. And so she stands for the few moments it takes for the SS to count the heads of the first row nearby. It works. Thank God. But how long can this be kept up? Two days? Three Days? And what then?"
    Its a really good, eye opening book, everyone should read it. The line "a pounding in my temples" can also be found in the book. :)
    Danneron June 18, 2009   Link

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