Down. Fall by the wayside no getting out.
Down. Cry me a river dried up and dammed.
The names can be changed but the place is still the same.
I am loaded. Told that all's for naught. Holds me down.

Rise. Life is in motion. I'm stuck in line.
Rise. You can't be neutral on a moving train.
One day the symptoms fade. Think I'll throw these pills away.
And if hope could grow from dirt like me. It can be done.

Won't let the light escape from me.
Won't let the darkness swallow me.

So long.

Lyrics submitted by Stephen_Flow

"Down" as written by Michael Wayne Atha Don Nix

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  • +1
    General Commentarman,

    its not social disorder..its social distortion
    meloncollieon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, they watched Social Distortion play one night and wrote the music for the's got a bit of Social D's rocking influence in it
    jdmacpheon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentinspired by Howard Zinn.
    nothingheadon April 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great PJ song.
    bendawgon May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy isn't this on Riot Act. It would make the album even better.
    Pitfaceon June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to the liner notes of their "Lost Dogs" release, this song was written after seeing a social disorder (i.e. riot or something) in L.A.

    Am (16x) G (2x) Gm (2x) C (2x) D (2x) or something like that.
    armanon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually dabbles in Mike McCready past. If none of you know, Mike had some trouble in the past with drugs and alcohol "think i'll throw these pills away", but is fully clean now. This song is about overcoming the dark road he once followed "won't let the light escape from me, won't let the darkness swallow me..." another pj great rock on guys
    Stevvveoon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentStevvveo said just what I was thinking. The lyrics are fairly obvious if you look at it from that perspective. Only problem is - Mike was never dirt!!!
    Heineken Helenon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentahah true that mike is the farthest thing from dirt...
    Stevvveoon December 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGod Bless everything Howard Zinn...

    The wealth of the nation, doled out carefully where children need free milk, is drained for billion-dollar aircraft carriers. . . The fear and anger of the majority [turned] toward a class of criminals bred - by economic inequality - faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention away from the huge theft of natural resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices.
    -- Howard Zinn, A People's History of the U.S.
    jdevils3on February 01, 2005   Link

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