"We Are" as written by Ester Dean, Darrell Adrian Eversley, Howard Haydock Eversley and Shaun Jermaine Spearman....
See the devil on the doorstep now,
My, oh my,
Telling everybody, oh, just how
To live their lives.
Sliding down the information highway,
Buying in just like a bunch of fools.
Time is ticking, and we can't go back,
My, oh my.

What about the world today?
What about the place that we call home?
We've never been so many,
And we've never been
So alone.

Keep watching from your picket fence,
You keep talking, but it makes no sense!
You say we're not responsible,
But we are.
We are.
You washed your hands,
You come out clean,
But fail to recognize the enemy's within!
You say we're not responsible,
But we are.
We are.
We are.

One step forward, making two steps back,
My, oh my.
Riding piggy on the bad boy's back for life.
Lining up for the grand illusion,
No answers for no questions asked.
Lining up for the execution,
Without knowing why.

It's all about power,
By taking control,
Breaking the will,
And raping the soul.
They suck us dry 'till there's nothing left,
My, oh my.
My, oh my.

So alone
are
Keep watching from your picket fence!

We are, we are, we are, we are.
(it's all about power by taking control)
We are, we are (it's all about power)

It's all about power, by taking control.


Lyrics submitted by Lorrie

"We Are" as written by Ian Axel Chad Vaccarino

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about moral and environmental issues. We blame the government or other people for extreme poverty, forrests being destroyed and global warming but as the lyrics state, "We are" responsible; for every action, there is ALWAYS a consequence. The devil sitting on the "picket fence" is our moral conscience leading us to bad decisions and it is this that we are constantly fighting against within ourselves. I love how simple but effective the lyrics are.

    Basically, what I am trying to say is that we often blame our problems on someone else but "We are" responsible and that is the truth.
    glowballon August 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like this song, but I've never seen the movie. To me, this song is about personal responsibility and how our society blames our problems and circumstances on anyone beside whose fault it really is -- ourselves.

    "Devil on the doorstep" is saying the devil is closer than we think; "fail to recognize the enemies within" is saying that, actually, the devil, (or the source of our problems), is within us.

    In the song, the devil (us) is sitting on the picket fence advising people to blame others and advocates living a life of gaining "power" and "control", and shunning responsibily. Most people "riding piggy on the bad boys back for life", or are just going along with what the devil says, but the singer, is one that sees through and is telling the devil, "no, you are wrong, we ARE responsible".

    I think the message is until we learn to take resonsibility for our circumstances, then we are on a collision course with loneliness, unhappiness, soulessness, or whatever.
    zenwizardon February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song! I think we can expect other great songs from this artist...
    Abigailon October 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a really good song, woah im the second commenter, though its easy what its about, since its off a soundtrack
    silenttears2004on October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'So alone', yet there's the need to scream out rather than shy away. I understand that feeling.. I adore these lyrics, and the melody / her voice all fit together amazingly well!
    MinorChordon March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt applies to me as a High School song--kids these days (and yeah, I'm one of 'em).

    We've never been so many but we've never been so alone.

    Everybody's got their own problems that they couldn't expect anyone else to understand, and admittedly, they probably wouldn't. Or wouldn't know how to cope with them the way we do.

    One step forward makin' two steps back. Now isn't that so. . .right? Try to get somewhere and you end up gettin' nowhere. And counts for nothing. I've got a lot to say about this song, but I'll keep it for another time.
    steelblue71on December 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPut your hands in your own bossom: "you say we're not responsible, but we are". Hands up for any one who isn't helping his neighbour...
    tugiton January 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Keep watching from your picket fence
    You keep talking but it makes no sense
    You say we're not responsible
    But we are, we are
    You wash your hands you come out clean
    But fail to recognise the enemies within
    You say we're not responsible
    But we are, we are, we are"

    keep watchin' from you picket fence...well to me that is like some people will just sit through people's problems and blame it all on them when they dont even know what its like because they are sheltered...but one thing i dont get because it could be taken two ways is "you say we're not responsible, but we are..." is that like "oh well this happened to you because you arent a responsible person" or is it more of a "dont blame yourself because youre not responsible(or accountable,it wasnt your fault, etc) for what happened" ? maybe im thinking to hard...

    well i really love this song!!!
    Jun_3on March 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"Sliding down the information highway"

    This line, anyway, is mentioning the internet.
    daleboyv1on January 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, I meant:

    There is one part that I'm still wondering about:

    "..Lining up for the execution
    Without knowing why.."

    Is that a possible reference to the Holocaust? I think that it is a reference to it, and I picked up on it when I first heard this song a while ago.

    Other than that reference that I picked up on when I first heard the song, Zenwizard, steelblue71, tugit, and Jun 3 are all "hitting the nail on the head" with the meaning of this song: our society just blames everyone's problems on anyone other than who's fault it really is---ours.
    1l0vesunsetson February 14, 2010   Link

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