"Blow Me Away" as written by Benjamin Burnley and Jeremy Hummel....
They fall in line
One at a time
Ready to play
(I can't see them anyway)
No time to lose
We've got to move
Steady your hand
(I am losing sight again)

Fire your guns
It's time to run
Blow me away
(I will stay, unless I may)
After the fall
We'll shake it off
Show me the way

Only the strongest will survive
Lead me to heaven, when we die
I am a shadow on the wall
I'll be the one to save us all

There's nothing left
So save your breath
Lying in wait
(Caught inside this tidal wave)
Your cover's blown
No where to go
Holding your fate
(Lonely I will walk alone)

Fire your guns
It's time to run
Blow me away
(I will stay, unless I may)
After the fall
We'll shake it off
Show me the way

Only the strongest will survive
Lead me to heaven, when we die
I am a shadow on the wall
I'll be the one to save us all

Wanted it back
(Don't fight me now)

Only the strongest will survive
Lead me to heaven, when we die
I am a shadow on the wall
I'll be the one to save us all
Save us all


Lyrics submitted by The_Cereal_killer, edited by winny32

"Blow Me Away" as written by Benjamin Burnley Jeremy Hummel

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    General CommentNo one seems to agree about the lyrics, Ill enterpret the ones here and show you what I think they are as well, so...

    Personally I think this song was custom made to be on the soundtrack for Halo 2, everyone else before me has already explained why this is so, and I can't do it any better, so aside from the Halo 2 theme this song also seems to be about some futile or desperate battle, most people think its about Iraq or some other actual war, but I think here Ben is just refering to a battle, what that battle is is left to the listener to decide, it doesn't even have to be a war, it may be somebody battling cancer (that was just an example, I don't honestly believe this song is about cancer) Whatever the battle is it is a group battle and written from the point of veiw of one of the leaders (that explains the "we" and "us" used often in the song, and some of the instructions he gives makes him a leader). But the song is not directly about the battle, its about the final decission he has to make in the battle. Read my explanation to find out what that is.

    They fall in line
    One at a time
    Ready play
    (I can't see them anyway)

    *This has almost like a "Ok, were ready, let's roll" theme to it, who it refers to, his men or the enemy I don't know, but it seems like the enemy because its sent almost as a warning, or a threat, its something he knows is happening but can't see (hints the last part) but the addition of "anyway" makes it seem like he doesnt care and just wants to gt it over with, like he nkows ho its going to end.

    No time to lose
    We've got to move
    Steady your helm
    (I am losing sight again)

    *This makes it seem like a very improtant mission, they need to go now, and they need to make sure their going to get the job done when they get there, thats the steady your helm part. But the I'm losing sight again sounds as if hes rushing into this to much, and geting to anxious,like he needs to calm down and just focus.

    [Bridge]
    Fire your gun,
    It's time to run,
    Blow me away.
    (I will stay, in the mess I made)

    *Now its go time, I think he actualy said "guns" like as in plural, but either way hes giving orders, I dont know whether hes saying "mess I've made" which sounds like hes going back in to fix his mistakes or "unless I may" so like if he is allowed, and welcomed to stay he knows he is needed else where, I personally think its the second one, but I can't tell.

    After the fall,
    We'll shake it off,
    Show me the way.

    *Notice how he doesn't sya "now that we've fallen" he knows hes screwed, but isn't fretting it, hes just still focused on the mission at hand and is trying to reassure others that thats all they need to do as well, and hes trying to reassure someone who isn't as sure like "We both know you can do it, now show me!"

    [Chorus]
    Only the strongest will survive,
    Lead me in heaven when we die,
    I have a shadow on the wall,
    I'll be the one to save us all.

    *I think the unspoken part of the first line is "... will survive, and we are the strongest" he knows there the best, and they can do great wit his leadership, but the second line once again says, WHEN we die, like he knows hes going to, which tells us what the "Shadow on the wall" (I think its I'm a shadow) means, that although hes the one you never see coming, the shadow on the wall, he also is just one man, and wont change anything major, hes just a shadow. The last line sounds sacrificial, like he knows he can live up to what his men expect of him, even if it will change nothing, but he will have to sacrifice himself.

    There's nothing left,
    So save your breath,
    Lying in wait.
    (Caught inside this tidal wave)

    *With the second verse, the theme changes a little, thier situation becomes darker. All the bolstering retoric, the pre-game pep talk, and motivating famous last words are gone, its now life or death, so save you breath, dont bother trying to act tough, or macho, or assure everyone that everythings going to be alright, because this is it, the final showdown, and they know how its going to end, in defeat, so now hes just lying in wait, waiting for the defeat thats coming. The last line also supports this, I mean think about it, what can you do to stop a tidal wave mother nature's most destructive weapon? Jack Crap. Hes in a hopelessly dooming situation, and knows that no matter what he does, he can't change it, yet hes caught in it, he cant get out because to finish and loose is his duty.

    Your cover's blown,
    Nowhere to go,
    Holding your fate.
    (Loaded I will walk alone)

    I think here it skips foward a little, hes watched his comrades fall around him, now all the support and "brotherhood" I guess you could say, that hes relied on for cover, to reasure himself that although their doomed, their doomed together, is gone, hes alone, he has "No where to go" but straight foward or back. Before back wasn't an option, because he had to lead his men, he had their respect to live up to, but now that their all dead, he can make any decision he wan'ts without fear of shame, he and he alone is holding his fate. It kind of doesn't tell you what he decides, as there are no more verses that would give us a hint, and all the other lyrics could go either way, even the last line, which at first thought sounds like hes loaded his gun and is facing the enemy, could be seen as him retreating. "Loaded I will walk alone" he still has amo in his gun, he never fired, and hes walking back alone.

    [Bridge]
    Fire your guns,
    It's time to run,
    Blow me away.
    (I will stay, in the mess I made)

    After the fall,
    We'll shake it off,
    Show me the way.

    [Chorus]
    Only the strongest will survive,
    Lead me in heaven when we die,
    I have a shadow on the wall,
    I'll be the one to save us all.

    Wanting it back
    (Don't fight me God!)

    *Which ever decision he made, he takes it back, either he choose to fight and realizes how screwed he now is, or he is retreating, but although his teamates aren't watching him, that doesn't mean he doesn't have to live up to them, so now he wants to go back. We can't tell which, but we can observe he says "wanting" not going back, so hes made his decision and its to late. The second and last line his him crying out to God, "Why?!" He has been faced with the toughest decision any man can make, and each choice was wrong, he feels as if God himself is against him.

    (Here I come! (held out for about 2 seconds))

    *Most people would say "Like you said, he can't take back his decision, so hes not turning around from a retreat, so that means hes saying 'here I come *Insert Enemy name here*', so he decided to take them on." but if you ask me hes saying here I come fate, hes made his decision, he can't go back and so now he has to accept his decision and keep going. Also, he could be talking to his comrades as he ascends to the "heaven" he has refered to in the courses. But how he got there, killed in the same battle, or live to fight and die another day, remains unsaid.

    (Die! (held out for about 5 seconds))

    *Here we can probably assume that he is yelling at his enemy, as he charges them, so he decided to stay. But he could also be cursing his enemies as he walks away, or cursing himself for whatever decission he made.

    [Chorus]
    Only the strongest will survive,
    Lead me in heaven when we die,
    I have a shadow on the wall,
    I'll be the one to save us all.

    Save us all!3x

    So obviously which path he took remains unsaid, its up to the listener to decide that. So, which path did he choose?
    KOlympison April 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a war-type scenario kinda from a superior officers stand point (hence the orders "we've got to move" and "fire your guns" etc). and about him having to rally his men and basically do all he needs to to save the day (in a manner of speaking). Well thats just what I get out of it.

    To my knowledge this it the third Breaking Benjamin song featured on a soundtrack. Which means one thing: their music is getting to lots of people and it's making one hell of an impression. This song is from the game Halo 2. Excellent song, and I'm sure the majority of it is right, kinda skeptical on a few parts. Anyway take care everyone, and rock on BB you guys are awesome.
    The_Cereal_killeron October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm so glad someone finally added these lyrics to a kickass song! Grrreat!
    CRYN_OUTon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i have to hear a countdown to Halo2 everyday at school b/c my friend is obsessed...but something good did come out of it! lol i got to hear this song...well anyway its an awesome song! i love breaking benjamin
    fin4758on November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTalking about the Master Chief. Simple enough
    FaithinNothingon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, The Master Chief, all the other SPARTANS, and the UNSC Marines and Helljumpers
    FaithinNothingon November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best song ever. i listen to it before all my b'ball games. it just gives me a sense of a war type setting, gets me in the, kill or be killed, mood. and this gives me the boost i need to dunk that shit!
    X_pirate16on November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso kick-ass: breaking benjamin is so brilliant!!!
    resident_evilon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely fits the theme of Halo 2

    great song :)
    tkdcadet04on December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm going to give this a shot, even though the meaning of this song isn't too hard to figure out.

    In the very beginning the verse,

    they fall in line
    one at a time
    ready to play
    (I can't see them anyway)

    brings to mind Covenant forces dropping in. "I can't see them anyway," makes me think of MC's sheer focus on the mission at hand that everything else is "blurred" and of little importance.

    The chorus,

    only the strongest will survive
    leaving to heaven when we die
    I am the shadow on the wall
    I'll be the one to save us all

    is reminiscent of Master Chief because, well... it should be obvious : ) He is the last one of his kind (that's known, at any rate), and he's obviously set apart from other UNSC soldiers ("shadow on the wall,") and time and time again they count on him for their survival (same with the line, "holding your fate").

    What I think is open to some interpretation may be the line, "I will stay unless I'm made." Master Chief, in essence, was "made" through the genetic and technological enhancements of the SPARTAN project, and that line in particular made me think that its meaning is that the UNSC marines usually stay behind and MC forges on ahead alone because he's the only person capable of doing the job.

    Perhaps I've overanalyzed this completely, but that's my two cents. ;D
    sejinon December 17, 2004   Link

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