Dear preacher, thanks for making time for me today
Hope you don't mind if I hide behind the curtain
It's been fifteen years since my last confession
By your good book's standards, I've sinned like a champion
But that book seems a tad bit out-dated

please forgive me, for questioning divinity
It's an ugly job, but I think I'm up for it
I'm not saying who's right
I'm just saying there's more than one way
To skin a religion
There's more than one way
To explain our existence

reverend, sir, I don't want to seem malevolent
My teenage angst is far behind me
But father, certainly it's troubling to see
All these people kneeling, instead of dealing
With the fact that we are all we have

so, rise up! rise up!
There's no one to worship!
But plenty of life to lose!
I'm not saying "let's burn down the church"
But do you want to hear my confession?
It's my greatest sin..

okay, here it is:
I wasted half my life on the thought that I'd live forever!
I wasn't raised, to seize the day, but to work and worship
'cause "he that liveth and believeth" supposedly never dies

rise up! rise up!
And live a full life!
'cause when it's over, it's done
So rise up! rise up!
Dance and scream and love!

[barely audible outro]
You're not the chosen one
And I'm not the chosen one

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Rise Up! Rise Up! Lyrics as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentI think it is 'its an ugly job' not a noble job.

    And I hear the last lyric as 'dance and scream and love'.
    But sometimes I hear run too, so who knows.
    overovermeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. I've heard some people say this album is better than The Ugly Organ, but i have to disagree. Maybe just as good as The Ugly Organ. The voice and instumentals have definately improved, but the lyrics don't do it for me like in the prebious albums.
    Velfare4on June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis album is not as good as the Ugly Organ, but it has all the makings of a great album nonetheless. Every song on Organ just hit on all cylinders whereas this one has some weak tracks.
    stopthebombon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis album is a lot better than the Ugly Organ. TUO had a tendancy to slip into self indulgence a bit too much. Since this is a much more external album, focusing on fictional narratives and criticisms of religion, it ends up avoiding that pitfall.
    truthbealiaron June 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthirteenth hymn hiding in confession
    jewslateron June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's obviously come to the conclusion that "when it's over it's done."
    remembermaineon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentps, i think it says Dear preacher
    remembermaineon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think "I'm not saying let's burn down the church" is a very important line that speaks for the whole album.
    The rest of the song is pretty much obvious - cease the day, live your life to the fullest, or you'll regret it later.
    braveryexistson July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song takes everything inside of my head and puts it into lyrics, period. i'm thinking about using the lines "live a full life because when it's over, it's done. so rise up, rise up! dance and scream and love" for my senior quote.
    Nikkibobon August 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder when I listen to this song: in whose point of view do you guys think Tim is singing? It seems that he speaks from several different peoples' view points throughout the album, but this one sounds like his own, from interviews I've read and such.

    Also saw some Ugly Organ discussion going on, so I figured I'd throw in my two cents. This is an amazing album. The lyrics, at least to me, are much more interesting--lyrics I could absorb myself in deciphering for hours on end. That said, though, The Ugly Organ is still the superior album. It simply doesn't have one bad track! This one's got a couple of weaklings in the bunch, but I still adore. Another amazing job, Cursive.

    Now if only the biggest disappointment of my summer hadn't been their skipping of my city on their upcoming tour!
    notabuttmonkeyon August 16, 2006   Link

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