"Take Me to the Riot" as written by and Patrick Mcgee Amy Millan....
Grey skies and light fading
Headlamps making patterns on the wall
Uptown, it's dead now, but
Out here no one seems to care at all

Sick girls and sick boys and
Each one lining up to take him home
They hold tight, their coin and
They pray no one has to see them fall

I'm there, yeah, I serve them
The one with the empty looking eyes
Come closer, you'll see me
The face that is used to telling lies

Saturday nights in neon light
Sunday in the cell
Pills enough to make me feel ill
Cash enough to make me well

Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot
Take me

You sprung me, I'm grateful
I love when you tell me not to speak
I owe you, but I know you
You'll have me back but it's gonna take a week

What now, kid? Which way, love?
Will we ever make up and be friends?
Good news is my shoes is
Lined with all my nickels and my tens

Let's do that, just feed me
I hate when I have to get to sleep
You despise me and I love you
It's not much but it's just enough to keep

Saturday nights in neon light
Sunday in the cell
Pills enough to make me feel ill
Cash enough to make me well

Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot
Take me, take me to the riot

And let me stay
And let me stay
Let me stay, let me
Let me stay



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"Take Me to the Riot" as written by Christopher Allen Seligman Amy E Millan

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  • +2
    General CommentI am fairly certain that this song is about a drug dealer, after watching the music video.
    the verse:
    "Slick girls and sick boys and
    Each one lining up to take him home
    They hold tight, their coin and
    They pray no one has to see them fall"
    Im pretty sure is reference to people lining up to get some drugs. If it was about prostitution, there probably would not be the uses of the words Boys and Girls. I think the meaning of the Boys and Girls is to emphasize the fact that the youth are on drugs.
    The drug dealer theory also makes sense of the phrase "They pray no one has to see them fall"

    the next verse:
    "Saturday nights in neon lights
    Sunday in the cell
    Pills enough to make me feel ill
    Cash enough to make me well"

    Makes perfect sense if he is a drug dealer, most likely E, with the reference to the neon lights and the pills enough to make me feel ill, cash enough to make me well.
    but with this, i still dont understand the take me to the riot.
    Any other oppinions on this?
    Milan!on October 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat does "take me to the riot" means though? im thinking its like "take me to where the action is" but i might be wrong
    fadetotheSkyon July 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti noticed some problems with the lyrics. I have recently purchased the CD.

    The lines are
    Each one lining up to take IT home
    AND NOT
    Each one lining up to take HIM home

    as well as
    Let’s do THEM, just feed me
    NOT
    Let's do that, just feed me.

    Thought i'd let you know. that also supports the drug theory.
    Milan!on November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm absolutely in love with this song. Though I'm hearing the lyrics a bit different and would like to propose some corrections.

    First verse:
    "Uptown it’s dead now but
    Out here no one seems to care at all"

    Second verse:
    "Slick girls and sick boys
    And each one lining up to take him home"

    Chorus:
    "Saturday night in neon lights
    Sunday in the cell
    Pills enough to make me feel ill
    Cash enough to make me well"

    Fifth verse:
    "Good news is my shoes is
    Lined with all nickels and my tens"
    Queen Vegetaon July 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song!! love the ending. i think it's about prostitutes, but i don't feel like really thinking about it.
    hab204on July 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. I think it's about a prostitute that falls in love with one of her customers that sees her as nothing more than...well, a prostitute.
    lapairon July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cannot wait for the album to be officially released.
    GhostofDavidon July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know there might be some prostitute type references..but..

    "I owe you, but I know you
    You’ll have me back but it’s gonna take a week
    What now kid? Which way love?
    Will we ever make up and be friends"

    To me that is about being with or hanging out with an ex-lover, and not knowing if you'll grow closer, or if you'll just go apart.

    And in a similar vain, "take me to the riot", means, lets just go out and have fun.
    stunbodyon August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's probably about a prostitute.
    Or at least someone who party's to hard and then sleeps around.

    "Saturday nights in neon lights
    Sunday in the cell
    Pills enough to make me feel ill
    Cash enough to make me well"

    The first line just is partying and then on Sunday you pay for what you did. Either in your guilt/shame or in a prostitute's case, get caught and go to jail.
    The next lines make me think that they have a drug problem and the only thing that is good is the cash. I'm not sure how the cash line would fit in if the song wasnt about a prostitute.
    So that makes me lean more to the prostitute thought, rather than just some partier.
    graceyan0on August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the video for it (its on their myspace) its about like a new kid coming to the city for the first time and everything is super new...so i'd assume it must have at least SOMETHING to do with that...
    Killypantson September 03, 2007   Link

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