"We Are Winning" as written by Andrew Guerrero, Stephen Brackett, Jamie Laurie, Mackenzie Roberts, Jesse Walker and Kenneth Ortiz....
Rival gangsters sit down to plan an after school program
A religious fanatic posts footage of an interfaith service project
A group of teenage boys watches a video of a father playing catch with his son
An adult film star paints thumbnail portraits of elderly couples fully clothed an smiling
A record executive records a demo of his apology
A policeman makes reverse 911 calls instructing residents to take to the streets
A patriarch reports for duty
She's wearing an orange jumpsuit and holding a picket sign
She's ashamed of her birthplace, but retreat is not an option

Women and children
Front line
Log on
Tune in
Stand and be counted, wounded, stationed
In the belly of the vulture watch your back
Theres no civilians
Women, children
Front line listen
Consider this a distant early warning
The fires imminent
Pollution gathering dust particles
Funneling through smokestacks, airways, bandwidth
This information tube fed
Check the labels
Delete the virus
Alert the masses

Butterfly wing cross wings,send black hawks toward hurricane survivors
Roses sprout from empty lots and sidewalk cracks
Pacifist gorillas move undetected, through concrete jungles
New forms are beginning to take shape
Once occupied minds are activating.
People are waking up!
The insurgency is alive and well

Rise of the flobots
Portrait of
The new American insurgent
Rattle and shake the foundations of the world order
Assembly line incent, resist, refuse
Inform, create
Direct loved one's to the trenches
Suit up forge rubble into fortress's
Plaster, cloth, aluminum
Broken porcelain
Rusted platinum
Burn blood stains from decompressed diamonds
Hammer the battle cry into braille studded armor

We are building up a new world
Do not sit idly by
Do not remain neutral
Do not rely on this broadcast, alone
We are only as strong as our signal
There is a war going on for your mind
If you are thinking, you are winning
Resistance is victory
Defeat is impossible
Your weapons are already in hand
Reach within you and find the means by which to gain your freedom
Fight with tools
Your fate, and that of everyone you know
Depends on it

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"We Are Winning" as written by Jamie Laurie Andrew Guerrero

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    General CommentThis song is deep.

    The first part where the women is speaking is very ironic.
    Rival gangsters coming together to start a program a police man makes reverse 911 calls etc. Its all very ironic.

    It seems to me that this song is about fighting against what you have become and rebelling against what society deems you.

    Hard to explain.
    But I do love this song.
    Embody Musicon May 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song for the same reason I love the fact that Flobots went mainstream. See, the problem with most good bands going mainstream is that too many people get their hands in the bands' pocket, and eventually it gets to the point where the band has no control and must do whatever they're told. You get success, but you sort of lose your original purpose. That's why people call it SELLING OUT.

    With them, though, all of their songs on this "mainstream" album persist with a deeper meaning, with a deeper intent and goal. For those of us whom are already aware of these social issues, this album can be a calling, a source of inspiration, or thought provoking as we consider things we hadn't thought of before.

    For those who haven't, though, and got this album because they liked "Handlebars" and how it sounded, these songs are a perfect way to open their eyes. The other songs are much more complicated, and it's easy to miss the message if you aren't looking for it or at least paying proper attention. This song, however, slows it down to tell us all directly. It basically sums up the entire album, and spells it out slowly. I'd be interested to see how many people were moved or saw their lives differently after hearing this song, along with the whole album.

    Rise of the Flobots.
    Naota391on September 18, 2009   Link
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    General Comment-Butterfly wing crosswinds send black hawks toward hurricane survivors.
    -I think they are talking about the Choas theory. Which the most common example is that a butterfly flapping it's wings in south America can trigger a hurricane in North America.
    Justin21345on May 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIntense and Beautiful. This is one of those songs that comes about very rarely that actually inspires me.

    "We are building up a new world
    Do not sit idly by
    Do not remain neutral
    Do not rely on this broadcast alone
    We are only as strong as our signal
    There is a war going on for your mind
    If you are thinking you are winning
    Resistance is victory
    Defeat is impossible
    Your weapons are already in hand
    Reach within you and find the means by which to gain your freedom
    Fight with tools
    Your fate and that of everyone you know depends on it"

    That passage is incredible. I especially love "If you are thinking you are winning". I think what the overall message comes down to here is, the world's changing and it's incredibly important to stand up and take part in it. The new generation is slowly gaining power, and we all need to take it seriously, stand up, use our voices, and make a difference in the name of peace. Just my two cents...
    jaxie2662on June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. So inspiring.
    NightPride911on June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hate to simply repeat what people are saying, but... wow. Talk about inspiration, yanno?

    This may be just something that happens to me, but my skin crawls when I hear the song.. especially when it's the spoken word. Not in the bad sense, but, it gives me goosebumps. Its terribly uncommon in todays scene to find touching and thought-invoking lyrics.
    It is music like this that makes me wonder what has happened to music itself. I'll listen to anything, granted. And I do prefer my fair share of screaming and growling. But, if I had to choose a single album to listen to, nonstop, for months at a time (no-one can listen to the same thing forever)? It would be Fight With Tools.

    The chaos theory passage needs an edit: bringing Blackhawks (one word; its the helicopters they're referencing).

    I love how its telling us to be insurgents, to stand up and fight back, but not to actually fight. They reference in other songs how blow for a blow never reaches equilibreum.

    Their message is deep and their beats are strong. No matter how you slice these guys, no matter what music you prefer, these guys should be among your reportoire of albums. I despise paying for music, but I'll gladly shell the money I have enough trouble scraping together to these artists and their cause.

    If you have the mp3s, do not pay for the cd. That's dumb. Paypal these guys $5 or something: sure, its not much, but its a helluva lot better than the nothing they get from you buying the cd in stores.
    oggeymoggelon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is great. I suggest to get a full effect, listen to Handlebars first, then this one.

    I agree with the people above. Its a song about how the people are taking charge and really using the power we all have to accomplish. In the first bit, each line is, in a way, a stereotypical oxymoron. Common conception is that gangs are bad, yet they meet to plan after school programs. I think that's the best one of them.

    I think the black hawks going to the survivors is another oxymoron thing in that the government may not typically spend the money to send the aircraft there. Incidentally the wind blows them there to help following the oxymorons presented earlier.

    Another line I love is the roses from the lots and sidewalk cracks. Just the music its self right there is great.

    And finally the line about "If you are thinking you are winning"; just great. The best part of it all is that the first time you hear it, you probably won't recognize or even pick up the line, but after you really listen to what she's saying, it all makes sense after a few times and by that point you really are winning cause you're thinking.

    Great song for sure.
    Mike7143on July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat does this song mean to me? Quite a lot, actually. i expected that it would only be a matter of time before an actual revolution would shake the "United" states again. What I did not expect was that the message itself would be so brilliantly written, as the Flobots' "We Are Winning" clearly is. And it isn't just the lyrics themselves which inspire a change. Did anyone else notice the subtle growing snare drum throughout the song (If you didn't shame on you) which, in my mind at least, reminds me of a war drummer on the field, beating away a rhythm with which to fight against what opposes you.

    The lyrics do not tell you to fight against any one person, as some people seem to believe. It tells you to simply open your own mind and think for yourself. It tells you to not conform to the beliefs of others. And it tells you that, if something is wrong, you have all the power in the world to change it.

    As has been previously stated, the first part of the song is a very calm yet powerful woman stating the ironies of life. Not only that, but it also shows how others have the ability to think for themselves, and know what is right and wrong, acting upon these feelings and thoughts as anyone should.

    The second are, that which is sung as a rap, calls out to the average person. It speaks to you to wake up from the life that you are living in. To take a look around and not just accept what is. To force a change which is desperately needed but isn't being sought after. Personally, the phrases which really stuck in my mind were "Consider this a distant early warning / The fires imminent" and "Disinformation tube-fed / Check the Labels / Delete the Virus / Alert the Masses". These speak of what you must do for the coming revolution.

    The third section starts by mentioning ideals which are vital to the mindset of revolution:

    "Butterfly wing crosswinds send black hawks toward hurricane survivors" - Strength In Chaos - Creating what others belive to be chaos in order to keep others safe or, at the very least. alive.

    "Roses sprout from empty lots and sidewalk cracks" - Life - Even in the paths of great resistance, there is always the possibility of victory, and that is the only way to continue against insurmountable odds.

    "Pacifist guerrillas move undetected through concrete jungles" - Stealth - The idea that the message itself is underground, but those who know can hear it's words.

    "New forms are beginning to take shape" - Evolution - That from this revolution will come a different frame of mind, whether that is bad or good.

    The rest of the song is a, pretty much, "Call to Arms" battle cry in the lyrical sense.

    I must say that I still get goosebumps from the final section of the song. "If you are thinking, then you are winning." Coupled with the title of the song, this means that the basic intention was to get the listener to listen to the message contained within. To understand that action must be taken.

    Which reminds me...I still must make a picket-sign stating "Hammer The Battle Cry Into Braile Studded Armor". I love that phrase. A good way of saying that actual fighting is a blind cause.

    Tell me if you feel I have misstepped my bounds in anything I have said. Comments are comments, but I have been known to cross the line before.
    MasterAndreRavenon August 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a modern day revolution song, and a beautiful one at that. They say the arts are the canary in the mine - the first sign of an upcoming change. If so, then this is one of them.

    I wonder if all the instances the lady speaks of are true happenings... I speculate they are. If so, that's awesome.
    "Pacifist guerrillas move undetected through concrete jungles" is interesting. I think it's partially a reference to parkour, and partially a reference to revolutionaries. Very cool

    "If you are thinking you are winning"
    RuleNo2on August 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really inspiring.
    I agree with a lot of peoples interpretation of the song, but I find it more about change, the first verse of the woman speaking is ironic, but also shows a dramatic change of what could happen.
    BlindingLighton August 15, 2008   Link

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