Young and free, something you'll never be
A childhood's end, it's lunacy
Pure dictation, they don't listen
And you're just waiting for what you're missing
Welcome to your nightmare
You just can't walk away
It's time for you, to choose, your fate
You just can't let it lay
Welcome to your nightmare
Your whole life's on the way

You're no good, misunderstood, A.I.R.
All their hopes and visions, of what they want you to be
Crucial times, made up minds, A.I.R.
So high and mighty, though much too blind to see
Who are you gonna live your life for?
Conformity will trap you like a locked door
Independence means owning your decisions
Authority will put your soul in prison

Fight, or go insane, there's no one else to blame
Stop, their influence, you can't give them a chance
Break, right through the wall, that separates us all
Start, your second life, without their hands in sight
You got your pride, you got your visions
Don't subside, don't ever give in
Don't compromise just keep on grinning
The games they play you just keep on winning
Keep on winning
Keep on winning
Keep on winning

Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

A.I.R Lyrics as written by Daniel Alan Spitz Charlie L. Benante

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    Song MeaningYou're all right in some way, I think, but you're only scratching the tip of the iceberg with this song. Really, it's about the end of childhood. You can't be a child anymore, even if you want to. People don't judge children, let them be, and forgive them. When your childhood ends, all that is gone. You're faced with responsibility, social norms, conformity, authority, and people's expectations and images of how you should be. You don't want it, but you have no choice. You can't go back to your childhood. You're fucked. So what do you do? "Fight or go insane."
    VanceDon November 21, 2011   Link
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    Song FactI met Frank Bello during Stomp tour and he told me it stands for Adolescence In Rebellion.
    terrell39on December 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentGreat song! I think this is about how parents try to control their kids' destiny by making all of their decisions for them, and not letting them decide for themselves. It also urges kids to think for themselves. It's a positive message.
    SlayersTool36on March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a badass song and the album it is on is great too
    goeatdogshiton April 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis may sound dumb, but i forget what A.I.R means..someone told me once
    TabuuDi26on May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think I heard once that A.I.R. stood for Adolesence In Red
    Tarrant7575on November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYep. A.I.R. is adolesence in red!
    benjamin breegon January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe title A.I.R. or Adolescence In Red is a kind of homage/jab to Black Sabbath, specifically Nativity In Black or N.I.B.

    Other than that, the previous posts are right on.
    PinheadXon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the previous posts are right about the meaning to this song. Great song, too.
    strawberrryfieldson July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this isn't about thier parents controlling kids but mroe society controlling everyone.
    maccas666on February 13, 2008   Link

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