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Rise above gonna start the war
What you want what you need what'd you come here for
Well an eye for an eye and an "F" for fight
They're takin me down as the prisoners riot

The shackles on my words are tied
Fear can make you compromise
Fasten up it's hard to hide
Sometimes I want to disappear

When I feel kinda plain and I'm in destress
I pass it off on ability
Well you got what you want what you never knew
It's a perfect gift from me to you

(Yeah yeah yeah)

The shackles on my words are tied
Fear can make you compromise
Fasten up it's hard to hide
Sometimes I want to disappear

(Raise up to your ability)
Never knew that I could find
Won't come with realize
I don't want to compromise

(Raise up to your ability)
Can't stand when I disappear
Runnin around 'cus I'm filled with fear
But I can't go 'cus my life's a wreck

(Raise up to your ability)
I know that you want me
Throw me into the sea
For my ability.

(Raise up to your ability)
You're still undecided
I just wanna leave you
But I don't wanna run away

Focus on your ability
Focus on your ability
Gotta focus on your ability
Focus on your ability

Gain again what they want to steal
Gain again what they want to steal
Gonna gain again what they want to steal
Gain again what they want to steal



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    UnregisteredJul 30, 2012 at 3:33 am
    As far as i could tell, the lyrics are a brilliant juxtaposition to the music video. The band members are made to conform to execute a perfect presentation for a concert. The lyrics indicate the need for self respect and esteem to be able to deliver one's own ideas. While the end result in the music video was a fantastic performance, the words lead me to believe the message is validation of the difficulty in speaking out. Not everyone can pull a houdini.
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    UnregisteredJul 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    Yeah i feel this sound he saying that when you rise above others the war of hating happens and then they tie him down to try stop him from making success the disappearing part is to ignore all of the hating and start over without the heavy load of stress being there
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    UnregisteredMar 7, 2012 at 3:06 am
    This song can be interpretted in many different ways. To me, it's like when you lie about something, and people are talking about that lie. You want to disappear, run away. You feel imprisoned by your lie, " got shackles on my words are tied,"
    sometimes you lie to make yourself superior, when you should " focus on your ability, " as "it was easy to see,"
    and sometimes, when you lie, a sense of worth, dignity is gone so you try to " gain again what they want to steal,"

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