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Do you know what's worth fighting for?
When it's not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?

Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside?
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I

When you're at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul

Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn't pass
Nothing's ever built to last
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?

When it's time to live and let die
And you can't get another try
Something inside this heart has died
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I

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    --songyxlurver--Jun 10, 2010 at 9:54 am
    When I first read the lyrics, I was astounded. Not because the lyrics are awesome or something (they are!!), but because this song is about love, prejudice, and change, a different perspective and portraying that's all. You fight for things you believe are right and just, but when you have to give up, it doesn't mean that you are weak. Rather, it means that you have to take a step back to observe how things are going, and find a new approach to tackle the problem. When you lose faith (your faith walks on broken glass) or are hurt (did someone break your heart inside etc), you should actually accept the change. This is what I think :)
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    kk_pacOct 31, 2009 at 4:10 am
    o come on, this is such a meaningful song. what it means to me is, it reminds me of soldiers going to war.. at first they feel like they're fightin for sumthin meaningful, freedom, faith, peace or sumthin. but the more they fight, the more it seems like a violent, pointless battle. the deaths of so many innocents, the sufferings of mothers, fathers, wives, children...n they see their brothers in arms dying..they no longer know what they are fighting for; would sumthing that causes so much destruction be for the greater good? they've lost their faith, their beliefs, n ultimately, a part of their its time we stopped fighting fire with fire, time to lay down arms, n join hands instaed!
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    Katesa1aJul 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    To me, this song means that you have to know when it's time to quit and pride hurts. But to me, it also is honoring our troops in Iraq. Me and friend love this song to death. We honestly beleive in the meaning of this song.
    ~Green Day
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    mustpostnowJul 15, 2009 at 12:10 am
    The newest release from longtime rock band Green Day is a solid, if not revolutionary single. "21 Guns" addresses issues of knowing when to quit and not letting an excess of pride make you miserable. The music--which switches from calm and mellow to edgy, hard rock several times--is surprisingly technically difficult, yet is carried off as if it is as simple. Green Day's straightforward style makes fans nostalgic for the early days of rock and roll.
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    phoenix_flameNov 1, 2010 at 4:01 am
    This song is an in-your-face anti-war tribute and a middle finger to the Bush Administration. It's anti-war, flat out. But as the video shows- it can have a dual meaning... Whether that war is fought by soldiers in another country (as the lyrics clearly point out: "One, Twenty, One Guns") or your own personal war (like this couple fighting the inevitable in their relationship).

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