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Chairs thrown and tables toppled,
Hands armed with broken bottles,
Standing no chance to win but,
We're not running, We're not running,

There's a point I think we're missing,
It's in the air we raise our fists in,
In the smiles we cast each other,
My sister, my brother,

About the time we gave up hoping,
We never find these locks still open,
Stumbling on stones unturned,
The hurt we feel, we all have earned,

The lines we cross in search of change,
But all they see is treason,

Although we have no obligation to stay alive,
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive,
Breakout, I won't be left here,
Behind closed doors,

Bonfires burn like beacons,
Guiding the lost and weakened,
Flames dance on crashing waves,
Guiding ships who've gone astray,

Time out, let's stop to think this through,
We've all got better things to do,
Than talk in circles, run in place,
Answers inches from our face,

Although we have no obligation to stay alive,
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive,
Breakout! I won't be left here,
Behind closed doors,

Black eyes, broken fingers,
Blood drips and I let it run,
Down my lips into my swollen gums,
When hope is nonexistent,
Our instincts all scream "Run!"
We never turn our backs or even bite our tongues,

Although we have no obligation to stay alive,
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive,
Breakout, I won't be left here,
Behind closed doors,
(Behind closed doors)

Although we have no obligation to stay alive,
On broken backs we beg for mercy, we will survive,
Breakout, I won't be left here,
Behind closed doors.



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    mechatannerJul 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    I see this song as being about the fact that people always talk of wanting change, but never really do anything to get it. Sure they are willing to protest and talk about the problems(behind closed doors! ha title :P) but we as a country aren't willing to do any actuall work for it. were not willing to risk it.
    "the hurt we feel we have all earned"-we are the ones who let the problems get as far as they have, so we deserve the problems. so if we want them fixed, we need to grow some balls and do it ourselves.

    Brilliant song. i absolutely love rise against. they are amazingly good at pointing out political and societal issues.
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    SuperDrummerMar 10, 2009 at 2:29 am
    Im not exactly sure but it seems like its about all the bad things that we do as humans. we hurt each other and break our backs. we try to survive but we only end up hurting ourselves and other people.
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    awesomnessMar 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm
    i think its about standing up for what you believe in no matter what life or death you will be remembered for fighting for what you want and wanting change (like the people in libya) the will fight for what they believe in and will die for it
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    BFMVA7XOct 10, 2009 at 8:46 am
    In all honesty, I think it's about an abusive father or guardian. Think about it. Either way this song is amazing, and personally my 2nd favourite Rise Against song.
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    AaronAfflictionMay 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm
    I think its about a guy, who wants to go to war, so he can have something to talk about with his friends when they get older, so he can say he wasnt sheltered, and he went out and say something, hence not wanting to stay behind closed doors.

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