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Warm yourself by the fire, son,
And the morning will come soon.
I'll tell you stories of a better time,
In a place that we once knew.

Before we packed our bags
And left all this behind us in the dust,
We had a place that we could call home,
And a life no one could touch.

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

Down!

We are the angry and the desperate,
The hungry, and the cold,
We are the ones that kept quiet,
And always did what we were told.

But we've been sweating while you slept so calm,
In the safety of your home.
We've been pulling out the nails that hold up
Everything you've known.

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

So open your eyes child,
Let's be on our way.
Broken windows and ashes
Are guiding the way.

Keep quiet no longer,
We'll sing through the day,
Of the lives that we've lost,
And the lives we've reclaimed.

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

Don't hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don't need your help now,
You won't let me down, down, down!

Don't hold me up...
(I don't need your help, I'll stand my ground)
Don't hold me up...
(I don't need your help)
No! No! No!
Don't hold me up!
(I don't need your help, I'll stand my ground)
Don't hold me up!
(I don't need your help, I'll stand my ground)
Don't let me down, down, down, down, down!



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  • rawr
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    rawrJul 6, 2008 at 3:21 am
    Well, it's told in a refugee's perspective.
    They had to flee from their home, and now their starving and cold in the streets.
    We shouldn't take things for granted, and be thankful for what we have.
    Although others may push us around, we dont have it as extremely bad.
    We have shelter, food, etc. and they have next to nothing.
    So while others push us around, we can simple stand up to them.
    But the refugees have given up pretty much everything, and are pretty much dying in the streets.
  • p
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    PiepodAug 5, 2009 at 1:40 am
    I thought since it was a PRAYER of the refugee, the bursting part about "don't hold me up now, I don't need your help now" was a prayer to god, telling god that you made me a refugee, you brought this onto me, don't continue to "help" me, you will let me down, down, down, down...

    Yeah, thats my intepretation ^^
  • i
    +1
    ilovemovies32May 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    this song is so awesome. I love them so much! i like a lot of music, but this is one of my favorite bands.
  • gr33nofenvy24
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    gr33nofenvy24Mar 23, 2009 at 2:37 am
    DIS SAAWNG COULNT GET ANY BEETTER. daz cuz its gotta serene hook, which abruptly merges into some sorta punk rock genre, that totally bumps it up to a whole nutha level; IF U CANT BEAT EM, JOIN EM
  • u
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    Urban_RockerFeb 26, 2009 at 1:13 am
    Just watching the vid explains the message behind this song. He is talking about how lots of items branded "Made in the US" is actually made in a third-world country by a poor class of people. The vid is shows a lot of emotion and anger towards the US Gov't and how they know what's up but pretend to be blindfolded from the truth.

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