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You can't feel the heat until you hold your hand over the flame
You have to cross the line just to remember where it lays
You won't know your worth now, son, until you take a hit
And you won't find the beat until you lose yourself in it

That's why we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah! 'cause these are the things that we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why we stick to your game plans and party lines
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight

We are the orphans of the American dream
So shine your light on me

You can't fill your cup until you empty all it has
You can't understand what lays ahead
If you don't understand the past
You'll never learn to fly now
Til you're standing at the cliff
And you can't truly love until you've given up on it

That's why we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah! 'cause these are the things that we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why we stick to your game plans and party lines
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dream
So shine your light on me

She told me that she never would face the world again
So I offered up my plan

We'll sneak out while they sleep
And sail off in the night.
We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives
When we're gone we'll stay gone
Out of sight, out of mind
It's not too late,
We have the rest of our lives

We'll sneak out while they sleep
And sail off in the night
We'll come clean and start over the rest of our lives (We have the rest of our lives)
When we're gone we'll stay gone
Out of sight, out of mind
It's not too late,
We have the rest of our lives
The rest of our lives

Because we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah! 'cause these are the things that we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
So catch me if I fall
That's why you stick to your game plans and party lines
But at night we're conspiring by candlelight
We are the orphans of the American dreams
So shine your light on me

No, we won't back down
We won't run and hide
Yeah! 'cause these are the things that we can't deny
I'm passing over you like a satellite
'Cause these are the things that we can't deny now
This is a life that you can't deny us now



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    UnregisteredAug 29, 2012 at 12:08 am
    Those who have not lost do not truely know what they have. Those who haven't done cannot possible imagine. Don't try to put me down about something you haven't done because that makes you lesser, and don't do that yourself. Dont give up on what you have or love because someone else.
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    UnregisteredApr 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    To me, this is a song about the current political situation. The politicians are getting more corrupt, and we have 2 parties that won't budge or move to help the other one get what it wants, money. Because of the system, we are poor and left destitute, but people are going to rise up against the establishment. When he says shine you light on me, it's the government showing who isn't going along with their scheme. Both sides are wrong because neither is for the people, and that is what they are trying to say.
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    UnregisteredFeb 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm
    Think its about addiction of what was laid in front of us that only a portion of a % actually achieved the american dream(freedom), or was handed it to them. The rest of us who never conformed to the american way are running out of time quick and we need to change it cause there wont be nothing from the past worth passing on? Too many rules... At least we have music be loud
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    UnregisteredFeb 8, 2012 at 6:43 am
    I believe this is about immigrants crossing the border looking for the american dream. Shine your light on me could mean helicopters in search of border crossers along the fences or elsewhere. So to me, use the words to relate to realism.we all have our opinions and all are never out ruled. Just my thoughts.

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