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Green Day – 21 Guns lyrics

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
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
And you can't get another try
Something inside this heart has died
You're in

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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    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_pac
    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 soul. So its time we stopped fighting fire with fire, time to lay down arms, n join hands instaed!
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  • m
    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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  • g
    Do you know whats worth fighting for. And if you do is it worth it? Will you be proud of yourself for doing that thing you did? Owuld you give your life to help others, family, friends? Are you killing yourself inside trying to deside what to do, amd what not to do to give your life away. Should you do it until you can't fight the pain anymore, and your life is bleeding out of your body. So you can die. Your fighting with your love and your lives depend on your saftey? Should you give your life and soul to save theirs?
    That what I think this song means to everyone who listens to this song. Its long, but my explanation is very explainable. Don't you think?
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  • c
    When I finished reading these lyrics I clearly saw two meanings in it that mean to both lovers and soldiers. The first meaning of it is that it's clearly about soldiers meaning cadets AND generals going into war and some of them dying due to injuries caused by guns and some surrendering due too many people dying and suffering and going into comas. In a line it states 'Do you know what's worth fighting for? When it's not worth dying for.' This would mean that their asking them if they really think it's worth losing people and sacrificing themselves for something that really doesn't seem to be worth much. Now for the second meaning, for lovers that get heart broken this song clearly asks if dating someone is worth the heart break, for all you know and this is for the women, for all you know they could be players that would just fill their pleasurable desires and throw you away like trash. Now I don't wanna be sexist so now as for men you guys would date any girl you fall in love with but you don't know if she's a player or not. In all this song means a lot for all those who are heart broken and for our fighters out there that are still fighting to keep us all safe.
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