by Miguel Lopez ·March 14, 2013

I Really like Rise Against songs because they sing about current issues and also about things that matter in this messed up world. I had the chance to see them in concert and they play as well as you hear them in their albums. In the video for this song, you see people that are poor but work every day to support their family’s. This song has probably the most inspirational and most meaningful lyrics I have heard in the music business. When Most people listen to Rise Against they will almost never say anything bad about them, they will most likely say they are pretty good and have good lyrics. But anyway here are the lyrics to the song.

Old Songs

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

Down!

We are the angry and the desperate,
The hungry, and the cold,
We are the ones who 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 will 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 will 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.

Go!

Don’t hold me up now,
I can stand my own ground,
I don’t need your help now,
You will 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 will 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!

The first verse in the song he sings this, Don’t hold me up now, I can stand my own ground, I don’t need your help now, You will let me down, down, down. What I think this means is that even if you are poor it doesn’t matter you can hold your own ground if you really try, You won’t always need help from other people if you believe in yourself. This other verse is, 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. I think this means that the people that suffer more are the ones that work the hardest, there are some people that have it so much easier than other people that when they are in a warm home with food always on the table there is always a person that has it harder than you and id working his butt off just to support his or her’s family. I really like this song because the lyrics have so much detail and really tells you how many people suffer on this earth, while some people have it easy. Always respect people how you would want to be treated and remember to be thankful for the life you have because there is always a person who has it way harder than you.