The Heap’s Song Stuck in the Pile: “Savior” – Rise Against

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\”Savior\” – Rise Against

It kills me not to know this but I’ve all but just forgotten
what the color of her eyes were and her scars or how she got them
as the telling signs of age rain down a single tear is dropping
through the valleys of an aging face that this world has forgotten

there is no reconciliation that will put me in my place
and there is no time like the present to drink these draining seconds
but seldom do these words ring true when I’m constantly failing you
like walls that we just can’t break through until we disappear

so tell me now

if this ain’t love then how do we get out?

because I don’t know

that’s when she said I don’t hate you boy
I just want to save you while there’s still something left to save
that’s when I told her I love you girl
but I’m not the answer to the questions that you still have

but the day pressed on like crushing weights
for no man does it ever wait
like memories of dying days
that deafen us like hurricanes
bathed in flames we held the brand
uncurled the fingers in your hand
pressed into the flesh like sand
now do you understand?

so tell me now
if this ain’t love then how do we get out?
because I don’t know

that’ s when she said I don’t hate you boy
I just want to save you while there’s still something left to save
that’s when I told her I love you girl
but I’m not the answer to the questions that you still have

one thousand miles away
there’s nothing left to say
but so much left that I don’t know
we never had a choice
this world is too much noise
it takes me under
it takes me under once again

I don’t hate you
I don’t hate you

so tell me now
if this ain’t love then how do we get out?
because I don’t know

that’s when she said I don’t hate you boy
I just want to save you while there’s still something left to save
that’s when I told her I love you girl
but I’m not the answer to the questions that you still have
I don’t hate you
I don’t hate you, no

Introducing a new segment for us here at The Heap! Song Stuck in the Pile will function as a “Song of the Week (or moment) that has gotten in my head and I just can’t stop listening to.

This week, for our initial entry, it’s Midwest rock group Rise Against, with the latest single “Savior” of their new album “Appeal to Reason.” RA often includes one “love song” on each album, though this song in particular does offer a particularly perverse love story.

The lyrics hint at a couple who have already broken up, and the guy is responsible. In addition, there are hints of some sort of addiction as the overwhelming vice. Recognizing this, the girl tries to intervene before he ends up doing serious damage to himself in the long run, thus, “wanting to save you while there’s still something left to save.”

But, as expected from a band with the sophistication of RA, there has to be multiple meanings. The lines referring to “the telling signs of age” and “aging face” suggest an older woman. We must keep in mind the name of the album- Appeal to Reason.

Could it be a reference to Lady Reason? I believe so, particularly how Lady Reason defines love in “The Romance of the Rose” by a woman named Christine de Pizan who challenged the misogynistic tendancies of her society in the 15th Century. In essence, she is considered one of the first prevalent voices in the movement for equality between sexes, at least in the arts.

Lady Reason begins:

“Love is hateful peace, love is hate in love. It is disloyal loyalty, it is loyal disloyalty; it is fear that is completely confident, it is hope in despair. It is reason completely mad, it is reasonable madness…” and so on.

The key words of interest are Love and Hate, not to mention that at this part of the story Lady Reason intervenes to advise the struggling traveler. Interesting.

Read the rest here (it’s actually pretty interesting!)

An off the wall reference from the boys from Chicago. But it keeps to the theme of the band’s concerns with human rights. (Re-education Through Labor touches immigration, but that’s for another day) Definitely a catchy, borderline poppy song, but nevertheless demonstrating Rise Against’s concern with issues as well as their knowledge of history and literature!

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