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9.
Never mind the fact that they're an awesome punk band. Never mind the fact that the
lyrics are well-written, intelligent, and plain wonderful. Never mind the fact that Tim McIlrath can actually sing AND scream (and do both really well).

All the other definitions are just as accurate, but what many of them don't mention is that they actually give a damn about the world. All the band members are vegetarian. They worked with Vans to create vegan skate shoes. The video for Prayer of the Refugee ends with a plea for fair trade. Whether you agree with their views or not, you still have to respect them for doing what they do when it'd be so much easier to just write another song about heartbreak. Though they do that really well too.

These guys care about what happens in the world, and they still manage to rock. If you haven't already, go listen to one of the songs in the other definitions and be amazed.
When Rise Against's video for Prayer of the Refugee finished playing on MuchMusic, I was shocked by the fact that I had finally seen a meaningful, thought-provoking music video on television.

Later, I was shocked again when I discovered that these were the same guys who sang Swing Life Away.
by KC L August 12, 2008
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1.
Awesome punk band with great lyrics.
Rise against rawks.
by Bengay August 15, 2003
1621 158
 
2.
One of the best punk bands ever. Awesome, heartfelt lyrics ranging from love to politics to life in general, loud punding voice and amazing drums.
the years unfold in one moment
the voices that we heard so loud
are now suddenly silenced
inside this crowd
and you're surrounded by the lives
of those who found something to hold
so bringing everybody down
is all you know
by God October 20, 2004
1172 131
 
3.
Awesome rock band from chicago, really cool, awesome/clever lyrics!
If I could paint how I feel
I'd draw a bullseye on your forehead
My anger's not misdirected
unless it somehow misses you
__

Is there a god tonight
up in the sky
or is it empty, just like me?
___
by pleepa October 19, 2004
828 86
 
4.
An AMAZING band!!! they rock!!!!
"I can't bear the thought of losing,
I dread the attention winning brings
and ever since the day I came here
I can stand without your strings
I'm so sick of all these people
but I'm scared to be alone
and if this life has taught me anything
I forgot it long ago" - voices off camera

"one last thing i beg you please just before you go. I've watched you fly on paper wings half way round the world, until they burned up in the atmosphere and sent you spiraling down. Landed somewhere far from here with no one else around, to catch you falling down and I'm looking at you now. And i cant tell if your laughing, between each smile theres a tear in your eye." - paper wings

"Am i loud and clear or am I breaking up? Am I still your charm or am I just bad luck? Are we getting closer or are we just getting more lost?" - swing life away
by :) May 07, 2005
680 72
 
5.
The best punk rock band ive heard.. CHECK IT OUT AND JOIN THE PUNK ROCKERS :D
Simply because you can breath,
doesnt mean your alive, or
that you really live.
This life has taken its toll
she just doesnt know how much more she can give.
by mIKE December 30, 2004
635 97
 
6.
Rise Against is an amazing New Age punk rock band, they sing about love, poitics and many other subjects with very inspired lyrics
"Countdown, to the very end, Equality, an invitation that we wont extend, Ready aim pull the trigger now, in time you firmly secure your place in hell" -State of the Union, Rise Against
by Jesse LeRiche January 23, 2006
485 46
 
7.
awsome band with heartfilled and awsome lyrics.
I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is worse
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words......

we live on front porches and swing
life away, we get by just fine on a minimum wage
if love is a labour i'll slave to the end- i wont crss this street until you hold my hand!

awsome lyrics
by Penny January 12, 2005
478 46