Monday, March 5, 2018

{Music Moment} Hands Held High

I was listening to an old playlist the other day and heard "Hands Held High" by Linkin Park. The song was extremely powerful when it came out. It provided a social commentary on what was happening in the world at the time and made it personal. 

"Hands Held High" was released in 2007. That was eleven years ago. And yet, most of the lyrics are still undeniably accurate. It is amazing to think that we are still overcoming some of the same issues we were a decade ago. 

There is an old saying... "The names and faces change, but the game is still the same." That is what it feels like now. 

So much has changed and been reformed in these last eleven years. Yet, at the end of the day, we are again facing incompetent leaders, localized violence, and extensive play by play on the news, otherwise known to us now as social media. 

I am excited to see a true conversation erupt recently about change. In wake of the Parkland School Tragedy most of it is currently directed towards Gun Control. It is encouraging to see people decide that this is enough and it is time to change, no matter what form it takes. 

With out hands held high, let's enter into this next decade with the courage to make a change. 

I find "Hands Held High" to be a very powerful song and I cannot hear it without stopping everything and listening to the lyrics amazed at how relevant they still are today.

Hands Held High
by Linkin Park

Turn my mic up louder I got to say something
Lightweights step it aside when we come in

Feel it in your chest the syllables get pumping
People on the street they panic and start running

Words on loose leaf sheet complete coming
I jump in my mind and summon the rhyme, I'm dumping

Healing the blind I promise to let the sun in
Sick of the dark ways we march to the drumming

Jump when they tell us that they wanna see jumping
Fuck that I wanna see some fists pumping

Risk something, take back what's yours
Say something that you know they might attack you for

Cause I'm sick of being treated like I have before
Like it's stupid standing for what I'm standing for

Like this war's really just a different brand of war
Like it doesn't cater to rich and abandon poor

Like they understand you in the back of the jet
When you can't put gas in your tank

And these fuckers are laughing their way to the bank and cashing the check
Asking you to have compassion and have some respect

For a leader so nervous in an obvious way
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay

And the rest of the world watching at the end of the day
In their living room laughing like "What did he say?"

Amen [5x]

In my living room watching, but I am not laughing
Cause when it gets tense I know what might happen

The world is cold, the bold men take action
Have to react or get blown into fractions

Ten years old, it's something to see
Another kid my age drugged under a jeep

Taken and bound and found later under a tree
I wonder if he had thought the next one could be me

Do you see the soldiers they're out today?
They brush the dust from bullet-proof vests away

It's ironic at times like this you pray
But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday

There's bombs on the buses, bikes, roads
Inside your market, your shops, your clothes

My dad: he's got a lot of fear I know
But enough pride inside not to let that show

My brother had a book, he would hold with pride
A little red cover with a broken spine

On the back he hand-wrote a quote inside,
"When the rich wage war it's the poor who die."

Meanwhile, the leader just talks away
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay

And the rest of the world watching at the end of the day
Both scared and angry like "What did he say?"

Amen [6x]

(Amen) With hands held high into a sky so blue
(Amen) As the ocean opens up to swallow you

Songwriters: Brad Delson / Chester Charles Bennington / Dave Farrell / Joseph Hahn / Mike Shinoda / Robert G. Bourdon

Hands Held High lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Photo by Ryan Moreno on Unsplash

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  1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great week!

  2. Hi Amanda,
    This is a great song. I never heard it before and so glad you introduced it to us here. And excellent commentary. I'm right there with ya!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks! I found it while listening to an old playlist and I remembered how much I enjoyed it. I'm glad you liked it as well! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great week!

  3. Amanda,

    I'm glad you decided to hit the dance floor this week with the 4M gang. I apologize for my late visit. I got side-stepped with my A2Z prep. My kids introduced Linkin Park to me but this song I don't remember. It came out the year after DD#1 graduated highschool. No doubt, I was just too busy with our homeschool routine to pay attention to what was popular. War is ugly thing. I wish it never had to happen but while we're in this world there will always been conflict between nations and people. We're not meant to have 'true peace' in this life. Thanks for sharing and I hope you join us again on Monday for 'COLOR ME WITH MEWSIC; any songs with a color in the title or about the song". Have a good weekend. ;)

  4. You are right; some of the lyrics sound like the song was written just yesterday. That is the saddest part of this song - why should it still be relevant? I don't think we will ever find peace in the lifetime of the human race.


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