About Rise

"Rise" is the second single released by the alternative hip hop group Flobots from Denver, Colorado. It was released from Flobots' album Fight with Tools.


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So much pain, we
Don't know how to be but angry
Feel infected like we've got gangrene
Please don't let anybody try to change me

Just me
In the middle of a sea full of faces
Full of faces
Some laugh some salivate
Whats in your alleyway
Recycling bins or bullet cases

Its not equal
Its not fair
Were different people
But were not scared
We ain't never scared
To pave a new path
Make a new street
Build a new bridge

Say can you see by the dawns early light
Free slaves running
Songs words weren't right
Now a new days coming
The few stay stunning while the many are handsome
Your soul is alive but they want it for ransom
The base drumming is the anthem
We step to the heartbeats of our granddaughters and grandsons

Rise together
We rise together

Lost hope and found need
Grounded by our surroundings
Did the walls scream universities
Or you and I verse the tees
React automatic and we burst when squeezed
And make 9-11 each emergency
Urgency amber to red like the turning leaves
Oh please let the hurting cease
Don't let apathy police the populace
We will march across
Those stereotypes that were marked for us
The answers obvious
We switch the consonants
Change the sword to words and lift continents

Rise together
We rise together

If you believe in redemption
I'm calling to you from another dimension (Repeat)

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The Flobots are a rock and hip hop musical group from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools (2007), featuring the single "Handlebars", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in April 2008. more »

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12 facts about this song

"Rise" is a song by Flobots which falls under the genre of alternative hip hop and rap rock.
Released Year
The song was released in October 2008 as the second single from their debut album, "Fight with Tools".
Album's Success
The album "Fight with Tools" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold in the U.S.
Band Members
Flobots' members Johnny 5 and Brer Rabbit featured as lead vocalists on this song.
Musical Style
The song is known for its diverse instrumentation, combining elements of rock and hip hop with a string section featuring violinist Mackenzie Gault.
Lyrics Theme
The lyrics of "Rise" deal with themes of social accountability, unity, and the individual’s power to effect change, which are consistent themes throughout Flobots' discography.
Music Video
The music video, directed by Dirty UK and Dan Huiting, shows images of protests and revolutions from around the world, supporting the song's message.
Chart Performance
"Rise" charted well in many countries in 2008, including reaching number 3 on the U.S. Alternative Songs (Billboard), and number 37 on the U.S. Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard).
Critical Reception
The song received positive reviews from music critics for its politically conscious lyrics and its fusion of musical styles.
Use in Media
"Rise" was featured prominently in a trailer for the film "Max Payne".
Live Performances
Flobots performed "Rise" at many notable music festivals and events, including the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Historical Influence
The band has stated that the song was influenced by the global events of the time, including protests and revolutions.

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