Rise Against: Make It Stop (September’s Children)

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Tyler Clementi, died September 22, 2010

Woah, woah.

Bang bang go the coffin nails, like a breath exhaled,
Then gone forever.
It seems just like yesterday, how did I miss the red flags raise?

Think back, to the days we laughed.
We braved these bitter storms together.
Brought to his knees he cried,
But on his feet he died.

What God would damn a heart?
What God drove us apart?
What God could

Make it stop?
Let this end.

Billy Lucas, died September 9, 2010

Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.

It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

Bang bang from the closet walls,
The schoolhouse halls,
The shotguns loaded.
Push me and I’ll push back.
I’m done asking, I demand.
From a nation under God,
I feel it’s love like a cattle prod.

Born free, but still they hate.
I’m born me, no I can’t change.
It’s always darkest just before the dawn.

Harrison Chase Brown, died September 25, 2010

So stay awake with me, let’s prove them wrong.

Make it stop.
Let this end,
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

The cold river washed him away,
But how could we forget.
The gatherings hold candles, but not their tongues.
And too much blood has flown from the wrists,
Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.

Cody J. Barker, died September 13, 2010

Who will rise to stop the blood?

We’re calling for,
Insisting on,
A different beat, yeah.
A brand new song.

Woah, woah. (Tyler Clementi, age 18)
A brand new song
Woah, woah. (Billy Lucas, age 15)
Woah, woah. (Harrison Chase Brown, age 15)
Woah, woah. (Cody J. Barker, age 17)
Woah, woah. (Seth Walsh, age 13)
Woah

Make it stop.
Make this end,
This life choose me, i’m not lost in sin

Seth Walsh, died September 28, 2010

But proud I stand of who i am
I plan to go on living (woah)

Make it stop.
Let this end,
All these years pushed to the ledge.
But proud i stand of who i am
I plan to go on living. (Woah, woah)

About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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