When Will It End
No For An Answer Lyrics


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A violent trend of thought,
And though we're in control,
Our joy is lost,
We must not become like,
Those who came here to fight,
Why should we let our joy,
Turn to a force that will destroy?
When...WILL IT END!?!?! (3X)
When will all the violence end?
I have a seen a passive stance,
Turn to pride and then advance,
Into a state of social war,
Goals of the past, they seem no more,
When...WILL IT END!?!?! (3X)
With bridges burned we can't go back,
Unobtrusive days are in the past,
We've sounded out and so must stay,




And disregard past violence ways,
When...WILL IT END!?!?! (3X)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of No For An Answer's "When Will It End" explore the idea of violence and how it can be difficult to control once it begins. The opening line, "A violent trend of thought," sets the tone for the rest of the song as it suggests that violence can originate in one's mind but can quickly escalate into physical actions. The second line, "And though we're in control, our joy is lost," implies that even those who believe they are in control of their own actions can still succumb to the destructive force of violence.


The lyrics then reflect on the dangers of becoming like those who came to fight. This line suggests that violence begets violence, and if one is not careful, they may become a part of the cycle of violence themselves. The lyrics urge listeners to not let their joy turn into a force that will destroy, indicating that violence can consume not just one's actions but one's very being. The chorus, "When...WILL IT END!?!?!," is a desperate plea for the violence to stop and for peace to prevail.


Later in the song, the lyrics mention a passive stance turning into pride and then into a state of social war. This could be interpreted as a reference to how passive inaction can quickly turn into aggressive action when pride and ego are involved. The lyrics acknowledge that things may never go back to the way they were, as bridges have been burned, but they urge listeners to move forward and disregard past violent ways. The final chorus is a powerful statement of hope for a world without violence.


Line by Line Meaning

A violent trend of thought,
There's a mindset of violence prevalent in society.


And though we're in control,
Although we have control over our actions, the violent trend still exists.


Our joy is lost,
We've lost our sense of happiness and peace.


We must not become like,
We shouldn't let ourselves become like those who embrace violence.


Those who came here to fight,
Those who promote violence and conflict.


Why should we let our joy,
Why should we allow our sense of happiness and peace to be compromised?


Turn to a force that will destroy?
Why should we allow it to turn into something that causes harm?


When...WILL IT END!?!?! (3X)
When will the cycle of violence come to an end?


When will all the violence end?
When will society no longer embrace violence?


I have a seen a passive stance,
I've observed people being passive and avoiding confrontation.


Turn to pride and then advance,
But sometimes that can lead to a sense of superiority and aggressive behavior.


Into a state of social war,
This can escalate into a situation of social conflict.


Goals of the past, they seem no more,
The original goals and ideals that started the conflict are forgotten or abandoned.


With bridges burned we can't go back,
Once relationships and connections are destroyed, there's no way to repair them.


Unobtrusive days are in the past,
Days of peace and quiet are no longer possible due to conflict.


We've sounded out and so must stay,
We've taken a stance against violence and must continue to do so.


And disregard past violence ways,
We need to let go of the violent tendencies we once had and move forward peacefully.




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They played the 2nd show I ever went to...June 1989 with Inside Out, Headfirst, Cringer and Reality Control.  Those were the days!

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