Skyscraper
Streetlight Manifesto Lyrics


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Come let us make bricks
and burn them hard
We'll build a city with a tower for the world
and climb so we can reach
anything we may propose
Anything at all

Build me up, tear me down
like a skyscraper
Build me up, then tear down these joining walls
So they can't climb at all
So they can't climb at all

I know why you tore it down that day
You thought, that if you got caught
we all go away
Like a spoiled little baby
who can't come out and play
You had your revenge

Build me up, tear me down
like a skyscraper
Build me up, then tear down these joining walls
So they can't climb at all
So they can't climb at all

Well madness reigned
and paradise drowned
when Babel's walls came on crashing down
Now the echoes roar
for the story lived
that was hardly understood
and never any good

So build me up, tear me down
like a skyscraper
Build me up, then tear down these joining walls




So they can't climb at all
So they can't climb at all

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of “Skyscraper” by Streetlight Manifesto talk about the concept of building up and tearing down. The song compares building a city with a tower for the world to a skyscraper. The idea of creating something from scratch with the hope of reaching the top of the world is the driving theme behind this song. The song calls us to strive for anything that we may propose, no matter how difficult it may seem, and not to let anyone tear us down.


The lyrics then take an interesting turn and talk about tearing down the walls that people build around us. Walls are often a metaphor for emotional barriers or obstacles that we put in our way. The song suggests that once these walls are torn down, they can't climb at all. It talks about revenge and how the act of tearing down the walls was done to get back at someone who had torn something down previously.


The final stanza of the song then talks about the walls of Babel coming down, and how that was a story that was hardly understood and never any good. The echoes of that story still haunt us, and the song encourages us to build up and tear down until we finally reach the top.


Line by Line Meaning

Come let us make bricks
Let's work together to create something tangible


and burn them hard
Let's put in the effort and hard work to make something last


We'll build a city with a tower for the world
Let's build a great city that represents us all


and climb so we can reach
Let's build the tower so high that we can see everything


anything we may propose
Let's strive to achieve any goal we set our minds to


Anything at all
No matter how big or small, let's reach for the stars


Build me up, tear me down
Let's build and break down structures like a game


like a skyscraper
That represent power, strength, and dominance


then tear down these joining walls
Let's break down the barriers that hold us back


So they can't climb at all
So no one can get ahead of anyone else


I know why you tore it down that day
I understand your motivations for tearing it down


You thought, that if you got caught
You thought you could get away with it


we all go away
We would all be punished


Like a spoiled little baby
You were acting childish and immature


who can't come out and play
You were not able to handle the situation like an adult


You had your revenge
You acted out of spite and revenge


Well madness reigned
The situation became chaotic and unpredictable


and paradise drowned
The once beautiful and perfect situation was ruined


when Babel's walls came on crashing down
When the barriers came down, everything fell apart


Now the echoes roar
The reverberations of the destruction are still felt


for the story lived
The story has been passed down and retold


that was hardly understood
But the true meaning and events may never be fully understood


and never any good
And it all resulted in nothing but destruction and chaos




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Daniel McGrath

You guys are all in big trouble ....

I'm tellin' greg graffin you guys thought it would be funny to play his jam on a frickin' church organ...

If i could go back in time, i wouldnt save anything..

i'd kill a butterfly in the amazon, so a sand storm hits the sahara, at just the right moment, so that this keyboard guy, like his great great grandfather, kinda, gets pushed off a cliff, or into a bus...

In that universe, this would be, personaly, one of my top 5 favorite albums.

I cant abide by it. Every song im like what the f*ck. In my mind, I cant help but see will farell flyin' all around and cristopher walkin begging for more.



All comments from YouTube:

John Angelle

Streetlight and BR are two of my favorite bands. I can't compare this to the original, because it's apples to oranges. To me, this is exactly what a cover should be: a different perspective on the song.

Daniel McGrath

Yeah, everything you said...
... and we should go back in time and kill keyboard guys entire family tree.

.. just to be safe.

Jingleheartart

I love this band so much. I love Bad religion and I believe Streetlight did a really good cover of this! They make it such a fun song to listen to but give a meaningful vibe to it too. The acoustic version of this song by BR is beautiful. If you like this, check out that! :)

iaiceikiingi47i

Seeing these guys with Reel Big Fish was so good. It was so cool to see possibly the two greatest ska bands play one after another.

Scrolls of Sombra

Yeah... no. These guys can't hold a candle to Less Than Jake

ApemanSquared

Echo Movement is one of the most incredible bands I've seen live. I'm ever grateful to have had the opportunity to open for them twice now, and hopefully my band will have many more shows with them. Dave Fowler is a musical GOD

Kritical Eye

Dude, I tripped out when I heard this. My two absolute favorite bands ever. STREETLIGHT COVERING BR?! >:D!?!?

Chris Brown

A great cover by an amazing band from an amazing band.

posthc

nice cover and for a huge Streetlight and BR fans this is just great

johnedward430

hearing them play this live made my year

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