Rise and Fall
The Offspring Lyrics


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This time you're really dead
Once followed, but always led
You thought you'd rise above it all

It's all inside your head
All ripping it up in shreds
I know someday you're gonna fall
And I don't wanna say I told you so
But I told you so
Now you've lost control

And I don't wanna be the rise and fall
So gimme more or nothing at all

You're in an awful way
Sucked in by what you crave
They just can't wait to see you crawl

And you can only laugh
Give in to the other half
They're only tearing down your walls

They've come to see you rise and fall
They're only tearing down your walls
They've come to see you rise and fall
And I don't wanna say you've lost control

Rise and fall is
Good and evil,
Appearance and reality,
Judgment and reflection.
It is to judge and to be judged,
To dream and to accept.
It is Triumph and despair,
Wish and realization,





And we are both.

Overall Meaning

In "Rise and Fall" by The Offspring, the lyrics speak of a character who believed they were above it all, but they end up losing control and falling. The singer warns this individual that they're in an awful way, having been sucked in by what they crave, and they can only laugh as they give in to the other half. The other half is portrayed as waiting to tear down the individual's walls and see them crawl.


The chorus repeats the theme of the rise and fall, with the singer emphasizing that they don't want to be the rise and fall. They don't want to say they told the individual so, but they did. In the end, the lyrics suggest that we all experience the rise and fall in our lives, as it represents the duality of good and evil, appearance and reality, judgment and reflection, and wish and realization.


Overall, "Rise and Fall" is an introspective song that reminds us of the human experience. It highlights the importance of not getting too caught up in ourselves and forgetting that we are all susceptible to the rise and fall.


Line by Line Meaning

This time you're really dead
You have reached a critical point of no return.


Once followed, but always led
You used to be a follower and now you are leading your own destruction.


You thought you'd rise above it all
You believed you were better than everyone else and invincible.


It's all inside your head
Your problems come from within yourself.


All ripping it up in shreds
Your world is falling apart.


I know someday you're gonna fall
Your actions will catch up with you and you will suffer the consequences.


And I don't wanna say I told you so
I don't want to be smug or gloating about your downfall.


But I told you so
I warned you about the consequences of your actions.


Now you've lost control
You are no longer in charge of your own destiny.


And I don't wanna be the rise and fall
I don't want to be associated with your downfall.


So gimme more or nothing at all
Don't give me anything that is going to drag me down with you.


You're in an awful way
You are in a desperate situation.


Sucked in by what you crave
Your desire for something has led you to this point.


They just can't wait to see you crawl
Others enjoy watching you suffer and be humiliated.


And you can only laugh
You are in so much pain that all you can do is laugh.


Give in to the other half
You are giving up control to others.


They're only tearing down your walls
Others are destroying your defenses and leaving you vulnerable.


They've come to see you rise and fall
Others are watching and waiting for you to fail.


And I don't wanna say you've lost control
I don't want to rub salt in the wound of your loss of control.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CATHAL JOSEPH SMYTH, CHRISTOPHER FOREMAN, CHRISTOPHER JOHN FOREMAN, DANIEL MARK WOODGATE, GRAHAM MCPHERSON, LEE JAY THOMPSON, MARK WILLIAM BEDFORD, MICHAEL BARSON

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