So Others May Live

Album: Single Release Only (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first song released by Atreyu after a three-year hiatus. It was made available on their official website free of charge in exchange for signing up to the band's mailing list.
  • The song was inspired by one of vocalist Alex Varkatzas's best friends who used to serve in the armed forces. "The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal," said the frontman. "Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well."

    "The song honors them and condemns our government's constant deployment of these brave souls," Varkatzas continued. "The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background — the working class. The people making these decisions send our nation's children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth. Their kids aren't the ones getting deployed and they aren't risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go 'keep us safe' at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It's bulls--t. It's the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority preoccupied, so they can make money and advance their bulls–t political agendas. The expense is 'expendable' working class/poor Americans' lives, never the rich."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Intentionally Atrocious

Intentionally AtrociousSong Writing

A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.

History Of Rock

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.

Evolution Of The Prince Symbol

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

Janis Ian

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.