There was a specific person Tim McIlrath had in mind - a classmate at Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois - in the lyrics where he rails against the one who tried to keep him down:I am not the person you remember from before
The one you patronized and stepped on
The one you hurt
"I was a skateboarder with long hair down to my shoulder and one jock got in my face, told me to cut my hair, and yelled a derogatory slur for a gay person at me so the whole hallway heard it," he told Kerrang!
. "The ironic part was, a year or two later, the same kid grew his hair long and got into bands - I was like, 'F--k you!' When Rise Against got big, I became cool to him. Adults in my life were very dismissive about what I was doing with my life until I was successful and then it was all, 'Good for you! I respect you now because you can buy a house!' That's so wrong; I was like, 'You should have respected me then, and you should respect the person doing this who isn't successful at it.'"