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Rise Against - The Approaching Curve (with lyrics)

  • Published on Jun 28, 2008
  • The song The Approaching Curve from Rise Against's fourth album "The Sufferer And The Witness" (2006)

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Comments • 342

  • MrPatrickbuit
    MrPatrickbuit 7 months ago

    The title of this song is very poetic, since in a sense they're approaching a physical curve as well as a metaphorical curve.
    Their relationship appearing dentless, like a perfectly straight road. However, a transition into a drastic change similar to a curve is coming up
    They're also physically in a car on a perfectly straight road, approaching a curve that would eventually lead to homicide.

  • Jil Oh
    Jil Oh 9 months ago +3

    Lesson here: Don't break up with her while she's behind the wheel steering the car xD
    Beautiful song, though < 3

  • Yu-Hsiang Shih
    Yu-Hsiang Shih 9 months ago +1

    Can't help but think of my ex who has bipolar disorder. Can't help but crying.

  • Antonio Howard
    Antonio Howard 10 months ago

    Listening to it now... the song doesn't make much sense tbh

  • Go T
    Go T Year ago +2

    "She made no indications of slowing" That final line.

  • blaspHEMI 11
    blaspHEMI 11 Year ago +1

    I remember when I first heard this song I was like woah this shit is dark!

  • Stage_name_alpha
    Stage_name_alpha 2 years ago +3

    My all time favorite band!

  • Deanne The Arsonist
    Deanne The Arsonist 2 years ago +3

    following the interpretation of Aangelo, this music its the exact resume of my last relationship :(

    • Virus55
      Virus55 2 years ago +4

      So you both crashed a car and died o,o

  • Jesse Chisholm
    Jesse Chisholm 2 years ago +1

    I've pinpointed my love of Defeater and La Dispute back to this song.

  • Gregoravich
    Gregoravich 3 years ago +2

    my right ear is malnourished from into :c

  • Flawless Zombie
    Flawless Zombie 3 years ago +2

    April 2016

  • Carley Seward
    Carley Seward 3 years ago +4


    • Lewis
      Lewis 2 years ago +1

      they ded

  • Robbie ferron
    Robbie ferron 3 years ago +8

    listening to this drunk is ironic since they are straight edge

  • idrathernot
    idrathernot 3 years ago +12

    I wanna see them perform this one day.

  • Willz Weldz
    Willz Weldz 3 years ago +5

    I get chills to this day with this song

  • Starr2982
    Starr2982 3 years ago

    This sounds like NADA SURF from the 90s, the song " Popular" ... i finally figured it out!

  • Starr2982
    Starr2982 3 years ago

    This song (the talking part) reminds me of a song in the 90s... i can't think of it! It's driving me nuts!

  • TheDreadnought
    TheDreadnought 3 years ago +35

    Beautiful writing. Sends fucking chills down my spine. One of the crown jewels of a truly brilliant album.

  • Patrick Mark
    Patrick Mark 3 years ago

    God this is sad :(

  • Joshua Foster
    Joshua Foster 3 years ago +3

    The spoken word sounds literally identical to August Burns Red's spoken word in some of their songs. I came here just to see if he was featured in this song.. but I guess not

  • Who Knows
    Who Knows 4 years ago +20

    I never realized how sad this song is...

    • Spotto Darumon
      Spotto Darumon 3 years ago

      Owch. I remember when I heard this song, you know it's sad when the singer's voice acts goes softer. Eg (if you listen to OM&M In the song And now I sing (and now I sing), for everything that I've lost. You can hear his voice crack go down a bit and it makes it more upseting) I still love both songs.

    • Who Knows
      Who Knows 3 years ago +4

      +Spotto Darumon I think they both die. It sounds like she drives them off of the road for a double suicide or a homicide/suicide

    • Spotto Darumon
      Spotto Darumon 3 years ago

      +Lincoln Herrera Doesn't she die at the end?

  • Aangelo Gurusinghe
    Aangelo Gurusinghe 4 years ago +76

    Literally, we see in our mind's eye a couple driving at night on a straight road, listening to music to blur out the awkwardness and having spikes of arguments. They come to a concluding argument and the driver commits suicide due to the heart ache that she has suffered or perhaps to get revenge.
    This journey in the car could perhaps be seen as their "journey of life" together and the car representing their relationship. As they are driving through the "curtains of blackness", we get a sense that everything outside their relationship is cold and empty,( as black has connotations with emptiness). This is further emphasized by "windows were cold to the touch" ; perhaps the world is represented as harsh and they only have themselves ("melting snow" , this implies they radiated warmth and love to the world from inside the car (relationship) ; making life better for themselves. Although, we get an indication that the darkness of the world has invaded their relationship "salt stains" (outside the car the environment is described as icy and salt is used to melt the ice, make the journey through life easier , although these things have negatively influenced their relationship "stains" ) and perhaps they have become bitter (salt = bitterness) ; thus this relationship was not smooth sailing.
    "The music pulsed louder ,yet gentle, " irony coupled with the emphatic pauses, indicating that the narrator wants to drown himself in the loud music , perhaps to get away from the issues they are facing in their relationship. "The skyline was glowing with hints of an impending dawn" , perhaps impending doom of their relationship, he knows from the start that it's not going to work out. But it definitely indicates that they have been driving for quite a while because they started with a "midnight drive" ; perhaps being a metaphor for their relationship coming to an end or life (the environment) becoming lighter/better. "The car raced along a painfully straight stretch of road", indicating that the relationship has becoming stale/ not changing, and he is too bored to carry on with the relationship. "nor had we spoken" around this part of the song we get a sense of tension in the car, it's as if the couple had stopped communicating in the relationship.
    The chorus "as we were, so perfect, so happy, they'll remember only our smiles because that's all they've seen" superficially the couple is great but once they are found (exposed / delved deeper into the relationship) one will be able to see the flaws which led to the breakup "drowning". Then the last line could be interpreted as sarcastic, saying that they were never perfect or that the audience or the people who have found them should have known there was always going to be problems and that nothing is perfect.
    ^This is getting too long so I won't bother with the rest, except the ending
    The narrator wants to try fix things/ change the direction of their relationship "give me the wheel ... before you steal both our hearts". "our crackling voices became apart of the music", we get a sense that their voices are worn out by their incessant arguing and that they can't do it any more so they become quite again; and accept the flaws of their relationship. They now start drowning out each other by listening to the cadence ."There was a curve approaching", perhaps a forced change, but the driver refuses to change and carries on, (refuses to compromise?) ,which leads to the inevitable car crash of a relationship.

    • arikuchiri luc
      arikuchiri luc 2 years ago

      Aangelo Gurusinghe jeez man this isn't psych 101 in your 1 year of highschool chill relax and chill listen to the music

    • Gavin Otto
      Gavin Otto 2 years ago +4

      homie damn you did too much like that was impressive af XD

    • SirHelix
      SirHelix 3 years ago +4

      +Aangelo Gurusinghe This is one of the reasons I love this band. You can't go this deep with most of the junk music that is popular.

    • Paul Goodwin
      Paul Goodwin 3 years ago +2

      +Aangelo Gurusinghe Personally I enjoy this song in a more literal sense, similar to White Is Red by Death From Above 1979, I enjoy the practicality of a dead narrator telling a real tragedy.

    • Kaze Miyazaki
      Kaze Miyazaki 3 years ago

      +Ralphie Vigg I didn't assume you were saying that.

  • purv
    purv 4 years ago

    love it

  • Posese Pulu
    Posese Pulu 4 years ago +21

    I think the bridge on this song is the most emotional of all their songs :-)

  • 091MW2
    091MW2 4 years ago

    what does he mean by dont give me the "wale"?

    • 091MW2
      091MW2 2 years ago


    • Beretmaster666
      Beretmaster666 4 years ago +6

      "Love, give me the wheel." Because she was driving.

  • _shole
    _shole 4 years ago

    themightychickens pls turn on the mobile thingy so i can watch on mobile plss xD

  • Lorens Proost
    Lorens Proost 4 years ago +9

    Pure Poetry

  • louis Hernandez
    louis Hernandez 5 years ago +9

    I remember when I first heard about this band I was 13 I fell in love :,) and from there on out they were and still are my favorite band I'm 19 now [insert penis joke] c;

    • SirHelix
      SirHelix 3 years ago +3

      +DiamondOre24 Wow just stumbled upon an old comment xD wasn't even looking for it just perusing the comments.

    • SirHelix
      SirHelix 4 years ago +1

      +raperboy Oh yeah? I first really gotinto them when I was 14 and now I'm 14 O.o Hot wheels, beat that xD

    • DANKKrish
      DANKKrish 4 years ago

      +Cloak Lord i heard first for this ban when i was 9 and i'm still here 14 ALTERNATE VICTORY

    • Bass Face
      Bass Face 4 years ago +2

      No fucking way... same here... kinda... the whole 13 thing, yea same here, but I am 20 now ..... sooooo I win

    • rg8125
      rg8125 4 years ago

      same here! O.O I first heard this band when I was 13, I'm 19 now and still one of my favorite bands! I find these music so nostalgic :')

  • sometimes unnaccesible
    sometimes unnaccesible 5 years ago +9

    i'm still wondering, What was Tim "doing"?

    • skooterman
      skooterman 3 years ago

      +Im Doge breaking up with her

    • Eloise Riordan
      Eloise Riordan 4 years ago

      +Nemeroth she was driving as he says "please love give me the wheel"

    • Carlettis
      Carlettis 4 years ago

      She was driving, not Tim.

    • Splooge On My Gooch
      Splooge On My Gooch 4 years ago +1

      +Beretmaster666 true

    • Beretmaster666
      Beretmaster666 4 years ago +11

      Actually, SHE is driving. Hence "She made no indication of slowing..."

  • Mark Bilger
    Mark Bilger 5 years ago +10

    Chills. Every time.

  • Cheridan Leiana
    Cheridan Leiana 5 years ago

    Anybody know of any other good songs like this?

    • Australiantatious
      Australiantatious 2 months ago

      I’m a bit late, but Ever Changing by RA is similar in tone and contents. There’s also some songs by Old Gray for that good ol’ spoken word feel.

    • Mikael Hållander
      Mikael Hållander 4 years ago +1

      The song "A shipwreck in the sand" by Silverstein is pretty similar, and just as epic. It starts off with a calm "talking part" just like this song and then builds up.

    • matthew ryder
      matthew ryder 5 years ago +42

      all of rise against's songs

    • AceXprt
      AceXprt 5 years ago +1

      Sometime around midnight -Airborne Toxic Event

  • Ryan Larkin
    Ryan Larkin 5 years ago +29

    LP and rise. Bands of my life

    • Zaccory Flowers
      Zaccory Flowers Year ago

      Saw em live in LP’s hunting party tour day before it was cancelled.

    • 091MW2
      091MW2 3 years ago

      +MrEgofreak :D

    • MrEgofreak
      MrEgofreak 3 years ago +1

      +091MW2 You're a little late to the party.

    • SirHelix
      SirHelix 3 years ago

      +Ryan Larkin I used to say that, but I sorta lost interest in LP. Still RA is my favorite band.

    • 091MW2
      091MW2 4 years ago

      +Madison Jaquet Six.

  • The Old and the New
    The Old and the New 5 years ago +38

    The end never fails to give me chills.

    • Panos OT
      Panos OT 5 years ago +3

      It's so sad man :P

  • Hannibal
    Hannibal 5 years ago

    this is awesome! :D

  • bishie
    bishie 5 years ago


  • Jonathan Chute
    Jonathan Chute 5 years ago

    Yes... it is, it's not good poetry, but it is.

  • derBalle
    derBalle 5 years ago

    Jesus has been dead the last 2000 years...

  • derBalle
    derBalle 5 years ago

    Jesus has been dead the last 2000 years...

  • actlak2009
    actlak2009 5 years ago

    no hes not, the songwriter of this band is actually agnostic. however, im not sure if the song is a metaphor or completely literal

  • amobofmonkeys
    amobofmonkeys 5 years ago

    I believe in a god that doesn't require heavy finances

  • Ebil Naddzz
    Ebil Naddzz 5 years ago

    Apply Water to that Burn.

  • Tayman A
    Tayman A 5 years ago

    No but he's actually right... Songs are a type of poem...

  • lessthanjake63
    lessthanjake63 5 years ago

    i had was in a bad situation that was similar to this unfortunately one night while driving she tried to kill us. if you are unhappy just walk away it really is that simple.

  • Erika Meeiz
    Erika Meeiz 5 years ago

    Tim is Agnostic, I believe. So, no.

    ABRED 5 years ago

    really i did not know that , but thanks for the response

  • Maiv
    Maiv 5 years ago

    Don't think so. In other songs Tim seems doubtful of even the existence of a god.

  • jsh020
    jsh020 5 years ago

    yah thats what spoken word is and always was

    ABRED 5 years ago

    yeah .. your explanation sounds better , i couldnt agree more :)

  • AineSuko
    AineSuko 5 years ago

    I think he is referring to his girlfriend, his lover, the one driving, about how she is an emotional wreck, but only hides it, so no one knows how much it hurts inside. The last line, about how the curve is approaching, and she made no indication of slowing, is quite a deadly situation, and so, at least from my point of view, he is trying to talk her out of killing them both tonight. Because she is happy in front of everyone else, everyone will believe it was an accident.

    ABRED 5 years ago

    when he says love do you guys think he is talking about god , because they say God is Love , and the he says ¨before both of our hearts you , will steal tonight¨.....what do you guys think

  • Saint Vampirized Iron The 15th and 1/2

    Actually music is poetry. There's nothing about poetry that says it all has to be good, some of it is very very shit.

  • RajiKento
    RajiKento 5 years ago

    Nah, I did that on purpose.

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 5 years ago +1

    And "you're" grammar failed hard.

  • RajiKento
    RajiKento 5 years ago

    you're sarcasm failed hard

  • Efren
    Efren 5 years ago

    thank you!! some people just refuse to understand

  • Efren
    Efren 5 years ago

    all songs are poems you idiot, did you not learn this in school or did you even go to school? look it up right now and i bet it will say that songs are poems!

  • Leon Scott
    Leon Scott 5 years ago

    You don't hate Matchbox Twenty do you? while the lyrics are arguably basic because Rob sings through his heart, the music in this band is actually really complex in their earlier stuff. Songs like 3AM, Long Day, Push, Damn and even their slowest song Hang, consists of quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes tied together as well as tuplets so they can divide the notes properly into a 4/4 time sig. I would agree they are much less complex now though.

  • Riku7538
    Riku7538 5 years ago

    It's open to interpretation, and I've come up with 5 different ones. Knowing Rise Against, it's typically the literal one.

    • Sandra Hendele
      Sandra Hendele 10 months ago

      Riku7538 what are the 5 you came up with?

  • Riku7538
    Riku7538 5 years ago

    That's a rap, not a song. Songs are considered poems; Lyricism is a part of poetry. This is coming from a poet, songwriter, and vocalist for my own band.

  • MrJamesNxt
    MrJamesNxt 5 years ago

    1:19 to 1:59 Is the best part of the song in my opinion

  • SelfishPython12
    SelfishPython12 5 years ago

    Dude, I think you've lost it... or never even had it. That's kind of funny, though.

  • Giamo
    Giamo 5 years ago

    For not understanding that you are or dropped on your head as a baby or just young you state in the past 2000 years songs were considered a poem but if you look at the most populair songs it isn't a poem if you can't understand that ur an idiot

  • Efren
    Efren 5 years ago

    i can see you're about 10 right?

  • Nicholas Eisenhower
    Nicholas Eisenhower 5 years ago

    There are good poems and bad poems. Unfortunately this era is plagued with shitty poems

  • dia day
    dia day 6 years ago

    lol right? They're completely awesome. I

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    I like you already.

  • dia day
    dia day 6 years ago

    Your picture (profile) is my favorite band....cuz ha-ha I know you care. XD

  • dmossberg123
    dmossberg123 6 years ago

    Rise Against are actually quite literal in all their songs.

  • Riku7538
    Riku7538 6 years ago

    You're not smart at all.

  • Riku7538
    Riku7538 6 years ago

    Actually, this is very literal. They're listening to music in a car while she kills both of them, and he's trying to get her to stop, and let the both of them live. That's why it is narrated and not sang, because this happens to people, it really fucking happens.

  • Jalushun
    Jalushun 6 years ago

    Rise Against in a nutshell.

  • ScootinJackMcCue
    ScootinJackMcCue 6 years ago

    All songs are poems.

  • MrBloodyshadows
    MrBloodyshadows 6 years ago

    You dumbasses know that songs are poems right?

  • thekon2000
    thekon2000 6 years ago

    Acualy i is logicly considered a poem, even if it is a pile of crap.

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago


  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    Who did what?

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    I was saying it isn't. He said all songs are poems. I said he's full of shit.

  • Erosion86
    Erosion86 6 years ago

    hiding from all the "poems" that Minaj and Bieber write.

  • Erosion86
    Erosion86 6 years ago

    or as i like to say Autotune, auto auto auto autotune
    audotune audo audo audotune
    monotone, mono mono monotone... and so on.

  • Mister Torgue High-Five Flexington

    Who did it?

  • Daniel Zidenberg
    Daniel Zidenberg 6 years ago

    why are you considering that song as music...

  • Edgar
    Edgar 6 years ago

    well.. I wouldnt say underrated band, they are pretty huge right now (and back then when you posted a year ago). But the song remains seriously underrated, that whole album is a masterpiece out of this world!

  • Ryo Akira
    Ryo Akira 6 years ago

    this song makes me's so beautiful though so i can't help but listen to it

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    I'm sorry. Allow me to find a better "song".
    "Now that she's back from that soul vacation
    Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
    She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
    Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey, hey
    Now that she's back in the atmosphere
    I'm afraid that she might think of me as plain ol Jane"
    That's a song. It's the music that makes it good, not the lyrics. He rhymes stupid words for the sake of rhyming. Rise Against doesn't follow that. They write poems.

  • Marcee
    Marcee 6 years ago

    he said songs. not bullshit

  • LickButDontBite
    LickButDontBite 6 years ago

    LOL someone really needs to search for the definition of poem

  • Kevin
    Kevin 6 years ago

    exactly. its sickening to hear songs by the likes of Chris brown on the radio with the same meaningless line repeated to no end and here we have a band with such strong messages and clever meaningful lyrics who in my opinion are not being heard enough.

  • TheLeaderofBDC
    TheLeaderofBDC 6 years ago

    I said underrated, not unpopular.

  • Evans_Ma_Name
    Evans_Ma_Name 6 years ago

    Whys rap not poetry?

  • Jeppe Hastrup
    Jeppe Hastrup 6 years ago

    This band is underrated. Ask anyone in your school, at your work, whatever, if they have ever heard of the band Rise Against, and they will say no. Now ask if they know Nicki Minaj or Justin Bieber, and the answer will with 100% certainty be yes

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    That is not poetry. No.

  • Evans_Ma_Name
    Evans_Ma_Name 6 years ago

    Isnt that what rap is, Just fast poetry? * REALIZATION * XD

  • TheLeaderofBDC
    TheLeaderofBDC 6 years ago +1

    The band isn't underrated. The song is.

  • SkipTheWave
    SkipTheWave 6 years ago +1

    after understanding the meaning of this song, it's the song that makes me cry

  • Daniel Keevy
    Daniel Keevy 6 years ago

    Emily Schambra of Holy Roman Empire.

  • Ziva Bardorfer
    Ziva Bardorfer 6 years ago

    up ahead there was a curve approaching.. she made no indications of slowing...

  • Butts McKracken
    Butts McKracken 6 years ago

    Yeah, because
    "Rack, rack, city bitch, city bitch
    Rack, rack, rack city bitch, city bitch, rack
    Rack, rack, rack city bitch, city bitch
    Mutha on the beat
    Is poetic.

    JU1CY BOY 6 years ago

    underrated? compared to bands like funeral for a friend, these are really common, but yeah. the thing is, all the rise against songs are good and all deserves to be released as singles, obviously they cant release them all. theyre all worth being more famous!

  • Efren
    Efren 6 years ago

    songs are considered a poem.... jesus where have you been the last 2000 years?

  • giannis tsotakis
    giannis tsotakis 6 years ago

    best lyrics ever