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Queensryche – Take Hold Of The Flame

One of my all time favorite bands and songs.  This song has many meanings, but the only one that counts is how you interpret the lyrics.

To me it is about taking charge of disorder, Creating ORDER in a Chaotic situation.  I have all of QR’s stuff and have been listening to them since I heard “The Lady Wore Black” some 30 years ago!  My cousin was their publicist and photographer many years ago as well as for the band Black n’ Blue, whose guitar player,Tommy Thayer is now with KISS

We see the light of those who find A world has passed them by To late to save a dream that’s growing cold We realize that fate must hide its face From those who try To see the distant signs of unforetold Oh… oh, take hold… FLAME!!!
From a haze came a rage of thunder Distant signs of darkness on the way Fading cries scream of pain and hunger But in the night the light will guide your way
So take hold of the flame (TAKE HOLD!) Don’t you see life’s a game (TAKE HOLD!) So take hold of the flame (TAKE HOLD!) You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain
Ride, to a place beyond our time Reach, for the edges of your mind, and you are there See, that the light will find its way Back to a place where it will stay, make it stay
Throw down the chains of oppression that bind you With the air of freedom the flame grows bright We are the strong, the youth united We are one, we are children of the light
So take hold of the flame Don’t you see life’s a game So take hold of the flame You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain

From the Darkside

A common theme through out QR’s music is a character, who is unknown until “OPERATION MINDCRIME”

Queensrÿche– ‘Operation : Mindcrime’

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