I don't know if this ever occurred to you guys but just from reading the booklet, notice how they are using all these war analogies about the state of rock music? That's how Chester's parts are connected with Mike's, in my humble opinion. Let me explain. My theory is that all songs from track 1-6 are really about the state of rock, though as usual with LP, they're also vague enough to be interpreted differently. The second part of the album goes into different subjects. Keys To The Kingdom The chorus acknowledges how they played a part in the current state of rock being what it is themselves and being frustrated about that (throwing the keys to the kingdom away). The next part is clearly about everything they've been talking about in the interviews. The hunt for something visceral and all: "We start the final war Tell me what’s worth fighting for When we know there’s nothing more We take the hand or fist Just to sell ourselves for this The path we least resist" Then there's the rapping. The rapping is written in a way more direct approach and is very aggressive/arrogant. But it's still on the same topic... Basically saying, rock being what it is, LP is the fucking band to change it. It makes sense. All For Nothing The rapping continues in the same subject and relies heavily on military/war references. The chorus is about the pressure from labels/fans/media. Take a listen, it makes perfect sense. Also it says "OUR TRUST / BETRAYED" not "my trust". This to me is proof it's about the band and not some personal shit. Guilty All The Same Obviously about pressure of labels/fans. I think everybody knows at this point, so I wont get into it. Rakim's part is on the same subject but like the other rapping, taking a more direct approach. War War is basically about LP's new music coming out and destroying everything in it's way. It obviously relies on the war analogies, like the other songs, keeping the record rather consistent. Wastelands The wastelands in this song is the state of rock and they have to "force themselves to choose" (to play visceral rock). The rapping continues the theme of the other raps. -------- Until It's Gone Now this is where the album begins dealing with personal subjects. I can't stand the lyrics on this song personally, and it's pretty clear it was wrote when the band was in a different headspace. It can be interpreted in a number of obvious ways (leaving a loved one, etc.), but also the whole "letting a child go when they've grown up"-thing Mike talked about. I guess it could also be interpreted as the world letting go of true rock music. Rebellion Continues the war terminology but with a different theme. I love the lyrics here, and they seem to be about the thing Mike was talking about on the Bill Maher show. How can they be angry at this point, how can you even be angry in this part of the world. People making this type music today, in their part of the world, are basically imitations of rebellion. He said on twitter the lyrics were ironic though, which point to the contrary. Maybe it's really making fun of people with the opinion that our problems are not real, because someone is in war far away. Who knows? I would for someone to ask him for a more in-depth answer on these lyrics. Either way, great lyrics. Mark The Graves Obviously a relationship kind of song, from the whole "There was so much more to lose than the pain I put you through" part. I'm personally tired of LP using the "let it go" theme, they've had 14 songs on the subject even before this album. Just count the actual amount of times the words "let go" are used in LP's songs since Meteora. We get it LP, you should be able to let go of the past and move on. Final Masquerade Another relationship kind of song. It's typical pop/rock lyrics, but they aren't necessarily bad. I still don't understand why so many people on here were impressed with the whole "The light on the horizon was brighter yesterday with shadows floating over..."-thing. It's basically the first analogy that comes to anyone's mind if you're talking about a radical change in your life, for the worse. Decent lyrics. A Line In The Sand This song is again about the state of rock and LP's place in it. It starts out reflecting on the war they just fought (the whole album). The chorus and rap is about LP taking back the rock spotlight.