Make It Stop (September's Children)

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"Make It Stop (September's Children)"
Single by Rise Against
from the album Endgame
B-side "Lanterns" / "Death Blossoms"
Released May 30, 2011
Format CD single, digital download, 7"
Recorded September 2010–January 2011 at The Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado
Genre Punk rock[1]
Length 3:55
Label DGC, Interscope
Writer(s) Tim McIlrath
Producer(s) Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore
Rise Against singles chronology
"Help Is on the Way"
"Make It Stop (September's Children)"

"Make It Stop (September's Children)" is the second single from punk rock band Rise Against's sixth studio album, Endgame. The single was released to digital music outlets on May 30, 2011. It peaked at number six on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and number eight on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. The song is part of the It Gets Better Project.

Song meaning[edit]

Frontman Tim McIlrath spoke about this song: "The song was written inspired of the teen suicides in the month of September 2010, who were bullied for being homosexual. It deals about how people are treated from homophobic bullying and feeling so tormented that they feel there's no place for them in the future and that killing themselves is a better option. It was written by my nephew, who wrote it about his best friend. His friend had killed himself a week before it was written."

After the music video was nominated for the MTV Video Music Awards' Best Video with a Message award, McIlrath revealed that "Make It Stop (September's Children)" was also based on his nephew's gay best friend, who had committed suicide in December of that year.[2]

During the bridge, the first 5 of the 9 names of the September 2010 suicides are read aloud: (Tyler Clementi, age 18; Billy Lucas, age 15; Harrison Chase Brown, age 15; Cody J. Barker, age 17; Seth Walsh, age 13) and then during the last verse, 4 more are read (Felix Sacco, age 17; Asher Brown, age 13; Caleb Nolt, age 14; Raymond Chase, age 19)

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, and it follows the lives of three teenagers who are bullied at school for being gay. It also shows scenes of the band playing in a high school gymnasium. It comes to a point that the teenagers can no longer stand the torment anymore that they have thoughts of killing themselves, but before they do they think about what impact they can have on society in their futures and have a purpose in life to live for. The video ends with scenes of the three kids being bullied turning out to become very successful people and footage of people from the It Gets Better Project.

The video was shot at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, the same high school where the band's frontman, Tim McIlrath, attended.


Chart (2011) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[3] 6
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[citation needed] 8


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