Prayer of the Refugee
|"Prayer of the Refugee"|
|Single by Rise Against|
|from the album The Sufferer & the Witness|
|Released||December 6, 2006|
|Recorded||2006 at the Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Genre||Melodic hardcore, punk rock|
|Producer(s)||Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore|
|Rise Against singles chronology|
"Prayer of the Refugee" is the second single from Rise Against's album The Sufferer & the Witness, and was released worldwide in 2006. The song was originally titled "Diaspora", with advance copies of the album using that title instead of "Prayer of the Refugee".
The song is featured as a re-recorded bonus track in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The song is also featured in Slednecks 9 DVD. It is used in "The Compound" segment of the movie.
The song begins with a conversation between a refugee and his son. The refugee talks about the good life he, and his people, once had, but no longer do. The chorus is the refugee calling out, saying not to help him, as carrying himself is all he has left. He says that all those who have tried to "help" in the past have merely let him down again.
The next verse is about how these refugees are quietly trying to change the world in the background, in subtle ways. In the final verse, he tells the son to step out and change the world for the better.
The song is against many practices used as a result of capitalism in the United States.
Directed by Tony Petrossian, the video moves from scenes of the band playing and walking around in a warehouse to scenes of young children and foreign people making and packaging goods such as shoes, bananas, jeans, and remote controlled cars. It ends with scenes of the foreign people placing 'Made In USA' and American flag labels on packaged boxes, and the band members toppling various shelves containing such goods, the broken and fallen goods spelling out "Fair trade", and the video ending in an abrupt change to a black screen.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||7|
|Canadian Hot 100||21|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000*|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Tim McIlrath – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (guitar solo)
- Joe Principe – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Chris Chasse – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Brandon Barnes – drums, percussion
- "RIAA Search for Rise Against" RIAA.com. Retrieved on January 22, 2010.
-  Retrieved on October 15, 2011.
- "American single certifications – Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH