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 Melodic hardcore, punk rock
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)"
Music sample

"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]

In an article for, lead singer Tim McIlrath revealed that "a number of events were the catalyst for the creation of Make It Stop, everything from the suicides in September 2010, to our own fans voicing their fears and insecurities from time to time. I decided to create the song as a response, and when I discovered the It Gets Better campaign and [It Gets Better Project co-founder] Dan Savage's commitment to such an important and concise message, I was moved." [1]

The song explicitly deals with the issues of bullying. According to McIlrath, "The message is: It can get better, it does get better, give it a chance to get better, don’t end your life prematurely." [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)


Thomas Nassiff of AbsolutePunk called the song the best example of how the band had changed, and later commented on how "instead of [being] a gimmick, this song becomes an example of the way that radio-ready rock music should be written".[3] Scott Heisel of Alternative Press said that the song borrows the guitar opening from "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day, but praised the lyrics for being "more pointed than Billie Joe Armstrong’s have ever been".[4] Davey Boy of Sputnikmusic praised the children's vocals, describing them as "effective devices employed to bring awareness to such a worthwhile issue".[5]

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)[6] 6
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 8


  1. ^ "Videos: Rise Against: "Make it Stop (September's Children)"". June 21, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Montgomery, James (June 20, 2011). "Rise Against’s ‘Make It Stop’ Tackles Bullying, Suicide". Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Nassiff, Thomas. "Rise Against - Endgame". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 28, 2011). "Rise Against - Endgame - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Boy, Davey (March 14, 2011). "Review: Rise Against - Endgame | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Rise Against Album & Song Chart History". Retrieved 28 April 2015. 

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