Ready to Fall

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"Ready to Fall"
A simplistic black and white drawing of a fist in front of a heart. Underneath is the text "RISE AGAINST" and "READY TO FALL"
Single by Rise Against
from the album The Sufferer & the Witness
B-side "State of the Union (live)"
Released May 30, 2006
Recorded The Blasting Room, Fort Collins, Colorado
Genre Melodic hardcore
Length 3:48
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) Rise Against
Rise Against singles chronology
"Life Less Frightening"
"Ready to Fall"
"Prayer of the Refugee"
"Life Less Frightening"
"Ready to Fall"
"Prayer of the Refugee"

"Ready to Fall" is the first single by the punk rock band Rise Against from their fourth studio album, The Sufferer & The Witness (2006).

An acoustic version of this song was performed live on the CJZN Radio station in Victoria, British Columbia, on January 18, 2007, before a Billy Talent concert featuring Rise Against, Anti-Flag, and Moneen.

On March 12, 2009, the song became a downloadable song in the video game, Guitar Hero World Tour. It is also featured in Tap Tap Revenge 3 on iPhone and iPod Touch as a downloadable double song pack with Audience of One.

The song featured in 2009 action movie 12 Rounds.[1]


"Ready to Fall" was written by lead vocalist Tim McIlrath in collaboration with the song's producers, Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. Stevenson and Livermore engineered the song alongside Andrew Berlin and Johnny Schou, while Chris Lord-Alge served as the mixer. It was recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado and mastered by Ted Jensen.[2] Rise Against released the song as the album's lead single on May 30, 2006.[3]

Music video[edit]

Made in 2006, the video is about pollution and its effects on the environment. The video is 3 minutes and 51 seconds long, and cuts between shots of the band playing and shots of animals being saved or dying, if not already dead, from various environmental hazards caused by humans. At the end of the video, lead singer Tim McIlrath says, "Every action has a reaction. We've got one planet, one chance."

As well as the version played on television, there was another, more graphic version created. This was never released officially but is available on certain websites. The video serves a testimony to veganism. Rise Against is an active supporter of PETA, an animal rights organization, and the band members are all active vegetarians.

The video was filmed at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park in British Columbia.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Ready to Fall"  
Total length: 3:48
7" vinyl[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Ready to Fall" 3:48
2. "State of the Union" (live at The Troubadour) 2:09
Total length: 5:57


Chart (2006) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 13


  1. ^ "12 Rounds Soundtracks" Retrieved on November 16, 2009.
  2. ^ The Sufferer and the Witness (liner notes). Rise Against. Geffen Records. 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Ready to Fall (Album Version)". 7digital. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ready to Fall (Import 7" White Vinyl)". Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rise Against – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Rise Against. Retrieved January 24, 2016.

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