Queensryche


1984’s The Warning proved to be a holding pattern for Seattle’s Queensrÿche, offering quality classic metal with lyrics tending to the mystical and occult. The band would soon embark on a massive creative growth spurt, but they seem to be treading water on tracks like “En Force,” “Sanctuary,” and the pedestrian title cut. Bright spots include the technology nightmare portrayed on “N M 156” and the nine-minute epic “Roads to Madness,” where singer Geoff Tate demonstrates all of his incredible range.

The album’s high point comes with the anthemic “Take Hold of the Flame,” which became a monster smash worldwide, especially in Japan. (from Allmusic)

Queensryche – Take Hold of the Flame

We see the light of those who find
A world has passed them by
To late to save a dream that’s growing cold
We realize that fate must hide its face
From those who try
To see the distant signs of unforetold
Oh… oh, take hold

From a haze came a rage of thunder
Distant signs of darkness on the way
Fading cries scream of pain and hunger
But in the night the light will guide your way

So take hold of the flame
Don’t you see life’s a game
So take hold of the flame
You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain

Ride, to a place beyond our time
Reach, for the edges of your mind, and you are there
See, that the light will find its way
Back to a place where it will stay, make it stay

Throw down the chains of oppression that bind you
With the air of freedom the flame grows bright
We are the strong, the youth united
We are one, we are children of the light

So take hold of the flame
Don’t you see life’s a game
So take hold of the flame
You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain

Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo told RIP magazine in October 1991:

“The song is about people who have missed opportunities. The opening line is, “We see the line of those who find the world has passed them by / Too late to save a dream that’s gone cold.” It’s about people who have missed their chance; they didn’t capitalize on their potential for whatever reason. The light just seemed to pass them by. We felt that we had a hold of the light, and when Geoff wrote the chorus, he rewrote it as, ‘Take hold of the flame.'” (from songfacts)

 

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