"Make It Stop" (CD Single)



Anti-bullying song teaches kindness, hope; best for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song condemns bullying and sends the message that things will get better and that every life is worth something.


Positive role models

The song and video promote anti-bullying and acceptance and emphasize that suicide is NOT an option.




Strong lyrics about bullying, being driven to suicide: "Bang bang go the coffin nails, like a breath exhaled, been gone forever," "The shotgun's loaded. Push me and I'll push back," and "Too much blood has flown from the wrists..."


The video shows a newspaper photo of two women getting married and kissing. Lyric "Children shamed for those they chose to kiss."



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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song and video were made in collaboration with the nonprofit organization ItGetsBetter.org in honor of homosexual teens who've been bullied or driven to suicide. The song and its video promote acceptance of gays and lesbians and the idea that suicide is never a solution. Because of the song and video's mature content, parents should be prepared to discuss these sensitive topics with their teens. The video shows bullying and teens contemplating suicide with a noose and a gun. But in the end, they see the light at the end of the tunnel and choose life.

What's the story?

Rise Against has made a name for themselves as a passionate, left-leaning punk rock band from Chicago that isn't afraid to make their music about more than just radio play. \"MAKE IT STOP,\" from their album Endgame, boldly challenges listeners to be more tolerant and accepting of others. The video features strong material about troubled homosexual teens who contemplate suicide as an escape from bullying.

Is it any good?


Behind heavy punk guitar riffs, the lyrics of "Make It Stop" paint a picture that's both unsettling and hopeful. "What God would damn a heart? And what God drove us apart?... Born free, but still they hate. Born me, no I can't change... And too much blood has flown from the wrists, of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss. Who will rise to stop the blood?" The point of the song and video are clear: Bullying is never OK, and only we can make the hate stop. It's a powerful way to get a dialogue going with your kids and show the next generation that every life is worth living and loving.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bullying and what it means. Have you ever been bullied by someone? Have you ever witnessed someone being bullied? What did you do? How can individuals help stop bullying when they see it happening?

  • Cyberbullying is becoming all too common these days with the popularity of the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook. Have you ever been cyberbullied? What can parents and kids do to ensure that cyberbullying doesn't happen?

  • How can parents teach their kids to be accepting of others, and what can kids do to be the positive influence at school and among friends?

Music details

Artist:Rise Against
Release date:June 1, 2011
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byaddie_love November 22, 2013

Great song with positive message

It's a good song but the message is what makes it so great. There isn't much inappropriate content to worry about but the mature subject matter (bullying, homosexuality, suicide) makes it a bit iffy for little kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byWhofan9 December 6, 2012

It is one of my favorite songs

Yes I am 11, but I listen to this music a lot. The band Rise Against are very positive role models for kids to watch. Instead of whining like Eminem, they make music for charity. The song is about how if you're gay, you should admit it, and it's great or kids to listen to. I freely listen to it with my littler sisters in the room, and it's a good song.
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byFlash17 November 19, 2011


Love Rise Against! They have such positive messages in their songs!!!
What other families should know
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