My favourite Black Flag song is ‘Rise Above’, for several reasons.
The main reason is that it’s the song that runs through my head during most, if not all petty conflict in my life. I’m an argumentative little shit and I always will be; but over time I’ve learnt how to pick my battles, and most of the time I make the right decisions about whether or not to walk away. I could never walk away from a fight in the past, I was too worried that they’d think I didn’t have a comeback when trust me, I always have a comeback. So yeah, I used to be known as the girl who would scream at anyone about anything, and even though I always won those arguments, I also wasn’t making an enormous amount of friends. This has changed since I decided to stop giving a shit about the pathetic words of so many ignorant people in my life - in fact, my quality of life has increased dramatically since I gained the ability to walk away.
For allowing me to see this, I credit ‘Rise Above’ before anything else. Those words go through my mind when someone pisses me off, or says something stupid, or tries to goad me into having a fight with them simply because they’re in a bad mood and they know I can take it. I never understood how powerful it was to simply walk away from something before, and I honestly don’t think I’d have come to realise that sometimes you don’t actually have to defend yourself to the death in order to be right, if I had never become aware of how much respect I had for those lyrics.