People carrying torches, hope burning from their hands

from Lupe Fiasco – Ayesha Says (Intro) on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Carrying a torch for someone” usually means to secretly love someone who does not feel the same way. But here, the object of affection is the idea of revolution and freedom from oppression, and that is the “hope burning from their hands”. And just like Olympic torch bearers that flame gets passed on from person to person.

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