Okay, so a few days ago, Imagine Dragons dropped a new song. Naturally, I’ve already spam-listened to it and memorized the first part of the song. You can listen to it here. In fact, I request that you do. Anyway, today, we’ll be analyzing the lyrics with what I think they mean!
First things first- They want to get things started off right. This is the first thing they’re saying.
I’ma say all the words inside my head- He’s going to finally speak his mind and say what he was thinking.
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh-ooh. The way that things have been.- He’s angry because no one paid him any attention or listened to him, so he’s ready to finally speak his mind.
Second things second- this is the second part of the song.
Don’t you tell me what you think that I can be- He doesn’t want other people trying to define him. He wants to be who he is because he decided, not someone else.
I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea. The master of my sea- I’m the only one who can control myself.
I was broken from a young age- Something went wrong in his home life, so he felt broken.
Taking my soul into the masses- Okay, I’m not entirely sure here, but in my brain, it means that he is repenting from his sins.
Write down my poems for the few- No one listened to him, but for those who did, he’s writing things down.
That looked at me, shook to me, feeling me- This sort of goes hand in hand with the previous lyric. The few mentioned above are the people who finally paid attention to him.
Singing from heartache from the pain- These things went into the songs or poems that he wrote and he sort of personifies them when he sings.
Take up my message from the veins- He wants people to listen to him.
Speaking my lesson from the brain- He was speaking his mind for once in his life.
Seeing the beauty through the pain!- He can see beauty underneath a person’s exterior because you don’t know what sorts of pain they’d been through.
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer- This lyric could mean that he seeked (sook? I don’t know.) God during a time of hardship and the pain brought him closer to God.
You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer- That’s what the pain did, but it still made him into a believer.
I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain- He doesn’t care anymore if he dies. He embraces death.
My luck, my love, my God, they came from pain- The pain gave him luck, he found love during pain, and he found God during pain.
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer- Like I said, pain made him believe in God.
Third things third- The third thing he wants to say.
Send a prayer to the ones up above- He is praying to God to help him through this.
All the hate that you’ve heard has turned your spirit to a dove- Okay, so I did a bit of research here, and I noticed that people say that enduring through this has made him graceful and peaceful. So maybe this means that he is now at peace with the things in his life.
I was choking in the crowd- He wanted to get away from all the people and just be alone for a while.
Living my brain up in the cloud- His own thoughts are hurting him and bringing him down.
Falling like ashes to the ground- This could be a metaphor for his life falling around him, or his thoughts bringing him down, sending him falling like ashes to the ground.
Hoping my feelings, they would drown: He’s in a war against himself by this point. He wants to conceal his feelings from himself since his feelings are making him miserable.
But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing- But he couldn’t conceal his feelings and they came and went, still making him feel bad about himself.
Inhibited, limited- His feelings limited him, keeping him from leaving his comfort zone.
Till it broke up and rained down. It rained down like- Suddenly, everything just started crumbling around him.
Last things last- This is the last thing he wants to say.
By the grace of the fire and the flames-Perhaps, just perhaps, this is talking about how God appeared to the Israelites in a pillar of fire. And this is another metaphor for finding God again.
You’re the face of the future, the blood in my veins. The blood in my veins- God gives him life and the strength to keep on moving.
[Insert “But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing” here]
And that’s all of Believer by Imagine Dragons! I hope you enjoyed my song analysis and I may be doing more of these in the future!