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OneRepublic – Counting Stars lyrics

Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars, yeah we'll be counting stars


I see this life like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find

Old, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm not that bold
I don't think the world is sold
I'm just doing what we're told
I
feel something so right
Doing the wrong thing
I feel something so wrong
Doing the right thing
I could lie
, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills
me makes me feel alive

Lately
, I've been, I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the
things that we could be
But baby, I've
been, I've been praying hard,
Said no
more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars

Lately, I've
been, I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby
, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no
more counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be counting stars

I feel
your love and I feel it burn
Down this river, every turn
Hope is a four-letter word
Make that money
, watch it burn
Old, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm
not that bold
I don't think
the world is sold
I'm just doing what
we're told
I feel something so wrong
Doing the right thing
I could lie, could
lie, could lie
Everything that downs me, makes me wanna fly

Lately, I've been, I've
been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things
that we could be
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no more
counting dollars
We'll be counting stars

Lately, I've been
, I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no more
counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be counting stars

Take that money

Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons I learned

Take that money
Watch
it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons I learned

Take that money
Watch it
burn
Sink in the river
The lessons I learned

Take that money
Watch it burn

Sink in the river
The lessons I learned

Everything that kills me... makes me feel
alive

Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep

Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars

Lately, I've been, I've been losing
sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard,
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be, counting
stars

Take that money
Watch it
burn
Sink in the river
The lessons
I learned

Take that money
Watch it burn

Sink in the river
The lessons I
learned

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink
in the river
The lessons I learned


Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in
the river
The lessons I learned



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  • u
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    I think what the band is trying to communicate here us that our society is far from perfect. People are far too concentrated on money, and if we can just let go, we'll find that there's so much more. It's also about how everyone aspires to do something or has a specific dream, but sometimes they can take it way too far (like being really religious as suggested by "I've been praying hard")
    This is, like, one of those rebellious songs that really make you think: are you happy with this world? It exposes some of the bad things about it. This song is really great from a musical and from a diction perspective.
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    I've really taken a liking to "everything that kills me, makes me feel alive". The hardships encountered in life, the failures and mistakes, are the proof that you are alive. Take it as a lesson, rather than a defeat. Perhaps the "right thing" they refer to is the image of making lots of money, and that being viewed as the "right" way of success. Take more pleasure in doing the "wrong thing", if it's right and you feel it. I'd compare it to doing your best to get to a job you truly love. Love the song, wonderful motivation.
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    I think the song is relating to a love story, sort of similar to what I am going through now. He had just broken up. He is losing sleep because he is thinking what could had happen between them if things doesn't go south. The relationship turn sour because they are always counting money spend in the relationship when they should be thinking about other things (stars) instead. He feels that it is so right to try to keep the girl close, when the love had been lost between them. On the other hand, when he let her go(the right thing), it just felt so wrong. At the end, he just choose to take the money spent as a lesson learn.
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    Julie Hanson
    I think it's about being a drug addict, mostly because of the verse "everything that kills me makes me feel alive". Also, "lately I've been losing sleep". I know that Ryan said it was about some other b.s., but I still think it's about a drug addict who is hoping to get clean.
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    My 12yo with autism just introduced me to this song, wants to do it as a lip sync. I asked him what it meant to him so I could help him sort it all out on stage. He said the part: "I feel something so right, By doing the wrong thing I feel something so wrong By doing the right thing I could lie, could lie, could lie Everything that kills me makes me feel alive" expresses the struggle he feels when he thinks about when he talks to Jesus. When he does the "right" thing for Jesus, everyone thinks he's wrong. When he does the "wrong" thing for Jesus, everyone thinks he's right. And he could lie to the world, but... when he "kills" his selfish wants to make everyone happy he feels more alive and free.
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