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Everything that downs me, makes me wanna fly
Every organization and institution is vying for your money, tempting you to go into debt, with credit cards or 'pay later' deals. It really feels like you are 'drowning', in Debt.

At some point, you want to just flee from all the debt that drowns you, break away and fly freely again.
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Make that money, watch it burn
Society tempts you with a bundle of money, sucks you toward a job or career. Then society tempts you with spending it on whatever 'it' wants material things like fancy cars, the latest technology gizmos, big chemically maintained lawns, etc. It's not wrong to spend money, but if you've lost your focus on how to spend the money, it can truly feel like you are just 'watching it burn'.
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I don't think the world is sold
I'm just doing what we're told
He's saying that he's not cynically suggesting we're all 'selling out', but... we haven't been thinking freely.

Bush says let's go to war and we all fall in line. Dr. Oz says eat this, not that, and we all jump on the bandwagon, 'doing what we're told'.
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But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard
Taking a good hard look at his options, trying to find the right direction in life, is like a complex analysis, weighing heavily on his mind. He is literally 'praying hard' for a solution.

He is weighing thoughts about just settling for the 'norm', 'keeping up with the Jones', versus living a unique, interesting and inspiring life, a life with more meaning.

This mental process is like 'praying hard'.
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Dreaming about the things that we could be
Dreaming about a life with meaning, pursuing our goals, ambitions, passions, (not merely settling for the hum-drum existence that society seems to want to impose).
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Everything that kills me makes me feel alive
It's an argument regarding quality of life.

Living life 'large', 'fast and furious', 'partying hard', injecting a little risk and excitement, may shorten your life, but at least you're living it, 'feeling alive'.

Conversely, if you timidly sit back, never 'surf the tide', 'ride them horses', fearfully eat only a bland diet, are unwilling to take any gamble, never explore the world, you'll live a longer but endure a very boring, unremarkable life.
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