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OneRepublic – Secrets lyrics
I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess


'Til all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I've said

Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I've been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that'll light those years
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

My God
Amazing that we got this far

It's like we're chasing all those stars
Driving shiny big black cars

And everyday I see the news, all the problems that we could solve
And when a situation rises, just write it into an album
Seen it straight to gold
I don't really like my flow, no, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that'll light those years
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

Oh, got no reason, got not shame
Got no family I can blame
Just don't let me disappear
I'mma tell you everything

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that'll light those years
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that'll light those years
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

This time
Don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

All my secrets away
All my secrets away
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    I think the meanng of this song is being true to the person you love and care. Quit tellin lies before it's too late, before you lose tht person. Secrets are secrets because they are meant to be kept hidden behind the wall to the world, but tellin someone who you trully trust is better than keeping it in cuz your heart lightens and you feel more happy and comfortable knowing that it's something you are sharing with the person who means alot to you:)
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    He's talking about his writing process, and his career. The first stanza, he's searching for a new topic for a song. He needs another story, something good, to make the song out of.
    The my god, stanza, he's talking about his popularity and fame. "we" in the stanza is one republic. Driving shiny cars.
    Every day I see the news and all the problems. He's talking about artists that make money on world wide events. All those artists that sold records in the name of "relief efforts". He's talking about how he doesn't agree with that.
    He's concluding that he doesn't care about what others think, about what happens to him if he tells his story. He's going to stay true to who he is. He "don't need another perfect lie" and he 'don't care if the critics jump in line. He's going to give all his secrets away. '
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    The genius of these lyrics is in its complexity and, for lack of a better word: secrets. Too often, the messages behind musical lyrics are so blatantly obvious, that the creativity of the writer becomes overlooked and replaced by pop-cultures' framing of a song to make it fit the needs of what's en vogue. However, certain artists, those that still believe in the immense power of music, those who haven't given up on the fact that music is an eternal and universal language continue to let their creative genius shine despite external pressures to conform. "secrets" is a sort of play on this theme, serving as a reminder to listeners that on the surface at least, lyrics are not always intended to be as obvious as we would make them out to be.
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    This song is about the state of the music industry and the lies that certain artists are selling to their fanbase: "...amazing that we got this far...chasing all those stars..driving shiny black cars." When he says "Till all my sleeves are stained red from all the truth that I've said..." he's talking about being someone who wears their heart on their 'sleeves', a truthful person who's able to share his/her life story with a complete stranger instead of making up stories to make themselves look cool. "Don't need another perfect lie, don't care if critics jump in line..." means that "I don't care if I'm criticized for speaking truthfully, I'm gonna make music that I can be proud of even if no one else agrees with me." This is my theme song in life. We need more songs like these.
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    I think the meaning to this is that you have to true to you and others and that its not good to lie because at the end its going to be harder to tell someone you love.
    And if you tell anyone they might not like you so the "moral" is always be true and if you lie tell somebody right away. Also, if you lie and tell someone right away a stone will fall from your heart.
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    A person who is lonely in the world. He wants something that he can confess, so he gets attention. He'll give 'all his secrets away' if he were to be noticed. 'just don't let me disappear, imma tell you everything'. He's 'got no reason, got no shame' in which he can say. He's 'got no family I can blame' meaning he can't be in the news becvause of that. He's a person that wants to be noticed, but doesn't have anything noticable about him. 'my life gets kinda boring'.
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    Having a relationship with a girl just two months before she's getting married. In those two months. We've gone lot of things that I've experienced it with my ex wife for two years but with her. It just took two month. Now. I'm still with her eventho she's married now. She says she still loves me and I know I still loves her. And now I'm still waiting for her. That's all.
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    ArisaAsakawa
    I feel like this song's about stars and celebrities today talking about their personal lives even if their reputations are getting damaged already. For example, "ti'l all my sleeves are stained red" is about their reputation and "Thought you saw me wink, no
    I've been on the brink" this means that you feel like he/she is having fun saying all those things but he's not, it's just that he's on the edge and its the only way that he can remain on the spotlight. He or She doesn't want to disappear, they don't have any family to blame. They don't care about critics and reputations anymore, as long as they can get attention.
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    All this while this man has been living in a lie that was perfect, actually beyond perfect, and everybody he told his lie to, believed it. The man, seeing all his lies, smiles at them every once in a while, but then he saw his real past, all his real memories, not the ones that are made up, and pondered over wether he should tell everyone the truth or not. He then decided to speak up to the people, and tell them all the truth they can ask about him, as a repentant for his mistakes.
    Hehe~ just saying~.
    La. Ala!
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    Who ever wrote this song was saying they don't care what people are going to say or what they will think they are going to tell the truth that they have been hiding and tell all there secrets they are clearly bored n sick of living, hearing, and telling lies. They are sick of the people who are fake or insincere and they are going to start by being sincere and don't want to be excepted by some lie that would be considered perfect because when you lie you can say anything and make people believe whatever you want them to believe weather its true or not and the writer to me seem like they used a lie or lies to make people like them and they just want to be liked for being there self now and even the most perfect lie wouldnt be better then the truth because the true is real and they have obviously come to except them self and are not afraid to tell the world about it! Love this song!
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    It means that, you need to confess to everyone the truth of your life and not just some lie you made up that will make you look like someone your not, someone you think is far better than who you are but the truth is that you are what you make yourself of, secrets keep you from being you, the more you hide, the more you lose yourself, and it will make you insincere, without secrets, you'll be free to be yourself.
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    I have been in love with this song ever since I heard it for the first time, it is amaizing! In fact so amaizing I practiced and practiced over and over agin sssooo much I ended up doing it for this years talent show! I got first place and now everyone of the great people who wrote this song I look up to greatly. Thankyou for writing such a good one! Bye!
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    When I first heard this song it just struck me at what I was actually feeling at the time and still do. Heard it on the sorcerer's apprentice, which played throughout, but struck me during the tesla coil scene. And had to download it. To me it means when you love someone so much you want them to know everything and doesn't matter what others think of you, if you don't want someone to let you go then don't lie about who you are! Why hide from the ones you love.
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    Hes talking about getting so wrapped up in those things on the surface that seem to bring happiness in life. Trying to have "some thing". Or getting " some where". Or being "some body". Hes found someone that means so much to him that hes willing to give it all up. Let them know all about his past secrets. Purge his old life. Put it all on the line regardless of what other people think. And do something more meaningful in the love.
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    rkirkmmartin
    I think he is singing about his lack of privacy. The media assumes things, as we all know. He's tired of the drama and feeding the tabloids. "Don't need another perfect lie..."
    "Tell me what you want to hear" and "sick of all the insincere". He's playing the fakes in his life.
    Yeah, sure. I'll tell you all my secrets. Give them all away. For what? Another "story"? Psyche!
    He just wants to be left alone, like everyone does, who has fame. Let them live their lives, my God! Not everything has to be scandalous. Go onto the next story. Expose someone's "secret" lol!
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    Tichina
    I was listening to this song in my second block. I'm a weirdo that's what everyone say. But hey they can kick rocks for all I care. This is a song about secrets that people keep from others. If you have secrets which all do because we not perfect no one is. And if some one say they are than their telling a huge story. If you feel the need of sharing or keeping a secret than do it don't be shy because we all have some.
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    viccixandra17
    This song sounds like they were really struggling to write a song. I mean, they say their life gets boring and they needs something to write about. So they wrote about the only true experience they do have that will touch people- their secrets, and the effort it takes to keep them. Because everyone has secrets, and everyone is scared to let them go. But what if someone was finally able to do so? That's what they're writing about; they're writing about how they are tired of keeping secrets and they're finally at the point where they are able to let their secrets go and be truthful. Shouldn't we all try to get there?
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