On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons


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The Experience: Life is good. Life is perfect. You don't want to look down. Don't want to think about falling. Because that would spoil the moment. But forgetting about what it took to get here would spoil the moment too...

Music Video: A spoof on America's first moon walk. But underneath the upbeat tune and the fun-and-games feel of the music video, Imagine Dragons takes a darker, brooding look at life. What is your happiness worth, if the top of the world turns out to be nothing more than a television set? Does real happiness exist? If it does, where do you find it?

My Take: Happiness is the prize we all fight for. It's a prize we never get... at least not totally. You can never be on top of the world without looking down, without thinking of the climb, or of the fall that might lurk around the corner. Being happy here is only heaven because it's a taste of something else, of a future where there is no fall.

Ask Yourself: Do you think that our world has enough happiness to go around? Or do you want something better? Something forever?


LYRICS:

If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They just may run away from you

You’ll never know quite when, well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

Oooooooo... OoooAhhhhhOoooAhhhhh [2x]

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

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