Love Runs Out - OneRepublic



The Experience: OneRepublic begins their new releases while we're still into Counting Stars. Love Runs Out features their classic singing talent with the promise to do anything for you, "till the love runs out," that is, until forever.
Official Video: Flashes of images and symbols run through the video - it doesn't have a plot, but everybody represents something to give a meaning to the video.

  • Representing continents: karate-kickers for Asian culture, soccer-ball players with Peruvian hats for Latin America, African kids, North America has breakdancers, Europe has Lippanzer horses, and Oceania gets Hawaiian-type dancing. Note that the video ends with the African dancers.
  • Representing stages of life: death (the guy with the skeleton-wear by the tombstones), old age (lady with the piano), childhood (the African kids)
  • Representing the elements: earth (desert), air (changing clouds), fire (explosions), water (plastic-type water footing)
  • And finally, representing the feel of the song: solid earth for the ordinary beat, but when Ryan asks "what are you living for?" with the line "we all run for something... for God, for fate, for love, for hate..." the scene goes dark and stormy and Ryan's walking on water. You can live for the wrong thing. If you do, the love can run out, like the video's lit fuse fizzling out at the end.  


The Meaning of OneRepublic's Love Runs Out is love being the maximum. OneRepublic promises to be "your man", "your light, your match, your burning flame" And they want to swear by the most important thing in life, "if you ever doubt" the sincerity of that promise. They list all the things anyone could swear by "for God, for fate, For love, for hate, For gold, and rust, For diamonds, and dust.OneRepublic swears by love - loving "till the love runs out." Since love is endless, their promise is eternal.
Or is it? If love isn't eternal, then the entire song is about loving till I don't feel like loving any more. Then the song is just about emotions, and a fleeting promise, nothing else. 

Ask Yourself: Is the song about eternal love - the maximum love, or just about loving you while I feel like it? You decide.


LYRICS:
I'll be your light, your match, your burning sun,
I'll be the bright and black that's making you run.
And I feel alright, and we'll feel alright,
'Cause we'll work it out, yeah we'll work it out.
I'll be doin' this, if you ever doubt,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.

I'll be your ghost, your game, your stadium.
I'll be your fin, deep down, entrapped like one.
And I feel alright, and I feel alright,
'Cause I worked it out, yeah I worked it out.
I'll be doin' this, if you ever doubt,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.

I got my mind made up and I can't let go.
I'm killing every second 'til it sees my soul.
I'll be running, I'll be running,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.
And we'll start a fire, and we'll shut it down,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.

There's a maniac out in front of me.
Got an angel on my shoulder, and Mephistopheles.
My momma raised me good, momma raised me right.
Momma said "do what you want, say prayers at night",
And I'm saying them, cause I'm so devout.
'Til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out, yeah.

I got my mind made up and I can't let go.
I'm killing every second 'til it sees my soul.
I'll be running, I'll be running,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.
And we'll start a fire, and we'll shut it down,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.

Ooh, we all want the same thing.
Ooh, we all run for something.
Oh for God, for fate,
For love, for hate,
For gold, and rust,
For diamonds, and dust.

I'll be our light, your match, your burning sun,
I'll be the bright and black that's making you run.
I got my mind made up and I can't let go.
I'm killing every second 'til it sees my soul.
I'll be running, I'll be running,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.
And we'll start a fire, and we'll shut it down,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.

I'll be your light, your match, your burning sun,
I'll be the bright and black that's making you run.
And I feel alright, and we'll feel alright,
'Cause we'll work it out, yeah we'll work it out.
And we'll start a fire, and we'll shut it down,
'til the love runs out, 'til the love runs out.
'Til the love runs out.

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