Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons




The Experience: Whatever it takes, yeah take me to the top, I'm ready for whatever it takes... I'm a fighter...

Music video: Imagine Dragons performs as their world falls apart around them. The room crumbles under an earthquake, is flooded by a storm and then finally burns to the ground around the band. But they persevere - nothing will stop them from finishing the song (their fight). Not even the mermaids who try to "save" Dan Reynolds from drowning and make him give up the fight. The song must go on, and Imagine Dragons drown and burn to see it through. Interesting details: 1) The matchbooks on the table read "The Overlook Hotel, Mt. Qualo, Colorado 80305". That's the hotel from the Shining where Jack Torrance went crazy. 2) The Nevada license plate that drifts past Daniel Platzman's head reads "a demon is raging". That's another version of the "Imagine Dragons" anagram. Those details detail the vulturous surroundings, the evil outside - the hotel - and inside - demons - that a fighter has to do whatever it takes to defeat.

The Meaning of Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons lays out a bleak but inspiring image of the fighter. Surrounded by enemies - everybody circling is vulturous, negative, nepotist. Born for a reason - I was born to run, I was born for this. Thrives on struggle - whatever it takes cause I love the adrenaline in my veins - and victory - whatever it takes cause I love how it feels when I break the chains. Afraid of being just like everyone else - fear of being typical. Aware of your weakness - I'm just a product of the system of catastrophe and I'm half-diseased - but not defined by it - and yet a masterpiece. You reconnect the world with its mission and meaning - an epoxy to the world and the vision we've lost. You're an inspiration to be more - I'm just a symbol to remind you that there's more to see.

Ask yourself: How do you measure up as a fighter? Who can give you the strength?

Album: Evolve - (2017)

LYRICS:


Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling is vulturous
Negative, nepotist

Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah take me to the top I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible

Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of them
Never be enough, I'm the prodigal son
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah take me to the top, I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Hypocritical, egotistical
Don't wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working hard on something that I'm proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we've lost
I'm an apostrophe
I'm just a symbol to remind you that there's more to see
I'm just a product of the system of catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I'm half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I'll go down to the grave and die happily
And leave the body and my soul to be a part of thee
I do what it takes

Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
Yeah take me to the top, I'm ready for
Whatever it takes
Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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