OneRepublic: Counting Stars Meaning
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Song Released: 2013
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Counting Stars Lyrics
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Yeah, we'll be counting stars
I see this life
Like a swinging...
anonymous Sep 12th, 9:18pm report
GOSHHHHHH PEOPLE ARE SO IGNORANTS THAT EVEN A SIMPLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE SONG AS THIS ONE, HAVE TO CONNECTED WITH DRUGS AND BAD HABITS, WHEN HIS IS DESPERATE SPLAYING ABSOLUTELY THE OPOSIT, UFFFFFFFF, LYRICS AND VIDEO EVEN THE COUNTRY STILE OF THE SONG TELL US ABOUT FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS NO MATTER WHAT, TO FOGHET ABOUT THE MONEY, THE SOCIETY, (Oh, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm not that bold) MEANS THAT WE ARE NEVER LATE TO START BELIEVING, and we behave as the society allow, living for working and paying bills, his is prying hard to see the things change, and while hi is playing and the EVIL surround the band in the bottom (crocodile) the GOOD is doing his job as well (people dancing with joy in the name of the lord)
(I feel something so right
Doing the wrong thing
I feel something so wrong
Doing the right thing)
this happens to everyone when we fall in love of the poor when are parents or society said that we should choose a rich men, or perhaps follow your dreams instead to just do a job to give you money. be poor and happy, burn that money, and if you find God as them at the end of the song much much better!!!!
please dont be stupid and stop to thinks bad all the time! this is actually a good song with a good propose!
anonymous Nov 26th, 11:43am report
This is another revolution anthem. He is calling for a societal revolution because we value all of the wrong things. We value possessions, material goods, and money over joy, love, and compassion. (feel right/doing wrong etc) Counting stars instead of dollars is asking all of us to begin to think in a way counter to what we have been taught by society. Understand and revel in the amazement of the universe around us, our spirituality (religion aside), and abandon the rat race for money. Money is made up people, there is a private corporation that prints it. Cmon? We need to wake up, and understand that the idea of earning a living has been forced onto us, and we were told it was a 'good' thing. For who? We are humans, of the planet Earth, we were born here, why do we need to pay? Question authority, question everything you know. Listen to Imagine Dragons - Radioactive. These two songs lend themselves to each other. If your eyes work properly, you'd see our government is criminal and we are being forced into modern day slavery.
anonymous Nov 18th, 11:20pm report
I think it means that it tells us to forget about the money and what the society says. It is also the guy is torn about his lifestyle (I feel something so right doing the wrong things) means that he knows he is doing something wrong but because the way people influenced him he doesn't know that he is going against his belief. The crock means that evil is surrounding or lurking in everything that we do. That they shouldn't care about the money they should only care about the people who are underneath all of those rich poor problems because of these problems they cause a war in our world Oh by the way if you read this and find it amazing a thirteen year old wrote this :)
anonymous Nov 15th, 11:54pm report
Remember when Ashton Kutcher was on the Teen Choice Awards talking about working hard and earning money and having hope for a good future? Doing what you need to do, but knowing that you will move up, climb a ladder, and instead of counting every penny and thinking how far away you are, keep your focus higher and "count stars". I think that's what it means. I also think that the song is saying that it's not viewed as popular to start out working in a fast food restaurant or be a grocer when you get out of college. A lot of people think working there with this is "beneath them" and a great paying job should be handed to them on a pedestia. But an unpopular viewpoint is that it is okay to work there and work hard. You learn that there is more to life than money, that you can make it through the hardships of money with faith, hope and love. Great song by the way!
anonymous Oct 30th, 10:45am report
He is troubled in his life and wants and end to life being ruled by money, The Alligator symbolizes Evil and The Congregation is The good, However as the song carries on it shows that the evil, is actually doing no harm and the good maybe actually something else, IE a con artist tricking people by suggestion that they are having an experience. The fact this takes place in a lowly decrepit apartment, seems to me that they have paid for the experience and the preacher is a con man, Taking there money for the congregations hopes and dreams of a higher force.And ultimatly putting them in a dangerous situation showing all is not what it seems,The band being between supposed good and evil seems to me the preachers tool, using the euphoric music as a catalyst to the experience. Put enough euphoric music in to some one and they will raise there hands and want to dance and cry. All through emotional suggestion.
I think all in all Money is the route to all evil, even in the hands of religion and its safer to chase your hopes and dreams
anonymous Oct 26th, 10:18pm report
To me, it's about a person who has been lost.
"Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Yeah, we'll be counting stars"
They've been losing sleep because they are too busy thinking about someone. As in, like, they just broke up and they can't even sleep because they are thinking about each other. And then the line "But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard" almost like they both want to get back together. "Said no more counting dollars" the reason they broke up was because one of them was obsessed with money and it's all that really mattered to them. "We'll be counting stars" It's impossible to count all the stars, but like a lot of other people said, chasing dreams. Basically, in my opinion, he's saying "I've been losing sleep because I'm thinking way to much about you and what we could be and praying you'll take me back because, you know what, fuck money, let's go chase our dreams."
"I see this life
Like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find"
He sees life like a vine, it swings back and forth, "Swing my heart across the line" where as he used to love money more than anything, his heart is crossing the line that separates money and the girl he used to be with. "In my face is flashing signs, seek it out and ye shall find" is like saying he sees why he loved money in the first place, but if you really look at it, money vs the person you love most, you'll find which is more important to you.
So, if you go with the rest of the lyrics, and try to think how I do when I lesten to it, then it makes sense, right? Then again, I write a bunch of stories and have a very active imagination, so maybe you won't see it like this.
anonymous Sep 19th, 9:13am report
I think just maybe everyone on here has gotten the meaning of the song wrong... From the song vocalist and writer,out of Ryan Tedder's own mouth he admitted the lines loosing sleep and counting stars are about money. He said he can't wait for the day when he's no longer counting dollars he'll be counting stars. I dont think it's about religion trying to take money or force it's views,I believe the song is talking about what's pretty obvious in the chorus http://news.radio.com/2013/06/04/how-beyonce-adele-and-an-aloof-folk-singer-helped-onerepublic-make-counting-stars/
But if we do go into religion maybe these lyrics here can be explained two ways:"I feel something so right
At doing the wrong thing
I feel something so wrong
At doing the right thing"
1.Maybe its hard for him to follow the right way of doing this because it feels good and makes money fast.
2. Maybe doing the wrong thing means not following the world's way of doing things and therefore he feels right doing the wrong thing not following what everyone else is doing. get it?
And if we really look at these lyrics from a religious stand point it only goes two way also and connects with all the previous lyrics:"Everything that kills me makes me feel alive"
1. I think it pretty obvious...sin feels good to the flesh.
2. Everything that dying in his flesh makes him feel alive. 2 Corinthians 5:17 and he's still trying to figure things out?
I think it's the mystery of the song is kind of suppose to be that way...I also think its the mystery of the writer that make its a good song
anonymous Sep 17th, 9:09am report
"No more counting dollars", means that they will be so rich they won't need to count every dollar "we'll be counting stars" they will have a lot of free time to count stars(because counting stars takes a lot of time)
anonymous Sep 4th, 9:38am report
"We'll be counting stars" doing the impossible, ie impossible to count the stars, but in the song they are doing just that, or can be looked @ as doing something thats doomed to fail, but I'd like 2 be an optimist abt it
anonymous Aug 26th, 8:14am report
There is no immoral conflict, or wrong focus of money assertions or addictions here.
The song is surely about:-
Thanks to the bright morning star; Revelation 1.
A man got out of the car at the party across the road in 2009, he must have been an angel as he threw two stars at me? I don't know what, are these the same two stars that I saw go off in his face in 1981? Signs ..... It was wrong, not good coz now you're tied up, and you keep getting tied up because you should've just married me from the start. Worried about the money all the .... time! Still waiting for God to make it perfect?
Look how far we've come. I am counting stars in my own room because I was prayin hard, Abraham started it, I ran out of money at the restaurant and the dockets are printing stars!
Heck why didn't someone tell me this before?????? By the power of God you declared us unreal, yet there is no miscellaneous file in Jesus Christ.
I don't care how hard you make it, I will not do wrong, I will keep pulling those stars. There is no comfort until my husband is laying in my arms.
anonymous Aug 25th, 8:56pm report
........... I sat up on my bed and the air in my room had turned blue, there were stars everywhere. I touched some, counted some, blinked twice and they're gone! .... I never smoked, never did drugs, don't drink alcohol. I bought food and there was a star on the docket! Kingdom food Jesus paid for me.
anonymous Aug 24th, 8:14pm report
Sorry meant number 3 anonymous interpretation is mostly right
anonymous Aug 20th, 8:50pm report
I think this song is like a miror that anyone can see himself in it and have his own thought..
But in my idea this song can be related to a wrecked relationship that he still wants to continue..
anonymous Aug 19th, 8:46am report
One of the songs of decade, a future classic.
If you watch the film clip there is little doubt that at least some of the lyrics pertain to religion and the meaning we give our religious beliefs.
The crux of the song is found here "I feel something so right Doing the wrong thing"
To me the lyricist is plainly torn and anxious about his lifestyle , which in his heart he knows to be against his religious beliefs
Anyone who has even a remote belief in a higher power has no doubt had this internal dialogue with themselves much like this lyricist is now.
There is also little doubt that he the lyricist is at a crossroads in his life "lve been prayin' hard" ..."Seek and ye shall find", a direct reference to Matthew 7:8.
Ultimately the lyricist after much internal anguish and dialogue has to come to peace with himself and realising.."the lessons I learned "there are more important things than money and status. I also think the lyricist bemoans the fact that he has spent so much time "losing sleep" ie worry and anxiety about fleeting things, "making money, watch it burn " and muses to himself the perennial question about what gives our life real meaning and purpose.
In fact he finds real meaning can be found in "counting stars" , ie having mindfulness with grateful disposition and sewing into relationships .
anonymous Aug 9th, 8:57pm report
simply it means having lots of money is not everything in life ,, he focus on morals and love and caring of each others etc by the term of "counting stars " better than counting dollars .. also he gives a sign to go out for protesting against what we were told since we were little like " being materialistic , greed , getting more money as much as you can and getting busy with counting dollars " .. the message of the song is so clear to me I guess :)
anonymous Jul 23rd, 7:07pm report
I think it's about chasing our dreams.
'Lately, I've been I've been losing sleep thinking'
'Dreaming about the things that we could be'
The whole money issue is like not caring about money for now and going for the dream.
Try listening to the song with that perspective in mind
anonymous Jul 20th, 7:34am report
I'm pretty sure it's saying that we wrongly correlate money to happiness, and instead of "counting money" and worrying about status, we should be "counting stars"- i.e.: simple blessings, beauty in life, etc. The lyrics elude to it, and the video with office workers drives the point home [for me at least].
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