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AJR: Burn The House Down Meaning

Song Released: 2018


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Burn The House Down Lyrics

Used to keep it cool
Used to be a fool
All about the bounce in my step
Watch it on the news
Whatcha gonna do?
I could hit refresh and forget
Used to keep it cool
Should I keep it light?
Stay out of the fight?
No one's gonna listen to...

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    anonymous
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    May 25th, 2019 5:09pm report


    I think it’s a reference to I’m not famous in a way. They’re not famous so why are they in the business of “beggars and thieves” . And also since they are so famous they have to keep it light, listen to what people have to say rather than what they want to say.But this song is about burning that idea down, they’re are getting famous and going up without having to go through what everyone else did. Serving lies is about how famous people tell you follow your dreams and you’ll be like them but that’s not how you get famous. They’ve been down that road of lies and regrets. Keeping it light is just ignoring corruption in everything. It’s about how people don’t want to hear politics from a singers mouth. The tricks up your sleeve is just being flashy. When they talk about Twitter burning the whole house down it’s about how social media is a tank of sharks, they smell blood and frenzy. Burning the house down is about destroying the corruption. Or it could be like poker, where you win by serving lies, and the house wins if you cheat. No house no cheating



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2:57pm report


    its about how people aren't allowed to speak up anymore, because if they do all their ideas will get burned down by the other people.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 24th, 2019 7:06am report


    I think it's about how the singer's been sitting idly by as bad stuff happened in the world around him. But now he can't just do nothing anymore.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 6:00am report


    I think (as many others have said) it is mainly about injustice. I think it is him (or the band) coming to the realization that maybe trying to fix something that’s corrupt (inside the house) we should just burn the whole house down, and start over. Build from the bottom up, even if some things in the house are good. If you think about it, it can make sense in terms of our government, there are a lot of really good things about our government, but also really bad things, and you can only fix those bad things from redesigning the good things. Not sure if that make any sense to anyone. The part where they say that every stranger on twitter is gonna burn this down, I don’t think they mean twitter is gonna help them or agree, but I think they mean that everyone is gonna basically shoot down their idea. If you have watched their music video you will also notice they show people rioting with torches and what appears to be a torn up city. I also notices early in the song he says “should i keep it light, stay out of the fight, no ones gonna listen to me” I think this is kind of saying “should I help out here and there, but not attract anyone’s attention” but as he’s saying that he’s realizing nobody will listen to him. I think for AJR, they wrote this song with their experience of people in the music industry, but i believe they decided to make it a bit more broad so that it can relate to more things (like the government). To me it’s quite important that they decided to use the word “whole” when referencing the whole house. I think this is important to pay attention to because it creates a relative scale. By saying “whole” they are basically saying the the house is everything they are talking about, rather than it being referenced on a scale of 1 house in a city, it’s referenced as a WHOLE house. This house has everything, but let’s just burn it down. Hope this helps anyone who finds it



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 5:58am report


    I think that it might be about injustice. If you listen to the lines carefully, you can hear phrases like, “If I write a song, preaching what is wrong, will they let me sing on TV?” Which might be referencing how people who preach about what is inherently wrong will not be believed and will be ridiculed. It also says, “Watch me stand in the line, you’re only serving lies, you’ve got something to hide.” It might be talking about how our (America’s) current political leader is lying to us to cover up something. I feel that this song is mainly about injustice and wrongdoing going on involving politics. Sorry if I got it wrong!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 14th, 4:07am report


    I think that the song is about corruption. Part of the song talks about a room of entertainers and theves and I think that both if the adjetives are used to describe the people inside. I think that the singer knows and is conflicted about weither they should tell people or not. Hence the part of the song something close to "should I bite my tongue?" I think that they decide to tell and "burn the whole house down." Sorry about the spelling and grammer. I am typing this on a kindle. BTW I think thatt villian deku videos that use this song are awsome!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 15th, 2019 10:50pm report


    Appears to be a democratic song. A song for current democrats. Too bad, I thought it was a good song. Love the rhythm, I dislike the Democratic taste to it though.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 13th, 2019 8:14pm report


    I know that it’s released in 2018 but it maybe about Area 51

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    anonymous
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    Jul 20th, 2019 7:01am report


    Well.. Going deeper, it could mean burning down (shedding light) on all the lies and deceit we have been under all this time on Planet Earth. "If I write a song preaching what is wrong will they let me play on TV".. They meaning those who are in charge and running almost everything. Its time to Energetically burn the house of lies and negativity and move higher vibrationally.. :)



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    anonymous
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    May 6th, 2019 5:08pm report


    It is about getting high and using drugs. From ‘how light’ to ‘way up way up we go’, it is a song about drugs and addiction

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    walyc
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    May 5th, 2019 5:28am report


    Burn The House Down, it's the White House. All the lies bullshit coming out of it. They want to march with the protesters and watching all the shit on TV about "Trump" That's what it means. It's a protest song.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 2nd, 2019 4:57am report


    I believe burn the house down represents drugs. If you listen closely you will notice, that they don't truly mean "burning" a house, but instead getting high. When they say "Should I keep it light?" They most likely mean how much of a dose should they use. It does a have a bit to do with politics though. When they say "All about the bounce in my step
    Watch it on the news
    Whatcha gonna do?
    I could hit refresh and forget" This shows a bit of the political side, showing that we shouldn't follow blindly. But it also has a bit to do with getting high, due to it's geared towards the younger generation (the drugies).

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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2019 2:24pm report


    I think the line "Way up way up we go" represents being more positive and going up with motivation and positivity.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2019 1:13pm report


    I think it is about how the world is going crazy and people are doing crazy things like burning things. I have a few more ideas but that is one of them.

    Another idea is that is about they think some thing is wrong but they do not want to say it is wrong because people will not like them.

    Another idea is that they think some one thinks something else and they are going to find it even if they have to do something Jurassic like burning there house down.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 2019 1:12pm report


    I think it is about how the world is going crazy and people are doing crazy things like burning things. I have a few more ideas but that is one of them.

    Another idea is that is about they think some thing is wrong but they do not want to say it is wrong because people will not like them.

    Another idea is that they think some one thinks something else and they are going to find it even if they have to do something Jurassic like burning there house down.




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