Fun.: Be Calm Meaning
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Be Calm Lyrics
my back feeling much better, I suppose
I've reclaimed the use of my imagination
for better or for worse, I've yet to know
but I always knew you'd be the one to understand me,
I guess that's why it...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Feb 28th 2013 report
I don't know how Nate meant it when he wrote it, there's a lot of theories that it's about the Format breaking up or something, but to me this song is exactly how a panic attack feels. It captures the chaos and out of control feeling that you get when you have an anxiety/panic attack. The sort of build up as you realize that somethings wrong, the climbing action as you start hyperventilating/shaking/crying/whatever it is that you do when you panic, then all hell breaks loose and everything is chaotic and unclear and you hate everything, then it calms slightly and you start to realize it will be okay. That's how I interpreted it anyway.
anonymous Dec 6th 2018 report
The way 'Be Calm' makes the most sense to me is if the 'you' in the first section is God. I think unusual terms that are used throughout the song such as 'baptized', 'a'caroling', 'rejoice' and 'thee' support this idea. The speaker is, in effect, praying. 'Why haven't you been there for me?', etc.
Near the end it is revealed that the 'Be Calm, be calm, I know you feel like...' sections are repeating advice he received during a conversation with a 'panhandler' at a time when the speaker was in a bad emotional state. The words stuck with him and helped him, so he is passing them on to the listener.
anonymous Jul 23rd 2017 report
So I agree with all of the interpretations above but the thin that struck me most was the chorus at the end, it sounds very frantic. I think this is him finally breaking down and he's screaming his own advice at himself. It's a very interesting and intense song
The lyrics offer the advice he told himself at the time. It’s a song to address and drive away his fears. “I remember I was in the shower having a panic attack when I wrote ‘Be Calm.’” Ruess told me. “A lot of the time I try to use the songs as therapy for myself. It was the prime example of everything I was going through. It really just summed up that point in time.”
anonymous Jun 18th 2012 report
I think this song is when Nate moves to a different city to start his career as fun and is worried about the breakup of the format, and missing his family ("After all, you lost your band, you left your mom."). He constantly has to remind himself to be calm. Also, Nate is second guessing himself for all the big decisions he has made in his life, and now he is so paranoid about making the wrong decision that he can't even choose to pick up a penny or not. Very intense song, and Nate made it such a good song to relate to. Fun. is awesome!!
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anonymous May 5th 2012 report
This song is saying to take deep breaths and be calm even when you feel like nothing is working for you and if you don't have that much money to just be calm and somehow everything will come together.
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