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Imagine Dragons: It's Time Meaning

Song Released: 2012


It's Time Lyrics

So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit, right to the top
Don't hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check
I don't ever wanna let you down
I don't...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 8th, 2013 6:21am report


    This song is about the leader singer leavening college and going out into the real world. Giving the academy a rain check. College=academy. I don't ever wanna let you down, he is talking to his parents. He's afraid he will let his parents down. He doesn't wanna leave this town, this means he doesn't want to leave his home town again. The city never sleeps at night, most universities are in a good sized city. Finally the chorus its time to begin, he's starting his real life out in the real world. I get a little bit bigger but than I'll admit I'm just the same as I was, this means he is getting ahead of himself he thinks that he is different because he is in the real world, meaning he had to get a real job. Finally I'm just the same as I was I hope you understand I'm never changing who I am, means just because he is in the real world the working world that doesn't mean he's completely changed. Its easy to be so involved in the world around that you lose sight of who you are. So that final part of the chorus means he may get wrapped up in life sometimes but he will never forget who he is. So he will never change.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 24th, 2012 9:18pm report


    I feel the song is about wanting to hold onto your old life. However, you know it's time to start a new adventure or chapter in your life, i.e. college or moving out on your own.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 28th, 2012 12:49pm report


    This comes straight from Dan Reynolds an interview conducted by Jon Chattman. Read the rest here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-chattman/imagine-dragons_b_1468394.html

    "I wrote it during a very hard time in my life. I had dropped out of college, and I was just sitting down at my computer, and I came up with this rhythm. And the words just wrote themselves. I knew I had something special coming."

    Later, Dan says this: "It's a song that people can interpret in so many ways. I hate it when artists say what it exactly means. It really compartmentalizes it. I always like to leave art and music open to interpretation."



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 3:19pm report


    This song has special meaning for me. It came out the year I was accepted into, literally, "the academy": the US Air Force Academy. I loved this song, but didn't feel like it particularly applied to me: The phrase "rain check" means to put something off or end it and, as I'd been accepted, I wasn't about to do that!

    About a month into my enrollment at the Academy, I got really bad news: right after my family moved to be closer to my dads job, he lost that job, because of the politics of the higher–ups. My family was in complete uncertainty for their future, and there was nothing I could do about it. This sent me into a tailspin, along with an injury to my foot that left me in crutches, and a number of other factors. Six months later, I was on a plane home. That was 3 1/2 years ago.

    "It's time" reminds me of that year I spent getting into the Academy, and the subsequent years it took me to recover from the loss of my dream of becoming an officer. I sort of went through "miles of clouded Hell" to get to where I am now, a civilian university student on the brink of graduating with a BS in Psychology. My family is ok too, and my dad has another job. My experience has given me a lot of insight I couldn't have gained otherwise. You can come back from "from the bottom of the pit, straight to the top."

    Never give up.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 7th, 1:08pm report


    I have always associated this song with moving and the journey.

    So this is what you meant
    When you said that you were spent
    And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit
    Right to the top
    Don't hold back
    I think this means the person is realising how hard it was for other people to move and now has to do this for themself and are trying to be strong.

    Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain-check
    this would be specifically for someone still in school or could be working. packing up and moving means getting a new job or school (academy)

    I don't ever wanna let you down
    I don't ever wanna leave this town
    this is the person telling their friends and their family they are trying to be strong but leaving is just so hard for them.

    'Cause after all
    This city never sleeps at night
    Meaning that while everyone is sleeping people are coming and going all the time.

    It's time to begin, isn't it?
    I get a little bit bigger but then I'll admit
    I'm just the same as I was
    Now don't you understand
    That I'm never changing who I am
    this line explains itself .

    So this is where you fell
    And I am left to sell
    The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
    Right to the top
    Don't look back
    Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain-check
    Getting to that happy life you will have in a new place is like heaven, but the journey is awful.

    It's time to begin, isn't it?
    I get a little bit bigger but then I'll admit
    I'm just the same as I was
    Now don't you understand
    That I'm never changing who I am

    This road never looked so lonely
    This house doesn't burn down slowly
    To ashes, to ashes
    It's like saying " I never felt so alone" while watching your whole life and home burn down before you. A metaphor of saying how hard it is to leave.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 15th, 2016 9:37am report


    When I first heard the song I interpreted it as. "You can say whatever you want about me but I won't let you get me down, I will stay strong and I'm never going to change because of you."

    I know that that's not what it means but I like to see it that way, I love songs that have meanings similar to this.

    I just love the lyrics "I'm never changing who I am." They are very inspiring words for me personally.



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    anonymous
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    May 5th, 2016 5:17pm report


    This song is about his personal demons and the end of the world you completely misunderstood it.



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    NightLore
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    Apr 13th, 2016 4:56pm report


    I'm going to need a bit of Wikipedia for this:

    "Despite its quick rise to international stardom, Imagine Dragons maintains a band culture of humility, relatability, and creativity... Imagine Dragons is an "atypical band" in that its image diverges from that of the stereotypical rock group. None of the members are "tatted up" and many choose not to attend after-parties, stereotypical fashions that Reynolds claims are "lifestyle choices" rather any part of "the spirit of rock'n'roll." At one point when the band did choose to attend an afterparty, they noted to each other "We don't belong here" as they arrived by foot amongst limos and luxury cars."

    With this, I believe that the song 'It's Time' could be in the perspective of a conservative person who views the world as a place where peoples' values have become twisted; however, no matter how tempting these 'values' are, he appears to refuse taking part in them with the lyrics, 'I'm never changing who I am.'

    The singer seems to know that his values will set him apart and that there will be challenges. This can be interpreted with the lyrics, 'The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell,' as well as, 'This road never looked so lonely.' It's as if he feels alone because the world around him is a cruel place, and he could be trying to find his way through the dark.

    No matter how upbeat and fun these songs seem, they truly hold serious themes. That's what I love about Imagine Dragons (and Melanie Martinez)!



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    anonymous
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    Jan 11th, 2016 1:06pm report


    I think it means he is going though a hard time and he will never change himself no matter what happens. And also that he will try to not disappoint his family. He is trying his best in the real world



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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 2015 4:14pm report


    Well, I think he has finally broken under the world's foot. That he's still getting back up even though he's scared and knows that he won't win. He is alone and watched as those he cared about were taken away. Though if you look at the video, the song ends on a positive note. So, basically, he's been broken but beaten, and there is still a glimmer of hope, just like their song Demons.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 11th, 2014 11:07am report


    There was a great turmoil or disaster and they are rebuilding the community. The song talks about the singer's ressistance to change.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 2014 10:44pm report


    Ooooohh now it makes a lot of since but what about "this road never looked so lonely this house doesn't burn down slowly to ashes to ashes"

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    anonymous
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    Feb 27th, 2014 2:27pm report


    They are saying they are taking a new step in life and do not want disappoint God.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2014 2:55pm report


    To me this song seems like a guy who is basically done. He saying I won't change and
    you can't make me. I've messed up butt he's trying again. he's fighting for who he is. He's try to not dissapoint. butt he is who he is. Like we all are.

    DON'T CHANGE



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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2014 2:02pm report


    ( I'll admit, I'm just the same as I was
    Now don't you understand
    That I'm never changing who I am?) it's like a brokenhearted person trying to stand what he is, and moving on. Leaving all the mistakes and start over again for being good.

    (I don't ever want to let you down
    I don't ever want to leave this town
    'Cause after all
    This city never sleeps at night... )

    every time his/her sad. he/she will fight for life!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 7th, 2013 10:24am report


    it makes a lot of sense as if he were working through depression or addiction. an inner monologue at the start,
    "so this is what you meant? when you said that you were spent?" as if he is talking to himself. whatever he was doing is no longer working and he's left at the bottom.

    the chorus really reminds me of coming out a depressed fog. the fact that it's still a question, "It's time to begin, isn't it?" the uncertainty is really easy to relate to, because when you're at that rock bottom point nothing seems certain, and you know you have to go somewhere,but you have no clue where.But it probably is whatever wild dreams your 12 year old self wanted to go, which finishes the chorus.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2013 4:20pm report


    I think he is singing to his girlfriend and (I just noticed this) he is sending mixed messages that confuse me.

    In one part of the song, he says "I don't ever wanna let you down" but in another part, it says, "I'm never changing who I am". There's like a good side and a bad side to this song what is it muchacho yo no comprendo!!

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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 2013 4:18pm report


    For me the song is about a person who is doesn't want to let someone who they care for down and prays for his or her growth but also has been through so much in life and returning to his or her base (their anchor and support of their friends, family,town) and the other person is not going to be a part of it. She, (or he) is saying their spent with the other person already grounded and wants them to participate in their journey-hell, drama, whatever that might be. It's hard for both people but he sounds healthy in his expression to her and she doesn't sound at all healthy. I think it's also very spiritual. (As in, she will figure it out later whether he's a part of it or not and he still prays for her best)



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