Imagine Dragons: Radioactive Meaning
Song Released: 2012
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals
I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
anonymous Jan 24th, 2015 1:38pm report
I think its about how you were brought down by something and now your going to stand up for yourself. You're waking up from letting your dreams or whatever crushed. And now your going to fight for what's right.
anonymous Dec 26th, 2014 12:38pm report
You guys need to wake up from your nightmare and hear what the meaning of this song really is....
anonymous Jul 18th, 2014 7:49pm report
Anyone else get "The Walking Dead"? He talks about waking up to a new age and the main character is just waking up from a coma. Also they are breathing in the chemicals, everyone is already infected. It's the apocalypse. Painted red reminds me of when they cut up the zombie and put his blood all over them to get past all the other.
anonymous Jan 5th, 2014 1:08pm report
I have three interpretations.
A person who has woken up from a coma to Find the world has changed into a post apocalyptic world where everything is radioactive.
We've all seen thee Matrix. Neo waking up to the truth of the world.
Weve all seen Tomorrow when the war began. When they woke up to the fact they are the only ones left to lead the revolution
anonymous Jan 3rd, 2014 1:59am report
I believe its about the NWO as well.
"We're painted red, to fit right in"
red is often the color of repulicans and conservatives but being catorgorized is to help keep people divided. "right wing nut jobs"
There are a number of anti-NWO radio talk shows.
"i'm checking out of a prison bus"
I instantly thought fema camps, where they would take all the awake.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2014 1:07pm report
Radioactive pretty much means where we are now, in the "New Age." You wake up to "ash and dust", the muck and smog of our "new and better" society, and "sweat my rust" means you've been slaving away for those above you and its time to clear yourself up.
The prison bus is what takes him around each day. (Ever seen a public bus? Pretty similar...) He's Radioactive because the world around him is tainted and ill-fated, and he shines like the morning sun in the bloody mist that will layer the Earth soon. OUR earth soon...
"Raise my flags, dye my clothes, its a revolution I suppose" means the people are finally seeing what they've helped to create and are now choosing their side to fight.
"Paint it red to fit right in, woah" Red, white, blue? Red is the color of blood. Blood is the color of shame and murder and death. WE will be RED white and blue...
"All systems go, sun hasn't died, deep in my bones, straight from inside, revolution is on, hope hasn't died..." It means all systems, including US will go, but the sun will run on longer, allowing more systems to thrive. Deep in his bones, he feels that the revolution against what we've created will go on, until we are all no more...
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anonymous Dec 4th, 2013 12:26pm report
To me it's about "wakeing up" and seeing what is really going on and going agaist the mass for what is right...
anonymous Sep 26th, 2013 9:05pm report
It's about nuclear testing in Nevada where over 900 nuclear bombs detonated some above most below ground. About people living near and working at NTS. The song writer was born and lived in Nevada. Workers took a (prison) buses innocently to work. DOE said it was safe but WE Are Radioactive.
anonymous Sep 20th, 2013 9:19am report
This is about the sudden realization that the so-called "weak" have power. This feeling of being "radioactive" testifies to this. Not only is radioactivity related to the awesome power of nuclear technology, but also the potential to change the world. The only way to do that, is to tap into that power and use it for change.
The plot of the song is about an individual having that realization. He goes through the daily routine, waking up to ash and dust (his poor living conditions), breathing in the chemicals (things in life meant to subdue and keep him doped up, so to speak). But now he is getting off the prison bus and is deciding to welcome a new age of humanity. And how does he welcome it? Revolution.
However there is something to beware of. People are not so keen on cooperating effectively. Look at the Occupy movement in the US. It did not amount to anything. They just raised their flags and donned their clothes and hoped it would result in a, supposed, revolution. But it failed. That new age. That rising sun....it stopped. But the sun hasn't died. The People still have a chance. They always have the potential to be change the world. They are Radioactive.
anonymous Sep 6th, 2013 9:47am report
I think it would be a good theme song for the walking dead as that is what it reminds me of.
anonymous Jul 10th, 2013 7:08pm report
Age of Aquarius, anyone? Welcome to the New Age.
"Waking up" is a theme throughout the song as it is mentioned many times. An "awakening" is taking place in the singer and also those he is encountering this "revolution" with - a spiritual awakening perhaps.
The real world manifestations he encounters is war and destruction, changes in social structures, technological advances, "radioactive" may refer to nuclear weaponry as many have pointed out, the "apocalypse" of one world view to give rise to another. Welcome to the New Age.
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