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Imagine Dragons: Thunder Meaning

Song Released: 2017

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Just a young gun with a quick fuse
I was uptight, wanna let loose
I was dreaming of bigger things
And wanna leave my own life behind
Not a yes sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number


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    Jun 3rd, 2017 6:08pm report

    I think this song is about not letting others get to you. The line:
    "Just a young gun, with a quick fuse, I was uptight, wanna let loose."
    Is about him/them as a child, not feeling able to let go, which eventually led them to become musicians.

    "I was dreaming, of bigger things and, wanna leave my old life behind."
    Is about how even when they were younger, they felt the need to become something bigger than themselves.

    "Not a yes sir, not a follower, fit the box, fit the mold, have a seat in the foyer, take a number."
    Is about how society has been molded by each other to act a certain way.

    "I was lightning, before the thunder."
    Lightning is a flash, but if you don't look, you can miss it. Thunder represents the crowd, and how with all the noise, they are hard to miss.

    "Kids were laughing in my classes, while I was scheming for the masses. "Who do you think you are, dreaming 'bout being a big star?" "
    Is how his peers reacted when he shared his plans for the future.

    "They say you're basic, they say you're easy, you're always riding, in the backseat."
    Is about how as a kid, he was never "special." He "rode in the backseat," meaning that he wasn't the center of attention, or really anything big.

    "Now I'm smiling, from the stage while, you were clapping, in the nosebleeds."
    Now look at him. Just look.

    The chorus, however, mentions "Thunder" a lot. This means that now, he comes with a bang. He no longer is only the "Lightning," which you must look closely to see. He is now the Thunder AND the Lightning. He is heard. He is seen. He exists.


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    Dec 14th, 12:04pm report

    Most know of Apples blatant use of satanic symbolism as well as technology being the devils tool. Just as these Luciferian hacks use lightning to symbolize the Satan Apple gives tribute to him by officially calling there usb charge cords... lightning cords


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    Nov 24th, 11:06am report

    The aliens are demons. Demons are aliens. The song says one thing but the video us disturbing. OK besides the same stuff I've read. The white sheep. That's an instant revelation to my biblical beliefs, the technology surrounding and the lines of lambos coming after everyone is on looking 3 lights appearing from the sky.. so aliens appear and fix stuff but at a demonic cost. Offer a rich technological utopia but ya gotta worship the wrong god. Idk just an idea it's clear that upon their arrival shut changes from what we jknow to futuristic and demonic. Think about that for a minute. But the lyrics I just can't link to the video Joseph kahn doesn't seem to have a horrible background. Good song disturbing video. OK so the song believer. Again in the video it's as if he was being genetically enhanced or modified which again is distu r big don't forget about radioactive. A ring of dealers betting on stuffed animals or innocence if you will. Our leaders throwing us at a cause they feel to be legit. I'll stop.


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    Nov 2nd, 11:46pm report

    I think it is way more simple than what most people think. He dreamed of being an artist at a young age. Had lots of issues with not being a "normal" kid. While all the kids laughed at his grandiose dreams, he has the last laugh cause they there are sitting in the nosebleeds watching his be the star. Maybe the aliens ARE demons. The demons he faces every day of thoughts he isn't good enough or it all will end. I absolutely love this song and this band!


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    Oct 28th, 10:47am report

    I think this song is about the singer's life growing up. The line "Not a yes sir, not a follower" means he does things his own way and doesn't let himself get bossed around. The line "I was lightning before the thunder" means that he knew he wanted to be a singer. The "lightning" was the spark of the idea and the "thunder" was the real deal. The line "Who do you think you are? Dreamin 'bout being a big star" says what his childhood friends thought about his idea. The line "Now I'm smilin' from the stage while you were clappin' in the nosebleeds" means that since his friends didn't support him, they missed their chance to be famous. You may have seen one of my interpretations before (I did one for Home) and I am using this song in the same play.


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    Oct 28th, 10:54am report

    It gives me chills just reading these... I love the song, riding in my car blasting it, it feels almost empowering. But today I watched the video, and in the first seconds I thought, damn it...it's the devil again. It's sad,and scary how he puts himself into so many things. The imagery is clearly demonic. Clearly. Which sucks cause it's got such a good beat. Damn devil screwing up my playlist!


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    Oct 12th, 10:06am report

    The video revolves around aliens n not demons.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Sep 26th, 9:00am report

    All well and good to interpret the lyrics as most of us share the same thoughts on the meaning, but watch the video and you left wondering what the hell? Doesn't fit with the interpretation.


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    Aug 27th, 8:06am report

    I think you are spot on with your interpretations. The music says one thing but when you see the video they show demon like charachters. Now where is that related to the lyrics.


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    Aug 7th, 8:42am report

    Hate to say it. Its a great song. But this is a clear satanic song. Speaking from the perspective of lucifer, the fallen angel himself.

    Satan, lucifer, is known by many names. Satan means "adversary" and he is called the "rebellious one".

    The story of Satan's rebellion against God should be well known to everyone. And these are the poetic verses (perhaps a tribute to him also) of that rebel.

    A famous line spoken by Jesus in the bible goes..
    "Behold, I saw Satan fall from the sky as Lightning..."

    And thats what he means when he says "Lightning before the Thunder." Its almost literal. The Thunder is the current rumble that Satan causes on all our lives. Blinding us and deafening loudness that blocks hearing the Word from our hearts.

    The music video is what made me realize it. The demon like creatures. But more so the lambs (symbol of Jesus) and sheep, the people.

    The pyramid structures in the video and all the symbolism is clearly a shout out to pagan gods and beliefs.

    Satan was a "young gun" with a "quick fuse" (having rebelled against God) and certainly wants you to "let loose." Satan also dreamed of other things, leaving his assigned roll. Leaving his old life behind, to reign as Satan here in this world.

    In the second verse, it says "kids were lauging in his classes" while he was "scheming for the masses." What kind of rockstar says he was "scheming for the masses"?? If that just means he wanted to be famous, he could of said it differently. Who are these other kids?? Laughing..so they must be happy. The other angels. That stayed by God's side. Of course they are laughing.


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    Aug 5th, 8:09am report

    I think the song is referring to him/them being less of a talker and more of a doer. Instead of sitting, talking and laying low he always wanted to get up and do what he wanted. He said he was "lightning before the thunder". That's the usual case in terms of weather but I think he was differenting himself from people as .. Unlike them who had their thunder (talk) first he had been carrying out his plans and doing things. Afterwards he says "Feel the lightning AND the thunder". Hes saying here that now he's both. He can afford to talk because he's done what was necessary to get where he is and is still doing it.


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    Jul 31st, 7:53pm report

    Translate if you speak english:
    Pienso que trata la vida de alguien que ahora es exitoso, un cantante famoso por ejemplo, que cuando era niño lo retenían, que era como un relámpago y cuando tuvo éxito se convirtió en "trueno".
    Mi opinión del video es que los espectros que se ven son como los malos recuerdos que a uno lo atormentaron antes, que ahora puedes bailar con ellos, que ahora aplauden con la "nariz sangrando"
    que puede interpretarse como que ahora es admirado por los que antes se reían de él.


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    Jul 24th, 2017 7:21pm report

    I'm a Christian - and I can relate with the entire song's lyrics and overall playful/triumphant vibe..HOWEVER, what the actual fuck is with that video?! How can the lyrics and vibe please me on a deep personal level all while the video disturbs me GREATLY.


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    Jun 19th, 2017 6:46am report

    It's a very good song....sometimes I hearing this song I can realife and feel relax... Really I love this song It's my interpretation... Thank you


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    Jun 11th, 2017 6:00am report

    A shot at the Mormon cult. Obviously "who do you think you are, dreaming about being a big star" is a reference to not going on a mission for "the church" the demons in the video in a slightly modified salt lake city Utah are obvious..... how can no one else see this.... they have thrown this out there in other songs already....


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    Jun 2nd, 2017 6:10am report

    I think its about believe in yourself. If you have a dream, go chase it. Do not listen to others opinion trying to drag you down. At the end you have to be nothing before turning to something. What I cant understand is the girl with snake tounge in the video clip. It is still a great song though.

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