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Imagine Dragons: Thunder Meaning

Song Released: 2017

Thunder Lyrics

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, 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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    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, 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, 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, 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, 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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