What does You Raise Me Up mean?

Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up Meaning

Album cover for You Raise Me Up album cover

Song Released: 2004


You Raise Me Up Lyrics

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;

When troubles come and my heart burdened be;

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,

Until you come and sit awhile with me.


You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2015 !⃝

    Reminds me that God and Jesus are there for me at all times when I travel along life's road.

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    anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2020 !⃝

    I believe the song you raise me up is very touching. The meaning of who is the one raising up depends on the context it is being played for. It means someone gains strength from another person's love. Also it can mean a person is getting strength through Jesus

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2017 !⃝

    No one person in my life has power to raise me up except my God.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2023 !⃝

    I believe god puts people in our paths when we are down and need a helping hand we may not realize it at the time but god would never desert us never forget that praise god and thank jesus nora.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 15th 2022 !⃝

    For those that don't think this is directly Christian, with the person raising up being Jesus.. "You raise me up to walk on stormy seas" directly comes from Matthew 14:22-33.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2021 !⃝

    For me, whenever I listen to this song, I always have deeply feeling about my mom. Especially, whenever I feel sad or discourage, she is ready to encourage me. She is the only never-ending-light throughout my life. I'm so grateful for my mom.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 11th 2021 !⃝

    This song is about God, Jesus the Saints, guardian angels and all relatives and acquaintance that have given the listener a moral compass to live by.
    Signed,
    Norma Hawkins
    PS
    It’s divine.

  8. anonymous
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    May 24th 2021 !⃝

    I definitely feel it is about Jesus who is always there for us when we need someone.. we cry out to Him with our pain, whatever sort it is, but He will raise us up out of the pain or problem whatever it is, whenever it is.
    It is also about a person who is always there for you no matter what, including Jesus, who gives you strength and support you need to get through whatever it is you are struggling with... this person or Jesus are there for you.
    It’s a beautiful uplifting song that makes you feel someone is there for you... we all need that.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2021 !⃝

    I have a very selfish reason for loving this song. I just went through open heart surgery.It's t been a struggle getting better and getting back to my normal self. The song has been so inspirational to me thank you!M.Cigala

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 24th 2021 !⃝

    This song should not be co-opted by the Christians who think it is about their god. It speaks to many more people than just people of their faith. It speaks to me of parents, lovers, friends, anyone who reaches down to someone who is having a hard time.
    It is beautiful and so healing.

  11. demondragon1985
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    Aug 2nd 2020 !⃝

    my interpretation of this song that im a small streamer when i get raided by big time twitch sings streamer it basicaly lifts up my sprits to keep stream knowing that i am being noticed by the big time streamers

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 17th 2020 !⃝

    For me, this song is about my Dad. Without exaggeration, I never wished for a different dad, ever. Even in my teens when others found nothing but faults in their fathers, I could find none. He raised me to be honorable, trustworthy and forthright, to champion the downtrodden, to face horrific need with a level head.
    In short, he was a shining example of every good quality I aspire to as a man. The greatest compliment I can give is to say "You are like my father." I wish I could deserve it before I die.
    Even Jesus is too distant an example to aspire to. My dad was proof that highest moral standards are attainable. He truly raised me up to be more than I can be (on my own power.)

  13. anonymous
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    May 16th 2020 !⃝

    Dedication to our loved ones who have passed on but comfort us through the bad times. My mom and I heard Josh Groban sing this version will never forget how quiet it was. She said it was the most beautiful song she heard. Years later I still hear it in the store where I work sometimes on her birthday or when I'm a bit down in spirit. I always feel comforted that my mum is somehow with me.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 !⃝

    Question. What does the writer mean when sings “You raise me up to be MORE than I CAN be”
    I don’t understand.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2020 !⃝


    The interpretation of this song can be dependent on context. There are certain implied contexts for example by sheer virtue of where or when it's performed. If it's done in church, during a funeral, or at some other spiritual gathering, the interpretation generally becomes clear.


    This song also has a very similar melody to "Danny Boy." One can easily be mistaken for the other, especially when played more with improvisation without STRICTLY sticking to the melody. I would therefore avoid playing it as a pure instrumental piece for spiritual applications. In the absence of lyrics, there is too much room for interpretation.

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2020 !⃝

    It's all about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him raising me above my difficult circumstances, I wouldn't be able to comfort others with the comfort He has given me. Everything is about Him! Hallelujah!!

    Lisa

  17. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2020 !⃝

    It's all about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him raising me above my difficult circumstances, I wouldn't be able to comfort others with the comfort He has given me. Everything is about Him?! Hallelujah!!

    Lisa

  18. anonymous
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    Feb 21st 2020 !⃝

    I heard this was originally written as a hymn to be sung at funerals.

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