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One Direction: Drag Me Down Meaning

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Song Released: 2015


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Drag Me Down Lyrics

[Harry:]
I've got fire for a heart
I'm not scared of the dark
You've never seen it look so easy
I got a river for a soul
And baby you're a boat
Baby you're my only reason

[Louis:]
If I didn't have you there would be nothing left
The...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Lizzie_Blaze
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    Dec 13th 2015 report

    This song says a multitude of things.

    1)"I've got a fire for a heart."
    This says that there's a passion for what is being done. That the author (aka One Direction) has a passion for what they are doing, which is entertaining people.

    2)"I'm not scared of the dark."
    This says that there isn't a fear of what's out there. They aren't afraid of taking risks and what could hurt them. This is also ironic because Zayn from One Direction, who left months before this song was created and published, was afraid of the dark.

    3)"You've never seen it look so easy."
    They can do it. They can do what they set out to do with ease. People say they can't, but they easily prove the haters and doubters wrong.

    4)"I've got a river for a soul."
    I'll never stop trying and running. Rivers tend to rush and twist and turn and are never stopping. They are continuous and constant. I think this is saying that the author will never stop trying. Again, this is ironic because Zayn from One Direction is afraid of swimming.

    5)"And baby you're a boat. Baby you're my only reason."
    The purpose for a river is to guide a boat to its destination. The boat, most likely represented to be a fan or a girl, is giving the river (the author) a purpose and a reason to keep going and trying.

    6)"If I didn't have you there would be nothing left."
    If the author didn't have somebody or us (the Directioners) there would be no reason for them to continue.

    7)"The shell of a man who could never be his best."
    There would be this empty person that would never want to try because there would be no purpose, no reason for trying.

    8)"If I didn't have you, I'd never see the sun."
    There would be no happiness left without the purpose. There would only be questions and thoughts to bring them down.

    9)"You taught me how to be someone."
    The author was taught how to be themselves, how to be who they are. They were taught a lot by the person/group of people.

    10)"All my life, you stood by me. When no one else was ever behind me."
    You were there for me no matter what happened. You were with me and supported me through thick and through thin. You were always there, even when others quit and ran away. There is even more irony in this because Zayn left and no longer stood behind One Direction, quite literally actually, because in a 2012 One Direction photoshoot, Zayn was standing behind the rest of the band members.

    11)"All these lights, they can't blind me."
    I'm surrounded by camera flashes, phones, lights, etc., but I will never forget who I am now that I have you to lean on.

    12)"With your love, nobody can drag me down."
    As long as I have you, nothing can hurt me. No hater, doubter, or paparazzi is going to hurt me or bring to my lowest.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 16th 2016 report

    This song serves as more of a thank you and peace offering from the band to Zayn. The media portrayed Zayn leaving the band as a steak shoved in the heart of the rest of the band, but this song calms some of that pain. 1D sings, “If I didn’t have you, I’d never see the sun/ you taught me how to be someone, yeah.” This line is a clear thank you from the band to Zayn for teaching them how to feel fulfilled while pursuing their passions. They go on to sing, “All my life/ you stood by me/ when no one else was ever behind me/ all these lights/ they can’t blind me/ with your love, nobody can drag me down.” This is a direct peace offering from One Direction to Zayn. They tell him that their past relationship and experiences proved to be valuable and true, and all of the lies the media tells to skew the breakup cannot drag them down. Their friendships will prevail.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 15th 2016 report

    i think about the boys passion and their way of saying that no matter how much hate they get, it wont stop them from reaching their goals and making music for their true fans that are dedicated to them . its a way of telling the haters that they can do and say what they like but it certainly wont stop them from doing what they came to do .

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd report

    I would say it's about their mothers.
    "All my life, you stood by me
    When no one else was ever behind me" -pretty self control explanatory.

    "All these lights, they can't blind me
    With your love, nobody can drag me down"
    - lights may stand for famous here. not only positive but also negative with hate comments etc.
    there are more verses that speak for it and of course it could also be about a person you are in a relationship with, but the one about the moms is really sweet and would fit.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2021 report

    We never give up on each other I know we get mad at each other it doesn’t mean to kill each other’s throats bring up on everything we love people our passion is being around them be there for them no matter what we are good people believe in love trustworthy faithful and hopeful drag me down means always thinking about our secretly past in our relationship we touch feel how we kiss that’s what we are we are not bad guys we are good guys

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2020 report

    This song was written about their mothers.
    Their mothers have stood by them when nobody else has. They will forever be their biggest supporters!

  7. bella123
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    Dec 27th 2019 report

    [Niall:]
    All my life
    You stood by me
    When no one else was ever behind me
    All these lights
    They can't blind me
    With your love, nobody can drag me down

    [Chorus:]
    Nobody, nobody
    Nobody can drag me down
    Nobody, nobody
    Nobody can drag me down

    Nobody, nobody
    Nobody can drag me down
    Nobody, nobody
    Nobody can drag me down


    I think honestly this was written towards Zayn because he left them so they're saying he can't bring them down even if tried

  8. Brynn1324
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    Nov 14th 2019 report

    I think that it is about haters and there is this girl and she is the only one who believes in him.

  9. anonymous
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    May 20th 2019 report

    Having that 1 person who has your back. And having the strength to never being dragged down. Kick the haters the negative energy. And only accept posative energy

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2018 report

    This song is about their mothers, and how they never let them fall apart they always be there to them.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2018 report

    The first time I heard the song I already knew what the meaning was and it was defending because that was the obvious thing it's based on.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 17th 2017 report

    Nobody can drag me down means persevere even though it's hard the girl in the song can't drag him down

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2016 report

    Drag me down means you cannot find me anymore this the song goes.

  14. anonymous
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    May 15th 2016 report

    this song is very good. It reminds me of the world cup in 1996. When Zayn scored 17 goals in one match

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2016 report

    I find that somehow this song is tied to Zayn leaving... Nobody can drag me down (Zayn, maybe)

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2015 report

    I think the song talks about the obstacles life throws at us and how we can overcome them.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 4th 2015 report

    I think that the song is all about staying tall with their heads in the sky after Zayn left. I also think that they just wanted to do what they did best after Zayn left to work with Naughty Boy. Nobody, nobody. They did not want Zayn to drag them down. And he is not, because the song said no one could. It probably had to do with the fact that with their fans they did not want to focus on worrying moments.

  18. anonymous
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    Oct 27th 2015 report

    I thought that they ment that ZAYN was by them all their lives, that with him nobody can drag them down, that they where sad zayn left. then again, I didn't pay a whole lot of to the song

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