One Direction: Story of My Life Meaning
Song Released: 2013
Story of My Life Lyrics
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die...
anonymous Oct 30th, 2013 10:19am report
To me, this song is about someone who is afraid that he will never find a girl who will love him as much as he loves her.
He says that the story of his life is that he feels he gives so much and loves so much in every relationship but that it always ends up the same way - the girl wakes up one morning and realizes that she doesn't feel the same way as him. It has happened so many times that he thinks that it's something about him and the way he loves too much that makes the person he's with feel like she can't reciprocate the same level of love. He's afraid that this pattern is inescapable, will continue for the rest of his life and define him to the extent that after he dies, this is what people will think of for the epitaph.
He can't explain why this keeps happening, but these failed relationships are now a part of his history and who he is now
(Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain/Written in these walls are the colours I can't change).
Despite of having almost resigned to his "fate" of never finding the one, he still believes in love at his core and keeps letting himself fall in love
(I know that in the morning now, I'll see us in the light upon a hill, Although I am broken my heart is untamed still)
anonymous Dec 8th, 2013 12:53am report
I might be wrong, but I think this song refers to the pains of trying to be in a relationship while on the road. The person singing the song wants desperately to be in a relationship and wants to love, but because he's always traveling, it's impossible for him to be there - he gives the girl hope and takes her love, but she always ends up broken. This is the life the singer chose, the "story of their life." The worst part is, when the singer is not in love, he feels totally empty. And he knows this will be the story of his life because his life will never change, this is the nature and the cost of what he's chosen (running after you is like chasing clouds aka a stable relationship is something he wishes for, but will never happen) (my heart stays in its cage - speaking to the trap of fame). It seems like the boys really had their hearts broken from not being with their significant others on the road.
SarafinaDoussay Dec 2nd, 2013 12:04pm report
I personally think they're are so many different meanings to this song and no one is wrong with their interpretation.
I totally agree with all interpretations. So in a nutshell here is what I've found this song to be about so far;
1. The one most people believe it is about, a love interest. These boys love too much and in the end get heart broken because the girl does not give as much effort as they do, hence the line "I'll drive all night to keep her warm." He is willing to drive all night to wherever she needs to go just so she will not be out in the cold. This could also be because some girls will just be using them because the are famous. "I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days" he keeps he's heart open waiting for someone to love him but it stays empty because no girl ever actually loves him. "She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones" this would be her excuse to get away after she's had what she wants, "baby running after you is like chasing the clouds" it seems impossible to keep her. This is the story of their lives as it is constantly happening which is why they feel that when they die this will be written on their stones because it is the reputation they have, never finding love. Etc.
2. Similar to the first one but the other way round, they can never keep a girl because in time they realise they did not love her in the first place. It is not love they feel for the girls they date but rather lust.
At first it is all well hence the verses; "the story of my life I take her home, I drive all night to keep her warm" he feels that he loves her so he will do anything to keep her happy/"warm." However later on her realises this is not his true feelings, she realises he is feeling this way "She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones" she doesn't feel like the relationship is right if he doesn't feel the same as she does. But he still "gives her hope" that it will get better but then ends up "spending her love until she's broke inside".. He then wishes that they were "frozen" in the time when everything seemed perfect. This is the story of his life as it keeps happening over and over "the ground beneath my feet is open wide" he just wants the ground to swallow him up so he can start fresh but he can't and he doesn't want this bad reputation to be what people remember him by when he dies, doesn't want it to be "written on his stone."
3. Last interpretation I have found is that this song is for their families especially their mothers, hence the video.
They are sort of apologising for growing up and leaving them the way they do. But also letting them know that the memories they have made together will never go away and they know with them is where they belong and deep down only their families know they real them as they have watched them all their life, growing up, making mistakes etc. Even though they know it breaks their mothers heart every time they leave they know it has to happen, they are being taken by fame but they won't give it up because this is what they have always wanted ever though it is not all it cracked up to be, they just hope that fame doesn't change their true colours. They hate leaving their family behind but they know they have to but when they do they feel hurt and alone and just want to go back because they know that at home is where they belong. They feel empty because a big chunk of them is missing (their families) but they know that their families are with them in their hearts supporting them every step of the way. So as well as an apology this is a thank you to their families for always being there no matter what.
Didn't think I needed to give lyric examples as after reading that you should be able to read the lyrics and understand them if that is the meaning.
If you have a different interpretation I am not saying you are wrong I'm just saying these are the only ones I have come across so far but I think they are all right as everyone has a different opinion and will take this song in a different way and gain a different opinion.
Honestly when I first heard it I did think it was about a lover but also thought there must be a deeper meaning to it, after watching the video and reading different interpretations I feel all are right in their own way and I think this is why they did this song because all interpretations are right.
Thankyou for reading :)
anonymous Jun 14th, 6:48pm report
When I start with writing the songs to my friend I’ve been into my studio and I wrote about eighteen songs but it’s enough space for more music, but Patrick is helping me with the track.
anonymous May 29th, 5:54am report
Reminiscing about the past. How childhood was innocent and so easy. Reflecting it all as an adult
anonymous May 20th, 5:04am report
Telling a story about the singers childhood . Now theyre all grown up and looking back.
anonymous Apr 8th, 4:53pm report
Overall, I think this song is about the fame of One Direction. The struggles and joys of it. Here is the line by line meaning. (Sorry if it is a bit long)
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain - I think this means that for One Direction themselves, because they are celebrities, everything embarrassing they have ever done can't be explained, because it would be all over the internet/social media.
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days - I think this is saying that they are pouring their hearts making their songs, yet none of their fans actually love them for who they are, they love him for their voices and fame.
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones - I think this is saying that everyone thinks they are going to become something big as a band.
It seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone - I think this means that they are going to be so widely known for their singing.
And I'll be gone, gone tonight - I think this means that in their imaginations, they try thinking of themselves as people without all the fame, everything gone.
The ground beneath my feet is open wide - I think this means that they keep trying to make better and better content for their fans, their expectations keep getting higher and higher, making it harder for them to provide.
The way that I been holding on too tight with nothing in between - I think this is saying that they are holding on to their fame too tight, fearing one misstep will make people hate them.
The story of my life, I take her home - I think this is saying the fame and fans follow them wherever they go, including home.
I drive all night, to keep her warm - I think this means that they work really hard to keep their reputation intact, it must be at least twice as hard for celebrities to do that.
And time is frozen - I think this means that tim is moving so slow it feels like it's not moving at all, indicating that they are bored and tired of the celebrity life.
Written on these walls are the colors that I can't change - I think this means that all the past experiences, everything that they have ever done or said, is there, they can't change it once it is done.
Leave my heart open but it stays right here in it's cage - I think this part is about them being scared to find a true lover because of all the times people have used them for fame and popularity.
I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a hill - I think this means that they are eventually going to be really famous, in the spotlight.
Although I am broken my heart is untamed still - I think this is saying that even though they has so many burdens because of their fame, they have not given up, and they have continued their passions.
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright - This is just a version of their earlier lyric, meaning the same thing, just emphasizing it
And I've been waiting for this time to come around - I think this means that they are waiting for a big moment in their fame, like performing at a really good arena, or it could mean that they are waiting for the fame to go away, for them to lead normal lives.
But baby, running after you is like chasing the clouds - I think this is saying that whatever their goal is, or whatever they're waiting for (see last line) is so hard to get, is almost impossible to achieve.
Thank you for reading this, yes I know it was really long, but mention one thing about Why Don't We and I will write a 5 page essay within 10 minutes, if you are seeing this check them out they are awesome. - Rithika
anonymous Aug 21st, 2018 8:19am report
My Life nothing betterment of the day and final settlement and final payment for
anonymous Nov 5th, 2016 11:24pm report
For me I think the guys are talking about their past life on how they came to meet and make that cute band and on how they will take their stories to their parents and thank their parents for the support for holding them in times of tears and happens in they lives .I jast wish and hope that the boys will never be apart like ever.coz I jast love the directions e.g zayn.but I'm a fun of all the directions.Eliena zayla from kenya
anonymous Jun 17th, 2016 6:34am report
To be honest I believe this song is about the boys all part of a script "written on these walls are the story's that I can't change" it sounds crazy but what if they boys have been written a script and the whole band have been a "story" or script and this song is about how they can't change how they living in the band a crazy interpretation but makes sense to me
anonymous May 31st, 2016 5:53am report
“Written in these walls are the stories that I can’t explain / I leave my heart open / But it stays right here / Empty for days / She told me in the morning / She don’t feel the same about us in her bones / Seems to me that when I die / These words will be written on my stone.”
Ouch with a side of ouch. The song opens with the narrator (in Harry Styles’ voice) revealing the situation. His heart is there, waiting for her to occupy it, but she doesn’t. She instead reveals that she’s checked out of the relationship, emotionally speaking. When someone says they can feel something in their bones, that’s pretty, well concrete and as deep as marrow. His response is that her reveal has socked him. In the gut. We know it’s hard to suspend disbelief and think anyone could turn their back on Hazza or any member of 1D, but it happens.
“And I’ll be gone, gone tonight / The ground beneath my feet is open wide / The way that I’ve been holding on too tight / With nothing in between.”
That’s a huge acknowledgement, as well. There’s no net and no limit once he leaps away from this relationship, even though it’s not by choice. He also recognizes it’s his fault, since he was clinging, leaving little room for anything else. That’s never a good thing.
“Written on these walls are the colors that I can’t change / Leave my heart open / But it stays right here in its cage / I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a hill / Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still.”
Despite the agony, there’s still hope. The heart may remain in its cage, for now, but like a bird in a cage, it will sing again and allow itself to roam and find love. As for being broken but untamed, that’s a major step forward. The heart may ache and be broke, but it is not beyond repair. It (and he) will love again. Whew!
“The story of my life / I take her home / I drive all night to keep her warm / And time is frozen / The story of my life / I give her hope (give her hope) / I spend her love / Until she’s broke (Until she’s broke inside) / Inside / The story of my life.”
Love is the biggest of sacrifices, and the narrator sacrifices himself for her. He’ll drive all night and catch a chill as long as she is safe and warm. It’s as though he is resigned to the destiny of love — it’s the story of his life that he’ll be doing this for anyone that he loves, be it past, present or future. But in this moment, time…stops.
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anonymous Aug 17th, 2015 8:50am report
To me, this song is about how a guy and a girl broke up, however the guy still wants to get back with the girl.
"I leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage/empty for days" this shows how the guy wants to find a new love, but he can't bring himself to do it.
The chorus is mainly about the guy reminiscing how he would do anything to keep the girl safe and loved, and loving the girl was the story of his life.
For the bridge, "but baby running after you is like chasing the clouds." This shows that the guy badly wants to get back with the girl, however he knows that it's impossible since they had already broken up and their relationship can't be mended.
To sum it all up, this song is basically a sad love story about not being able to let go of the person who once loved you, the person you will always love.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2015 6:44pm report
The song is really about their relationships
Harry's is about all the rumors and the media ("written on these walls are the stories I can't explain")
Liam's is about this breakup with Danielle ("She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones")
Niall's is about how he has not found the one for him ("Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage")
Louis' is about him having to leave Eleanor all the time and how he doesn't want to give up on their relationship ("And I'll gone gone tonight...The way I been holding on so tight...")
And finally, Zayn's is about finally finding the girl (Perrie) to spend the rest of his life with/his engagement (" I've been waiting for this time to come around")
The video was simply just about no matter how their relationships go (girls being brought and taken out of their life), their memories with their families will stay with them forever
It is truly a very heartwarming song that brings us more into their personal life, I have really come to love the video because it is just one of those videos that can't help but make you smile (I mean, did you see the way Zayn looked at his sister and how Louis part was a big tear jerker, and OMG, HARRY AS A BABY, I just need a moment to scream and cry at the cuteness (not that all the other boys were no cute, I just really can't stop thinking about his baby face!!!!!))
anonymous Aug 22nd, 2014 8:03am report
I think that the soml is not only about girls what I think that the "her" in the lyrics is not only talking about a girl it is also a way of telling their families that the memories they had will never fade even though they have grown up and become "famous" " I drive all night to keep her warm and time is frozen" . That the fame will never change them and that those memories will be the only thing they take with them when they die " it's seems that when I die these words will be written on my stone " . The soml also talks about in my opinion how the fame gets a little to much sometimes and that they feel as if the ground is swallowing them "the ground beneath my feet is open wide " . Also harry talks about wearing his heart on his sleeve and how the media makes stuff up about him that are not true " written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain leave my heart open but it lies here empty for days". Niall talks about never changing and that he can't seem to find love even though much like harry wears his heart on his sleeve " written on these walls are the colours I can't change leave my heart open but it stays right here in it's cage". Louis talks about leaving his family and girlfriend also about all the hate he gets " and I'll be gone gone tonight and the fire beneath my feet is biting bright ". Zayn talks about finally meeting his love and getting married soon and how hard it was to do so " and I've been waiting for this time to come around cause baby chasing after you is like chasing the clouds". Liam talks about his first girlfriend and how he thought she was the right one but wasn't and how badly it hurt him but also about the memories that will never fade " she told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones it seems that when I die these words will be written on my stone " the boys also talk about how much love they give and even though they have been hurt before and used they still continue to do so " although I am broken my heart is untamed still ".
anonymous Jun 17th, 2014 6:39am report
Each solo has a meaning, Liam's solo "she doesnt feel the same about us in her bones: he is talking about Danielle and there break up.
Louis is talking about the hate and the gay rumors
Zayn is talking about people who say he a terrorist and Stuff
Harry and Niall for not finding the perfect girl yet and the hate
but even when all this happens there familys will always stay here for them.
anonymous May 18th, 2014 5:51pm report
He's a narcissist.....he spends her love until she's broken inside... The story of HIS life, not really caring about hers.
anonymous Mar 16th, 2014 3:25pm report
A friend told me the story of my life is the story of there life. about family and people who died in there past.
anonymous Feb 19th, 2014 2:57pm report
I think that their solos represent their love lives. harry:written on these walls are the stories that i can't explain,it might mean the rumors that are always surrounding him. liam: she told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones, it's probably about his break-up with danielle. niall: i leave my heart open but it stays right here in it's cage, how he hasn't met the one yet. louis: and i'll be gone gone tonight, is about when he leaves for tour. zayn: and i've been waiting for this time to come around, is about his engagement to perrie. but that's one way to look at it
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