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OneRepublic: All the Right Moves Meaning

Song Released: 2009


All the Right Moves Lyrics

All the right friends in all the right places,
So yeah, we're going down.
They got, all the right moves and all the right faces,
So yeah, we're going down.

Lets paint the picture of the perfect place,
They got it better than what anyone's...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2011 report

    It's a song describing people who are conforming to society. Tedder is basically mocking conformity. (That's why OneRepublic is such an awesome band. owo)

  2. 2TOP RATED

    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2014 report

    Personally, I would say that this song represents the wreck that society is today. The song is secretly talking about how you need to make the right decisions in the right situations (or "all the right moves", as they say in the song) so you can get the right people to support you in situations in order to help you get what you want (or "all the right friends in all the right places"). Therefore, with all these right connections and decisions, you get what you want, which is often money, which you can use to get anything you want or using it to get more connections and et cetera.

    (I feel like I went a little overboard with this. If I did, whoops)

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2012 report

    I see the singer as a part of a failed rebelion of some sort. They fought for the "King of Hearts" and "The Queen of Spades" like they're just soldiers. Bad things only seem to happen when they are around, so they are punished the most. Rain can only fall on their heads. The "I could never be as good as you" bit is mocking and sarcastic.
    Because of the mistreatment they're recieving, they fight back. But before the rebellion can start, it's shut down. The rulers have "All the right moves" and "All the right friends" to back them. They're going down. But this way, the leader doesn't get to kill them, not really.
    The song is basically a big !@#$ you, dictators. we will be undefeated and become martrys. You can apply this to a much less lethal situation between the rich and the poor, the corrupt and the pure, and the racists vs. the colored. Even though we will fall, others will rise.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2020 report

    It could be about their experience as a band. They may have felt that they were more talented than others but less talented bands were ahead because of personal or professional connections.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2019 report

    So my two year old likes to listen to this song when he’s making all the right moves in all the right places. It’s his motivation song for getting up and going while he is potty training. Not what you are looking for, I am sure. But it cracked me right up.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2017 report

    You guys it's simple.
    They were at a battle of the bands competition and had two or three weeks to get a song ready and they were competing against this better band (who knows who they were) but they decided to write this song about them and how they were never going to beat them, then they won with the performance.
    :)

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2016 report

    It's about the war with satan and God and it's all about the angles that followed satan in the war with the heavens
    So it's all about what u think is right and about the angles who followed satan.

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  8. Happ
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    Oct 29th 2014 report

    He's a person who wants to rise and be someone important but in his heart he believes he cant. He believes that he is just a face and nothing more. I also believe he is someone who admires the people with faces and wishes to be like them

  9. anonymous
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    May 3rd 2014 report

    I think they are trying to say that they are slowly being replaced by better sounding better looking bands who have connections in the music industry...... Maybe I'm weird, but thats my opinion

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2013 report

    The song has a cryptical meaning and can be analyzed in many ways. I think this song is about how some people in the society are way better than others. It says that those people are better than others cuz those people have the right connections and they do the right things and so there is a high possibility that they can never match them. It mentions how they did everything good but the ‘perfect’ people are better and are improving every day. Even though the situation is looking good, and they are starting to success now,but they are no match for the perfect people who are eventually going to take them down. At last it mentions how he will never be as good as them, even if he looks like or acts like one of them.

  11. DRORAL
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    Apr 16th 2013 report

    Clearly its about a conspiracy where the people of this world is led to believe something but deep in we know where we're going, down low yo!

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2013 report

    Does anyone else know what the king of hearts and queen of spades means? The king of hearts is known as the suicide king. He is the one that is shown sticking his sword into his head. The queen of spades is a sexual fantasy reference. Women who like being with black men and want their white husbands to watch are associated with the queen of spades. I would love if someone could explain that.

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  13. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2013 report

    I thinks its about there career. The music company has " all the right friend in all the right places" so there going down. In the song theres a piece that sas, "do you think im special... or am i drowning in an ocean of faces." I think thats about everyone wanting to get famous. Theres so much talent and ita hard to stay one the top, so is he special enough or is he sinking in an ocean of faces.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2012 report

    I basically think its about war. How things happen to create a big fight. All the right friends in all the right places. Well when you have your allies together then something is about to happen. The all the right moves in all the right places is saying events happened and now its lead up to this big conflict. Everybody knows where we're going. Yeah we're going down. Thats baiscally saying that everybody can tell whats about to happen overall Awesome song

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2012 report

    I think the song is about two lovers. They're perfect for each other, but society in general doesn't like them, and they're all out to break them up. 'They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going/
    Yeah, we're going down.'
    The couple are happy and they're planning for the future and they have lots of dreams and ambitions, but one of them feels that s/he is not good enough for the other.'Do you think I'm special?/Do you think I'm nice?/Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces?'
    All their friends want them to break up, and they know that however much they love each other, in the end, the society will win .

  16. histeward
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    Mar 22nd 2011 report

    All The Right Moves Lyrics

    All the right friends in all the wrong places
    So yeah, we're going down
    All They got all the right moves in all the right faces
    So yeah, we're going down

    Just paint the picture of a perfect place
    They got it better than what anyone's told you
    They'll be the King of Hearts, and you're the Queen of Spades <------ Power stuggles this means
    Then we'll fight for you like we were your soldiers that the bankers or wealth the
    “ king of hearts “ have death in
    mind for everyone else.
    I know we've got it good <----- he is speaking about fame and the societies membership.
    But they got it made <--------- talking about Christians.
    And the grass is getting greener each day <--- speaking about society members and how they view
    christians who did not sell there soul for fame
    I know things are looking up <--------- he is talking about angels and JESUS
    But soon they'll take us down, <----speaking about when all will be judged ..
    before anybody's knowing our name. <------ there is not much time and they will be forgot.

    They got all the right friends in all the wrong places <----- talking about holly wood and there contacts
    So yeah, we're going down <---- knows that hell is real and is going there .
    We've got all the wrong moves and all the wrong faces <---- was unable to translate could mean an
    number of things .
    So yeah, we're going down
    They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going <------ meaning that all the stars
    know were they are going
    because they told them .
    Yeah, we're going down <-------- they know that there going to hell.
    All They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
    Yeah, we're going down

    Do you think I'm special? <---- is there anything different that you ?
    Do you think I'm nice? <------ do you think this make a difference ?
    Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces? <------ will this song influence you ?
    Between the noise you hear <----- he is speaking about the hidden messages
    And the sound you like <------ he is speaking about how they hide it .
    Are we just sinking in an ocean of faces? <------ speaking about hollywood and music industry
    “are you sinking” meaning over taken
    by all the bombardment of there “faces”

    It can be possible that rain can fall, <--- Tears from G-d as he is sad
    Only when it's over our heads <----- but he will do what he has to to cleanse this world.
    The sun is shining everyday, but it's far away <---- Meaning he feels that God is far away.
    Over the world is death. <------ meaning its over and judgement is upon us .

    They got,
    They got,
    All the wrong friends in all the wrong places
    So yeah, we're going down
    They got, all the wrong moves and all the wrong faces
    So yeah, we're going down

    All They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
    Yeah, we're going down
    All They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going

    Yeah, we're going down

    It don't matter what you see. <---- meaning he does not care what G-d see's
    I know I could never be
    Someone that will look like you. <----- he is denying G-ds hand on making him and denying creation.
    It don't matter what you say, <------ does not care about the word of G-d.
    I know I could never face <----- he will never submit to him.
    someone that could sound like you. <--------- he is angry with G-d .

    All the right friends in all the wrong places
    So yeah, we're going down
    All They got all the right moves and all the right faces
    So yeah, we're going down

    All the right friends in all the wrong places
    So yeah, we're going down
    All They got all the wrong moves and all the wrong faces
    So yeah, we're going down

    They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
    Yeah, we're going down
    All They said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
    Yeah, we're going down.

    Yeah, we're going down.
    Yeah, we're going down.

    (All the right moves, hey)
    Yeah, we're going down
    (All the right moves, hey)
    Yeah, we're going down


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