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Song Released: 2009

Secrets Lyrics

I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
'Til all my sleeves are stained red

From all the truth that I've said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw wink,...


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    Dec 19th, 2010 12:19am report

    Here's the secret (pun intended)

    Sometimes life is hard for some of us and if you happen to be one of those people who keeps hitting hard times you eventually get tired of it all...of being fake, of being lied to, of being criticized, and most of all of being all those things to yourself. You hit a point in life when you realize all the hearts you broke, all the lies you told, all the pain you caused, all the broken promises…all of it catches up with you and eats away at your soul. The only way to fix that is to let it all go…to give all your secrets away.

    And once you start living life like that it feels so good it’s almost painful…the passion is that overwhelming. That passion comes out in this song in a way that makes it easy to relate to…and that just makes it all the better and enjoyable to listen to. Sing along with it…it’s good for the soul.



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    Jan 1st, 2011 1:07pm report

    THe lyricist of the band once stated in an interview that he would always use honest lyrics for his own band. So I guess this song is about the band's career instead of relationships and stuff
    "I need another story
    something to get off my chest
    my life gets kinda boring
    need something that I can confess"
    Probably shows how he insists on writing honest lyrics, and it's a hard job
    "Tell me what you want to hear
    something that'll light those ears
    we're sick of all the insincere
    so i'm gonna give all my secrets away.
    This time, don't need another perfect line
    don't care if critics ever jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away"
    This song revolved around the frustration they encounter in their career as a band. We can see they've put in lots of effort in their songs but they don't seem to achieve as much as other artists out there. He decides to give all his best and write sincere and personal songs, songs that can connect to the listeners, ignoring all the criticisms the band receives.
    "My God, amazing how we got this far
    It's like we're chasing all those stars who's driving shiny big black cars
    And every day I see the news all the problems bet we can solve them when a situation rises just write it into an album send it straight to gold, but I don't really like my flow"
    Thankful for their present situation
    And I think the whole song is highly personal about the lyricist's career and his persistence on being true in his songs. Love it


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    Mar 3rd, 2011 3:36am report

    This song means a great deal to me because what I get out of it is something very deep and personal not even my family or girlfriend knows. Sorry for a long post.

    "I need another story
    Something to get off my chest"

    -Story would be making up something such as doing this great event or a lie to make you look better. Getting off my chest would be him knowing that deep down he can't live this way.

    "My life gets kinda boring
    Need something that I can confess"

    -My life is boring to me and I make up a lot of events or stories to make it look more flashy and glamorous. Boring also means not what I wished for, I wanted to join the army since a baby but I was born blind in my right eye and have never filled the void of not being able to fulfill my dreams. This would be me starting to realize that I need to confess all my lies due to me not even knowing my self and trouble deciphering between reality and fiction. (I'm only 21 as well and am well aware I have a psychologic issue.

    "'Til all my sleeves are stained red
    From all the truth that I've said"

    -This would be the Truth coming out but also all that would be ruined by it. I see it as me dying if I told the truth of my lies because I would have to start a new life since majority of mine has been lies.

    "Come by it honestly I swear
    Thought you saw wink, no
    I've been on the brink, so"

    -This would be showing how little people really know you. For instance, my girlfriend talks about my parents and my childhood and my past with me and she sees it as a good thing and us becoming closer when really I wish she would realize I'm on the verge of a serious depression that she will never know about.

    "Tell me what you want to hear
    Something that were like those years
    Sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away"

    -This would be me opening up and deciding to find the help I need to bring me back to when I was happy years ago. Sick of all the insincere to me is about all the selfish people that use me for my abilitys and not because they care for me which I am just started to learn.

    "This time, don't need another perfect line
    Don't care if critics never jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away"

    -This would be me realizing that I'm ok as I am and I don't need the perfect story to make people like me because the critics that never jump in line are the people I don't need in my life anyways.

    "My God, amazing how we got this far
    It's like we're chasing all those stars
    Who's driving shiny big black cars"

    -I'm very religious and to me this is just aknowledging that I am so lucky to be where I am today and I have no doubts about that. Chasing all those stars would go back to me disappointed in my life and me making up stories to keep my dreams alive.

    "And everyday I see the news
    All the problems that we could solve
    And when a situation rises
    Just write it into an album"

    -This is me realizing that there is so much more I could do if I only stopped worring so much and just focused on bettering my self and not my image.

    "Oh, got no reason, got not shame
    Got no family I can blame
    Just don't let me disappear
    I'ma tell you everything"

    -This is showing that I know I have no reason, And for never getting caught I have no shame. I blame a lot of issues on my family which I realize now that it's really my fault now if I don't make effort to fix it. Disappearing is the fear that I won't accomplish a amazing feat that will put me in history like I want to so bad. But now I come to terms it's no way to live a life so "I'ma tell you everything".

    Travis P.


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    Dec 20th, 12:01am report

    This is a love song of a man who always played around at love until one day he found someone that made him change, his feelings for her made him realized what he done. He surrendered everything for her, he changed, he wanted to be honest, sincere, he wanted to keep her for the rest of his life that he is willing to... "... give all my secrets away!..."


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    Oct 29th, 10:48pm report

    I think he is a guy who has lied a lot. He meets someone and he lies to them. But when his lies unravel and are revealed, he realizes he cares about that person and he wants to show the real person he truly is/


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    Oct 24th, 10:48pm report

    The person is tired of how the world likes to make a big deal out of everything and his life is boring. So he's going to tell everyone his secrets. Pretty obvious. (This my thoughts and opinions)


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    Aug 16th, 2014 8:52am report

    This is a love song, the video reflects the lyrical content. It is about a man who has lived his life in the socially accepted/expected masculine patriarchy. The woman whom he is in love with does not align with the superficial life he has built around himself. In pain and sorrow they have turned away from each other. Her to seek solace in the arms of a man that does not love her. Him to seek gratification in a superficial existence void of passion. True Love however never dies. In the same moment she sits alone waiting in vain on unrequited live he finally comes to the realization that life without your true love is an empty existence. So in the throes of passion and surrender to his hearts sorrow he sings "Tell me what you want to hear something that will light those ears sick of all the insincere I'm gonna give all my secrets away". He is ready to confess to her and all the rest of the world he is in love. As he finds the courage to tell her "everything" she finds the courage to also turn away from all that is false. Now a new Aeon can begin. This song is simply deep. The lyrics and video confirm its meaning.

    Bellara Sothis


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    Feb 11th, 2014 2:04pm report

    It means that you are trying to let all your hopes and dreams out. You are telling your life to somebody. And you can't help but feel your life is twisted, boring, and sad. But the person is listening intently, or in my case God (I'm a Christian!!). And the weaves of life are showing now, and you are telling them yourself.


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    Nov 10th, 2013 11:09am report

    I think this songs about a man who's bored with his life. He wants to get out, and break free. Break free of all the normal and white picket fence of his life and go a bit wild. Forget his fear, give away his secrets, and just burst out.


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    Sep 28th, 2013 9:57pm report

    I recall that the song “Secrets” is about someone who has too many secrets and is tired of keeping them and wants to let them out. I realized this when I read the line “some-thin to get off my chest”. This shows that the person needs to tell someone his secret(s) because when most people say this they mean trying to let go of a heavy weight, burden or secret that they may have been carrying around for a long time. The author of this song (Ryan Tedder) may have had a secret and wrote this song based on his experience. I think this because the song’s name is secrets and the word “secrets” is repeatedly being used in his song. Therefore that is what I think the song “secrets” by One Republic is about,someone who does not want to keep his secrets hidden away in himself anymore but to finally set himself free.(from keeping the secret(s)).


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    Jul 22nd, 2013 7:50pm report

    I think it's about someone who is sick of be who he really is. He's saying "do you want the truth o what you want to hear?". He can't pretend to be someone else.


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    Jul 10th, 2013 7:05pm report

    He is tired of all of the lies he's had to tell. He's tired of always having to pretend to be some perfect person to fit in with society. He's finally realized that he doesn't need to do that. He is just going to be open and honest. He's just going to show everyone who he really is, not who he's pretended to be. He doesn't care what everyone else thinks. He just wants to be himself now.


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    Nov 14th, 2011 11:26am report

    I think it's about him being done with judgement. He just doesn't want to live in fear of being judged by society and all the lies they've made. He's getting bored and fed up. Anytime he has wanted to speak the truth, he's gotten depressed (and has cut his wrists. The blood would make his sleeves red) and critics, including his family (got no family I can blame) have tossed him aside and laughed at him. And to make it all worse, society isn't very welcome to him. All the problems we have as a society, how we haven't killed ourselves by now (amazing how we got this far). He's been labeled an outcast and has had to give perfect lies to society to not make things worse, which has only made him more depressed.

    To me though, this song is amazing because it makes you think about how messed up our society is and how we can fix it by giving out our secrets and stop all the lies/fakes/sellouts. It has such a great meaning, great lyrics, and amazing music. One time I put it on loop and listened to it all night, and it was one of the best nights I've had. I just love this song. Always will be a favorite. Thanks OneRepublic for composing a song that means so much to me.

    Because the one thing we can agree on is that it's an amazing song.


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    Nov 9th, 2011 11:31am report

    Personally, it's just about a web of lies.. Created by society, the people who surround him, and himself as well.. It's like everything is tainted in his life.. Like society for example. People want success ( "drivin shiny big black cars") but then no one cares about the REAL stuff. The truth ( "all the problems...") . And in order to stay relevant in any light/ circle you need to keep up with the trends. You need to like something whether you genuinely do or not. Everyone refuses to be honest with who they are and the things they must go through. However, someone is always going to pick out the flaws in a person's mask . So what's there to lie about now? (" critics jump in line"). Personally. This song reminds me of my life.. I hold a deep secret and i think it's what drives me insane.. And to make matters worse. Everyone around me is full of shit.


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    Oct 28th, 2011 10:04am report

    This song is saying that if you tell lies to cover up a secret, it's probably better to just give all your secrets away than to kept them 'bottled up inside'. PEACE! be kind to each other!


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    Oct 9th, 2011 10:16am report

    if you're going to comment about the song at least get the lyrics right...they're right there.....


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    Sep 12th, 2011 9:03pm report

    It's about being homosexual and then having to be honest. Written from the gay male faking straight perspective.


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    Jul 12th, 2011 7:30pm report

    I love this song--and think it simply is about a songwriter who is making a promise to those who listen to the band, that he will always write songs about something real to him.

    He acknowledges that the truths he writes about may not be as impressive as the song stories of other songwriters, because he has not experienced the trials and tribulations others have. But he's promising to his listeners that he'll always write what's true for him; he hopes he can find a subject that'll excite them, but he won't cater to sensationalism, exaggerate his songs, or write about newsworthy situations just to sell albums. In a way, he basically states he can't.

    He acknowledges that in some cases, writing this way may make him 'disappear' because his songs may not be as exciting or hot topic as those of other bands. This is the fear he has, of disappearing, despite always being honest with his listeners. He also acknowledges that such songwriting might not win over critics and may not always be the best written songs. But the best he can do, for himself and for his listeners, is to be one-hundred percent honest in everything he writes. And that's the promise he makes, to us, in the song.

    In a way I think the song is almost a disclaimer for the band, letting everyone know that they're writing what is true to them, and whether it's criticized, or popular, or whether and we like it or not, it will always represent who they truly are.

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