Owl City: Galaxies Meaning
Song Released: 2011
Tick off the time-bomb,
Let velocity fly!
Armour the airlock,
Blanket the bedrock,
And kiss the planet goodbye!
Dear God, I was terribly lost,
When the galaxies crossed,
And the Sun went dark.
Dear God, You're...
anonymous Jan 16th, 2013 1:50pm report
It sounds like the trip through space is a metaphor for someone's Christian experience. As a Christian, I see soo many lyrics here that make me instantly think of things explained in the Bible.
"I was terribly lost when the galaxies crossed, when the sun went dark" seems to allude directly to the event the Bible describes when Jesus Christ was crucified. Matthew 27:45-55 in the Bible say that when Jesus died, at noon, the sky went dark and the earth shook. Thus, the sun went dark and in this moment,heaven and earth met. Jesus, the God of all the heavens, died for the sin of the world. Someone who is now a Christian realizes that they were lost in sin and far from God, until they believed and accepted what Jesus did on the cross for them (he died to take the punishment of that sin).
"You are the only North Star, I will follow this far" alludes to John 14:6 when Jesus says "I am the way, the truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, except through me." Jesus Christ is the only One who can lead us to God and eternal life.
"I'll keep my eye on the only hope...I won't get swept off the narrow road" alludes to Hebrews 12:2 and Matthew 7:13(in the Bible). These verses say "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" and "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." The Christian realizes that his/her natural inclination often pulls one away from God toward bad habits and destructive patterns of life. By keeping one's mind and focus on Jesus, He can keep us on the narrow road (the one less traveled upon) which leads to a valuable and healthy life, pleasing to God, and ultimately leading to eternal life in Heaven.
"You are the saving grace of the galaxies."
Ephesians 2:8 says, "For it is by grace, through faith that you are saved, not by works...it is the gift of God." All of mankind is born far from God. He offers a relationship with him and eternity in Heaven to any who will follow Him. This salvation is called grace. Grace is an undeserved gift. God wants us to be close to Him because He loves us and wants to share His love with us. For all who will accept it- he offers this grace, this undeserved gift of love. All one has to do is ask for it.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2013 11:55pm report
Adam talks about the song in this video:
So, basically, it's meant to kind of convey what the Challenger crew might have thought when the tragedy took place, going from this life into eternity.
This song, like most Owl City songs, can be viewed from a variety of angles though, like simply hearing it as following God through difficult times and all. It's very inspirational, especially during dark times, and it was this song that really clinched it for me to be such a big Owl City fan. My favorite part is the "Oh, telescope, keep an eye on my only hope. Lest I blink and get swept off the narrow road. Hercules, you've got nothin'to say to me, 'cause you're not the blinding light I need. For He is the saving Grace of the galaxies!" Such an empowering verse.
anonymous Feb 8th, 2013 2:19pm report
I think this is about a sinner who aware of God's strength. he repentance and he promises to live with God. Even the Hercules is tough, he believes God is exist and reign over the galaxies.
Actually, this song cheers me up. Good job, Adam! The lyrics have a deep meaning. So refreshing;)
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2011 9:21pm report
I believe Galaxies is about how sometimes our world turns upside down when we are in the midst of a trial but God is our North star he will be with us and lead us through.
Owl City's songs are so imaginative they draw you in. Galaxies is my favorite!
Adam Young is also saying that God is powerful. He made the galaxies and he will save us.
owlcitygirl Aug 28th, 2011 8:51am report
Oh man, is this an easy one.
It's probably his most Christian song yet.
It's about how when he was a sinner, he was really lost, but then he got saved and he feels he can do anything and go to any length for The Lord. He is amazed at God's amazing grace and now can't really understand how anyone could doubt that God is real.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2011 6:24am report
Adam said in a video that this song was about the Challenger incident, and about what the astronauts were thinking as they were dying in the crash and were being brought to everlasting life with God.
I also think that this song is saying that there is one, and only one, God.
It's a powerful song. owo I love it.
anonymous Jun 16th, 2011 6:44pm report
If you know anything about Adam Young you know that he is a devout Christian. Other songs he's written have had more subtle references to God (ie Meteor Shower from Ocean Eyes) but this one is quite obvious. It's about his trust in God through all situations, and refusing to follow any other influence.
anonymous May 22nd, 2011 5:52am report
Adam is saying that no matter what happens, he will follow God, because in the end He is the only thing that we can trust.
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