What does I Dare You to Move mean?

Switchfoot: I Dare You to Move Meaning

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I Dare You to Move Lyrics

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's here
Everybody's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 2nd 2009 !⃝

    I think that this song is all about life and its obstacles.Its about things that all of us face at some point of our lives...

    "Everybody's watching you now":People usually wait for you to make a move and will either critisize you or pat your back...And sometimes you feel the pressure to please them or to make them proud

    "Welcome to the fallout.Welcome to resistance.": It reaches a point where you just wanna break away from what everyone else wants you to do

    "The tension is here,the tension is here.Between who you are and who you could be. Between how it is and how it should be": Sometimes you just wonder what you're meant to be and you struggle to find your place in the world and it gets so intense.At times we wanna change who we are so that we could change the future because you don't really like the person you are."

    "Maybe redemption has stories to tell.Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell.Where do you run to escape from yourself?Where you gonna go, Where you gonna go?Salvation is here": You should learn to forgive yourself for past mistakes because well,salvation is here!!

    "I dare you to move like today never happened before": Forgive yourself and let it go cause its now part of the past.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 24th 2009 !⃝

    God dares us to move. Everybody's here and watching, waiting, God dares us to move. NO I'm not going to move for You! Even though You are my only hope in this world. We will fall, but have the faith to come back to God. And God dares us to move. Live your life to glorify God! God dares you go move! Salvation here, and though we fall though we fall come back to God, though we fall come back like yesterday never happened. It all starts with God, It all starts when Christ invites you in.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 22nd 2010 !⃝

    I love this song and one good reason is because of it's meaning. "Welcome to the planet, welcome to resistance" means welcome to the life your going to live. Things are going to be hard but you'll learn to accept them. "I dare you to move, I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor" means that God is daring you to move on from past mistakes. Things you regret, things you want to do over, things that still make you cry and upset you. And God is daring you to get up and brush yourself off. "Like today never happened before" means God is again daring you to move on from the one thing you cannot get over. And it's saying that no matter how much it hurts and you can't forget it completely it just means to not think or dwell on it and just move on. Things change all the time and this is the song I always listen to if I'm having a bad time dwelling on something. And every time I hear it I just always think "move on. like it never happened"

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 4th 2017 !⃝

    Singing to aliens from outer space Mars the moon who knows and it does nothing has nothing to do with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 30th 2014 !⃝

    I think this song is from the perspective of God or all of Gods other children before they came to this earth. Let me explain.
    It starts with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and they get there and either God or all the other spirits in heaven waiting for bodies essentially are saying "I dare you to move" or make a choice (to take the fruit, making man mortal and thereby giving them the ability to have children) so that things could move forward.
    THEN in the 2nd verse it's the "fallout" (The Fall) and the consequences of eating of the tree of knowledge of Good and evil (being sent out of the garden and becoming mortal and sinful etc) and the struggle to be who we need to in the imperfect world.
    Then you have the bridge which says that "Maybe redemption is stories to tell" The point of this life is for us to not only be saved by Christs atonement, but for us to be CHANGED by it, and we do that through our experiences, giving validation to our mistakes. "Maybe redemption is right where you fell" I think saying that under the tree of knowledge of good and evil was where adam and eve "Fell" so the way they used that knowledge from that point out was the key to getting back to God. "Where do you run to escape from yourself, where you gonna go, where you gonna go, salvation is here" saying we can justify to the world what we do as not being wrong, but we cannot ever lie to ourselves or run away from the person in the mirror. The only solution to guilt and the only way to overcome that natural sinful part of us is to turn to Christ. This is what I think this song is saying.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2012 !⃝

    This song is about salvation and going to the alter for forgiveness and repentence.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2012 !⃝

    he says "welcome to the planet, welcome to existance" i believe that he says this line to portray someone understanding life and coming to clarity. he is saying i dare you to move as in moving in a different direction then the rest of the clones stuck inside their own made up world.

  8. arunisadude
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    Mar 10th 2009 !⃝

    The song begins with the line "welcome to the Planet", which means welcome to life of troubles. Everyone's facing troubles of their own. Everybody is watching you now for a difference. I dare you to move wud mean you are saying it to your loved ones that all trouble has to be borne by me , not the loved ones.

  9. mandy
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    Jan 10th 2009 !⃝

    I think this song is about Adam and Eve, and how they were the first to sin.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  10. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2008 !⃝

    It's about life in general and living for God. It's hard and even though you fall Jesus is right there to pick you back up and save you. When you label yourself "Christian" people watch your every move, but you can't stand still you have to get out and live for God in all you do and not be afraid to screw up. If you don't show people how great living for God is, and that you don't think you're better than them just because of what you label yourself they will want to know more about Christ.

  11. Outskut
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    Jul 12th 2008 !⃝

    They use the key phrase "I dare you to move" a couple different ways, both fantasies, but then again what isn't. First - "welcome to the planet..." - imagining giving someone you care about a leg to stand on in a new world and showing them its beauty. Second - "I dare you to move like you did every like me..." - move here meaning the same as act, wishing for something that never was.

    It's hard for me to imagine the song speaking directly to me, because being a guy I can't imagine having a conversation like this with the singer, but for instants I can almost imagine prompting myself forward into a new world.

  12. worldfest
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    Nov 25th 2007 !⃝

    The song is pretty much what it says, "I dare you to move."
    its sorta a spin off from meant to live with a different flavor and supporting lyrics to a video that leads to hope. In my opinion it is religious, how we face obstacles and pressures all around us to give up, but it could also relate to someone struggling with a challenge. The call to do something risky or challenging that takes us out of our comfort zone. I totally love the second version video and would prefer you see that one first. This song made me like this band.

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