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Kaleo: Way Down We Go Meaning

Song Released: 2016

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Way Down We Go Lyrics

Father tell me, we get what we deserve
Oh we get what we deserve

And way down we go
Way down we go
Say way down we go
Way down we go

You let your feet run wild
Time has come as we all oh, go down
Yeah but for the fall oh, my
Do you...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 18th 2017 report

    The beauty of music resides in the fact that music is art and can be interpreted in many lights. My interpretation is as follows:

    "Oh Father tell me, do we get what we deserve?
    Oh we get what we deserve"

    - It seems this is a rhetorical question he is asking himself in his head. He is directing this question towards God, but since God is not in his head, he gets his "mind's response". That response is, "we get what we deserve". It seems he may be feeling guilt about something he has done or is about to do (possibly with others).

    "And way down we go-o-o-o-o
    Way down we go-o-o-o-o
    Say way down we go
    Way down we go"

    - This is his statement letting the audience, including God, know that he has brought someone else along with him down a path that seems to be unrighteous.

    "You let your feet run wild
    Time has come as we all oh, go down
    Yeah but for the fall oh, my
    Do you dare to look him right in the eyes?"

    - This is him addressing the audience (not including God). He is suggesting that the audience has committed these unrighteous acts for a while now and has been running from their repercussions. However, eventually the repercussions of their actions will catch and they will fall. This is metaphor for their 'morality' in God's POV. Then he asks the audience if they dare confront God when their sins catch up with them and they begin to sink further into more and more moral unrighteousness.

    "Cause they will run you down, down til the dark
    Yes and they will run you down, down til you fall
    And they will run you down, down til you go
    Yeah so you can't crawl no more"

    - Now it seems, he is letting the audience know that it is best to confront God and face the repercussions of your actions early on and not run from them. He does this by stressing that the immorality will continue to follow behind you, regardless of any effort you make to run from it. Then eventually your own immorality will have ran you so far down that you can no longer escape from the repercussions and at that point, the artist suggests that he believes it is too late to repent.

    In my opinion, this is a relatively spot-on assessment of how many people act, when it comes to moral righteousness, regardless of whether or not God was included.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 26th 2020 report

    My son posted this song on his fb page right before he died. He died of an overdose. I never heard of this group and I wanted to see why this song. After listening to it, it helps me maybe understand what he would have been feeling. He was clean for 2 years. He had a college degree, IT programming. He fought for years. Carried a wall of shame. Loved God, deeply. Knew God was with him. Put himself into a year long christian rehab program in Ft Meyers Fla, St. Matthews house. and I believe that once he faced and admitted his sins, took responsibility for his choices and faced his consequences, knew them, accepted them. He tried hard to live righteously but his wall of shame, and guilt was like an elephant on his back. He wanted and desired to live good and do good, but could never get to where he wanted to be. He went back to the drug and was hiding it. He knew, he was hiding it. But in his mind and soul, he knew where he was with God, He was admitting he couldn't be the person he probably felt he was supposed to be. He could never feel loved. No matter how hard everyone tried, he never believed anyone loved him. His shame was deep. He has a son, he carried so much guilt. He knew that his drug use was going to bring consequences, He probably felt that he let God down and everyone else and I am scared to let myself believe that he ended his life on purpose. Im so broken, His name was Ryan Stump. He had a heart of gold, always helping anyone who needed it. I miss him so much Im broken. I tried to save him so many times. I would give my life for him. This song has so many meanings for me about him. I love you son


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 12th 2018 report

    He is beseeching God ``Father tell me, we get what we deserve. Oh we get what we deserve. ``You let your feet run wild``He sees everyone including himself running thru life, doing what they want to do unchecked. Committing sin with no concern for their actions or who they hurt. But he believes there will come a time when those actions will need to be paid for. Weather it be thru having to face those you have hurt or by facing God. ``Time has come as we all oh, go down.`` Falling is both an earthly and spiritual actions. Earthly, by losing all you have worked so hard to gain on the backs of others and thru sins.Then spiritually when you have to face God for your actions. ``Do you dare to look him right in the eyes?" shame follows actions and he says you can run but ``Yes and they will run you down, down til you fall.`` There is not escape. Payment is inevitable and unrelenting.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 25th report

    Definitely- get what you deserve when you do someone wrong you will be caught for the evil deceptive motives to try to destroy one’s life when the innocent stand in TRUTH ! SP - PIG WOMAN SC - you should have never started this with me or my kids or my family ! Your lies and deception will reap the bad consequences for your evil actions against me and my integrity. So sad to think you have allowed this to go on , the time of tables are now turned on you both it was your snare , you thought you could take me out man do you not know who goes before me JESUS , I told you along time ago you will regret ever starting this whole bias fraudulent activity against my integrity. You will be exposed and Justice will be brought down on you both !!!!

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2021 report

    This sound is an indication of the spiritual realm around us. I believe when he’s speaking of looking someone in the eyes he’s talking about the enemy (satan). And he’s being chased down by his demons. The only way up is God. Way down is referencing hell.

  6. anonymous
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    May 17th 2021 report

    It means to me how life starting and now it's all coming to an end where everyone is leaving you and trying to find the reason why

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2020 report

    Thinking about life and scared that you don't know what is the future holding for you.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2020 report

    This song has a different meaning to me. It talks about death and how we slowly fall and ultimately beneath the ground. First few lines its obvious he's speaking to God. We let our feet run / living wild. But when the time comes / death comes near. Will you look right in the eye of death if its standing next to you :)

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 11th 2019 report

    First it's STUPID nobody can login under ANYTHING other than "anonymous"
    1st guy was Dead On.
    Barring the writer's initial interpretation of course

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 10th 2019 report

    It's the story of Andy Duschene in the Shawshank redemption, chased and dragged down by a prison gang and forced to go way down.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2019 report

    For me the 'we' is important. For that's like the whole of society. Us being affected by forces that do not align with ours souls. I think a lot of us are just 'victims' of these forces, though with a lot of insight and energy, you can overcome them. It's just.. not so usual. It's about the things, that distance you from your own soul. Which is a very serious thing... in our society as a whole. It's something we don't talk about, which is why this song, and the Great way it's sung, rings so many bells with so many people - I think :-) The 'good' thing here is, the 'we'. Realizing we are together, realizing what is happening, saying it, seeing it.. can give us comfort, insight and even hope - away from the desperation of isolation. Suddenly - we're together. Our togetherness consoles us. That's the basic thing: Seeing makes us dare open our eyes.. in togetherness

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2019 report

    That its just a song and it maybe has a deeper meaning but all i hear are the humans vocal box creating nice sounding sounds and then producing hose sounds adding some chords and posting it online. '

    P.S its not about the world about to implode and armagedon

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  13. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2019 report

    I think it is about karma, what goes around, comes around. in other words, what we put out there is what comes back to us no matter what it is, the bad as well as the good...apparently the character in this song has a lot bad stuff coming at him...or he is regretting what's to come...

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2018 report

    I believe this song is facing what you know is wrong or un healthy for the soul and being able to realize what you need to do in order it over come it .

  15. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2017 report

    Maybe this song about some spiritual experience. Did some bad things for go way down and now have to face it.

  16. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2017 report

    It’s no secret that there are deep underground military bases built for the specific purpose of avoiding an apocalyptic armeageddon. The Elite and The Powers That Be communicate in cryptic phrases rite underneath our noses played on the radio or TV and I believe this is a code song for time has come to get to your bunker. I believe Greendays’ “Good Riddance”
    Rolling Stones “Gimmee Shelter” is another along wth Basteiles “Pompei” which speaks of the firey destruction that they know is coming to our planet.

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2017 report

    It's credible to consider this song I'd simply about a childs mental death over the fact that he didn't listen to his fathers warning however in a more ambiguous and deeper meaning, this song is about an unrighteous person, questioning himself if he will get what he deserves as we cleary see that his shame even as he can't look into his father's eyes is so deep. So in a more exterior depiction the singer shares his sins, unrighteousness and mental guilt through his song.

  18. anonymous
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    Jul 12th 2017 report

    There is a battle.. there is a Way ,

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