Switchfoot: Meant to Live Meaning
Song Released: 2003
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Meant to Live Lyrics
And wondering why the world has passed him by
Hoping that he’s bent for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live...
GritznGravy Apr 18th, 2009 4:30am report
When Switchfoot refers to "mice or men" they're talking about Steinbeck's novel "Of Mice and Men" where a man must ultimately choose between himself or the others closest to him without regret. This song is about determining whether we live for ourselves or one another. No one who interprets this song differently is ignorant or an idiot, it's only how it really applies to us individually. Bitches.
anonymous Jul 12th, 2006 7:13am report
It feels very clear to me that Switchfoot is, for the most part, saying that we, as people, expend too much of our lives trying to strive for earthly gains instead of living for what is truly important. We have "lost ourselves" in material things. And we were "meant to live for so much more" than what our materialistic society can offer us. And deep inside, we are also STRIVING for something more in our lives. Perhaps all humans simply desire spirituality? We want something deeper than this world can offer. For Switchfoot, (as well as myself and many others), I think that thing is God.
anonymous Jan 28th, 2010 1:01pm report
I guess everyone may have their own opinion and everyone may interpret the song differently, but I believe this song has a much deeper meaning than just finding our place. I believe it dances around the fact that this isnt our planet. Perhaps we were never meant to twist this world into our own perfect little society. Maybe it isnt our world to change, to morph to our liking. Maybe progress is leading us to hell. It discusses how life has such a deeper meaning, and that we are not living as we should. We are not seeing the world, experiencing it, truely living, as we should. This beautiful planet that we have the gift of walking on, we no longer see it as our most ancient ancestors could. We are not truely living.
Well, that is my interpretation. I hope others might share this opinion.
Jeannie Newbury Mar 14th, 2011 3:10pm report
I agree with practically everyone.
I just wanted to share my experience with this song.
I had a friend pass away 2 years ago of an overdose. When I heard this song, I had to suggest it get played at his funeral. He lived for those pills, he got lost in them. He was only 18 years old. He was a great guy with a big heart, regardless of being on drugs. He wasn't your typical screw everyone over drug addict. He had purpose that he lost track of because of those pills. HE was meant to live for so much more. By playing this song at his funeral, I had hoped that the friends he kept, the ones I once knew as kids that got lost along the way, would hear this song and get the meaning I was trying to get across, that somewhere THEY live inside. Some it did, some it didn't....
anonymous Feb 13th, 2011 2:37pm report
Meant To Live is a great one. Its simply means people were meant to live life just to live it. Enjoy it and cherish it. It means to live life to the fullest.
anonymous Nov 29th, 2009 11:58am report
Switchfoot is letting us know that we weren't put on this Earth to live for ourselves. We were put on this Earth to live for something SO MUCH MORE ourselves, to live for and praise the name Jesus Christ.
anonymous Nov 14th, 2009 11:09am report
one of you guys said the rest of you are idiots... haha, and then said it means we are supposed to live for more than ourselves... ironic
anonymous Nov 14th, 2009 11:08am report
I think 1 Corinthians 15 sort of explains this song... I wouldn't be surprised if that's what they based it on.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2009 9:39am report
I believe this song is a reflection on our society and the superficial illusion of intelligent life that we sustain. We live for so many things that are useless and have expectations that mean nothing in the 'grand scheme of things'. How many people worry about their mobile phones or Myspace and don't live their lives outside of technology in the reality. We go to wars over race or religion which are tiny difference between us (when so many more important things can be seen to. We as society are ignorant. We don't experience, we don't change, we don't think! As it says we were meant to live for more than what we have established as 'life'.
anonymous Jul 17th, 2009 7:09pm report
It's about the Human Condition. Go ahead. Tell your friends.
anonymous May 28th, 2009 5:27am report
I'm the same guy that made the long post above this one. I forgot to mention, providence isn't just a religious term. It can also mean preparation, as in not being taken by surprise, and preparing for the future or a future event. Pretty much, being prepared for whatever comes your way, and dealing with the way you see fit. Don't just label this song a religious one because of that word.
anonymous May 16th, 2009 5:23pm report
This song could be about anything. It could be referring to having a goal and not obtaining it, then striving to reach it again, or it could be about finding that goal in the first place. It could even be a ploy to join the Marine Core for all we know. Yes, it could be about religion, but everyone sees things the way they want them to be, if at all possible. Everyone who has described the song as religious has been religious themselves, creating a horrible bias in their respect. Ultimately, this song is about finding what you want to do and doing it, whether it be tracking down your high school crush, joining the military, moving to a country that isn't in debt so deep China technically owns it, or serving God or your gods. Personally, I think the people that say this song; or any others that haven't been clarified by the band as to what they are singing about; is religious are just attempting to throw more religion into their lives, trying to suck up to their God/gods. The song is meant to be interpreted differently by everyone. It's meant to inspire you to go and complete whatever task you feel the need to, or to fill any holes you sense in your life, not to become religious or convert to Christianity.
anonymous May 15th, 2009 5:10pm report
Sorry, that was supposed to be "selfless atheists", not "selfish atheists". Sorry.
anonymous May 15th, 2009 5:07pm report
well, to state the obvious, this song is about a boy or man who seems to have realized that his life hasn't gone the way he hoped. he wants to try again but wonders if he will get the chance.
despite the line about providence, i don't think this song has to be interpreted in a strictly religious way. i think it's saying that people have something that they need to live for that's bigger than teir own lives, whether it's the happiness of another person or helping those who are in need of it, or helping the environment.
obviously religion plays a big part in many people's lives, and gives them something to strive towards. however, i have met some horribly selfish christians and some wonderfully selfish atheists, and the other way around. everybody needs to live for something.
anonymous Mar 16th, 2009 3:06pm report
This song is about how God created us for living in a sinless world where there would be no sin . But because of adam and eve we arent in a perfect world
anonymous Jul 18th, 2008 7:19pm report
I think it relates the the story "Of Mice and Men" which is actually stated in the lyrics. "if mice and men have second tries." Its mainly about Lenny Dieing and a sad loss to George. This is honestly ment to be from George's eyes.
Well most of you are right. Its a feeling of both regret and self realization that the world is not enough for us and nor with it ever be. Yes, it is about counting on a higher power than the words of our fathers, who created wars. So it sorta goes with Jeremiah 29:11.
"For I know the plans I have for you,â€ says the Lord. â€œThey are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
sorta what comes to mind anyways...
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