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OneRepublic songs: "If I lose myself" song meaning and lyrics

Updated on January 17, 2015

The meaning behind the music

OneRepublic's "If I lose myself" sounds like an up-beat hit-song to visit a dance club with, but has a deep, dark underlying meaning that's really easy to miss. You really have to "stop and stare," as one of OneRepublic's older songs may suggest, in order to really understand and appreciate the true meaning of "If I lose myself."

OneRepublic Native album, featuring "If I lose myself"

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For starters, the very title of the song "If I lose myself" was meant to be taken literally. With "If I lose myself," OneRepublic is intending to highlight what it would feel like to face death with your loved one by your side. Hence, "If I lose myself" is followed by the lyric "it'll be you and I." It's interesting that OneRepublic points out how appreciative one should be, if when facing their death, one would face death hand-in-hand with the one they love. It's almost as if they were trying to make the statement that death isn't so bad, if you have someone you love to share it with.

Analyzing the song for the sake of the music itself

The beginning stanza of "If I lose myself" describes an individual waking up from a long nap where he was dreaming about all the things that mean the most to him. The stanza continues to unfold the scenario by describing that upon waking the individual remembered that he was sitting right next to the one he loves the most.

Although understanding the first stanza of "If I lose myself" may be simple, the very next stanza was made to throw listeners for a loop. It's only after the repetition of the chorus that the true meaning of the song is revealed. After the chorus sounds the second time (after the fourth stanza), the lyrics "take us down and we keep trying, forty thousand feet, keep flying" elaborate the concept that "If I lose myself" is about waking up from a peaceful slumber, only to find one's self in the middle of experiencing a plane crash.

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Backing up to unveiling the second stanza, "you can feel the light start to tremble" describes a scene of panic or immobilizing fear, realizing that one can not deny the inevitable conclusion of a plane crash: death. "Wash what you know out to sea" follows this prior lyric, as a means of describing the idea of plummeting into the ocean one's self and all of one's belongings; this lyric helps to highlight on the extent of the individuals fear of being involved in their current situation. The next lyric "you can see your life out of the window, tonight," helps listeners to understand that individual is experiencing shock from the fear of dying, and is watching their life flash before their very eyes in one uncontrollable blip, as a result of their fear. This lyric incorporates the stereotype or rumor that everyone sees their life in a brief, intense flash right before they know they are going to die into "If I lose myself." It is also possible that OneRepublic intended this lyric to be taken literally, as in "my life is literally going out a plane window in a plane crash."

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With the understanding of the second and fifth (last) stanza, the chorus becomes clear as to it's proper meaning. As previously stated, OneRepublic is trying to highlight the concept of dying by your loved one's side, not only with the chorus of "If I lose myself," but also with the underlying meaning laced throughout the entire song. OneRepublic is primarily trying to incorporate the feeling of gratitude for being able to die alongside their favorite person, while coming to grips with the reality of their tragic fate (ironically, after a peaceful nap) into "If I lose myself." Perhaps, this underlying meaning was meant to testify the extent of one's love for another, that even in the face of death, they are thankful just to be with one another, one last time. OneRepublic's "If I lose myself" is truly an ironic love song whose meaning is muffled by up-beat, techno-dance style music. Regardless, if you really stop to listen and analyze the meaning of OneRepublic's hit song, you'll find that "If I lose myself" reveals an exciting and passionate way to go: in a plane crash beside the only one you truly, whole-heartedly love.

OneRepublic "If I lose myself" Official Music Video

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OneRepublic "If I lose myself" Official lyrics

I stared up at the sun,
Thought of all of the people, places and things I’ve loved.
I stared up just to see
With all of the faces, you were the one next to me.

You can feel the light start to tremble,
Washing what you know out to sea.
You can see your life out of the window tonight.

If I lose myself tonight,
It’ll be by your side.
I lose myself tonight...
(oh) yeah, yeah, yeah.

If I lose myself tonight,
It’ll be you and I.
Lose myself tonight...

[Instrumental break]

I woke up with the sun,
Thought of all of the people, places and things I’ve loved.
I woke up just to see
With all of the faces, you were the one next to me.

You can feel the light start to tremble,
Washing what you know out to sea.
You can see your life out of the window tonight.

If I lose myself tonight,
It’ll be by your side.
I lose myself tonight...
(oh) yeah, yeah, yeah.

If I lose myself tonight,
It’ll be you and I.
Lose myself tonight...
Whoooooooooo

[Instrumental] (Whoooooooooo)

Take us down and we keep trying,
Forty thousand feet, keep flying.
Take us down and we keep trying,
Forty thousand feet, keep flying.
Take us down and we keep trying,
Forty thousand feet, keep flying.
Take us down and we keep trying,
Forty thousand feet, keep flying.

(Lose myself)
If I lose myself tonight...

Whoooooooooo
Whoooooo, whoooo,
Whooooooo

Whoooooooooo
Whoooooo, whoooo,
Whooooooo

Source: azlyrics.com

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