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What Does Christina Perri's "Human" song mean?

Updated on December 15, 2013
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Who is Christina Perri?

Christina Perri is a singer-songwriter from Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born on August 19, 1986. She plays the guitar as well as the piano. The song "Human" was released on November 18, 2013 and is the basis of this posting. Here, we'll see what the song really means.

Christina Perri "Human" Video

Christina Perri's "Human" song Full Lyrics

I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that’s what you want
Be your number one
I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that’s what you ask
Give you all I am

I can do it
I can do it
I can do it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
I’m only human, yeah

I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that’s what you need
Be your everything

I can do it
I can do it
I'll get through it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
I’m only human, yeah

I’m only human
I’m only human
Just a little human

I can take so much
Until I’ve had enough

‘Cause I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
‘Cause I’m only human, yeah

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Human's Meaning and Interpretation

The reason why I like "Human" so much is not only because of its vocal quality, but for the meaning of the song. I can relate to the depth of the lyrics and what Christina Perri is trying to convey in her message.

In the beginning, you see impossible and superhuman feats.

I can hold my breath,
I can bit my tongue,
I can stay awake for days..

As we all know, we can't stay awake for days as well as hold our breath forever. It's as if she's trying to be superhuman.

The words further go on to state that she's not really wanting to be who she's not.

I can fake a smile,
I can force a laugh,
I can dance and play the part,
If that's what you ask..

This means that she's willing to do all these things just for that person. But sometimes, she can only be herself and who she is. She's only being real.

And this is where the chorus comes in to play, which is very strong and extremely moving. Quite emotional, too.

But I'm only human,
And I bleed when I fall down,
I'm only human,
And I crash and I break down..

Here Christina Perri is simply saying that she's human and feels pain and falls like everyone else. It can't be expected that she perform and do as she's told to do all the time.

Many will say this song is about love. It is, but it means so much more than that. It can mean a multitude of things. It can deal with basic emotions not dealing with love, but others in every day live. The ability to perform, the ability to be "the best," etc.

© 2013 jaydawg808

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      steven 3 years ago

      There are 10, 5 then 2 lines of lyrics before the chorus. She is also showing exhaustion in her song to the person she is singing this song to. Because the chorus is repeated quicker as the song progresses. Her deep love has come with a cost and she wants that person to know.

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