The lyrics "In my face is flashing signs, seek it out and ye shall find," suggests that the person struggling believes that there are obvious signs that their drug addiction is harmful and the signs that they need to stop are everywhere, but the individual is unable/refuses to see the obvious signs. Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings. Basically he can't believe in God. Required fields are marked *. Thank you so much! By Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies. However, the word “swinging” implies that there’s always change in our life. And it's probably about unnecessary work, rules and … basically what he is saying is heretical beliefs that influence people. Although their may be many interpretations of "Counting stars, lyrics like "make that money, watch it burn, sink in the river the lesson's I learned," "Counting stars" suggests that OneRepublic was trying to describe the life of an addict who is torn between his only love and his favorite drug(s). the devil is seen as the dragon, snake, serpent. ~One must push himself up in order to swing a vine. Keeping these suggested themes in mind, the lyrics of "Counting stars" suggest an underlying theme of disappointment, failure, and even regret. I found this hub very useful because I was interested in the meaning of this song. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. I agree with Void on this one. Ryan Tedder told Official Charts Company that when he was writing the song, “I had the idea for ‘Counting Stars’ originally in the summer of 2012 when I was in the Hamptons. Mo' money, mo' problems. That ended up inspiring ‘Counting Stars’.”  Ryan told Billboardthat: “I felt a responsibility to actually write and sing about things that have a level of human gravity to them. Thus, they sell their logic and attend an inspirational faith healing session. ~rephrase: The lessons I learned sink in the river. You have to understand his background to understand the song. I am a Christian, and so is the guy that wrote this song. One Republic’s Ryan Tedder was 33 years old at the release of Counting Stars, Zack Filkins was 34, Eddie Fisher was 39, Brent Kutzle was 27, and Drew Brown was 28. Hence, he says not everything (like happiness) can be bought. To me the song is about over coming addiction. I definitely think there are addictive insuinuations in this video. I interpret more so as a man having to decide on either keeping a well paying job and being distanced from his lover. This song has been a reminder for me of a tough time I have been going through. The thing about faith healers is that they give you hope when you have none, in exchange for reality. The individual that "Counting stars" describes is torn up about not being able to obtain his goals in life and not being able to keep his promises to his loved one. It is a clear confession that they done something wrong to enjoy this happiness but it felt so right because they don't have to struggle. [Chorus] Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be counting stars Yeah, we'll be counting stars[Verse 1] I see this life Like a swinging vine Swing my heart across the line In my face is flashing signs Seek it out and ye shall find Old, but I'm not that old Young, but I'm not that bold And I don't think the world is sold I'm just doing what we're told I feel something so right Doing the wrong thing I feel something so wrong Doing the right thing I could lie, could lie, could lie Everything that kills me makes me feel alive[Chorus] Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be counting stars Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be, we'll be counting stars[Verse 2] I feel the love And I feel it burn Down this river every turn Hope is a four letter word Make that money Watch it burn Old, but I'm not that old Young, but I'm not that bold And I don't think the world is sold I'm just doing what we're told And I feel something so wrong Doing the right thing I could lie, could lie, could lie Everything that downs me makes me wanna fly[Chorus] Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be counting stars Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be, we'll be counting stars[Bridge 4x:] Take that money Watch it burn Sink in the river The lessons I learned Everything that kills me makes me feel alive[Chorus] Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be counting stars Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be Baby I been, I been prayin' hard Said no more counting dollars We'll be, we'll be counting stars[Outro 4x:] Take that money Watch it burn Sink in the river The lessons I learned, Hello i am doing this song for an english assignment is this a good website. The song suggests the hope for a life better than the mortal one in which we currently reside. But I also know what it means to me. Basically what it means-Seek and you shall find. 4. I I think this song means there's a Man in love with a woman but he's married and when he's with her it feels so right doing the wrong thing. So it's definitely not a Christian setting. Just my opinion. If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. As some rumors may suggest, OneRepublic could have intended "Counting stars" to describe a couple struggling desperately to survive or to stay financially afloat. But on the second line, “I’m just doing what we’re told” means he has bought or used something (like drugs)that makes him experience a glimpse of happiness and happiness is something he strives for to achieve. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings. “Everything that kills me makes me feel alive”. Making it so the only way to find happiness and love being the uncertainty of living a life with a low paying job. "I could lie, could lie, could lie, everything that kills me makes me feel alive," hints at the idea that the individual is trying to justify their struggle with drugs, by using "coming clean" with their loved one and admitting to their addiction as an excuse to continue. Likewise, "And I don't think the world is sold, on just doing what we're told" is also an excuse to continue the use of drugs; basically, this lyric proposes the "everyone else is doing it" excuse as a justification to do it too. Again, these lyrics build credibility that the song is about finding an opportunity to discover one's dreams, and in this case the dream is to make a positive change for one's self and one's love. Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But baby, I've been, I've been praying hard, Said no more counting dollars We'll be counting stars, yeah we'll be counting stars I see this life like a swinging vine Swing my heart across the line In my face is flashing signs Seek it out and ye shall find Old, but I'm not that old Young, but I'm not that bold I don't think the world is sold I'm … This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again. SongMeanings, edited by zackfairthepuppy, lylylove, 21Minute, hghg, Sheep0007, peanutleah9, Pocketkid2, Paul123456, rdubeau, "Counting Stars" as written by Ryan Tedder. And that you don't need drugs to make you feel good. 2. A cover of the song was also sang by Secondhand Serenade and included on the album The Cover Up by Brandon Metcalf. What's worse than feeling like your dreams are unreachable? "Counting stars" is about longing to have a better life, but knowing any attempts to change one's life would be in vain. He's a man of God so he can't leave his wife so staying feels so wrong doing the right thing. If you look at the context of the video, it is set in a "faith healer" sort of setting. The meaning behind “Counting Stars” is basically that money can’t buy happiness. ~He may mean that people work so hard for money yet it could just easily be spent. Asking us to dive into our emotions and seek fluidity, healing and cleansing is "primitive" in human conditioning. We are influenced by the media,society,rumors. I am a recovering drug addict. Thanks, your interpretation is exactly what I wanted!