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Counting Stars – One Republic

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Lyrics at Bottom.

Love this beat. Clever lyrics too. Not just in its contrasts or classic paradoxes, but also in its nuances of Nietzsche. One of the lines states “Hope is a four-letter word,” which reminds me of Nietzsche who said, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.” Can’t say I entirely agree, but it’s a valid interesting point, albeit dark.

Friedrich Nietzsche also said, “I would only believe in a God who could dance.”
I would only believe in a god who could dance. And when I saw my devil I found him serious, thorough, profound, and solemn: it was the spirit of gravity—through him all things fall. Not by wrath does one kill but by laughter. Come, let us kill the spirit of gravity!
–Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Now this I agree with 100%.

I wonder if the lines downgrading money also represent the shifting attitudes towards money via the next 20s generation. I like this too. Money is valuable and I prefer to have a lot of it…but I’ve also made choices many times in my life to choose the route with less money because of the attachments or darkness big money brought with it…and I’m happier for it. And more proud of what I’ve contributed to the world, even if in small amounts.

As usual, all comments are welcome, and I hope you enjoy Counting Stars as much as I do!

COUNTING STARS LYRICS

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 these flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find
Oh, but I’m not that old
Young, but I’m not that bold
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 couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie

Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

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

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, we’ll be counting stars

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
I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

I feel something so wrong
Doing the right thing
I couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie

Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly

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 thinking hard
Said, no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars

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, we’ll be counting stars

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink it in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink it in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink it in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink it in the river
The lessons are learnt

Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

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 thinking hard
Said, no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars

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, we’ll be counting stars

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons are learnt

Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons are learnt

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