Meant to Live


Switchfoot – Meant to Live

Fumbling his confidence,
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 inside.
Somewhere we live inside.
We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside.

Dreaming about Providence,
And whether mice or men have second tries.
Maybe we’ve been livin’ with our eyes half open,
Maybe we’re bent and broken, broken.

We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside.
Somewhere we live inside.
We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside.

We want more than this world’s got to offer,
We want more than this world’s got to offer,
We want more than the wars of our fathers,
And everything inside screams for second life.

We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more,
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live.
We were meant to live.


Songwriters: Jonathan Foreman / Tim Foreman
Meant to Live lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

3 thoughts on “Meant to Live

    • I remember when this song released during my first year of college. I was an evangelical Christian back then, so it had a slightly different meaning for me (especially the “second life” part). But even now, the song resonates with me. It’s just that, instead of it being about God, I now hear a song about our humanity. They have a new song that I’ll probably share soon. It’s called Native Tongue.

  1. I’m a musician, and we used to cover this song sometimes. I stopped playing back around 2012 for a variety of reasons. I’ve been an atheist for as long as I can remember.. at least back into grade school, but still evaluate a song on its own merits. For this one, it’s not about the lyrics, but there are plenty of ‘religious’ themed songs that I enjoy… Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah comes to mind, but I agree that you can sometimes put a secular spin on some songs…

    On a related topic, I don’t usually ever say that I don’t like a song (or genre or art, more generally); I simply say that it doesn’t resonate with me or it doesn’t suit my taste. As a musician, I know how hard it is to perform even the pettiest and most vapid pop song (or songs). Non-performers have no idea and cast dispersion on musicians, that such and such sucks… but they can’t even approach that level. So, I’m rambling again… 😉

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