Born to Live – Song and Lyrics by 311

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Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Born to Live’ by 311. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of 311 or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

Back when I was just a kid
Skin was paper thin
Folded up like origami
Turned the sensitivity in me into an army
Standing at the castle walls that stood before me
I couldn’t climb until I learned to let the people in
Even though it hurt me, lit the fire from within
Made me feel like I can make it through anything
No matter what they bring, tell me that I’ll never win

Everything I need is right in front of me
I wanna bridge the gap and feel the unity
Yeah, everything I need is in the air I breathe
You get back what you give, and I was born to live, born to live

I know all that you’ve been through
Feeling like you might not make it alone
‘Cause I have walked a mile in your shoes
Yeah, I know all that you
I know all that you’ve been through

I wanna see the empire fall
Before I go, I wanna see justice for ’em all
I wanna see my daughters get married
But I can’t if I’m in the cemetery
I can hear it when it calls
The call of the void I’ll avoid til the very end
‘Til the bad guys lose and the good guys win
‘Til the grabbers lose their grip, ripped from under my skin
I’ma take a deep breath

Everything I need is right in front of me
I wanna bridge the gap and feel the unity
Yeah, everything I need is in the air I breathe
You get back what you give, and I was born to live, born to live

I know all that you’ve been through
Feeling like you might not make it alone
‘Cause I have walked a mile in your shoes
Yeah, I know all that you
I know all that you’ve been through

Oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh
I was born to live, born to live
Oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh
I was born to live, born to live

When I go to bed at night, I sleep with my demons
Pull the covers tight, the world could be freezing
I try to see the future through my daughter’s eyes
Hoping they can see beyond the grey skies

I know all that you’ve been through
Feeling like you might not make it alone
‘Cause I have walked a mile in your shoes
Yeah, I know all that you
I know all that you’ve been
I know all that you’ve been through
Feeling like you might not make it alone
‘Cause I have walked a mile in your shoes
Yeah, I know all that you
I know all that you’ve been through

Oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh
I was born to live, born to live
Oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh, oh we yeah, oh
I was born to live, born to live

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