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It's Time by Imagine Dragons Song Analysis

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Khiya Hillyard

on 27 May 2013

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It's Time by
Imagine Dragons Stats and Facts Was first released on the bands third EP, It's Time, on 12 March 2011. It was released as their first official single on 18 August 2012. Later appeared on their fourth EP, Continued Silence and their first studio album Night Visions. Cover featured in Glee in the season premiere episode "The New Rachel" and in commercials promoting the fourth season. Featured in the theatrical trailer for the 2012 film adaptation of the 1999 coming-of-age novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". My Interpretation of the Song This song is basically about going out and following your dreams. Relation to Culture Rites of Passage This song can relate to the rite of passage of moving out and making your own decisions for the first time. At this time a person tends to not want to leave a town that they have grown to love and have made their home. It is also a time when you question the decisions you are making, and worrying whether your parents will be proud or disappointed with the plans you make. It can also relate to people who choose to go on a path that is not what their parents or society in general would approve of (ie - such as pursuing a music career) and are therefore worried about disappointing their parents and going through the inner conflict of whether they are making the right decisions or not. Important Lyrics And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit right to the top,
Don't hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check Demonstrates the feelings of wanting to leave what you know in order to find something better. I don't ever want to let you down
I don't ever want to leave this town Shows that even though you may be straying away from what is expected of you (most likely by your parents) you don't want to let them down. It also shows that you may not want to leave your hometown. It's time to begin, isn't it? Shows that the person in this song is hesitant to go through with their plans because of the fact that they are questioning themself. The path to Heaven runs through miles of clouded Hell right to the top
This road never looked so lonely This lyric describe that you may come across bad times but as the song continues things will always get better. I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand?
I'm never changing who I am These lyrics describe that although you may be having new experiences and learning more as they go on, you will always remain the same person that you were when you started out. The lead singer, Dan Reynolds, wrote this song as a way to describe the time when he left his Mormon faith based school in order to pursue what he wanted in life, music. Story Behind the Lyrics Basically imagine you're raised Mormon and you believe it deeply, so much that you honorably serve two years as a missionary in Nebraska, you come back to go to school at BYU, and it isn't working out the way you want it to, Your interest in it is waning.

Now you've started a band and you're going to drop out of your church's most renowned school to pursue your career (Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check). A lot of emotions probably go with that. And some of those emotions are in this song. People might even call your decision-making ability into question (I don't ever want to let you down). And you might wonder if they're right. I personally love this song. Imagine Dragons are one of my favourite bands and I love their music because their songs are very meaningful and have great stories behind them. My Personal View of the Song In society the norm for a young person would tend to be along the lines of going to school or getting a job or doing whatever it is that your parents expect of you. This song is about leaving this familiarity in the hope of finding something better which is the case for this band. They chose to leave school in hopes of having a career in a field that they love instead of something that they would just settle for. This song demonstrates that you shouldn’t do something because it’s hard or you’re scared that you might fail. You should do it for the chance that you may succeed and to put your dreams above of what others want of you. It is about putting your hopes and dreams first, whether it be that you want to go into a career such as music or acting but your parents want you to be a doctor or choosing to travel instead of going straight to college. This song shows that they are your decisions and that you should do what you want. Certifications:
Australia - Gold
Canada - Platinum
US - Platinum Relation to Culture This is a great song because it describes how you should do what you want and not what others want of you. It’s about having the courage to stray away from familiarity in search for something better. It is about someone who has been constantly resisting and pushing back against his/her parents who want "better" for them, and are trying to push them in a direction their heart is not in. He/she eventually decides to stand up for themselves and do what he/she wants. Imagine Dragons are an indie/alternative rock band.
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