"Life For Rent" as written by and Dido/armstrong Armstrong....
I haven't ever really found a place that I call home
I never stick around quite long enough to make it
I apologize that once again I'm not in love
But it's not as if I mind that your heart ain't exactly breaking
It's just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
'cause nothing I have is truly mine

I've always thought that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone and live more simply
I have no idea what's happened to that dream
'cause there's really nothing left here to stop me
It's just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
'cause nothing I have is truly mine

While my heart is a shield and I won't let it down
While I am so afraid to fail so I won't even try
Well how can I say I'm alive

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
'cause nothing I have is truly mine


Lyrics submitted by Matty

"Life for Rent" as written by Rollo Armstrong Dido Armstrong

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +5
    General CommentAnother one of Dido's beautiful and thoughful songs. LIfe For Rent is one of the most profound statements that she has ever written. If you think about it, life is what you get out of it, life is what you put in to it. If you rent life then you will never own life. IF it is rented then it becomes a life for someone else to rent. If you are so afraid to do something to the point where you won't even try then that is not living at all, that is renting life, not living life.
    Smiley75220on April 28, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSometimes I also feel that my life is rented, not owned. I'm here on Earth on a leased period of time, and when the lease ends, I return to the soil whence I came. But I need to treat life as if it's all there is, because if I don't, then nothing I have is truly mine. This is what this song means to me.
    Novartzaon May 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat Chillout Song. Makes you think.....
    Mattyon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhile my heart is a shield and I won't let it down
    While I am so afraid to fail so I won't even try
    Well how can I say I'm alive


    To love is to risk not being loved in return.
    To hope is to risk pain.
    To try is to risk failure,
    but risk must be taken
    because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

    this song is so true. inspires me to take some risks, and live.
    paccyon May 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is a call to arms to take control of one's life. she is saying that one needs to learn to buy your life, instead of renting it. she wants to be able to commit to the person she finally falls in love with without being nervous or backing out because then she would lose them- "i am so afraid to fail so i won't even try, well how can i say i'm alive".
    blyth1972on June 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis has been my theme song for years lol.
    knockemout140on January 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is the bst song and also i think this coz i won starz in their eyes kids as dido coz ppl thought i understood the lyrics and gave an emotional preformance.
    03grieson September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is playing right now and its really got me thinking. ive been listening to it for the last couple of days. Makes me put everything into perspective and makes me wanna go out and take over my life. this is a great song with honest lyrics.
    Forever-Poshon January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just a thought, only a thought.....

    a thought that resonates in my mind everytime I listen to the song or sing it in my head.

    "I've always thought
    that I would love to live by the sea
    To travel the world alone and live more simply
    I have no idea what's happened to that dream
    Cos there's really nothing left here to stop me"

    That's what I feel like and imagine myself thinking in the future if I don't get past renting.
    been_the_oneon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"While I am so afraid to fail so I won't even try, well how can I say I'm alive"

    This means so much to me, it's the most profound part of the song. You should live your life with no regrets. Don't put off doing something because you MIGHT regret it in the future or because you MIGHT fail at it. That isn't what living life is about.
    saminaon February 11, 2006   Link

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