"A Beautiful Lie" as written by and Jared Leto....
Lie awake in bed at night
And think about your life
Do you want to be different?
Try to let go of the truth
The battles of your youth
Cause this is just a game

It's a beautiful lie
It's a perfect denial
Such a beautiful lie to believe in
So beautiful, beautiful, it makes me

It's time to forget about the past
To wash away what happened last
Hide behind an empty face
Don't ask too much just say
Cause this is just a game



Everyone's looking at me
I'm running around in circles
A quiet desperation's
Building higher
I've got to remember this is just a game

So beautiful, beautiful
(Lie! Lie!)
So beautiful, beautiful
(Lie! Lie!)


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"A Beautiful Lie" as written by Jared Leto

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think there's this phase of life when we're young when most of us aim to do something different in life. BE different, DO different, think different--that's just the craze among the youngsters. It's the snob appeal. But how many of us youngsters actually define in explicit terms what being or doing "different" means for us.

    Many a times, we might be passionate about a thing which is so commonplace so we drop it & instead go the "do different" stream.Now this is wrong.

    "battles of your youth" refers to the competition that we face wherever we go. & the competitive spirit is at its peak in our youth. So when we lose, we try to console ourself pretending "it's just a game" while it's not. IT IS "LIFE". WIN or LOSE--we need to show the same level of difference. Take things in ur stride.

    SO the beautiful (ironically) lie is "this is just a game"!! It is beautiful (in a bitter sense) because it helps us cope with our distraught, temporal emotional state at the face of our defeat. But that doesn't mean it's right to completely erase off reality & forget our past mistakes or past hurt.

    "it is a perfect denial" of the truth that this is life & for god's sake, Life is NOT an illusion. It's an illusion for those losers who wanna escape reality and/or undermine the winners.

    And then...when you can't face the world glaring at you (or when you can't meet your responsibilities in your work/ private life), you become increasingly desperate & again try to evade reality by reminding urself "its just a game" OR by taking to addictions.

    The loser's spirit & their revelling in "its just a game" lie can be metaphorically compared to the state of euphoria reached by drug abusers (both trying to fake happiness). This it can be a beautiful *feeling* but an assault on your mind & a LIE after all.

    P.S. This is just my own interpretation.
    Kruppzon October 30, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFor me, what he's saying in this song is, when you "escape" from reality, it's a lie, basically. But, it's a beautiful lie because it's not real and everything's perfect. His reality and his escape are starting to blend together and he keeps reminding himself that this is not all real and that life is not perfect like he wants it to be. Call me insane, but, when I first read the lyrics to this song, I was reminded of the song "Imaginary" by Evanescence [no, I'm not saying they're anything like Evanescence]. Excellent song, by the way.
    WishingForYouon November 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think he’s talking about teenage wasteland…
    How everything like relationships, alcohol, fake friends & drugs of ne sort how they all seem to offer a temporary happiness.. and he cant seem to find true happiness …. The happiness that he’s found doesn’t last, so by convincing himself everything’s all right… lies turn out to be beautiful. Therefore in the end its all ok, and he lowers his moral standards. He continues to live this way because it makes him happy … even though its temporary..

    He can’t seem to find anything or anyone who is REAL without being fake…
    … basically anything he thought was real turns out to be nothing but a lie…

    Its like he thinks hes happy with his life… but really he’s doubting whether hes happy or not…. He tries to convince himself that its all a game… I guess in his head…
    So many people lie.. it’s common.. its hard to find someone who isn’t a liar.

    Usually stuff that is bad for you is not going to look disgusting its going to look, smell & taste sweet, delicious, amazing and beautiful…
    When something is usually too good to be true… better believe it’s a lie…

    What’s beautiful about this song is that its left open for so many people to take different meanings from it… So many people relate to it by what they think it means…

    cherokeeKISS89on February 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is great its about beliving in a lie cuz u think ur life actually sucks and the lie is beautiful cuz it makes things seems lots better than they are. jared leto is a genius
    MusicIsTheSoulon September 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMrFokker- that's a great opinion; i like to look at life like an RPG coz there's VERY little difference... This is my take on the song: "try to let go of the truth; the battles of your youth; coz this is just a game"- Leto speaks such pivotal truths about the life of mortality. And i agree with MusicIsTheSoul (great screen name) for the most part; personally i wouldn't say he's saying life sucks by the lie makes it beautiful.I think he's saying that everything in existence is a lie; an illusion- but its beautiful by nature.
    Kael_of_Bladeson November 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw a clip of the band explaning what the song means and they say its about all the beautiful lies in life (like ciggaretes, drugs etc...) they call the beautiful lies cuz you believe them, you believe that drugs make it better, you look at comercials and wanna go out and buy it, it seems "beautiful" to you, and they are talking about escaping all the lies...
    LetoIsTheManon February 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalright just seen the video. sometimes videos just dnt have anything to do with the song but in this case i think the video is all about the lyrics.
    for those who havent seen it you should download it, the money goes to an environmental charity.
    this song is telling us to become aware and stop denying global warming!
    writtenspikeson February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought it was about growing up.. The shedding of old beliefs, the pursuit for the truth. And how that hurts. So the author tries to go back to his "beautiful lie", "I've got to remember this is just a game", it's him trying to go back to that point.
    I can quite relate to it like this.
    leethalon May 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was unsure about the meaning, until I watched the video. I watched it about 4 times. I'm not a religious person..at all. But going from the setting of the video. I believe the song has something to do with we all believe the lie of god(or jesus) A beautiful lie. How that "lie" makes people feel hope and such. How we were fed to believe in god, but now it all seems like a beautiful lie. The denial, or trying to believe something happens when you die, instead of nothing.

    second verse is when you're older and wiser you realize you were lied to, and everything is a game. but you're trying to deal with it, trying to move on and forget about it.

    The third verse(or bridge) Is a phase of confusion. You don't know what to believe in now. You were fed one thing, but you might believe something else.

    that's what I think....The the symbolism in the video, the location(the cliff, not the fact that they're on ice)

    red flags
    a drop of blood.
    and like I said before, the cliff..

    that's just me...a song about being or becoming atheist or confused and/or mad that all that you were told as a child was a crock.
    Cracker87on May 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's a song about Christianity.

    - It's a beautiful lie
    - It's a perfect denial
    - Such a beautiful lie to believe in

    This could mean anything. It could be any lie that we tell ourselves to get through our lives, our disappointments.

    But, this is what makes me think he's ripping on Christianity.

    - It's time to forget about the past
    - To wash away what happened last

    This is a pretty open reference to baptism and the believe that we can wash away our sins in rebirth. And, that concept is beautiful.

    - Lie awake in bed at night
    - And think about your life
    - Do you want to be different (different)
    - Try to let go of the truth
    - The battles of your youth
    - 'Cause this is just a game

    With an eternity waiting on us, we don't have to struggle like we did before we believed in something bigger. There's no need to "make our mark" if we're comforted by an eternal peace after this life.
    thetruthmatterson August 27, 2008   Link

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