"Vegas" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
Gonna sell my car and go to Vegas
'Cause somebody told me
That's where dreams would be
Gonna sell my car and go to Vegas
Finally see my name upon the Palace marquis

Gonna quit my job and move to New York
'Cause somebody told me that's where
Dreamers should go
I'm gonna quit my job and move to New York
And tattoo my body with every Broadway show

Listen up now honey, you're gonna be sorry
Can't get out from under a sky that is falling
And you say
No fame no money I'm nobody
The way I'm running has sure got me down
On my knees
But next stop, Vegas please
I gotta get to Vegas
Can you take me to Vegas?

I'm gonna sell my house and cross the border
'Cause somebody told me dreams live in Mexico
I'm gonna sell my house I got to lose ten pounds
And cross the border
And make sweet love upon the white sandy shore

Listen up now honey, you're gonna be sorry
Can't get out from under a sky that is falling
And you say
No fame no money I'm nobody
The way I'm running has sure got me down
On my knees
But next stop, Vegas please

It's always just around the corner or you're
On your way to somewhere
That is bigger or better,
If you could only get there
It's never your fault you can't start your
Own winning streak
But I'd hate to lose you to the fortune you seek

I'm gonna lose my mind and sail the ocean
'Cause somebody told me there were
Cherry blue skies
I'm gonna fix my mind with a final destination
And have a deep sleep upon a sweet dream
I'll never realize, no

Listen up now honey, you're gonna be sorry
I can't get out from under a sky that is falling
And you say
No fame no money I'm nobody
The way I'm running has sure got me down
On my knees
And next stop, Vegas please
Can you take me to Vegas?
I need to see Vegas
Can you take me to Vegas?


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"Vegas" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentI disagree that its about a man at all. I believe it's about always thinking you need fame/ money/ power to be happy. I've gotta lose 10 lbs...I gotta sell my house.....blah blah. She says you're gonna be sorry because none of those things guarantee happiness......happiness is not a destination it's an attitude.
    elenaLVNVon August 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Elena. I always heard this song as if she is singing it to someone who is always running after something, thinking that happiness (or fame, or success) will always be somewhere else and they are never satisfied with whatever they got so they are always moving somewhere (or thinking about it) to try and find it.

    "gonna sell my car and go to Vegas
    cause somebody told me that's where dreams would be"

    this is someone saying hey that's it, Vegas is where I'm going to be happy, that's where dreams should be, then...

    "gonna quit my job and move to New York
    cause somebody told thats where dreams should go"

    now this person is not happy in Vegas, so he/she comes up with NY, that's where dreamers should go, so that's where I'm gonna be happy.

    And so on...

    "listen up now honey you're gonna be sorry
    can't get out from under a sky that is falling and you say"

    And here she is trying to tell that person to stop doing that because that's not how he/she will find happiness. And that person apparently knows it "no fame, no money I'm nobody, the way I'm running has sure got me down on my knees" but he/she can't stop it "but next stop Vegas please"

    I love this song because I kind of relate to it. Always thinking that only if I move over there, or find another job I'll finally find the happy ever after of my life. And I know that that's not how life goes. It's full of ups and downs and it's more of an inside job when it comes to being happy and making your dreams come true.
    obebeon November 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationBasically she's saying if things are bad in your life, giving up everything you DO have and running away is not going to help you, it's going to hurt you. People think that if they move to a big city everything will magically get better, but it doesn't. It is hard everywhere. And your problems will not disappear, they will always follow you wherever you go (can't escape a sky that's falling).

    You should focus on working out what you need to work out where you are now, get everything in order, and THEN you can go on ahead to New York, Mexico, Vegas, or wherever you like.
    Zetsumeion January 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe this song has no comments! This is my favorite Sara Bareilles song. For me, it's about wanting to drop everything in your life and chase after your dreams. Fantastic song!
    tehlimeon October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea seriously wtf is there no comments?!
    i do also believe, this song is about aspiration and trying to make your dreams a reality
    sparolepistoleon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yea, and the lyrics are "the way i'm running the show has got me down on my knees"
    sparolepistoleon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationgreat song :) I think the message is all in all clear..maybe just one thing:

    She wants to get over her (ex-boy-)friend or just wants to "prove" that she CAN realize her ideas
    "you say
    no fame no money i'm nobody
    the way i'm running has sure got me down on my knees
    but next stop Vegas please

    "i'm gonna fix my mind with a final destination
    and have a deep sleep upon a sweet dream i'll never realize no"

    She tries to get a final destination in order to "fix her mind", but well she says, that she will have a deep sleep upon a sweet dream that will never come true(maybe the dream of being together with her boyfriend again?)
    I guess she just tries to have a new start

    Well I really like her saying: Next stop: vegas please! =)

    Oh well it can also be that she is singing about beeing together with her BF, who obviously searching for fame(money)

    "no fame no money i'm nobody
    the way i'm running has sure got me down on my knees" ( He is talking about himself not her like in the first version)

    and she tries to realize that by moving or going to vegas, because it always appears a line with "somebody told me(..)"

    And she really doesn't want to loose him for such a cause, so she says that he can always try to get there.
    "it's never your fault you can't start your own winning streak
    but id' hate to lose you to the fortune you seek"

    Now I think the first version is a total disaster but well maybe somebody had the same idea...
    philiasophiaon May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI sort of agree agree with sparo

    I think its a song about living the dream chasing life, which more than likely will disappoint
    "and have a deep sleep upon a sweet dream i'll never realize"

    But it seems like she is definitely is leaving someone behind, who is seeing this person runaway to follow her dream
    "but id' hate to lose you to the fortune you seek"
    juanitotucupeion March 16, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationHere's my thought on this song:

    She's trying to persuade someone away from dropping their whole lives to chase fame and fortune that will probably never come to them.

    Parts of the song are their argument against her:
    "It's just around the corner, I'm almost there. I'm on my way to success. It's not my fault, I can't start my own winning streak. I have to wait for my time to come, and it's almost here."

    To which she says:
    "I don't want to lose you to a futile pursuit. You have all these preconceived notions, and I don't want to see you chasing empty goals just because someone told you it's a good idea."

    Said "good ideas" include:
    Going to Vegas/New York/Mexico
    Losing 10 pounds
    Sailing the ocean

    The part that really hits it home for me is this line:
    "And have a deep sleep upon a sweet dream I'll never realize"

    At least, that's how I interpreted it.
    Hinderedon October 01, 2011   Link

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