"Burning Up" as written by and Reuben Hoong Bun Wu Daniel Hunt....
I wrote a protest song about you, about you
Set off on a long march without you, without you x2

I wrote a protest song about you, about you
About whats left that lies between us, I'm walking
So many things we're burning for

I set myself on fire without you, without you
I wrote a song about you, about you
That not a soul was meant to hear, except you

I wrote a protest song about you, about you
I cheated gravity to chase you, to chase you
And through the burning space between us, you're falling
You have a long way, long way to fall

I set myself on fire without you
I wrote a song about you, about you
That not a soul was meant to hear, except you

So many things we're burning for (Repeat 7X)


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"Burning Up" as written by Reuben Hoong Bun Wu Daniel Hunt

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    General Commenti just realized how much i adore the line "i cheated gravity to chase you, to chase you."
    estannaon April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all I'm pretty sure the first line is "I wrote, I wrote a song about you, about you" not a "protest song"

    This song is deff. about a relationship that has ended ubruptly. The speaker has extrememely bitter feelings towards their past partner and is walking away from them. This song is pretty much the "cold shoulder" put into lyrics.

    As far as the "I'll set myself on fire without you" I believe this simply means the speaker is ready to take risks without their previous partner.
    Kahsi123on August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentObviously about a past love she's not over yet.
    Chainsaw Armon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti interpret this a little differently. maybe it's because of my current situation. i'm majorly lusting after someone across the country - its like mutual yet unrequited love. there are all of these intense feelings that havent really been put out in the open but everyone surrounding us wants "details, now!" ...in the end it just has to do with what we want and what we cannot have... with the ultimate self-destruction. of course.

    so emo, i am.
    estannaon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with chainsaw arm 100%
    escobaton April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, it should be "I wrote a protest song about you."
    Chainsaw Armon April 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it could also be about a current relationship where there is some major turmoil between the two, but ultimately she is so completely invested in this person, that being with that person is what drives her the most. idk... that's how i see it.
    chicananerdon June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNO, it's not about a relationship, at not one that's currently on-going. Notice, the speaker consistently tells the audience that she's doing things "Without You". I think this person let them down, the audience was expecting them to be there for them but they weren't there for them. As a result, she's having to handle these things on her own.

    But, I could be wrong. I think the lines "and through the burning space between us, you're falling, you have a long way to fall" mean that things aren't over between them. Maybe the speaker still has feelings for the audience.
    michinobu_zonedon June 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis lyrics are correct for the most part...
    except for a few verses.

    here are the 100% CORRECT lyrics:




    BURNING UP

    i wrote a protest song about you, about you
    set off on the long march without you, without you

    set off on the long march without you, without you

    i wrote a protest song about you, about you
    about what's left that lies between us, i'm walking
    so many things worth burning for

    i set myself on fire without you, without you
    i wrote a protest song about you, about you
    that not a soul was meant to hear, except you

    i wrote a protest song about you, about you
    i cheated gravity to chase you, to chase you
    and through the burning space between us, you're falling
    you have a long way, long way to fall

    i set myself on fire without you, without you
    i wrote a protest song about you, about you
    that not a soul was meant to hear, except you

    so many things worth burning for (7x)
    [Music]Junkie09on February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure I know what the meaning of this song is.. or least in my own experience it makes perfect sense..


    It's about taking a chance for some one that you think is worth it. It's about putting yourself out there and making a blind leap.. but in her case..and mine.. the other person didnt take that leap as well.

    When she says "I wrote a protest song about you" .... I take it as.. a song that she wrote as she was taking the leap...

    Maybe she was in a relationship and the OTHER person was also in their own relationship with some one else..

    The person didnt leave their significant other..


    They're burning because theyre doing every thing wrong.. but theres passion..
    even though on paper it makes them both look bad. Like the idea that if you are a cheater..you're going to hell.... or sinning in general.

    "that not a soul was meant to hear except you" ---- secrecy... in their involvement

    "i set myself of fire without you" ---- she took the leap without him because she felt that even though doing it..would be the wrong thing to do ... it was worth it.... to be with him... but in the end... he didnt do it... and she set herself on fire and symbolically destroyed her own relationship and made her life difficult because of it

    "i cheated gravity to chase you" -- in cheating on whomever she was with.. she gave up stability, safety and the things that were grounding her to chase this new guy.

    And maybe he came around.. but it was too late because it was such a firey mess... or maybe he only gave up part of himself and didnt really commit to leaving his own significant other..

    "You've got a long, long way to fall"

    ...
    But regardless... "so many things we're burning for" .... theres so much that we want, theres so much passion ... but also... the things that we've done you could say theres so many things we're going to hell for... OR even that..things have gotten so crazy that..we're just going to crash and burn..


    But overall i think its about some one shes always going to care about... and she was let down by them... and is just still kind of in shock from it..
    jane914on December 20, 2012   Link

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