"All The Right Moves" as written by and Ryan Tedder....
(All the right friends in all the right places)
So yeah we're going down
(All the right moves in all the right places)
So yeah we're going down

Paint a picture of the perfect place
They've got it better than when anyone's told ya,
I'll be the King of Hearts, you're the Queen of Spades
And we'll fight for you like we were soldiers

I know we've got it good
But they've got it made
And the grass is getting greener each day
I know things are looking up
But soon they'll take us down
Before anybody's knowing our name

They've got all the right friends in all the right places
So yeah, we're going down
They've got all the right moves in all the right faces
So yeah, we're going down

Everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down
I said, everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down

Do you think I'm special, do you think I'm nice
Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces
Between the noise you hear and the sound you like
Are we just sinking in the ocean of faces

It can't be possible that rain can fall,
Only when it's over our heads
The sun is shining everyday, but it's far away
Over the world it's said, they've got, they've got

All the right friends, in all the right places
So yeah we're going down
We got all the right moves in all the right places
So yeah we're going down

Everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down
Everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
Yeah, we're going down (going down, going down, going down, going down)

It don't matter what you see
I know I could never be
Someone that'll look like you
It don't matter what you say
I know I could never face
Someone that could sound like you

(All the right friends, in all the right places
So yeah we're going down
They got all the right moves in all the right places
So yeah we're going down)

(All the right friends, in all the right places
So yeah we're going down
They got all the right moves in all the right places
So yeah we're going down)

Said, everybody knows everybody knows where we're going
Yeah we're going down
I said, everybody knows everybody knows where we're going
Yeah we're going down (going down, going down, going down)

Yeah we're going down
Yeah we're going down
(All the right moves, hey)
Yeah we're going down
(All the right moves, hey)
Yeah we're going down


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"All the Right Moves" as written by Ryan Tedder

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  • +7
    General CommentWell, I think it's possibly a social commentary- the singer is critiquing the Bourgeoisie's general mistreatment of and disrespect for the working classes. This song bleeds of contempt.

    This is emphasized by the music video, with all the beautiful, rich, well-dressed people wearing masks and performing the necessary intricate dances to particpate in the masquerade of upper-class life. They give the occassional coin to the down-trodden beggar boy; all the while, the boy is actually robbing them, posing the question as to who really has the upperhand.
    annabanana19on December 22, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think the song is self-explanatory with a possible deeper meaning.
    Maybe, just maybe, the song is at face value, saying yes we lose this time. The general tone of the song is so up-beat it got me thinking that maybe something else was here.
    I think the song is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy --that even though someone else has everything going for them, it doesn't mean that you have to lose. It just means that you'll be a better person for getting through it.

    Other things may point to the lead singer/band actually calling out everyone who said they would never make it because they didn't have a certain style/sound. This song is kind of an ironic twist because I imagine, that it will be a great single which kind of proves that what "everyone" thought, was wrong.

    -JGivs
    JGivs09on October 06, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think its about the Illuminati people!!!
    Deuce15on March 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI know I'll probably get some opposition to this, but I first of all want to say what this song means TO ME...I'm not so sure if it's the same view as OneRepublic had in mind, but I've actually seen some similar undertones in their other songs, such as 'Prodigal' and 'Mercy'. So, here it goes:

    I think that this song has a very religious undertone and represents a person who is struggling with their faith. They want to be Christ-like and do God's will, but they are scared and unprepared:

    "It don't matter what you see
    I know I could never be
    Someone that'll look like you
    It don't matter what you say
    I know I could never face
    Someone that can sound like you "

    Also, they are uncertain of their purpose in life and hesitant to believe that God's will is what their life should be led by. They question their abilities and their own strength in questioning their calling:

    "Do you think I'm special, do you think I'm nice
    Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces"

    They address their complacency, in that they are acting through the Christian motions, but not living a truly Godly life, just sinking in amongst the crowd of faces of nominal and hypocritical Christians:

    "Between the noise you hear and the sound you like
    Are we just sinking in the ocean of faces"

    They address the fact that they are facing hardships in their life but feel as if God is distant from them and too far to help them amidst their troubling times:

    "It can't be possible, the rain can fall
    Only when it's over our heads
    The sun is shining everyday but its far away
    Over the world..."

    In this section, the person is talking about heaven and how hard it is for Christians to battle against evil, immoral, and ungodly things here on earth. He is saying that those already in heaven have it good because they are there with God and his Son, Jesus Christ (the king of hearts and the queen of spades). He then talks about how each day is a day closer to heaven but he doesn't know if he is strong enough to live like Christ and not be overcome by worldly things and make it through the gates of heaven:

    "Let's paint the picture of the perfect place
    They got it better than what anyone's told you
    There'll be the king of hearts and you're the queen of spades
    And we'll fight for you like we were your soldiers
    I know we got it good, but they got it made
    And the grass is getting greener each day
    I know things are looking up, but soon they'll take us down
    Before anybody's knowing our name"

    Once again, I think that this person is speaking of the two-faced quality of a majority of the Christian population today...those who desire money, fame, and recognition instead of seeking the face of God. He is saying that although people act "godly" (or their view of godly) throughout their daily lives, they still are in it for the wrong reasons and are not giving themselves over completely to God. This person says that these people will be overcome by evil and wordly desires and "go down", or fall down, from their high pedestals and fall out of God's favor.

    "They got all the right friends in all the right places
    So yeah, we're going down
    They got all the right moves in all the right places
    So yeah, we're going down
    Said everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going
    Yeah, we're going down"

    So, there it is.
    egr2636on November 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSounds pretty political to me. That no matter how good people may have it...the government has "all the right moves and all the right faces." Just when you think things are getting better... sooner or later, they're going to "bring us down" He also puts in his own views how "It don't matter what you see, I know I could never be someone that'll look like you" That's just my perspective though.
    tjLPunkmaster69on February 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI agree with RSimon,

    this song seems to speak of a force that is in control, and has power enough to put down or smother any opposing forces. now having said that looking through my history books of the U.S. while listening to this song i happened to cross over the jfk section and read that he was trying to limit the power of the seceret service. soon after he was gone. it kinda clicked with the song. with out saying too much and i dont want to sound like an anarchist but i think this song has under tones of the U.S. Government.

    Discus...
    Vvendettaon April 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is incredibly catchy, but also creepy if you understand what it really means...

    Some people actually kind of hit on the hidden meaning of the song further back in the comments, but I'll correct and expand on what they said as they seemed to have a relatively shallow understanding of the subject.

    The phrase "All the right friends in all the right places" immediately caught my attention, it is a Masonic reference that I have heard on occasion. But that is just the beginning, so let me elaborate...

    The english language as we know it is full of words and phrases with alternate meanings and words hidden within them, this is known to anyone that has ever taken a spin with a book of word puzzles, likes puns, or is just fond of word-play. Some of these meanings are unknown to the populace at large, because they are more or less "code words" or phrases that can transform the meaning into something very different for "those with eyes to see and ears to hear"... <-(that phrase was an example that I will leave up to you to decipher) Words are symbols, just like images can be, and can have multiple meanings to those that understand what to look for.

    Having "all the right friends in all the right places" was a reference to the perks and special preference that masons would give other masons, because a mason always has to give preference to another mason (even if the non-mason was more qualified or willing to pay more). This allowed masons to rise in power by knowing who was "on the level" and "knows all the angles", getting them to help them "up the ladder" of success.

    As for the alternate or esoteric meaning, those of you familiar with achitecture, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, stone masonry, carpentry, or even the bible will be able to at least recognize the symbolism if not the meaning. Masons refer to people as "angles", and since they are enlightened (illuminated/illuminati), they are the "right" angles (an 90 degree angle). The "right angles" are the "right people", and they know all the "right moves" (handshakes, body language, or anything else that would identify a mason to another mason).

    But why are we going down? Because the masons are just the "soldiers" working for someone else, the mysterious "they" that is referred to in the song. "They" are the richest of the rich, the people born with platinum spoons in their mouths ("They" laugh at the poor sods with those paltry golden spoons). And this hidden "they" wants the masses culled down to "a more managable level". For evidence, check out what it says on the infamous Georgia Guidestones.

    The writer is speaking as a mason to the profane (non-masons or even low-level masons), singing his song as almost as a man resigned to his fate of being culled with the rest but still willing to issue a warning to those that will listen, only content on the surface in the wealth and fame he has gotten for being a member of the foot soldiers for the "they" he refers to in this song.

    The "King of Hearts" and the "Queen of Spades" are referrences to the meaning associated these playing cards when used as a makeshift tarot deck. The "King of Hearts" is also referred to as the "Sucide King", as he represents self-destruction through taking of oneself for worthless or selfish causes (fame, greed, hedonism, ruling the world, etc). And the "Queen of Spades" is the symbol of vulnerability, or opening up oneself to injury or the making of their undoing. In this light, the line "Their'll be the king of hearts and you're the queen of spades" in the song has a whole different meaning. It could mean that there will be (or already is) a self-destructive/careless source of vulnerability to "they". But more likely, it is referring to the "profane" bringing themselves to the mouth of the abyss through their own self-destructive pleasure seeking, leaving themselves ignorant and vulnerable for the coup de grace.

    I don't need you to believe me, but I do beg you to look more closely at what you read and listen to... The shadows are more powerful than ever, calling themselves "the light" and leading all but a few to their doom, and to those few, "they" will give the gift of slavery that calls itself "freedom".

    There are no aliens, no antichrist, no magic forces, only insane people that hide behind a curtain like the Wizard of Oz and control what we mistakenly think of as the blind stumbling beast of history and have for generations.

    Soon we will all live under "one republic", a New World Order that will usher us into a "brave new world".

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    spearbeareron October 17, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about other bands popularity. All the other bands have all the right friends in all the right places, they have all the right moves and all the right faces.

    "Paint a picture of the perfect place, they've got it better than when anyone's told ya, They'll be the king of hearts and your the queen of Spades, Then we'll fight for you like we were your soldiers."

    The perfect place is other bands, how everybody likes them. They are the King of Hearts, and really their fans don't fit with them because they are the Queen of Spades, so it is a plea to stay with them, how they will fight like soldiers for them.

    "I know we've got it good
    But they've got it made
    And the grass is getting greener each day
    I know things are looking up
    But soon they'll take us down
    Before anybody's knowing our name"

    He says they are doing fine, yet they don't even have to try, they have it made for them. The grass is getting greener on the other side of the fence every day. Things might be looking up, but they will take them out soon, before anybody likes them (too late, I already love them).

    "Do you think I'm special, do you think I'm nice
    Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces
    Between the noise you hear and the sound you like
    Are we just sinking in the ocean of faces"

    He is asking us if we think he is special, nice, good, etc... (yes). Is he good enough to shine, to shine in our space. Between all the music we hear and the music we actually like, are they being outnumbered. Are they melting into the background where nobody will notice them.

    It can't be possible that rain can fall,
    Only when it's over our heads
    The sun is shining everyday, but it's far away
    Over the world it's said, they've got, they've got

    The rain always seems to be falling on them, but only when it is over their heads. Everything seems to be going wrong. The sun still shines, but it is to far away.

    It don't matter what you see
    I know I could never be
    Someone that'll look like you
    It don't matter what you say
    I know I could never face
    Someone that could sound like you

    He saying no matter how good they get, they will never be like the other bands. They will never be able to beat somebody who sounds like them. They are being humble.

    They basically are saying that they never will live up to critics standards and will always be looked down on.
    slasher123on July 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI had heard this song before, but when I watched the music video, the meaning and lyrics hit me like a big yellow school bus. whether it's about the celebrities that take up the majority of the mass media, or the popular crowd at school, it always seems like there is that group of people who seem to "have the in." What I thought was the sincerest part of the song is when he says, "It don't matter what you see, I know I could never be someone that could look like you...." He is saying that he is an original and can't compromise himself to fit this new image. It's accepting the defeat that is the win because he is no longer striving to belong to this illusion of a "perfect place"
    unencumberedwords10on May 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentidk it's just me but ,
    i kinda think it's about differences in social status' in society,
    and about the recession ,
    especially how he says
    things are looking up,
    but then we'll eventually go down again.

    'then we'll fight for you like we were your soldiers ,'
    military ?

    like in the beginning,
    the 'so yeah, we're goin down'
    is only sung by him,
    but towards the end of the song
    alot of people chant that phrase,
    kinda like how everyone is going down .

    and then,
    'It can't be possible, the rain can fall
    Only when it's over our heads' ,
    kinda self explanatory
    but i thnk he says that
    it's not only when we notice it, is that when shit happens.
    it always does so its not gonna change anytime soon .

    and eh ,
    king of hearts / queen of spades i think is just comparing stuff ,
    not specifically about a girl or nything .

    idk ,
    so many ways to interpret this song heh ?
    wayneleungon December 31, 2009   Link

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