"Face Up" as written by Thomas Salter and Valerie Poxleitner....
It's late and I am tired, wish I could spark a smile
The place is flying high but right now I want to be low
Don't want to move an inch, let alone a million miles
And I don't want to go but I know I gotta go

I just want to feel alive
The times you don't wanna wake up
'Cause in your sleep it's never over when you give up
The sun is always gonna rise up
You need to get up, gotta keep your head up
Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through
Dark out, but you still gotta light up
You need to wake up, gotta keep your face up

Seems like the more you grow, the more time you spend alone
Before you know it you end up perfectly on your own
The city's shining bright, but you don't see the light
How come you concentrate on things that don't make you feel right

I just want to feel alive
The times you don't wanna wake up
'Cause in your sleep it's never over when you give up
The sun is always gonna rise up
You need to get up, gotta keep your head up
Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through
Dark out, but you still gotta light up
You need to wake up, gotta keep your face up

I'm looking for more than a little bit
I'm gonna have to find my way through it
Gonna leave a mark, I'm gonna set a spark
I'm coming up off the ground
I won't be looking down

The times you don't wanna wake up
'Cause in your sleep it's never over when you give up
The sun is always gonna rise up
You need to get up, gotta keep your head up
Look at the people all around you
The way you feel is something everybody goes through
Dark out, but you still gotta light up
You need to wake up, gotta keep your face up


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"Face Up" as written by Valerie Poxleitner Thomas Salter

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this one yet! It's one of my favorites off the the album. I think it's a pretty obvious meaning, you're really down but you have to keep going and keep hoping.
    :)
    kiahcaitlinon November 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song.. Very uplifting indeed. Tells me no matter how bad things get you always have to keep your face up, because everyday is another day to make a difference. And only YOU and yourself only can make changes for the better.
    biollyon March 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song:) it's uplifting and catchy.
    westcoastwinteron November 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is her best song
    xBenji65on November 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazinggggg....definitely my favorite <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 :)
    lovemusicdorkon February 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. i think its just saying that if your really sad and down and depressed, you need to keep your head up....your face up. you gotta get happy, cause its not worth being sad. i love the lyrics in this song, theyre so powerful and meaningful. "the times you dont wanna wake up, cause when you sleep its never over when you give up." i love that. its so true. when your depressed, you just sleep...cause reality isnt there. you can do whatever you want in your dreams, and its okay. everything turns out fine. an amazing song.
    vanillabeanxon February 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe initial meaning of this song is rather self explanatory.
    However, upon further inspection it can be perceived that the first verse is Light's feelings on an event and the chorus is Lights telling herself she needs to "keep [her] head up". The alternation of the depressed feelings and the motivational chorus proceeds until the end of the song where she is ultimately inspired to bring the ideas proposed by the chorus to life. This is highlighted through the use of the word "spark" in a now positive connotation.
    andrewk512on June 08, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's really about growing up and going out on your own because she says "Seems like the more you grow, the more time you spend alone
    Before you know it you end up perfectly on your own" Which could mean (from what I'm going through) graduating high school and going off to college and living all by your self. It's to keep your head up, your face up and be proud but also not to let the things that you don't want to let go to, hold you back form keeping your face up....I donno if any one can get that xD but that's what I think this song is trying to tell us.
    LinaBeanon September 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song truly is amazing. Her voice is so astonishing. This song really speaks to me, especially when I'm feeling down or depressed. I believe it means to always keep going, and move on. There is no need to let your life go to waste, always keep your head up high and be strong, it will all turn out okay.
    mariahgraceon December 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song let's me keep my focus. That all of us are going through the same kind of problems, some of us still living off of parents in some way or another. These are the kinds of problems we ALL have. I think life is not a matter of staying up, but how to handle getting up. Until we can grow to stay up.

    But she tells you that your dreams are always there. That every day the sun rises up, so no matter what we have the light pushing us forward. We always have positive forces that won't stop bringing us up, and sometimes we fight tooth and nail against...ourselves.

    "City's shining bright, but you don't see the light
    How come you concentrate on things that don't make you feel right"

    Is most powerful to me. Because as humans we concentrate on the problems, until all we see is problems. We have to concentrate on all the happiness and light around us, and ride.
    chino69on July 28, 2011   Link

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