I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
Til' all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I've said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I've been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that will light those ears
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

My God, amazing how we got this far
It's like we're chasing all those stars
Who's driving shiny big black cars
And everyday I see the news
All the problems that we could solve
And when a situation rises
Just write it into an album
Send it straight to gold
I don't really like my flow, no, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that are like those years
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

Oh, got no reason, got no shame
Got no family I can't blame
Just don't let me disappear
I'mma tell you everything

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that'll light those ears
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics never jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away

So tell me what you want to hear
Something that delight those ears
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
All my secrets away, all my secrets away



Lyrics submitted by teerexx

"Secrets" as written by Ryan Tedder

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +7
    Song Meaning:For the most part, I agree with what others have been saying about the meaning. It sounds like the person singing is feeling a lot of pressure to tell some juicy story that will have everyone talking about him so that he can be in the spotlight again.

    "I need another story, something to get off my chest. My life gets kind of boring, need something that I can confess."

    However, he doesn't have an exciting story about a troubled family life or a dark, shameful past; the kind of stories that people love to gossip about.

    "Got no reason, got no shame, got no family I can blame."

    The first time I listened to the song, I thought he had become so desperate that he had decided to just make up some story or do something dangerous that would attract a lot of attention. But the chorus convinces me that that's not the case.

    "Sick of all the insincere... This time, I don't need another perfect line. I don't care if critics never jump in line."

    It sounds like he realizes that if he did that he would get a lot of attention, but he personally feels like it's not worth it. He's doing what he is just because he loves doing it, not because he wants fame and attention. He's realized that he doesn't care about shocking everyone with the perfect, story; he's sick of everyone working so hard to get attention that way and he wishes that people weren't so shallow and insincere.

    Finally, I hear a plea for people to pay attention to him for the right reasons - his music, his personality, his dedication to what he does - even though he doesn't have an 'exciting' life that would be on all the magazine covers. He's going to be honest and show us who he really is, and he hopes people will appreciate that.

    "Just don't let me disappear. I'm gonna tell you everything... I'm gonna give all my secrets away."
    gingenon January 17, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:I believe he is saying "Something that will Light those ears." not "something like those years."
    seastar623on October 14, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning:I've interpreted the lyrics as a guy who has a boaring life and sees the news everyday, that is also the same thing( poverty,war,etc) He's wants to say something different, something that will speak to the whole world. Something that will open his heart to new, vibrant things and events and broaden his perspective of the variety of life. But i think it's a very nice song and i like it alot.
    angelleeon October 24, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:I need another story
    Something to get off my chest
    My life gets kind of boring
    Need something that I can confess

    Till all my sleeves are stained red
    From all the truth that I've said
    Come by it honestly, I swear
    Thought you saw me wink, no; I've been on the brink, so

    Tell me what you want to hear
    Something that'll light those ears
    I'm sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    This time
    Don't need another perfect lie
    Don't care if critics ever jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    My God
    Amazing that we got this far
    It's like we're chasing all those stars
    Who's driving shiny big black cars

    And every day I see the news
    All the problems, bet we could solve them
    When a situation rises
    Just write it into an album

    Send it straight to gold
    But I don't really like my flow, no

    Se tell me what you want to hear
    Something that'll light those ears
    I'm sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    This time
    Don't need another perfect lie
    Don't care if critics ever jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    Got no reason, got no shame
    Got no family I can blame
    Just don't let me disappear
    I'ma tell you everything, so

    Tell me what you want to hear
    Something that'll light those ears
    I'm sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    This time
    Don't need another perfect lie
    Don't care if critics ever jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    ________________________________________


    Simply my interpretation of the lyrics. It's certainly NOT "sick of all the act sincere."


    Svaldifarion December 15, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I actually think that the chorus is supposed to be ironic and insincere. In the chorus, the singer is claiming that he's "sick of all the insincere" and doesn't "need another perfect lie," . . . but he's also asking the listener to tell him what they want to hear in the same verse. And in the beginning, he's clearly being dishonest - his life is boring and he wants something to confess, something to make him feel more real and exciting. So he lies and makes stuff up. "Come by it honestly I swear, thought you saw me wink but no."

    Everything in the song belies that the singer's actually "sick of all the insincere." His desperation to know what the listener wants to hear, to not disappear, to send his album "straight to gold."
    Hexivaon June 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Lyrics are:

    I need another story
    Something to get off my chest
    My life gets kinda boring
    Need something that I can confess
    Til' all my sleeves are stained red
    From all the truth that I've said
    Come by it honestly I swear
    Thought you saw wink, no
    I've been on the brink, so

    Tell me what you want from here
    Something that were like those years
    Sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away
    This time, don't need another perfect line
    Don't care if critics never jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    My god, amazing how we got this far
    It's like we're chasing all those stars
    Who's driving shiny big cars
    And everyday I see the news
    All the problems that we could solve
    And when a situation rises
    Just write it into an album
    Singing straight, too cold
    I don't really like my flow, no, so

    Tell me what you want from here
    Something that were like those years
    Sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away
    This time, don't need another perfect line
    Don't care if critics never jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    Oh, got no reason, got not shame
    Got no family I can blame
    Just don't let me disappear
    I'mma tell you everything

    So tell me what you want from here
    Something that were like those years
    Sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away
    This time, don't need another perfect line
    Don't care if critics never jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away

    So tell me what you want from here
    Something that were like those years
    Sick of all the insincere
    So I'm gonna give all my secrets away
    This time, don't need another perfect line
    Don't care if critics never jump in line
    I'm gonna give all my secrets away
    All my secrets away, All my secrets away
    Panzivalon October 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:I think it is pretty clear that this song is about a song writer discussing his craft. The verse that goes "And every day I see the news/ All the problems, we could solve/ When a situation rises /Just write it into an album / Send it straight to gold /But I don't really like my flow, no / Se tell me what you want to hear..." captures the dynamic of the writing process and the ambivalence the writer feels about it. In this sense it reminds me very much of Blues Traveler's "Hook". In fact the parallels are pretty striking. Both songs discuss the song writer's need for confession in the song (and likely insincere one at that) and concern for the audience's reaction/reception: "I need another story...something that I can confess....Come by it honestly, I swear/Thought you saw me wink, no/ I've been on the brink so/ tell me what you want to hear...i'm gonna give all my secrets away" (OneRepublic) versus "There is something amiss/ I am being insincere / In fact I don't mean any of this/ Still my confession draws you near....the hook brings you back / on that you can rely" (Blues Traveler). Despite these feelings both narrators recognize that song writing is at least in part a business (e.g. "i've been the [financial] brink so/tell me what you want to hear" and "the hook brings you back" to buying records]. This of course creates a level of ambivalence that is expressed later in the song as the writer's discusses the need to please the critics ("don't care if the critics ever jump in line"), the fans ("tell me what you want to hear"), and himself ("sick of all the insincere"). Given the meta-quality of the song (a song writer, writing about song writing) one is left to wonder whether either of the lines "this time don't need another perfect lie" or "give all my secrets away" is a real confession or just another insincere confession ("another story...that I can confess"). I'm tempted to believe him, but I thought I saw him wink, though....
    bulldog05on March 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:i think this song is about being unique and living life in your own terms rather then whats expected of you,imperfection is perfection
    musicislife193on July 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Okay, I think I get the jist of the song...but the music video LOST me. I am completely confused. Does anyone have an opinion on that?!
    abooon January 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:great song, it had a great element of R&B in it and this is the reason why i like onerepublic other than linkin park (in rock genere).linkin park is a little tilted towards hip-hip.
    at625on March 20, 2010   Link

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