"Marchin' On" as written by and Ryan Tedder....
For those days we felt like a mistake
Those times when loves what you hate
Somehow
We keep marching on

For those nights that I couldn't be there,
I've made it harder to know that you know
That somehow
We'll keep movin' on

There's so many wars we fought
There's so many things we're not
But with what we have
I promise you that
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on

For all of the plans we made
There isn't a flag I'd wave
Don't care where we've been
I'd sink us to swim
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on

For those doubts that swirl all around us
For those lives that tear at the seams
We know
We're not what we've seen

Oh for this dance we move with each other
There ain't no other step than one foot
Right in front of the other

There's so many wars we fought
There's so many things we're not
But with what we have
I promise you that
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on

For all of the plans we made
There isn't a flag I'd wave
Don't care where we've been
I'd sink us to swim
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on

Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, marchin' on

We'll have the days we break
And we'll have the scars to prove it
We'll have the bombs that we saved
But we'll have the heart
Not to lose it

For all of the times we've stopped
For all of the things I'm not

You put one foot in front of the other
We've move like we ain't got no other
We go where we go we're marchin' on
Marchin' on

There's so many wars we fought
There's so many things we're not
But with what we have
I promise you that
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on
We're marchin' on (marching oh)
Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, right
Marchin' on (we're marchin' on)
We're marchin' on
Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, right, left
Right, right, right, right
Marchin' on (oh oh oh)


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"Marchin On" as written by James David Washington Ryan Tedder

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  • +8
    General CommentI don't think this has to do with a relationship. I think it's just about living your life, everyone has a past and everyone has problems, but we just keep going.
    noiamnotwhereibelongon December 29, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commenteasily the best song on the album. this song is about how he realized the relationship was working but kept fighting for it to work lik he was in the army,and he promises her he will never give up on this relationship
    rnson November 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionNot all One Republic songs have to do with love, I don't think this one has any romance to it. It's simply about life, having ups and downs, facing obstacles and overcoming them.

    The "There isn't a flag I'd wave" part, I think he is saying he is never taking a side, although it's hard to connect with the meaning.

    "Right, right, right; right, left, right": At first I thought was just for the rhythm, but I think it's about how things don't always go smoothly as they should(right, left, right, left) but sometimes the road gets bumpy and we take time to straighten out problems, so we don't move on to the "left" for some time.

    The "I'd sink us to swim" part I still don't understand. Can someone clarify?
    Blackberry22on July 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti actually saw them in concert last night and Ryan said it's about when life throws something at you, just throw it right back...basically "marchin' on" and staying strong
    bubbagump2010on October 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"I'd sink us to swim"

    I think this means that he would rather, for the sake of "marching on", force himself down to the bottom if that's what will let him move forward, instead of being stuck in the same place, "floating" if you will. I think it's a really amazing lyric, it's great when artists can say so many things with a couple words and convey emotions through simplicity.
    jojoinpink54on December 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI see this song as a song about moving on when things get tough, and not giving up. That's just the vibe I get when I listen to it :)
    carltonblueon January 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDespite everything said: I do believe this song is about the doubt you face in a relationship (romantic relationship or friendly)

    That even though there is doubt that the relationship is not right, that despite that little voice in their head telling them its not right, that they truly know in their hearts that it is right. The first few lines, for me says it all. (For those days we felt like a mistake, Those times when love's what you hate, Somehow, We keep marchin' on)

    I can connect to this song, because I surely feel not good enough on many occasions. And I have my fair share of doubt, but in the end I know that it's all in my head.
    samannieon April 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo meits about never giving up on a relationship .just moving on (or marching on)in this case.
    Fav line is "don't care where we've been I'd sink us to swim"

    timelesstuneson November 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it just me, or does this sound like it could be a Killers track? For some reason when I listen on my mp3 player that's all I can think of during the verses!
    Polka.doton November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about life indeed,
    the 'Right Right Right Right Left' part is very interesting, but it should put pause to suit the timing of marching.. 'Right Right Right (pause 1sc)Right Left' lol
    booashon January 23, 2010   Link

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