"Waking Up" as written by Andrew John Brown and Ryan B Tedder....
I found variety
On Nolan's Avenue
Down where the air is thick
As L.A. skies are blue
The water tried to break it down
But it held through
It gave a little for the sake of staying true

We cut ties
We tell lies
We hate change
And we wanna claim where we feel
We take toes
We rake yours
Yeah we dig holes
And we're diggin' right in your fears

We're waking up
We're waking up
And right on time
And right on time
We'll take these roads
We'll break them up
And right on time
And right on time!

We got cars
We write laws
We won't pause
Don't you know we're wizards working in Oz
We don't lose
We might bruise
Yeah but we'll rain fire on ya till you're playing
All of your cards

We're waking up
We're waking up
And right on time
And right on time
We'll take these roads
We'll break them up
And right on time
And right on time!
On time!
Right on time!
Waking up!
Waking up!
Yeah

Ooh!
Oh!
Ooh!


Lyrics submitted by fabregas111, edited by Fogmoz, FruitCakes

"Waking Up" as written by Drew Brown Ryan Tedder

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  • +4
    General CommentThough I think some of the interpretations are sketchy, somehow I relate this song to a political statement, deep deep in imagery and metaphors. Shaking things up and calling out everyone who claims to have the same monotonous sense of the antithesis of Ghandi's "be the change you wish to see in the world" quote. Everyone likes to whine and complain but make no effort to change even themselves, on several different levels of government/society ranging from the individual all the way up to countries.

    The instrumentals towards the end are simply wonderful.
    JGivs09on November 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionA few corrections, this is how I hear the song:

    *I found verity
    *On N'Orleans Avenue (?)
    Down where the air is thick
    *As any skies are blue
    The water tried to break it down
    But it held through
    It gave a little for the sake of staying true


    We cut ties
    We tell lies
    We hate change
    And we wanna claim where we feel
    *We take tolls
    We rake (?)
    Yeah we dig holes
    *And we're diggin right in your field

    We're waking up
    We're waking up
    And right on time
    And right on time
    We'll take these roads
    We'll break them up
    And right on time
    And right on time!

    *We got cause
    *We're outlaws
    We won't pause
    *Don't you know where all this is working the hours
    We don't lose
    We might bruise
    Yeah but we'll rain fire on ya till you're playing
    All of your cards

    We're waking up
    We're waking up
    And right on time
    And right on time
    We'll take these roads
    We'll break them up
    And right on time
    And right on time!
    ON TIME!
    ON TIME!
    *Right on time
    Waking Up!
    Waking Up!
    Yeah

    Oooh!
    Oh!
    Oooh!
    Atlantiuson January 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA few corrections....
    This is the way I hear it every time, but I could be wrong. It makes sense with how weird OneRepublic's lyrics can be sometimes, though.

    We've got cause
    We're outlaws
    Don't you know
    **We're wizards working in oz

    I could be crazy though, I've been known to hear strange lyrics... :P
    mistborn13on April 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics:
    "We take *tolls* (makes more sense than toes)
    We rake *coals* (First, he doesn't seem to pronounce a y in this phrase. Second, "to rake coals" means to criticize or overly scold)
    Yeah, we dig holes
    And *we'll dig 'em right in your fields*" ("fields" seems to complete the metaphor of "digging," and if you listen carefully it sounds more like "we'll dig 'em" as opposed to "we're diggin.'" )

    "We got *cause* (makes more sense than "cars")
    We write laws (Hard to distinguish from "we're outlaws," but I think "write laws" fits better)
    We won't pause
    Don't you know, we're all wizards, welcome to Oz" (This is a really tricky phrase, but I read from an interview that Ryan Tedder stated the lyrics like this, and if you listen to it, it sounds like it, too.)
    FruitCakeson September 16, 2014   Link

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