I don't remember one moment I tried to forget
I lost myself yet I'm better not sad
Now I'm closer to the edge

It was a a thousand to one and a million to two
Time to go down in flames and I'm taking you
Closer to the edge

No I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No, no, no, no

Can you imagine a time when the truth ran free
A birth of a song, a death of a dream
Closer to the edge
This never ending story, paid for with pride and fate
We all fall short of glory, lost in ourselves

No I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No, no, no, no

No, no, no, no
I will never forget
No, no
I will never regret
No, no
I will live my life
No, no, no, no
I will never forget
No, no
I will never regret
No, no
I will live my life

No I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No, no
No, I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day, maybe we'll meet again
No, no, no, no

Closer to the edge
Closer to the edge
No, no, no, no
Closer to the edge
Closer to the edge
No, no, no, no

Closer to the edge



Lyrics submitted by sandwichbunzzz, edited by chloeb

"Closer to the Edge" as written by Jared Leto

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  • +4
    General Comment:Did anyone else get sort of teary-eyed when watching the video? Not in a sad way but just because it made you feel like you wanted to be free from what the world expected you do be. Like you wanted to go back to when you were a kid, you enjoyed the world and the people around you. Like you were about to break out of the shell the world had forced you into.. Just closer to the edge of breaking.
    I love the meaning of this song and unlike most videos I see, I was really impressed with the positive message it sent out. I rank it high on my list with Sick Puppies "All The Same" Free Hugs Campaign. Keep it up 30STM, the youth today could use some positive influences.
    SouthernBelle2005on November 07, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:When listening to CTTE you have to keep in mind, "i will never forget, i will never regret, i will live my life."
    The song starts by telling you, "i don't remember one moment i tried to forget." That's the start of it all. During each verse it takes you to a time that you haven't forgotten. Each time you don't forget and you don't regret a decision good or bad, it brings you closer to the edge (living your life). "Maybe one day we'll meet again" is about looking back at those moments which have made you who you are.
    For me, this song means if you forget or regret anything for a reason you are not living your life. In order to live your life you have to take each moment and learn from it.. not regret it.
    It is a beautiful song.
    sbh86on February 06, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I fall in love with the video everytime I see it! :-]
    WannabePunkEmoKidon July 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:This is a very beautiful song. It's about how he lost himself from all the hate and sadness inside of him. He wanted to erase all of that and not remember it, but then he found the truth. He wanted to live his life with no regret, happy with all his choices, and not focus on the things he thinks he needs in order to be happy. The sun (happiness) is born and dreams die because he no longer is seeking for something to happen for him to be happy and fulfilled with his life. He is closer to the edge because he is almost completely transformed into someone who is internally fulfilled.
    LilaTMon December 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Singer/guitarist Jared Leto explained to Musicradar.com that this song very nearly didn't make the album. He said: "Actually, we were going to throw this song out, but we decided to keep it. It was hard to mix, a total pain in ass, but I'm glad it made the record because I think it fits in with the overall framework of the album.
    The song is a mission, an adventure that takes you on a journey. Maybe that's why it gave us so much trouble: We had go on an adventure as a band to get it right. Some songs come very easily and other ones fight you. Oftentimes, the ones that give you trouble turn out to be the best ones - this is an example of the latter."
    FloridaGuyon October 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I kind of feel this song is about a relationship where one has "lost themselves" and happens to take the other down with them, engulf them in "the flames." They aren't sorry, just hopeful that they'll be able to meet again by chance of fate? I don't know but that's what it sounds like to me :P
    imissyouquiteterriblyon November 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I personally don't think this song is anything to do with a relationship. I have been following Mars for a long time (ECHELON!!) and the vast majority of their matieral isn't about relationships (Granted, some are). I think this is about seeing the world in a different perspective. The person singing was obviously in a dark place (I lost my self..) but now they are seeing the world in a new light, and they are not afraid to live their life happily (I will live my life..) Its almost like he is willing us to believe he will live his life happily when he shouts the lyrics with so much emotion...

    Anyway, this is one opinion, I'm sure there are much more :)
    EllieElectriicon January 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love this song and the video! Personally I really doubt thsi song is about love or anything. I think this song is about looking at the world in a differnt way, This song makes the world seem like a brighter place and it doesn't seem so scary. All the people at the begining, middle and end of the video are truely inspiring ad so are 30 seconds to mars. My favourite part of the music video is when a boy is standing on top of a mosh pit/rave off whatever you would call it, and it says 'this kid is amazing, yes he is standing on top of the crowd' I laughed so much. :D
    Junsuisanon July 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song definitely has alot of emotion, it's been on Triple M [Radio Station over here] for soo long, and it basically plays every night! It eventually got me hooked on the song and i listened to it for quite a long period of time ^^'

    Although now it dosen't have the same impact on me as it used to, i still think it's a great song. But i kind of do prefer their stuff from A Beautiful Lie. But then again, i'm just some stupid 15 year old with terrible music tastes. D:
    Azoshion January 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The second verse really makes this song for me:

    "Can you imagine a time when the truth ran free
    The birth of a song, the death of a dream, closer to the edge
    This never ending story, paid for with pride and fate
    We all fall short of glory, lost in our fate"

    To just read the lyrics to this song, it seems like a song about failure, and even being angry about it.. bitter even.

    However, in listening to the song, the chorus and bridge are stating quite the opposite. This song is ALL about hope. It's about falling flat on your face and getting back up to try again, about not regretting your failures, because as long as you learn from them, it's not failure.

    EVERYONE fails. There are countless quotes from some of the world's most successful people about success being what happens when you don't view failure as an option.. Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Albert Einstein all have quotes to this effect.

    That's what this song is about to me. It's TOTALLY motivational. It tells me "Go take risks, and when they blow up in your face, evaluate what went wrong, and go do it again. Don't feel sorry for yourself, don't ever apologize for trying, just get off your ass and go do it again, and do it right this time."

    Go make your mark on the world, 30 seconds to mars fans.
    badutahboyon February 09, 2011   Link

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