"Thrive" as written by and Jon Foreman....
Been fighting things that I can't see
Like voices coming from the inside of me
Like doing things I find hard to believe in
Am I myself or am I dreaming?

I've been awake for an hour or so
Checking for a pulse but I just don't know
Am I a man if I feel like a ghost?
The stranger in the mirror is wearing my clothes

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
A steering wheel doesn't mean you can drive
A warm body doesn't mean I'm alive

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive

I come alive when I hear you singing
But lately I haven't been hearing a thing
I get the feeling that I'm in between
A machine and a man who only looks like me

I try and hide it and not let it show
But deep down inside me I just don't know
Am I a man if I feel like a hoax?
The stranger in the mirror's been wearing my clothes

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
A steering wheel doesn't mean you can drive
A warm body doesn't mean I'm alive

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive

I'm always close, but I'm never enough
I'm always alive, but I'm never in love
I get so down, but I won't give up
I get so down, but I won't give up
I get so down, but I won; t give up

Been fighting things that I can't see
Like voices coming from the inside of me, yeah
Like doing things I find hard to believe in
Am I myself or am I dreaming?

Am I myself or am I dreaming?
Am I myself or am I dreaming?

Thrive, thrive, thrive, yeah, thrive

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
A steering wheel doesn't mean you can drive
A warm body doesn't mean I'm alive

No, I'm not alright
I know that I'm not right
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive
I wanna thrive not just survive

Yeah yeah
Feel like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive
I wanna thrive not just survive
I wanna thrive not just survive

Feels like I travel but I never arrive
I wanna thrive not just survive


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"Thrive" as written by Jon Foreman

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  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song seems to be Jon's way of expressing that people need more than just to survive and how his life is not without doubts, for he has experienced being without hope. I respect his humility and all of his songs.
    WereAwakeningon March 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI really like this song (one of my favs off the album). I would have to say that this song is about doing more than just "getting by" in life. The lyrics that stand out me are "A steering wheel doesn't mean you can drive, A warm body doesn't mean I'm alive", I think this (and the song) means that simply being alive isn't living. The analogy would be, just because you have a steering wheel in front of you doesn't mean your moving forward. We need to be beyond just breathing, we need to be thriving.
    danpowon November 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all, amazing songs and amazing lyrics.

    One correction in the lyrics listed here:
    Between the chorus and the "I get so down..." bridge, there should be these two lines:

    "I'm always close, but I'm never enough.
    I'm always in line, but I'm never in love."

    I think this song is pretty straightforward. "I wanna thrive, not just survive" pretty much sums it up. He's saying he's not content with just getting by. He wants to excel, make a difference, go beyond what is expected. And right now, that's not happening so he's determined to change that.

    Beautiful song.
    thinksnow1288on December 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome things are not right.

    Like doing things I find hard to believe in, not: Like dirty things my heart had believed in

    Checking for a pulse but I just don't know, not: Checking for pros but I just don't know

    Feel like I travel but I never arrive, not: Feel like I traveled but I never arrive
    Joenaon September 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore this song! it's very calm and relaxing, I think it's about living life and staying true to yourself and what you believe in because that's what makes all of us special and unique and that
    If we don't thrive than our lives would be meaningless.
    JonIsMyHeroon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning is pretty obvious, I just wanna point out that the lyrics remind me of More Than Fine. Both are such lovely songs! Super excited about this new record.
    PurpleDeeon September 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a pretty simple message.
    Jon is saying here that we have a bigger meaning in out life.

    "I come alive when I hear you singing
    But lately I haven't been hearing a thing"
    I think this is Jon talking about his relationship with God. Sometimes God's guidance is hard for us to see because we look in the wrong places.

    "I get the feeling that I'm in between
    A machine and a man who only looks like me"
    The "American Dream" or any other manmade purpose is the machine he feels pulled into. He recognizes that being who God has called you to be can be extremely difficult at times.

    danpow said it well as well. :)

    tullos92on December 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs . I feel its about a person, who knows he's missing something in life and wants to get it right and wants to live freely.
    MusicFreak23on December 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like it's about mental technology abuse and bocy jacking to me.

    mindcontrolvictims.com/…
    Warren51on May 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment5 years and only 9 comments?! This song is awesome! I cryed the first I heard it. It's like it was written about me. I could listen to it all day (I listened to it on repeat for two hours once). Is it just me or does everyone feel like this in some point in their lives? Anyway, awesome song!
    Switchfoot rulz!
    jonjonwinnyon October 08, 2015   Link

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