"Safe and Sound" as written by Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant....
I could lift you up
I could show you what you want to see
And take you where you want to be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound
We're safe and sound

I could fill your cup
You know my river won't evaporate
This world we still appreciate

You could be my luck
Even in a hurricane of frowns
I know that we'll be safe and sound (safe and sound)
We're safe and sound (safe and sound)
We're safe and sound (underground)
We're safe and sound (safe and sound)

I could show you love
In a tidal wave of mystery
You'll still be standing next to me

You could be my luck
Even if we're six feet underground
I know that we'll be safe and sound
We're safe and sound

(Safe and sound)
(Safe and sound)
(Underground)
(Safe and sound)

I could lift you up
I could show you what you want to see
And take you where you want to be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound

I could lift you up
I could show you what you want to see
And take you where you want to be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound
We're safe and sound
We're safe and sound
We're safe and sound

We're safe and sound (safe and sound)
We're safe and sound (safe and sound)
We're safe and sound (underground)
We're safe and sound (safe and sound) We're safe and sound


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"Safe and Sound" as written by Sebu Simonian, Ryan Merchant

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    General CommentNotice how the lyrics are somewhat of a plea. He is indicating her that no danger nor harm will touch them; because together they will be safe and sound, they will overcome obstacles in a happy to go lucky manner.

    He is telling her that he can cheer her up (make her happy) not only by showing her those things that she has been looking for but also those places that she might want to go to (might be referring to the future as well) and all by each others side.

    Then he tells her that he considers himself lucky to have her because even if the world is going to sh*t (if the sky is falling down), they will be just fine by each others side. He wants to make right by her (fill her cup) and make her happy, because he knows he has a lot to give, and apparently so, he wants to give it to HER ;) He knows that she will appreciate the deed and he will be fulfilled his offer. Both of them will appreciate what the world has to offer by being together.

    Even in the face of adversity and others misery (in a hurricane of frowns), as long as they are together, everything is going to be alright!. Now he also tells her that he can show her what love is/love her and he describes his love as a "tidal wave of mystery". This expression is pretty much indicating that his love is a puzzling and overwhelming phenomenon. The best part is when he sates that is she does give him a chance, hes confident that she wont regret it, she won't want to leave him (or the relationship or invitation for that matter "you'll still be standing next to me". He also eludes that he'll still be a lucky bastard by having her, even if they are both dead.

    He wants her either for the first time or he wants her back because he lost her :)
    (Well there is always he - he/ she - she, love is love)
    PerlaArtemisaon August 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo matter how I look at it, the lyrics seem to be speaking of a holy or spiritual belief. I hear the verses as the holy entity promising his people: "I will raise you up...", "I could show you love...", etc. The chorus seems to me like the followers' response, feeling protected no mater what the situation is, including "... even if we're six feet underground, I know that we'll be safe and sound..."
    katoshi808on March 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that in this, they are saying that look what I could show you and give you, this is my power that will help you, we shall overcome anything, and no matter what happens, I know that we shall always be together and safe and sound
    l33tmaster12on September 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIntentionally or unintentionally, Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” is full of Christian imagery and Biblical allusions. Read in a Christian context, it positions Jesus as the song’s speaker or narrator, using his voice to powerfully express the faithful promises of God.
    The song’s speaker assures the listener of safety in three circumstances: “if the sky is falling down,” “in a hurricane of frowns,” and “if we’re six feet underground.” “If the sky is falling down” refers to Jesus’s second coming, when, according to John’s vision, “the sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place” (Revelation 6:14). The song’s speaker therefore asserts that neither the war, famine, plague, and natural disasters that accompany the end of the world nor the punishments of the Last Judgment will harm the listener. The “hurricane of frowns” is the opposition that believers face in this world. Whether it takes the form of being “exposed to insult and persecution” (Hebrews 10:33) or the brutal deaths of the martyrs, the Bible teaches that such opposition is an unavoidable consequence of faith: Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20). Even if a believer dies under persecution, though, he is still “safe and sound” in the assurance of eternal life. Death and the grave have been defeated by Jesus, who is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25); “neither death nor life … nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Against all of these frightening possibilities, the listener is urged, “Hold your ground.” The absolute certainty of salvation, expressed by the frequent repetition of “safe and sound,” allows the believer to stand firm and not be moved by judgment, persecution, or even death itself.
    The joyful trumpet instrumental further reinforces these lyrics in a nonverbal Biblical allusion. At the end of the age the Son of Man “will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31). As Paul describes it, “The trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The trumpet of “Safe and Sound” looks forward to this moment of victory, when all the faithful, even those “six feet underground,” will be gathered together in heaven and take full possession of the salvation we are promised now.
    “Safe and Sound” primarily emphasizes the assurance of salvation and the believer’s safety from evil and death. However, the verses also describe other promises from God that give the song a broader scope. These statements are made in the conditional tense (“I could”) rather than the future tense (“I will”) because each person can choose whether to accept these gifts; the song thus invites its hearers to receive what Jesus desires to give them. In the first verse, the song’s speaker offers to lift the listener up to heaven. “What you want to see” refers to the Beatific Vision, that is, the direct revelation of God himself; “where you want to be” is in the divine presence. Whether we realize it or not, we were made for God and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in him; he is our deepest desire, the place we truly want to be, although we chase illusory happiness in all kinds of other places.
    In the second verse, “I could fill your cup” obviously refers to Psalm 23, in which the psalmist, praising God’s abundant provision and care for his people, says, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). The lines about the river follow naturally, continuing the same imagery of drink. Both Ezekiel and Revelation describe a marvelous life-giving river that flows out of the city of God, turning salt water to fresh and nourishing fruitful trees whose leaves have healing powers (Ezekiel 47:1-12, Revelation 22:1-2). By saying that “my river won’t evaporate / this world,” Capital Cities asserts that God intends not to destroy our world and begin anew, but to heal, restore, and recreate a world that still has many positive qualities to appreciate.
    The third verse’s “tidal wave” echoes a beautiful verse in Psalms: “Deep calls to deep / in the roar of your waterfalls; / all your waves and breakers / have swept over me” (42:7). The mysteries of God, although not frightening in the same way that persecution and bodily death are, nevertheless can be overwhelming and awe-inspiring in their unfathomable profundity. In these matters too great for human understanding, like those too great for human strength, Jesus will “still be standing next to me” to help. He can “show [us] love,” giving us power “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19). Jesus is the Word, that is to say, the self-revelation, of God. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18). By his life, and supremely by his sacrificial death on the cross, he demonstrates and makes tangible for us the staggering and incomprehensible love of God.
    Drawing on a wide variety of Biblical sources, “Safe and Sound” combines multiple scriptural images to create a rich picture of the blessings offered through Christ. Its insistent repetition drums in the certainty that God will fulfill his promises and keep those who love him “safe and sound” through worldly troubles, the judgment, and death; its infectious beat and stirring trumpet show the joy with which we should respond to this assurance of salvation. Although produced and consumed in a secular context, “Safe and Sound” strikes me as even more Christian than many songs explicitly in the “Christian music” genre; whenever I hear it, my thoughts lift to God.
    reconstructiveon January 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAfter watching the music video about a dozen times, what I saw was a mix of clips of dancing with clips of war. The way I see it, the message here is about the military is doing everything in their power to ensure that the rest of us (especially those who are happy enough to be dancing) are safe and sound. In other words, I believe the song is saying "We should be thankful of the military for keeping threats at bay."
    dumbdimbon October 31, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionPersonally I think it has more to do with catastrophic situations rather than being a salute to the military. All the things about hurricanes, tidal waves, skies falling, rivers evaporating, and even dying, and always the line 'we're safe and sound' repeats. I saw the video of the dancing people as well, but to me it just seemed more like a, 'we're safe from all the bad things happening in the world right now' sort of thing. Plus, the lyrics seem to be more fitting for one person talking to another in a loving way, basically saying that as long as they have each other, they're safe and sound from the world. The lyrics don't seemed aimed at the protection of the military at large.
    But of course, that's just my opinion.
    natstachioon December 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSuch a strange message...

    The video shows a lot of bad things, but not all of them are definitely war related. The crashing of the Hindenburg was a passenger blimp, so this scene is not war related. And before that, there is a scene of a doctor escorting somebody who appears to be convulsing which may or may not be war related--I thought psychiatric patient at first but could be a very high dose of LSD or some other military test. And it's all incremental, it goes from early 1900 to modern for the first 2:59.
    And then there's a lot of dancing. It's incremental too, from early dancing to modern for the first 2:59 or so.

    I'm going with, you can always ignore the crappy things going on around you by going out to the club once in a while. Enjoy this song next time you're on the dance floor =)
    rr42on April 25, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationAfter watching the music video about a dozen times, what I saw was a mix of clips of dancing with clips of war. The way I see it, the message here is about the military is doing everything in their power to ensure that the rest of us (especially those who are happy enough to be dancing) are safe and sound. In other words, I believe the song is saying "We should be thankful of the military for keeping threats at bay."
    dumbdimbon October 31, 2011   Link

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