"A Thousand Years" as written by Christina Judith Perri and David Hodges....
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt, suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything, take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath, every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed, I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed, I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

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"A Thousand Years" as written by Christina Perri David Hodges

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  • +19
    General CommentThis is beyond beautiful. I have never seen any of the Twilight films so any meaning regarding that is lost on me but this is the most incredible love song I have heard in so long. The chorus is so powerful...

    I have died everyday waiting for you
    Darling don't be afraid
    I have loved you for a thousand years
    I'll love you for a thousand more
    All along I believed I would find you
    Time has brought your heart to me
    I have loved you for a thousand years
    I'll love you for a thousand more

    That depth of feeling is incredible and so rare, I could listen to this song all day and still be amazed by it. Well done Christina and thank you for giving me the words to tell my soulmate how I feel.
    venderfanon October 20, 2011   Link
  • +15
    General CommentI don't know if this is "correct" but it's my interpretation of the song:

    Verse 1: She has loved this guy for awhile, but never told him. Her heart beats fast when she's around him, she has so much "colours' or the joys of living and being alive, that she wants to share with him, so many promises that she wants to make, but she's too afraid of "to fall" perhaps that he doesn't return her love, that she can't tell him. But he's standing all alone and she sees her opportunity. All her doubt goes away--she must tell him. She takes a step closer to him.

    The chorus is her confession that she loves him. She's died every day waiting for him--it's painful to always see him and want to tell him how she feels, but not be able to. She keeps waiting for him to make the first move, but he won't. She tells him not to be afraid--she doesn't want to scare him away--but she's loved him for a thousand years--it feels that way to her, at least--and will continue to love him for a thousand more.

    The second verse is back before she confessed, while she is still going toward him. Time stands still for a moment, a beautiful moment as she reaches him. She's going to be brave and tell him how she feels, she won't let fear or anything else take this away from her. Every breath, every hour she has spent waiting for him has come to this one moment. She takes one more step forward.

    Once more, her confession.

    I believe at this point he tells her that he loves her too, and she just wells up with emotion. All along she knew that she would "find" him, or that he would finally know how she felt. Time brought "heart" to her, meaning that her feelings grew and developed until she was ready to tell him. She repeats that she has loved him for a long time and will continue to love him.

    Every word uttered is one step closer to the happiness she has dreamed of.

    Like I said, my interpretation might be a bit of a stretch, but I'm kind of in this situation, so this is how I interpret it. Someday a beautiful moment might come when I will be one step closer.
    RosesAndRuffleson February 24, 2013   Link
  • +10
    My Opinioni don't see how a movie can ruin a song. lol. whether or not this song is in twilight, it's such a beautiful song <3
    anch0rsxon November 11, 2011   Link
  • +10
    MemoryMy current girlfriend just showed me the music video to this song.

    When I met her it was so natural, so easy, we had no problems getting close to each other. But when the time came to meet her family, her father and two brothers came out to meet me. I didn't even get to the house. They instantly disliked me because I'm a soldier and they know the sacrifices dating us entails, and don't want her going through it.

    She said she was at the time afraid of getting this close because her last relationship ended so badly, and the lyrics "but watching you stand alone, all of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow" reminds her of the day, in her words, "I watched you stand alone against 3 dudes who are bigger than you. The look on your face said you would die before you budged."

    Because I love her. While I may hate Twilight, it's still a beautiful song.
    Smittyon December 03, 2011   Link
  • +9
    My InterpretationThis may be a little obscure, but I am wondering if perhaps, like most people, she has dreamed of the perfect person and has fallen in love with this dream. Fear has kept her from falling in love because of worries that no one will measure up to what she has always hoped for. She then sees the epitamy of her dream in life and although hesitant, she "falls in love at first sight" Although she has loved this person for a thousand years in her dreams. She takes it slowly at first but learns that this is the person for her and that she has no need to be hesitant as she will never find out unless she takes a leap of faith.
    Krystah1369on November 26, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationTo me, having not seen any of the Twilight movies, I interpret this song as a mother/child story. The feeling you get just before your baby is born. None of my children are born yet or even conceived, but I know I love them. It feels as though I already know them. It does feel as though I have loved them for a thousand years, and when I finally get to meet them, I'll love them for a thousand more. The "one step closer", to me, means one step closer to meeting my future babies. I know this must sound crazy, but my desire to have children is deeper than most people's.
    BethGoth05on September 06, 2012   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationWedding Song.

    The first part ... "Watching you stand alone" ... your fiance is waiting at the alter. You look into their eyes and see their love radiating from their face. Suddenly nothing else matters but standing by their side.

    "One Step Closer" That feeling of joy and fear all rolled into one as you walk down that aisle toward your future. Tradition demands you walk slowly, but every step feels like an eternity and at this point it's taking everything you are not to run to them and fall into their arms.

    "I will not let anything take away what's standing in front of me" This is from the one who was waiting's perspective now. You are standing together now, holding hands. Time stands still. You're afraid, but you feel you've lived your whole life for this moment and you won't let that fear get in your way. You won't let anything keep you apart again.

    When two people fall so deeply in love that they want to spend their lives together, it really feels like they've always known each other, always been in love, and always will be.

    Such a beautiful song. This should definitely be added to the top 10 wedding songs of all time.

    Also, I have to say, even though I fully believe it is a wedding song, it really does work as a lullaby. My Mom always told me that after you have children, many love songs will suddenly feel like they were written especially for them, and she was so right.
    tearosemoonon February 15, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningTo love someone for so long then you finally get him. He feel like you are going to leave and slip out of his hands. In the song she is saying that she loved him for the longest time and she can't love him less than she does.
    Ashley00on April 09, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI guess the lyrics of this song is about a girl who is falling in love with a man. But she have lots of qualms probably because of all the failure she went through. But then she realize that this man is different from the rest. And now they are about to be united for a lifetime, she will fight for him, for she waited for him...and she will love him infinitely.
    love888on April 15, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is so beautiful. When I first heard it, my interpretation was that it was about a mother's love for her child. After hearing what the artist said about it, and seeing Breaking Dawn, I understand that it's about a bride walking down the aisle toward her husband-to-be and everything she's feeling along the way.

    However, even knowing that, I tear up every time I hear this song thinking about my future child.
    Cirafly24on January 25, 2012   Link

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