"Amsterdam" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Benjamin Arthur Mckee and Daniel Wayne Sermon....
I'm sorry, mother I'm sorry, I let you down
Well, these days I'm fine - No these days I tend to lie
I'll take the West train, just by the side of Amsterdam
Just by my left brain, just by the side of the Tin man

I'm sorry, brother I'm sorry, I let cha down
Well, these days you're fine, no these days you tend to lie
You'll take the West train, just by the side of Amsterdam
Just by your left brain, just by the side of the Tin man

Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
It's hard, believe me I've tried
But I keep coming up short

I'm sorry, lover you're sorry; I bring you down
Well, these days I try and these days I tend to lie
Kinda thought I was a mystery and then I thought I wasn't meant to be
You said yourself fantastically, "Congratulations you were all alone"

Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
It's hard, believe me I've tried
Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
It's hard, believe me I've tried

But the rain won't fall for the both of us
The sun won't shine on the both of us
Believe me when I say, that I wouldn't have it any other way

Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
It's hard, believe me I've tried
But I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
And I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
And I keep coming up short


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"Amsterdam" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Benjamin Arthur Mckee, Daniel Wayne Sermon

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    My InterpretationI think of the Holocaust. Let me break it down for you:

    I'll take the West train, just by the side of Amsterdam
    Just by my left brain, just by the side of the Tin man
    -and-
    You'll take the West train, just by the side of Amsterdam
    Just by your left brain, just by the side of the Tin man

    Amsterdam was the capitol of the Netherlands, and the Netherlands were (obviously) invaded by Hitler and the Nazis. People were sent off on trains (relations to 'West train') to concentration camps.

    NEXT

    You said yourself fantastically, "Congratulations you were all alone"

    People were sent of to camps and they were left completely alone, separated from families and friends. This was common during those times.

    Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me I've tried
    But I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
    And I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
    And I keep coming up short

    Jews and other people were held in the camps, dying and waiting to be rescued by the other countries. 'These walls they're crashing down' could be people on the brink of insanity, death, or it could possibly be the burning of camps.

    Really, if you think about it, it kind of fits. Also, I believe "Radioactive" follows along this theme (really it's a bit obvious there).

    Songs have hidden meanings, and really when it sounds like something happy it can be something completely different. This is just my take on it and I'd really like some feedback, and I'm also confident that I am correct.
    Forkson May 29, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI interpret this song a little differently than most (I would think). It's about a man that really tried to love a woman - who loved him - but he just didn't feel that "spark"/connection that he was holding out for.

    In the first two verses, he is apologizing to the those closest to him in his life - who worry about him and are trying to "ground" him. In the first, his mother. He tells her everything is fine, but in reality it's not. And filled with these struggling emotions, he begins to let his mind wander. Whether he literally goes to Amsterdam is unknown - however one could interrupt that he is referring to drug use (a concept often associated with Amsterdam).

    In the second verse, his brother confronts him. It's almost inferred that either 1) his brother has been through the same situation; or 2) his brother is troubled by the fact that he can't help the narrator; or 3) it dawns upon his brother, that he is in the same situation. I believe it is the third; which leads to the third verse.

    He's telling his brother: that a time will come, when he's loved by someone, who loves him equally - and that they both make each other happy.

    In the fourth verse, he finally addresses the reason behind all this depression and madness: his lover. He addresses her as "lover", so we can infer that she does love him, and this is not a situation where he loves a woman that can't reciprocate. I interpret the beautiful poetry in these lines to reflect the notion that he's always felt distant to her. He says that he's tried, but instantly says that he also lies.

    "Kinda thought I was a mystery and then I thought I wasn't meant to be" to me means, "I thought I was too complicated for someone, and then I thought that maybe I was never meant to fall in love." His "lovers" response to this, was to say "Congratulations, you were all alone" I infer this line to mean that her reply wasn't what he sought. She was too logical to love, she told him that the only reason he felt that way, was because he was alone before. "Congratulations" is almost said in a sarcastic tone. What he wanted, was for her to show him that he was wrong, to make him happy - but she couldn't.

    "Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me... I've tried
    Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me... I've tried"

    He's telling her: "I'm sorry, but the time for you to love someone, that will make you happy, will come - but it's not me. It's a hard thing to do - wait for love - and I know, because I've been trying this whole time."


    "But the rain won't fall for the both of us
    The sun won't shine on the both of us
    Believe me when I say, that I wouldn't have it any other way"

    He's attempting to rid her mind of any false hope. He rather find a true sense of happiness and love, than pretend that there is such between them.


    "Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me... I've tried
    But I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
    And I won't wait much longer 'cause these walls they're crashing down
    And I keep coming up short"

    To me, these last lines aren't to his lover. But to himself. He's tried waiting for love - more than once - and he's waiting to feel that sense of "being in love"/that magical feeling that's comforting, weird, warm and cold at the same time. He's tried of waiting, and mentally it's begun to take a toll on him. His "inner walls"/his mind, is getting to a dangerous point of no return - where it will finally collapse on him.

    It could also mean that he hasn't ended the relationship with his "lover" yet. And that he's still trying to give her a chance, but he doesn't know if he can do it for much longer.

    That's my uneducated two sense.
    EiliaYazdanianon February 06, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think he sings "Congratulations, you're all alone" instead of "You were all alone"...but maybe that's just what I'm hearin...
    RamuneDrinkon September 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think the meaning in this song ultimately lies in the chorus:
    "Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me I've tried
    But I keep coming up short"
    Whatever time that may be I think depends on each individual person's life, but eventually, everyone has their time!
    It is hard to believe, and the artist connects with us in the second line of the chorus by saying he has tried, and this makes me think of all the times I have had to be patient for something, and how hard it has been, and a few of those occasions I too came up short. I think the key message here though, is if we can stay patient, our time will come :)
    smarty94on April 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt's simple it's about being addicted to heroin and how he struggles with it. He knows he has disappointed his family. He doesn't want them to worry about him. He wants to either die or get better I think you could see it either way however you want to interpret it.
    Lord Adamon April 01, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationthis song seems to be about someone letting someone else down.
    "i'm sorry mother, i'm sorry i let you down''
    its about when you let someone down, you wish you had done something different, you wish you treated them different. and they go on to a different place but you stay in the same place.

    "i take the west train, just by the side of Amsterdam."
    their taking different roads to each other.

    "your time will come, if you wait for it."
    your time will come when you see what you've done; what you should have done instead. the mistake you've made.

    no hate please ;)
    exzeldianon July 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe "I'm sorry I let/bring you down" lyrics seem to imply that the narrator feels inadequate or worthless. Perhaps I'm overanalyzing here, the mentions of "my left brain" (considered the more logical brain half) and "the tin man" (who, in the wizard of Oz, didn't have a heart) seem to reference a logical, emotionless outlook - perhaps the narrator thought he would be better off remaining logical rather than focusing on his feelings of low-self esteem. In the chorus - "your time will come if you wait for it... it's hard, believe me, I've tried" - he reveals that even someone with a low sense of self-worth like him will eventually have a time when their life gets better, even if it's hard to wait for that time.
    UWSGuy2on December 03, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationTo be blunt, I think its a song about depression and suicide.

    DEPRESSION
    He's repeatedly apologizing to the people he mentions

    Saying he's 'let them down' and when he mentions his lover he says he 'brings them down'

    'But rain won't fall for the both of us, the sun won't shine on the both of us' he's basically saying that only one will make it through the depression and that it wouldn't be him, but that he 'wouldn't have it any other way'

    'These days I'm fine, well these days I tend to lie' he's not fine, he's putting on a brave face, although in the brother verse the brother has noticed that he isn't OK

    now, this is all fine and good for the depression aspect, but depression doesn't make a suicide.

    SUICIDE
    'Your time will come if you wait for it, if you wait for it
    It's hard, believe me I've tried
    But I keep coming up short'

    your time is referring to death... death will come if you wait for it, but it's hard to wit for it, he's tried, but he came out short. and he keeps coming out short, referring to the fact that he's failed in some way to wait for his time, to wait for death.

    I thought I wasn't meant to be, he thought he wasn't meant to be alive, if he was talking about a relationship he would have said WE weren't meant to be, but he said I wasn't meant to be.

    Once again, apologizing and letting people down

    'But I won't wait much longer cause these walls they're crashing down', the depression has become to much

    I think he might have finally succeeded in his suicide, because the last words are that he came up short, the song is like his suicide note.
    chewy13on December 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMost Imagine Dragon songs have multiple meanings and this is one of them.
    this could either be a song about moving on with your life, leaving your past behind and becoming a better person
    OR
    i've been listening to this song for a while now and just recently came up with a different interpretation, a more serious one, dealing with suicide.
    "I'm sorry Mother
    I'm sorry I let you down"
    is the persons note
    "These days I'm fine
    No these days I tend to lie"
    is the person pretending to be ok while secretly being depressed, etc
    "I'll take the west train
    just by the side of Amsterdam"
    is the person saying they're going to kill themselves
    "Just by my left brain
    just by the side of the tin man"
    ?? not sure, possibly talking about a gun being used in the suicide

    the same ideas are repeated in the second verse, and first half the third

    "Kinda thought it was a mystery
    then i thought it was a meant to be"
    describing the relationship with their partner
    "you say yourself fantastically
    'congratulations you were all alone'"
    possibly the partner was going through the same things as them, or they recently broke up

    "But the rain wont fall for the both of us
    the sun wont shine for the both of us
    believe me when i say
    that i wouldn't have it any other way"
    they are/have sacrificed their happiness for this person and would rather die than see that person be sad

    "your time will come
    if you wait for it"
    talking about being their time to die, they're probably happy for it

    "it's hard believe me i've tried"
    they tried living life but it was just too hard

    "and i keep coming up short"
    ?? not quite sure, possibly they've attempted before and it never worked

    this whole song is kind of a note to probably a lover who's struggling with the same demons before that person kills them self. Really sad, i know, but just my opinion.
    it's an amazing song and i absolutely love it
    dragoneron January 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe that I interpret the song as a young person has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and he goes to Amsterdam to try and live his life to the fullest before he has no life left. He's offered an opportunity of a lifetime and takes it, but he "comes up short" and while he's working within the opportunity, his brain cancer gets in the way and "falls short" once more, which ends the song
    MeteoraTitanon April 12, 2014   Link

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