"On Top of the World" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Alexander Junior Grant and Benjamin Arthur Mckee....
If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They just may run away from you

You’ll never know quite when, well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

I take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world

Ooh

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take you with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world


Lyrics submitted by LiveInImagination, edited by cassom, Morganna

"On Top of the World" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Alexander Junior Grant, Benjamin Arthur Mckee

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentWow, how come this doesn't have any comments yet? Nevertheless, it's a really great song, one of my favourites at the moment. It has such a uplifting and feel-good tune, and the lyrics and the song never cease to make me happy.

    I think the lyrics are pretty clear, I think it's about being happy and feeling great about and finally appreciating your life after feeling down for a life. I think it's kind of like you don't know what you have until you've lost it, so you might as well appreciate everything you have, and also that it sometimes can be hard to feel happy and appreciate life, but you got to work for it, and get up as he sings, and it will eventually be worth it, when you finally get that feeling of being on top of the world.
    d4ylighton October 11, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentcan someone explain what they mean by "paying my dues to the dirt". Thanks!
    gingertuneon April 06, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIn my opinion the song is actually about someone who finally found the love of his/her life.

    Of course, I'd agree with the more general interpretations of someone who found his/her purpose in life, as well, but given the first sentence in particular, I'd say that it refers more to love in particular. ("If you love somebody
    Better tell them while they’re here ’cause").

    The singer explains that he finally found the love of his life and that he is more than happy, in other words "on top of the world". He has been waiting for that for ages and been through some pretty tough times without any perspective of finding someone. "Paying my dues to the dirt", meaning in this context that he was very low, very close to the ground, in a very bad state, at some point, but then he pulled himself together again ("it's a long way up when you hit the ground", "get up now") and finally found someone whom he either already told already or still wants to tell.

    This song is so cheerful and really reflects how I feel when I have (at least) a crush on someone! :-)
    Brombeermauson January 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is truly an amazing song, amazing flow to it.

    i think this song is about a kid who can escape to a place (s)he calls theirs. a place to be their self; where no one can say right from wrong.
    "waiting on this for a while now,"
    also about someone who achieved what they have been shooting for. they got to where they needed to be.

    "You'll never know until you try" is the quote i get from this
    exzeldianon July 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt seems to me this is someone who has had a goal all their life, and now that he's fulfilling that mission he is trying to remind himself this is what he wanted, successfully I might add. Nice inspirational piece. I like it better with the lyrics.
    Yzermaneelyon December 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan someone explain what they mean by "paying my dues to the dirt". Thanks!
    gingertuneon April 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my go to song before I take an exam. It just gets me in an amazing mood! :)
    adani23on June 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI love this song. It is very inspirational in lyrics, melody and tone.

    My interpretation of "paying my dues to the dirt" is organic. This song is all about accomplishing something you have dreamed about since childhood. Compared to a seed, which grows with soil, water, warmth and sun, when one's goals and desires are finally fulfilled, we can pay our dues to the "dirt," or the circumstances, places, trials, challenges, etc. which were the soil that grew us to the point of accomplishment.
    mlacey45on June 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHeres my input on this

    I think that this song is about the feeling that people get when they are at a high moment in life (not drugs), and they are extremely happy.

    'If you love somebody
    Better tell them why they're here 'cause
    They just may run away from you'

    I think that this is saying that if you like someone, and you know that that is the right person that you want to be with, than go for it! This song is also explaining the pure joy and excitement of being accepted.
    Trashboat182on September 27, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI interpreted this wonderful song to mean that the singer has been through dark times, but now can smile and be happy. He has found joy in life again.

    I've been waiting to smile, 'ey
    Been holding it in for a while, 'ey

    Just a thought!
    GeekyCreeperon November 08, 2013   Link

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