"Preacher" as written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle and Brian Willett....
When I was a kid, I used to buy and sell gravity
I knew how to fly, and I would teach you for a fee
Broke every window in my hotel heart
When I was only 5 years old, the 12 years scar
But I'd hear the same voice echo in my mind
See son you got an angel, to chase the devil at night, yeah

When I was a kid, my grandfather was a preacher
He'd talk about God, yeah he was something like a teacher
He said God only helps those
Who learn to help themselves
He was a million miles from a million dollars
But you can never spend his wealth
I took a little faith, and put it in a parking lot
I drove to a strange town, full of have and have notes
Yeah, and as I walk through that storybook life
I’ll be looking for an angel, to chase the devil at night, whoa

When I was a kid, my grandfather was a preacher
He'd talk about love, yeah he was something like a teacher
He said God only helps those
Who learn to help themselves
He was a million miles from a million dollars
But you can never spend his wealth

Wave, put your hands up, and hands down
Wave, put your hands up, and hands down
Wave, put your hands up, and hands down

When I was a kid, my grandfather was a preacher
He'd talk about life, yeah he was something like a teacher
He said God only helps those
Who learn to help themselves
He was a million miles from a million dollars
But you can never spend his wealth

He was a million miles from a million dollars
But you can never spend his wealth


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"Preacher" as written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett

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    Song MeaningThis song is about dreaming, having the courage to do something with your life that will make you happy, regardless of its monetary value. So often these days, people do not have the courage to pursue what will make them happy. The song is simply trying to say that the real measure of your wealth is in your happiness, not in the amount of money you have.

    “When I was a kid, I used to buy and sell gravity I knew how to fly, and I would teach you for a fee….See son you got an angel, to chase the devil at night” – This line represents a child’s courage to dream big and believe that anything is possible. They don’t let fear get in the way.

    Later on in the song, once the man is older he says “ I’ll be looking for an angel, to chase the devil at night” –Throughout the years, you learn, grow, and become more realistic, and in some cases give up on your dreams for fear that they are intangible. In this case, the man hast lost (his angel) childhood optimism and looking to regain it.



    “He said God only helps those Who learn to help themselves He was a million miles from a million dollars But you can never spend his wealth”
    This line is simple: Money isn’t happiness. If you’re unhappy, make the necessary changes, even if it requires taking chances. You must make the effort.

    Don’t let money get in the way of true happiness. Have the courage to pursue your dreams/purpose.
    jack11on April 23, 2013   Link

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