"Up in the Air" as written by and Jared Leto....
I've been up in the air
Out of my head
Stuck in a moment of emotion I've destroyed
Is this the end I feel?
Up in the air
Fucked up our life
All of the laws I've broken, loves that I've sacrificed
Is this the end?
I wrap my hands around you neck so tight with love, love

A thousand times I've tempted fate
A thousand times I've played this game
A thousand times that I have said today, today, today

I've been up in the air
Lost in the night
I wouldn't trade out for you lies you lost for my life
Is this the end
You were the love of my life, the darkness, the light
This is a portrait of the tortured you and I
Is this the, is this the, is this the end?
I wrap my hands around you neck so tight with love, love, love

A thousand times I've tempted fate
A thousand times I've played this game
A thousand times that I have said today, today, today
A thousand times I've tempted fate
A thousand times I've played this game
A thousand times that I have said today, today, today

I've been up in the air
Is this the end I feel?
Up in the air
Chasing a dream so real
I've been up in the air (I wrap my hands around you neck)
Is this the end I feel
Up in the air
Chasing a dream, Chasing a dream

Take no more
Take no more
Take no more
I'll take no more

A thousand times I've tempted fate (I'll take no more)
A thousand times I've played this game (I'll take no more)
A thousand times that I have said today, today, today (I'll take no more)

Today (I wrap my hands)
Today (hands around)
Today (your neck)
Today (with love, love)
Today (I'll wrap my hands)
Today (around your neck)
Today (with love, love)
Today

I'll wrap my hands around your neck
I'll wrap my hands around your neck with love, love


Lyrics submitted by xaifer, edited by TheAlexis, bastet, Karin20, nomnom7, KeroseneFire, chlamydia, Auday, SomeZombii

"Up in the Air" as written by Jared Leto

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a person who has just broken up a relationship by doing something he has regretted, but he feels like he was forced to do it by the other person's attitudes. Therefore he says he's up in the air and out of his head, he's perplexed and angry that he ended up doing what he did, and he wants to wrap his hands around the other person's neck... with love. I noticed sarcasm here. It sounds like he loves the other person extremely much, and he is full of anger, completely obliterated that the relationship is over in a total confusion, unsaid thoughts that they kept from each other for a long time "A thousand times I've tempted fate
    A thousand times I've played this game
    A thousand times that I have said today, today, today" that grew up to a whole of incomprehension and misunderstanding that has lead him to do whatever he's done or said. And finally he feels like he has to express it, "I'll take no more".
    Well, that's the story i could picture in my head from this lyrics.
    Karin20on May 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI've been up in the air
    Out of my head
    Stuck in a moment of emotion I've destroyed
    Is this the end I feel?

    In my opinion, he says he has been confused and lost due to the fact that he has been attached to a past love that he was not able to forget. He thinks that it was him who with his attitudes destroyed that relationship.
    Here, he is asking himself if this is the end of the feeling, of the love that he kept for so long.

    "Up in the air
    Fucked up our life
    All of the laws I've broken, loves that I've sacrificed
    Is this the end?"
    Here he is saying that it was he who fucked everything with his wild behavior and because of it sacrificed many love relationships. And he keeps questioning if this love is finally coming to an end.

    "I wrap my hands around you neck so tight with love, love"This is a metaphor symbolizing that he is finally choking and killing this love inside him.

    "A thousand times I've tempted fate
    A thousand times I've played this game
    A thousand times that I have said today, today, today"

    Here, he is saying that he failed thousands of times trying to eliminate this love, telling himself that this was the day he would forget the past and move on.


    "I've been up in the air
    Lost in the night
    I wouldn't trade out for you lies you lost for my life
    Is this the end
    You were the love of my life, the darkness, the light
    This is a portrait of the tortured you and I"

    He is saying that he would not trade his dreams and the life he chose for her false promises and her desire to rule his life.
    She was his greatest love and was both the brightest and the darkest part of his life. They both lived a tortured love.

    "Chasing a dream so real" Here he is saying that he chose to pursue his dream instead.

    "Take no more
    I'll take no more"

    This love has been inside of him for so long and now is time go away completely. It´s time for him to move on once and for all.
    anacristmatoson November 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a person who has just broken up a relationship by doing something he has regretted, but he feels like he was forced to do it by the other person's attitudes. Therefore he says he's up in the air and out of his head, he's perplexed and angry that he ended up doing what he did, and he wants to wrap his hands around the other person's neck... with love. I noticed sarcasm here. It sounds like he loves the other person extremely much, and he is full of anger, completely obliterated that the relationship is over in a total confusion, unsaid thoughts that they kept from each other for a long time and grew up to a whole of incomprehension and misunderstanding that has lead him to do whatever he's done or said. And finally he feels like he has to express it, "I'll take no more".
    I'm sure there's plenty of other ways to interpretate this sing, but that's the history i could picture in my head from this lyrics.
    Karin20on May 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics have tons of typo's. i tried editing them, hope they go through.
    KeroseneFireon August 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it is about a dream and dreams usually don't make much sense (at least from my experience)
    echelonheartson March 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a collapsing relationship. He can't think clearly so he is not able to make an accurate decision:
    "I've been up in the air
    Out of my head.."

    This puts him into a vortex of emotions and he is not able to get out of it:
    "Stuck in a moment of emotion I've destroyed."

    It looks like he has fallen in love with someone who doesn't show affection to him or isn't in love with him. To make her happy, to gain her attention he even breaks his own rules- character:
    "All of the laws I've broken, loves that I've sacrificed"
    I don't have an exact interpretation for "loves that I've sacrificed" part.

    After all, he feels pain for not taking a step to make a difference to put his life into order. Sometimes he tells himself that today is the day that he will break up, but, he fails:
    "A thousand times I've tempted fate
    A thousand times I've played this game
    A thousand times that I have said today, today, today"

    Finally he makes a decision:
    "Take no more
    Take no more
    Take no more
    I'll take no more"

    I agree with Karin20 about the "wrap my hands" part.
    "I'll wrap my hands around your neck
    I'll wrap my hands around your neck with love, love"
    He loves her so much but he also hates her for the confusion and pain she causes.
    adastra52on April 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationit's about astral projection. After this incredible step, what's next ?
    Letto put a humble way of saying "give" with the sentence: I'll take no more.

    Some hint they give are:
    All of the laws I've broken >> becoming an anti-mainstream or non-conformist is a sign you've started.
    loves that I've sacrificed >> gotta do thing unconditionally. Such as, unconditional love.
    tempted fate >> you (a soul) are the captain of your body
    thousand times I've played this game >> consistency of will and mind upon a goal
    A thousand times that I have said today, today, today >> affirmation.

    So, do you wanna be up in the air, feel a dream so real ?
    do feel yourself up during the night,
    when everybody's asleep, you simply do not.
    petaniuangon November 01, 2014   Link

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