We, we don't have to worry bout nothing
'Cause we got the fire, and we're burning one hell of a something
They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we're the stars of the human race, human race

When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

We don't wanna leave, no, we just gonna be right now
And what we see, is everybody's on the floor
Acting crazy getting loco to the lights out
Music's on, I'm waking up, we stop the vibe, and we bump it up
And it's over now, we got the love, there's no secret now, no secret now

When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world

We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Burn burn burn burn

We can light it up up up
So they can put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they can put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they can put it out out out
We can light it up up up
So they can put it out out out

When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
We gonna let it burn burn burn burn

When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire

And we gonna let it burn



Lyrics submitted by BBOGDANE, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Burn" as written by Gregory Allen Kurstin, Noel Zancanella, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Ellie Goulding

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  • +2
    My Interpretation:I see this song being from the perspective of a music artist/performer on stage at one of their shows.

    At the start of the song, the artist is simply making their way on to the stage and they're looking at their audience - who is waiting and anticipating their show/set. The artist knows that the audience is waiting for them, they're waiting for the artist to start so they can feel all of those raw emotions that the artist's music has to give them.

    "And what we see, is everybody's on the floor
    Acting crazy getting loco to the lights out
    Music's on, I'm waking up, we stop the vibe, and we bump it up
    And it's over now, we got the love, there's no secret now, no secret now"
    ------Then the artist starts to preform and the audience is going crazy - getting lost in the sound and dancing around. The rush of the performance is just surging through the artist's body (getting a high off the performance) and they feel alive.

    "When the lights turned down, they don't know what they heard
    Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world"
    ------And even though the audience might not take in the artist's songs with the same meaning to the artist themselves, the artist knows they have power in their art/songs and is able to show the world what they can do.

    It might not make much sense but that's my interpretation of the song.
    cryptsteron November 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:so here's what im thinking. The elit of earth doesnt give a fuck about the planet and all they care for is money and their selves. destroying forest,oceans and everything "like they had another world to live in". And i think that for the last few years they are trying to make us like marijuana promoting it through artists and even obama himself. I also believe that through holywood and songs they are trying to manipulate us and prepare us for the future (see "Person of interest" and NSA surveilance machine). so this song i believe, doesnt have a hidden message but its trying to put thoughts in our mind, and some scenes from the near future. It says dont worry about nothing, so keep living your life like now, and let the elit destroy us like they do now. it says several times that we got the "fire" and that we will repeatedly gonna light it up and by fire i think it means marijuana. and when the planet is fucked up and no longer good to live in, the elit is gonna leave with a spaceship to another planet and we gonna look at the sky, watching them go. It's trying to tell us not to worry and that we should let them do that because we got the fire, and we should wave our hands at them like we got a better future than them, smoking weed and partying on this destroyed planet. we'll all be intoxicated rolling on the floor and do crazy stuff. pretty much this was my thought. sorry for my english its not my main language. let me know what you think about my thoughts
    Dimitris362on January 31, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is a ego driven message of distruction.
    This has nothing to do with love but much to to do with death.
    Look at the titles of it's songs and read the lyrics as you would when reading a book.
    Treat each song as the next page in the book and you might get some idea of it's real intent
    Steveinperthon August 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:I feel like this song relates to the hunger games if you know what i mean.
    creayon December 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:Ryan Tedder who co-wrote the song had talked about the song in the same sentence regarding civil rights struggles and how people are fighting to get through it.

    "We, we don't have to worry bout nothing" - The Future
    "Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world" - Sharing Love/Power
    "We don't wanna leave, no, we just gonna be right now" - The Fight
    "And it's over now, we got the love, there's no secret now, no secret now" - The Fight is over

    Of course it took off in the US after that Gay Marriage bans are starting to be lifted.
    ericjbardon December 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Although Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” may at first appear to be a standard party song, its imagery of fire and light and its theme of fearless love raise it far above its putative genre. Through its many Biblical allusions, “Burn” celebrates the fire of the Holy Spirit, the mission of evangelization, and the choice to be spiritually wide-awake rather than “sleeping” in a life of meaningless self-gratification.

    Ever since the first Pentecost, when, as the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, there “seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3), the Spirit’s presence has been symbolized by fire. “Burn”’s use of fire is its most obvious reference to the action of the Holy Spirit, but close examination of the lyrics reveals many more. From that beginning on Pentecost the church spread throughout the world, from the city of Jerusalem to the country of Israel to the whole Roman empire to, today, every corner of the globe; if there is anyone further out to hear the message, they will indeed “hear us from outer space.” Those who preach the good news in this way are “giving love to the world” by showing sinners the way of salvation. Being filled with the Spirit transforms us into “the stars of the human race” because, as Paul says, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation Christians “shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15). But this glory depends on our continued inspiration by God; Paul warns the church, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19), just as Goulding sings, “We can light it up … so they can’t put it out.” Finally, “We don’t have to worry about nothing” expresses confidence in the help of the Advocate, who intercedes for us with the Father, so that Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but … present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

    The lines, “When the light started out they don’t know what they heard” have a double reference that adds further depth to the song. First, in the Pentacostal context, those who witnessed the descent of the Holy Spirit and heard the apostles speaking in tongues were confused about what they heard; “amazed and perplexed, they asked each other ‘What does this mean?’” and some even thought that the apostles were drunk (Acts 2:12-13). Secondly, the reference to light recalls John’s description of Jesus’s incarnation: “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world … though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” (John 1:9-10). When Jesus started out his ministry, no one knew what they were hearing; only gradually did they recognize that he was the Light of the world. Those who love darkness because of their evil deeds still refuse to understand or accept his message.

    The lines “Everybody’s on the floor acting crazy, getting loco til the lights out” might seem to undermine my argument by indicating that the song is simply about the party scene. But immediately after these lines and juxtaposed with them, Goulding says, “I’m waking up” and “no sleeping now.” This contrast suggests that those who are “acting crazy” in a lifestyle of parties and drinking are actually asleep and oblivious to the more truly exciting possibilities of the spiritual world. They don’t know about the fire of the Spirit that the song celebrates-- nor do they realize that a final “lights out” will bring the Last Judgment at which we must answer for our deeds. Paul sets the example, directly contrasting the two lifestyles: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This realization leads Goulding to say of the old life of “getting loco,” “it’s over now,” precisely because “we’ve got the love” that offers true meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

    When “Burn” is placed in a Biblical context, it is transformed from a superficial, stereotypical pop song into an inspiring affirmation of the power and mission of the Holy Spirit. In a similar way, the Spirit transforms ordinary people into shining stars, “on fire” with love for Christ and shouting the gospel to the skies. If we truly walk in the power of the Spirit, through us he will effect a radical transformation for the entire world. Let’s “strike the match”!
    reconstructiveon February 05, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I think this song is about weed. Because they got that "fire" which is a term used for good weed. And there going to let it burn. There going to smoke it. "We can light it up" they start to smoke it "so they can put it out" talking about the cops. The cops will put it out when they get caught.
    Ariel1113on February 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Aliens. It's obviously about aliens.
    Aliens101on February 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:"We, we don't have to worry bout nothing
    'Cause we got the fire, and we're burning one hell of a something"
    -----Obviously, we have no worries because we have the fire, symbolizing the hype of a party.

    "Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
    We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
    'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire, yeah we got the fire fire fire"
    -----What is a match? It's something that has the potential to "light" something much bigger. Because the artist goes on stage and is performing this song, they have this match and will soon start "burning one hell of a something".

    "And we gonna let it burn burn burn burn
    We gonna let it burn burn burn burn
    Gonna let it burn burn burn burn
    We gonna let it burn burn burn burn"
    -----Not putting this "fire" (party) out any time soon.

    "We don't wanna leave, no, we just gonna be right now
    And what we see, is everybody's on the floor
    Acting crazy getting loco to the lights out"
    -----Not wanting to stop; acting in the now and partying it out.
    FilledWithMeanon December 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:My thought on this song is that fire = purpose or a cause you believe in strongly (such as gay marriage, equality for all, etc.) and burn = the spreading of the "fire"

    This is a song about standing up for what you believe in and being with others share the same dream because there is strength in numbers and the more people that believe in the same cause the greater chance for acceptance or change.
    mezzoforteon January 22, 2014   Link

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