"Story Of My Life" as written by Julian C. Bunetta, Jamie Scott Baylin, John Henry Ryan, Niall James Horan, Zain Javadd Malik, Liam James Payne, Harry Styles and Louis William Tomlinson....
Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days

She told me in the morning
She don't feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die
These words will be written on my stone

And I'll be gone, gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I've been holdin' on too tight
With nothing in between

The story of my life, I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm and time
Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life, I give her hope
I spend her love until she's broke, inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

Written on these walls are
The colors that I can't change
Leave my heart open
But it stays right here in it's cage

I know that in the morning now
I see ascending light upon a hill
Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still

And I'll be gone, gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I've been holdin' on so tight
With nothing in between

The story of my life, I'll take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm and time
Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life, I give her hope
I spend her love until she's broke, inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

And I've been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night
To keep her warm and time
Is frozen

The story of my life I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love until she's broke (until she's broke inside)
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

The story of my life
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life


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"Story of My Life" as written by Julian C. Bunetta Jamie Scott

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  • +14
    Song MeaningThis is a very beautiful song, I did literature at school so I'll try my best to explain the meaning, here goes:

    It starts of with the line "written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain":- Figuratively, he built a wall to protect his emotions but it wasn't just there because he wanted to guard himself it was because of a past relationship that went wrong.
    In the relationship before, he "left his heart open":-He confessed his love but now "it stays right here empty for days":-It's hollow since she left.

    "She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones
    It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone" :-In the morning she broke up with him and he will always remember the words that hurt him before she left. And that hurt was one of the reasons he is restrained now.

    "And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The ground beneath my feet is open wide
    The way that I've been holding on too tight
    But nothing in between.":- He left the house that night but he was hesitant to leave because he was holding on to the relationship that doesn't exist anymore.

    "The story of my life I take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time...
    Is frozen":- This is the current relationship and how he shows he cares but it reminds him of his past love hence "time is frozen". It's also an example of a pun, being he keeps her "warm" but time is "frozen".

    "The story of my life I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke inside":-The things he does to show that he cares gives her hope he'll let his guard down but he doesn't and she's broken. This also a play on words with spending love till she's broke.
    "Written on these walls
    Are the colors I can't change":- "colors" represents feelings that he can't change an is used because in writing you can use different colors. So it's a nice example of symbolism.
    "Leave my heart open
    But it stays right here in its cage":-He wants to express his feelings but it stays caged up behind his walls.

    "I know that in the morning now
    I see us in the light upon the hill
    Although I am broken
    My heart is untamed still":- Remember in the morning she broke up with him, this either the same day or another but either way his heart is broken but he still loves her uncontrollably.


    "And I'll be waiting for this time
    To come around
    But baby running after you
    Is like chasing the clouds":-He's waiting for his love to come back even though he realizes she won't be his.
    Maribelleon October 30, 2013   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationI think that "she" could be the past.
    Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
    I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days
    (You cant change the past. He leaves his heart open for it to come back around but it never will cause its gone)

    She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones
    (He wants to go back but the 'past' wont let him)
    It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone
    (Self explanatory)

    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The ground beneath my feet is open wide
    (He's stuck in those memories)
    The way that I've been holdin' on too tight
    With nothing in between
    (Holding onto the past)

    The story of my life, I take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time
    (He'll do anything to have some of those moments back)
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
    (The past is frozen in photographs)
    The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    (He is reminiscing but cant remember certain things)

    Written on these walls are
    The colors that I can't change
    (You cant change it)

    I know that in the morning now
    I see ascending light upon a hill
    Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still
    (He's sad from spending all night thinking about whats gone)

    And I've been waiting for this time to come around
    But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds
    (Chasing the past is like chasing clouds - pointless and impossible. Its time to move on and live in the now)
    Nomih3on November 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song makes total sense to me. Like as if it were written about me.
    It's about constantly hurting people. For OneDirection it's that they feel that with each girl they individually come across, it starts off well, and they have the best intentions but they always eventually hurt her because although they hold on to her and have an open heart to her and want to love her, they don't 'actually' love her on the inside.

    "Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
    I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days"

    they have so many many memories and regrets of things they have done and they have no idea why they did them. "that I can't explain"
    they have an open heart to their girls but then they feel like they've used their own love up until it's empty.

    "She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones

    Everything can change overnight. He acts different in the morning because he's not sure what he's feeling. He's confused because he knows he should love her but he doesn't feel it. And she senses that. So deep down inside she doesn't feel the same about the two of them anymore.

    "It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone"

    This same process happens time after time. Girl after girl. They feel like they have a reputation of hurting girls and someday when they die this reputation will be engraved on their tomb stones.

    "And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The ground beneath my feet is open wide"

    He wants to run away from the hurt he's caused. The ground beneath his feet is open to go find a new life. New people. New reputations.

    "The way that I've been holdin' on too tight
    With nothing in between"

    He holds on to the girl so tightly when really there's no emotional attachment there between him to her.

    "The story of my life, I take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)"

    it always happens the same way. He romances her. He thinks he loves her and he'd do anything to keep her happy. And in that moment, time is frozen because that's where he wishes that the relationship's dynamics would stay.

    "The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)"

    It happens time and time again, he gives her hope to begin with and then as his love fades he spends hers until she feels so broken from confusion of where she stands in every moment that she's with him.

    "Written on these walls are
    The colors that I can't change"

    All these memories are unchangeable

    "Leave my heart open
    But it stays right here in it's cage"

    Although my heart always seems open and although I'm open to relationships, my heart is bound by uncertainty and an unwillingness to fully open up to any girl. It's locked up.

    "I know that in the morning now
    I see ascending light upon a hill"

    he knows that there will be a silver lining with each new day that comes along. Even though he feels so awful it will get better.

    "Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still"

    Even though his heart is broken, it's broken because of the hurt he feels for hurting the girl. Not because she tamed his heart, because his heart can't ever be tamed.

    "And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The fire beneath my feet is burning bright"

    The ground beneath his feet is burning him. Because of all the pain he feels in every moment he spends still surrounded by the same broken relationships. So he just wants to run away.

    "And I've been waiting for this time to come around
    But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds"

    Now he realises he actually loves her but she won't have a bar of it because of the past. And that's the story of his life. That's just how it goes.


    - I believe that the official video clip for this song is representing themselves the way they were before they became guys who hurt people. The pictures are memories of times that they wish they could go back to. And it also represents the idea that their families are always going to be there. So no matter how much they screw up, they can still come back to their families and be accepted for the good that they are.
    BrittanyMareeon November 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningthis song is about love......and offers family and home (where we grown) as one of the best places to find the real love.
    (although it is hard to remember the past and the past dedications....while all I (as a young person) am thinking about is NOW)
    and also this song asks us to change our life on our own.....rather than just expecting the others to provide us a lovely life!!!!!
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    Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain.........(mentioning the memories)
    I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days........(love+passivity ـــــــــ> no result)

    She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones........( when I was OK; I figured it out that something's wrong in my life )

    It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone (my desire to be loved consiously (being concious that other peopel love me) will stay forever.....but I am a passive person!!!)

    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The ground beneath my feet is open wide
    The way that I've been holdin' on too tight
    With nothing in between
    ...........(recent strategy was ineffective)

    The story of my life, I take her home......... (returning to family to find love)
    I drive all night...........(emergency) to keep her warm and time
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)...............(my mind is full of RECENT events and It is hard to remember the past self-devotion of people I loved them some days in the past)

    The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)............(finding an important source of motivation: my own heart!!!!ـــــــــــــ> clemency( share my love)ـــــــــــــ> try to melt the glaciers),,,,,,,,now I'm an active person!

    Written on these walls are
    The colors that I can't change
    Leave my heart open
    But it stays right here in it's cage..............(my resistance to change my life)

    I know that in the morning now .............( I'm OK!...(the dark era finished!))
    I see ascending light upon a hill.......... ( I can remember somebodies love me!)
    Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still ..................(needing to be loved+ mentioning recent passivity)

    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
    The way that I've been holdin' on so tight
    With nothing in between..................(confess that recent strategy was ineffective)


    And I've been waiting for this time to come around
    But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds........(stating the reason of the passivity......"I am not such a POTATO!!!")

    The story of my life
    I take her home
    I drive all night
    To keep her warm and time
    Is frozen

    The story of my life I give her hope (give her hope)
    I spend her love until she's broke (until she's broke inside)
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

    The story of my life
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
    The story of my life

    (I've made my decision!!!!!!!..........count on me!)
    nowherearchiton December 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe this about someone who is giving everything into a relationship and he continues to try and keep pushing forward to make her happy. The Lines in the chorus seem to be someone who keeps being there for someone because of how much the love them but they know that after it all it will just go back to something he doesn't want. He really wants things happen again and he understands what hes doing to himself chasing somebody who just wont be there.
    tcruz2014on January 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWell in an interview, Zayn said that he thinks the message of the song is to remember all of the details in your life that make up the story of your life. He said it's about remembering the people and relationships that you had that make you who you are today.
    swaggoton October 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI don't think it's about a girl not loving him back. Watch the video, you'll understand. Even in the song title "Story of my life". It kinda gives you a show that they're talking about them.

    "It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone"
    I think it's about all the good memories that made them who they were today.

    The video shows them recreating the old photos of them growing up. They're moving around in the pictures as if saying they'll forever remember those good times and moments. Like they'll cherish tose happy moments.

    This song made me cry and the video along with it. I recommend atching it ♥
    AmberBellon November 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI agree with VeeWima 100% . I even cried the first time I saw the video. I think it is about leaving their mothers with a broken heart every time they leave home to chase the the journey of fame. They were chasing fame, now they are chasing time to spend with their mothers/family. I think it is a very thoughtful song. I love it!!!.
    ___ ___________ _____ __________ _____________ ______ ______
    My undesrtanding of the song.


    Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
    I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days

    ***I believe in this paragraph they explain that their 'real self' is within the walls of their family's home. Even though they can be and go whatever they want, at some point they just want to stay a little bit the way they were before being famous.****



    She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones
    It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone

    *** Here is when their moms tell them that fame is changing them but with all the fame their moms are still their mums and the ones from who they get the most truthful, wise, powerful and disciplinary words no matter who they believe they are. We all know that when our moms talk, that means 'business' and we better listen. these words always stay until the end of our lives with us.
    ***


    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The ground beneath my feet is open wide
    The way that I've been holdin' on too tight
    With nothing in between

    ***In this paragraph, they explain how they feel being on their own and how scare they are***


    The story of my life, I take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
    The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

    ***Here they talk about the unconditional love their moms have for them and how the little moments they spend together are more meaningful now and how they would like those moments to last longer. They convince her that is for a good reason that they are leaving, knowing that their mom's heart will be broke inside after giving it all for them and them being selfish using all her love to do what they want.***



    Written on these walls are
    The colors that I can't change
    Leave my heart open
    But it stays right here in it's cage

    ***Here they explain that with their families they see the real person they are. their real 'self' doesn't change and even if they go somewhere else, their heart stays with their moms imprisoned with their love"****


    I know that in the morning now
    I see ascending light upon a hill
    Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still

    *** Here they talk about the reflectors, lights, cameras, fame that await them when they leave home and although their heart is broken, at the same time, the little rascals they were stay within, meaning that for their families they are not more than what they were before being famous.****



    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
    The way that I've been holdin' on so tight
    With nothing in between

    ***Here they describe the excitement they feel when they leave home, they looked for it so hard and now they got it and they take it for what it is.***



    The story of my life, I'll take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
    The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

    And I've been waiting for this time to come around
    But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

    **** Here the first paragraph repeats, but the second means that either 'when they refer to the word 'baby' they talk about their moms that are never completely happy with what they do and the time they spend together, or they talk about the fame that changes all the time and it is so demanding.*****


    The story of my life
    I take her home
    I drive all night
    To keep her warm and time
    Is frozen

    The story of my life I give her hope (give her hope)
    I spend her love until she's broke (until she's broke inside)
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

    The story of my life
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
    The story of my life


    Anyway, that's my understanding of this song, I think it is lovely and the video is very moving. As I said before, I love it!
    Ela007on November 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry but you cant go by a video,every artist almost has Their Video Nothing To Do With What Theyre Singin About If Your Writing A Song For Your Mom You Dont Say Baby When Your Talking To Her Your Meaning Of That Part Is So Off Lol And Saying She Dont Feel The Same In Her Bones, I Just Think Its About A Loved One In General And theyve Left It Open To Being A Lover Or Someone They Care For. Sone Things in The Song Just Eh Dont Sound Like Talking To their Mother, Video Is Just To Entertain Or Get You thinkin
    tammyjayon December 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationBefore and aside from the music video I interpreted this song a different way. I believe it's about one relationship that both parties want so desperately to work but for whatever reason just can't...

    "Written in these walls are the stories that I can't explain
    I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days"

    Many memories exist, and hes open to love...

    "She told me in the morning
    She don't feel the same about us in her bones
    It seems to me that when I die
    These words will be written on my stone"

    She can't feel the feelings he feels, it's changed, and by saying the words will be written on his stone I believe he is implying that this is not something new to the relationship.. it will be on his stone because hes spent his life trying to make it right...

    "The story of my life, I take her home
    I drive all night to keep her warm and time
    Is frozen (the story of, the story of)
    The story of my life, I give her hope
    I spend her love until she's broke, inside
    The story of my life (the story of, the story of)"

    He spends his moments making her happy, trying to give her everything, and she tries to love him but in the end his desperation and efforts are in vain because as hard as she tries to love she cannot and she is broken because as much as it SHOULD be right, its not. They arent getting anywhere, they are frozen in time and he keeps giving her love and she keeps holding on hoping its enough only to realize it changes nothing...

    "Written on these walls are
    The colors that I can't change
    Leave my heart open
    But it stays right here in it's cage"

    He's open to her love but she cant give it back... Its left there alone, he cant make her love him, she cant make herself.

    "I know that in the morning now
    I see ascending light upon a hill
    Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still
    And I'll be gone, gone tonight
    The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
    The way that I've been holdin' on so tight
    With nothing in between

    And I've been waiting for this time to come around
    But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds"

    He sees there is some future after this love and that he has to seize it for happiness because while he could chase her forever... its clear from the rest of the song that nothing will change...

    Sometimes we love people and no amount of effort or trying can force the chemistry... you cant make someone love you, and you cant make yourself love someone else.
    jaymev02on December 15, 2013   Link

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