"Death Defying Acts" as written by and Julia Stone Angus Stone....
Never perform a death defying act
And I won't fall
I'm brave, I can save the very small
I'm everything, but I'm nothing at all

You compare my light to the sky
Why do you try to make me better than the divine?
Isn't the same, don't give it a name
Let me remain, let me remain

I'm everything I've ever been
I'm everything I've ever seen
I'm everything that slowly falls
I'm everything and I'm nothing at all

I will perform a dead defying miracle
For someone with the chemicals to believe
I'm brave, but I've bravely understated
I can't save you from what you've taken
And leave

You compare our love to the to the sun
What have you done, is there no limit to the
Prizes we've won?
Isn't the same, don't give it a name
Let me remain, let me remain

I am everything I have ever been
I am everything I've ever seen
I am everything that slowly falls
I am everything and I'm nothing at all
I am nothing at all

I will perform a dead defying magic show
For those of you who wanna go some place else
I'm brave but I can't save you
From the things you won't change for yourself

You compare my light to the moon, what are you doing?
What are you doing?
It isn't the same, don't give it a name
Let me remain, let me remain

I am everything I have ever been
I am everything I have ever seen
I am everything that slowly falls
I am everything and I am nothing at all
I am nothing at all


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"Death Defying Acts" as written by Julia Stone Angus Stone

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    My InterpretationI believe this is about being in a relationship with someone who's too clingy/needy and emotionally dependent.

    "I will perform a dead defying act
    And I won't fall
    I'm brave, I can save the very small
    I'm everything..."
    ================
    He sees her as someone who can perform death defying acts without faltering. he sees her as a savior, as everything.


    "but I'm nothing at all"
    But she's really none of that.


    "You compare my light to the sky
    Why do you try, to make me better than the divine"
    =================
    He idealizes her too much.


    "It isn't the same, don't give it a name"
    =================
    not sure.

    Let me remain
    Let me remain
    =================
    It's chocking her. He's too needy It doesn't leave a room for her.


    "I'm everything I've ever been
    I'm everything I've ever seen
    I'm everything that slowly falls
    I'm everything and I'm nothing at all"
    =================
    Who she truly is. She's just the same regular, mortal person she's ever been.


    "I will perform a death defying miracle
    For someone with the chemicals to believe"
    ==============
    It's only the chemicals of love in his brain that make him so faithfully convinced in her ability to perform death defying miracles. Again, he's idealizing her too much.


    "I am brave, but I've gravely understated
    I can't SAVE you from what you've taken and leave"
    ====================
    He relies on her to save him, to give him things he should readily have. But she can't. She can't save him from his troubles. Only he can make himself truly happy.


    "You compare our love to the sun, what have you done?"
    =============================
    He's sensationalizes the relationship to an extreme, and it's irritating her 'what have you done?'


    "There's a limit to the prizes we've won"
    ==========================
    There's a limit what their love could provide.
    magdion June 30, 2015   Link

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