"Immortals" as written by and Pete Wentz Patrick Stump....
They say we are what we are,
But we don't have to be,
I'm bad behavior but I do it in the best way,
I'll be the watcher (watcher) of the eternal flame,
I'll be the guard dog of all your favorite dreams,

(Ooh)
I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass (glass, glass)
(Ooh)
I try to picture me without you but I can't

'Cause we could be immortals, immortals
Just not for long, for long,
And live with me forever now,
You pull the blackout curtains down,
Just not for long, for long,
We could be immor- immortals,
Immor- immortals,
Immor- immortals,
Immor- immortals,

Sometimes the only pay off for having any faith,
Is when it's tested again and again everyday,
I'm still comparing your past to my future,
It might be your wound but they're my sutures,
(Ooh)
I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass (glass, glass)
(Ooh)
I try to picture me without you but I can't

'Cause we could be immortals, immortals
Just not for long, for long,
And live with me forever now,
You pull the blackout curtains down,
Just not for long, for long,
We could be immor- immortals,
Immor- immortals,

(Immortals)
And live with me forever now,
And pull the blackout curtains down,

We could be immortals, immortals
Just not for long, for long,
We could be immor- immortals,
Immor- immortals
Immor- immortals
Immor- immortals
(Immortals)


Lyrics submitted by Siri_, edited by Mactire

"Immortals" as written by Joe Trohman Andy Hurley

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    General CommentThe song "Immortals" was created for the animation "Big Hero 6." It played while the main characters were suiting up and becoming superheroes. I may spoil some of the movie in my analysis, so be warned.
    The band said the song was modeled on the concept of an underdog stepping into a bigger role, taking the hero role of the protagonist’s brother. Hiro’s actions and even what he says near the end of the film parallel the actions and sayings of Tadashi (the brother) at the beginning of the film. That meaning is made clearer in the lyrics.

    1) “They say we are what we are / But we don’t have to be / I’m glad to hate you but I do it in the best way / I’ll be the watcher of the eternal flame / I’ll be the guard dog of all your fever dreams”

    The first lines fit with the FOB’s meaning. The focus of the song is on underdogs who “don’t have to be” losers. The concept that people can be more than they are said to be is central to the film. I think the “you” of this song is *spoiler* Hiro’s dead brother but the third line confuses me. Perhaps Hiro resented his brother because he knew the dangers of doing what led to his death but still did it. The fourth line refers to an “eternal flame,” which is often a memorial (like the flame under the Arc de Triomphe) and the fifth line refers to “fever dreams,” or fever-induced nightmares. The idea of being a “watcher” or a “guard dog” is a heroic one. Hiro stepped up to a heroic position (pun intended) to avenge his brother’s death. More than that, Hiro preserves his brother’s memory by watching over Baymax, the machine his brother worked so hard to create.

    2) “I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass (glass, glass) / I try to picture me without you but I can’t / ‘Cause we could be immortals, immortals / Just not for long, for long”

    “The sand in the bottom half of the hourglass” is the time that has already passed and is waiting to pass again. Where Hiro’s brother has no time left, Hiro’s hourglass is going to continue getting flipped over. Moreover, the hourglass has two important parts: the top and the bottom half. These halves continually take one another’s roles. Where Tadashi played the heroic role, now Hiro must step up to become the hero. (On a side note, I’m pretty sure Hiro is meant to sound like Hero–the move is called “Big Hero 6,” after all.) In the movie, Hiro has a hard time dealing with his brother’s death. In essence, he tries to “picture [himself] without [Tadashi] but [he] can’t.” Hiro learns to accept that Tadashi will be remembered through his friends and family (and Baymax), and in this way, Tadashi is immortalized. The idea with being immortal is also consistent with the scene the song plays in, where the group “suits up,” if you will. Still, no one can remain forever. The paradox of being immortal but “not for long.” Words, stories, and memories may immortalize a person in a way, but it’s not full immortality; everything that we know has an end.

    For more analysis of "Immortals" and other Fall Out Boy songs, check out my blog, toriphelps.wordpress.com/blog/. I hope this helps!
    misstori123on March 13, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song was written for Big Hero 6 so everything applies to the movie - mostly Tadashi and Hiro's relationship.

    First of all, Tadashi is talking to Hiro in this song giving him advice from the grave in a sort of way.

    "They say we are what we are,
    But we don't have to be"

    Society puts a lock on people and tells them they can never be more than what they are. This song is saying that it doesn't have to be that we and we can do whatever we want. Tadashi is telling Hiro that he can be whatever he wants.

    "I'm bad behavior but I do it in the best way"

    This line really STUMPs me. (pun intended)

    "I'll be the watcher (watcher) of the eternal flame,
    I'll be the guard dog of all your fever dreams"

    I interpret eternal flame as passion in the world and peoples' dreams, so I think Tadashi is reassuring Hiro that he'll protect him. And he'll protect Hiro's dreams, as well.

    (Ooh)
    "I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass" (glass, glass)

    Sand at the bottom of an hourglass is time that has passed and can never come back again, therefore saying that Tadashi's time is over, but Hiro's time is still running. I also like what misstori123 wrote about how Hiro is taking Tadashi's role as the hero.

    (Ooh)
    "I try to picture me without you but I can't"

    Tadashi means so much to Hiro that Hiro doesn't think he could be anything without him. Tadashi completes Hiro.

    "'Cause we could be immortals, immortals
    Just not for long, for long,"

    This is honestly one of the best lines in a song I've ever heard. The literal concept of living forever but not forever is contradictory - it doesn't work, and that's so creative and I love Pete Wentz. So I like to think that immortal doesn't mean literally living forever, but feeling like you could live forever. There are moments when you feel on top of the world, like nothing could take you down, but that feeling doesn't last for long. This applies to Big Hero 6 because when Hiro won the scholarship, he felt like everything was right, but that ended quickly with the fire and all.

    "And live with me forever now,"

    Also, Tadashi can live forever in Hiro's memory, living with him.

    "You pull the blackout curtains down,"

    Pulling curtains down is like ending the show, like blacking out the rest of the world, and you can be immortal in that way, when you're isolated.

    "Just not for long, for long,"

    None of that is actually forever though, because everything ends.

    We could be immor- immortals,
    Immor- immortals,
    Immor- immortals,
    Immor- immortals,

    "Sometimes the only pay off for having any faith,
    Is when it's tested again and again everyday,"

    Faith is believing in something or someone or a religion or an idea or whatever, and the only real prize for holding onto that faith so strongly is when it becomes stronger from being tested and questioned all the time.

    "I'm still comparing your past to my future,"

    Hiro is comparing what Tadashi was to what he will be. He wants to be just like his big brother.

    "It might be your wound but they're my sutures,"

    This line is separate from all others. It's about how someone's pain or trauma can be another person's safety net. Perhaps this person doesn't realize how difficult something was for another and perceives it as a good thing.

    Then the chorus repeats.

    This is only my take on the song - feel free to agree or disagree or add more or whatever.
    hunniebadgeron June 19, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this is about fleeting moments of assurance that a relationship is gonna go fine, even though you know it'll eventually end. Despite this knowledge, you still love them regardless.
    chlamydiaon November 14, 2014   Link

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