"The Fall" as written by and Daniel Wayne Sermon Dan Reynolds....
Maybe I'm broken
Maybe I'm wrong
I could've spoken sooner than I should have
Only the good die old
That's what they told me
But I don't know, whoa

Maybe I'm breaking up with myself
Maybe I'm thinking I should just keep
To the things that I've been told
Wait for the colors to turn to gold

Do you know
Do you know
You're all I know
You're all I know
When everything
Comes crashing down
You're all I know
You're all I know

I'm ready for the fall
I'm ready for everything that I believed in to
Drift away
Ready for the leaves
Ready for the colors to burn to gold
And crumble away

Maybe I'm destined to be distraught
Always a reason
Breaking me down to my knees in the dead of night
I keep on praying to see the light, oh

Maybe I'm breaking up with myself
Maybe I'm thinking I should just keep
To the things that I've been told
Wait for the colors to turn to gold

Do you know
Do you know
You're all I know
You're all I know
When everything
Comes crashing down
You're all I know
You're all I know

Do you know
Do you know
You're all I know
You're all I know
When everything
Comes crashing down
You're all I know
You're all I know

I'm ready for the fall
I'm ready for everything that I believed in to
Drift away
Ready for the leaves
Ready for the colors to burn to gold
And crumble away

You were the one
You were the one
You were the one
Who helped me see
You were the one
You were the one
Oh you gave it all to me

You were the one
You were the one
You were the one
Who helped me see
You were the one
You were the one
Oh you gave it all to me

You were the one
You were the one
You were the one
Who helped me see
You were the one
You were the one
Oh you gave it all to me

You were the one
You were the one
You were the one
Who helped me see
You were the one
You were the one
Oh you gave it all to me

You were the one
You were the one
You were the one
Who helped me see
You were the one
You were the one
Oh you gave it all to me

You were the one
You were the one (Do you know)
You were the one (Do you know)
Who helped me see
You were the one (Do you know)
You were the one (Do you know)
Oh you gave it all to me

I'm ready for the fall
Ready for the leaves
Ready for the colors to
Burn to gold and crumble away


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"The Fall" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds Benjamin Arthur Mckee

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    Song MeaningSo I actually had a much different feel with this song that the other interpretations. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is mine, this is why I believe Dan wrote this song

    I believe this song is about trials in life and when you can't go any further on your own, you give yourself up to God so you can ultimately become a better person after the trail.

    First we must understand that God gives us trials so he can break us down in order to build us up in a better way.

    Maybe I'm broken maybe I'm wrong:
    [going through trials and trying to understand why makes you ask questions like that, similar to, why me? What did I do to deserve this? Etc.]

    I could've spoken sooner than I shouldve
    only the good die old
    That's what they told me but I don't know
    [once again wondering what they could've done wrong that would give them this trial, then wondering if he's "good" and will make it through this life, or die old]

    Maybe I'm breaking up with myself
    [once again questioning why he is going through these times]

    Maybe I'm think I should just keep to the things that I've been told
    [realizing what is happening and realizing he must do what he does when faced with a trial and...wait for the colors to turn to gold]

    Wait for the colors to turn to gold
    [trust in God and let "the fall" happen(I'll give my interpretation of what "the fall" means later]

    Do you know? Do you know?
    You're all I know your all I know
    When everything, comes crashing down
    Your all I know, your all I know
    [whenever faced with a trial all he's known to do is to trust in God, that is all he knows, he does not know why he's going through his trial but he knows that God knows why, and has a purpose.

    I'm ready for the fall
    [He's ready for "the fall" the changing of seasons, falling as in giving it up, the fall has many metaphors in this song]

    I'm ready for everything that I believe in to drift away
    [he's giving up everything he thought he knew to a greater being that knows what is best for him]

    Im ready for the leaves
    I'm ready for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away
    [once again many metaphors with "the fall" in this instance having to do with the seasons, leaves and colors changing, like himself changing after this trail, but we must understand in this line that he's putting emphasis in the fact that he's letting "the fall" happen, that he's understanding that he needs this trial to become a better person]

    Maybe I'm destined to be distraught
    [thinking that maybe this trial is his fault and his is "destined" to be this way]

    Always a reason breaking my down to my knees in the dead of night
    [there is always something making him pray to God for help]

    I keep on praying to see the light
    [realizing he must let "the fall" happen he now prays to "see the light" or understand what God is trying to teach him.]

    Maybe I'm thinking I should Just keep tot the things that I've been told,
    Wait for the colors to burn to gold
    [refer to the first time this line was said in verse one]

    Pre chorus and chorus plays again, restating what is said and meant in the first time through.


    Now in the bridge I feel that he has let the fall happen and is giving thanks to God and Jesus, and also realizing the purpose of the trial. In which we we can be greatful for after we've gone through them.

    You were the one, you were the one
    You were the one who helped me see
    [telling God he is the one who helped him change, realize, be humbled etc. And he helped him through these hard times]

    You were the one you were the one,
    Oh you gave it all to me
    [once again giving God thanks, God gave it all
    to him or helped him realize the answer to all his questions stated in the verses of the song. Which are that trials make us better and build us up] [also thanks to Jesus, he gave up his life and suffered for all of us, he literally gave it ALL to us]

    Keeps going through repeating those lines putting emphasis on them.

    I'm ready for the leaves
    I'm ready for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away.
    [he now knows why trials happen and states again that he's ready for "the fall"]

    In this song, "the fall" has many different meanings, some I thought of were the changing season, leaves "falling", leaves changing, leaves crumbling and falling so more can grow back next spring that are better, actually "falling" as in giving yourself up. They are many meaning and I think we call all agree that this is a very great song and Dan puts some real thought into his lyrics and some real emotion in his songs. This was my interpretation of the meaning.
    Good job making it to the end, you are a true ID fan.
    7stewon December 23, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about breaking up with someone who you're still very much in love with but both of you know that the relationship can't continue because its not working for various reasons. I don't think the two people in the relationship are bitter at each other or angry I don't get that feeling listening to the lyrics.

    I think the line "I'm waiting for the fall" refers to the season rather than a physical fall. The colour of the leaves changing and crumbling like the relationship. Maybe the summer was the best part of their relationship and they know once Fall is done there will be winter which will be the end.

    It sounds like to me that by the last few lines in the song he's resigning himself to the inevitable end.

    I really like this song. At the same time it just makes me feel so sad because some relationships whilst they're amazing and you both work so well together just aren't meant to last once you get to a certain point. I think its probably the saddest on the album.
    Imiodjuson March 05, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe wants to change but is frighten to open new doors. So instead, he waits and hopes for something will change for him.
    limpbizkiton July 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could written this about my therapist. Perhaps it about learning a new way to think, believe, live. My thought is you can meet someone that changes your way of thinking that is healing to your soul. The fall represents giving up the old words you heard and understand that your instincts about who you really are is a gift to be shared and not hidden. What a relief to have someone love you for who you truly are and a gift to have them show you who you truly are.
    whatsthediffon July 21, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGuys this song is about the Fall of Adam. They're Mormon.
    Lizziej1on March 09, 2016   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this song is that it reflects on life as an atheist who has a religious family. He thinks that his family would hate him for not believing in God, while in the chorus he argues with god saying..."Do you know, Do you know?" And "what do you know?" These are either arguments with the relatives or god.

    It shows that the singer has lost something precious in his life, making him turn into an atheist, as most people do when the lose a loved one.

    He then comes to the realization that he is left alone in this situation because his family rejects him, (because of his atheist beliefs) and says..."When everything
    Comes crashing down You're all I know, You're all I know" stating that when everything goes to shit, he's only got god.

    Now, the final part of the chorus says.."I'm ready for the fall Ready for the leaves Ready for the colors to Burn to gold and crumble away" in this case the leaves are his loved ones, and the tree they fall off is his FAMILY tree. So when the leaves "Burn to gold and crumble away" is implying that when the crumble they die.

    My favorite part of the song is..You were the one
    "You were the one (Do you know) You were the one (Do you know) Who helped me see You were the one (Do you know)You were the one (Do you know)"

    This shows that the faith of the singer is changed in and out when his relatives pass away. Or it could mean that he pretends to believe in God when in actuality he doesn't.

    Just my thoughts on it. If you read through all of this then you are a loyal soldier.
    ted1171985on August 14, 2016   Link

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