"Reasons For Living" as written by and Duncan Sheik....
Everyone's looking, everyone hides
Everyone's telling everyone lies
We're changing the subject, we're turning away
Away from the heart of it all

You say you are happy
Do you think this is fun?
Well it's only a firefly to the light of the sun
You say this is living, you feel so alive
Well you know everything dies

[Chorus]
Even my wonder, even my fear
Only amount to a couple of tears
There is a rhythm, it's near and it's far
It flows through the heart of us

Welcome to another day
It don't seem that different 'cause nothing has changed
I try to remember, try to remember
When we were just running in place
Reasons for living, never come cheap
But even your best ones can put me to sleep
What I am saying or trying to say
Is that there must be a better way

[Chorus]

It's already in you, it's already there
You may disagree, but I don't really care
Did you ever find out, did you ever find out
What's at the heart of us?
Did you ever find out
Did you ever find out what's at the heart?

Tell me all your wildest dreams
You don't really care, you don't know what they mean
Raiding in the closets, skeleton keys
You know it's easier than you think

[Chorus]

Reasons for living are all really fine,
Leaving me cold thought they're not really mine
Did you ever find out, did you ever find out
What's at the heart of us.

I don't know
I don't know


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"Reasons for Living" as written by Duncan Sheik

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    General Commentwow.. I can't believe this song hasn't been commented on yet. It is probably one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard - imo.
    For the record:

    "It's already in you, it's already there
    You may disagree, but I don't really care
    Did you ever find out, did you ever find out
    What's at the heart of us?
    Did you ever find out, did you ever find out..
    What's at the heart?
    Tell me all you wildest dreams
    I don't really care if you don't know what they mean
    We're raiding the closets with skeleton keys
    You know it's easier than you think."

    That's the greatest part, but the entire song, really, is great.
    Museicalinon July 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you Museicalin. . .This is another one of my favorites of Duncan's. . .Great song.
    FyreGoddesson August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis was the song playing in a music store back in 1996 that convinced me to buy the album. At first I thought it was a new Howard Jones CD, but I learned later he was playing the piano on the album!

    Seriously, if you like this song, also get a copy of 'Human's Lib' and listen to 'Hide and Seek' - it's nearly the same distant piano and strings. Even the lyrics are similar:

    Everything that you see
    Hope you find it in everything
    Everything that you see
    Hope you find it

    The basis of both of the songs comes from the author's mutual belief in Buddhism - in fact, that's how Sheik and Jones met - in a Buddhist temple!

    Looking for the inner light is a lifelong job to a Buddhist, where self-examination of purpose and even reality itself is often questioned. They are beautiful songs in an of themselves or taken together.
    ctlizyrdon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA nice split view on life in a depressive state, probably talking to someone else he cares about and being depressed because they seem to be settling for something that just isn't fair to him or her....lifestyle? Another man or lover?

    In any case, she seems to admire him for what he feels and believes or him putting up his wonder and fears in comparison probably wouldn't mean much. I mean, I'd like to think the obvious - that it's really progressive and kinda "get back on your feet" type of song based on the third verse. But the music is so morose and somber and he seems to convince me of his pessimism in the first part of the song so well, I'm actually skeptical. In any case, I've used both "reasons for living" lines several times, especially the first one: "Reasons for living never come cheap, but even your best ones can put me to sleep". Meh, I'm just bouncing ideas off here, I don't really know. The song has always meant a lot to me either way.
    T_D_Phoenixon October 26, 2007   Link

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