Onerepublic Songs: "Feel Again" Song Meaning and Lyrics

Updated on February 23, 2017

OneRepublic Native album, featuring "Feel again"

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The meaning behind the music

Sometimes life can become as monotonous as a million and one bad relationships, especially if the bad ones are one right after another. Sure relationships can be great and all-that-jazz, when you find the right one, but a bad relationship can leave you feeling bitter or even just plain numb.

Have you ever been through something so unbearable that you simply can't feel anything anymore (even if the feeling is pleasurable)? Well, if you have, fear not because it's a natural built-in defense mechanisms that all humans have. In many cases, this experience is only temporary, lasting anywhere from a day to multiple years, but in some cases, it can be permanent. For example, in permanent cases, psychologists and doctors alike refer to these patients as ones with a "seared conscious." Usually, the mind of those who's conscious have been seared are so degraded, that apathy is the only thing left for them to feel for others; these people, with a seared conscious, are clinically known as psychopaths by society.

Having distinguished between different types of people unable to feel, "feel again" is not talking about the permanent, psychotic form of numbness, but the type of numbness that's temporary, and feels agonizingly permanent. Can you relate? OneRepublic is describing a feeling that leaves you without anger, without pain, and without even feeling resentment; they're describing a feeling that just leaves you numb, painless, and emotionless. Yet, the beauty of all OneRepublic songs is to send a message, usually centered around emotion; as a result, the song isn't centered around feeling numb, it's centered around the burst of emotion awakened (by real love) after feeling numb for what may seem like an eternity. A classic OneRepublic move: to talk about one's feelings.

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Analyzing the song for the sake of the music itself

Like previously stated, "Feel again" is centered around the concept of feeling a large surge of positive energy or a burst of emotion, after having felt nothing at all for what seems like a century. Of course, OneRepublic blames this surge of feeling on finding love or a meaningful relationship, which seems to be the primary focus for many of their songs. (So, If you're into the whole mushy-gushy garbage that's a figment of many people's imagination, then OneRepublic's probably the band for you because that's all they sing about: love).

The first stanza of "Feel again" basically describes how a person has had their eye on someone for a while, wanting to be with them, but they've been ignoring their own desire by trying to fill it with someone else. Obviously, no one else can satisfy their desire like the one they have their eye on; hence, the lyric "praying like a fool that's been on the run," which highlights the individual's high hopes of landing a chance with that special someone.

Again, the second stanza only further highlights how the individual believes that no one else could ever fill the gap like the one they're lusting after. As OneRepublic states, "I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing, yeah, my heart is numb," which basically infers that he's tried a little of this person and a little of that person, but no one can give him the kind of feelings that he's searching for.

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The third and fourth stanza of the song basically just repeats the same concepts seen in the first and second stanzas. However, the chorus helps listeners to understand a transition from feeling numb to feeling a surge of emotion with the lyrics "I'm feeling better ever since you know me, I was a lonely soul but that's the old me." Ironically, these lyrics don't really describe whether the individual landed his catch or not, whereas the lyrics "but with you, I feel again" do. Obviously, "but with you" means "now that I'm with you" and that the two are currently as one. Luckily, this lyric ("but with you") comes in before other, so the opportunity for mistranslation is slim to none. Additionally, the lyric is sung as "But with you, I feel again," not "But with you, I could feel again." Due to the tense used with "Feel again's" lyrics, it's apparent that song is about a present-tense situation, where one is currently in the process of feeling again.

However, not to be a pessimist, but if this relationship doesn't last, then his heart will be right back to feeling numb, and I'll have yet another song to blab about. Anyway, it's obviously yet another love song produced by OneRepublic about yet another love that the lead singer, Ryan Tedder, currently has. As a result, the primary focus of "Feel again" is Ryan's life changing for the better. I guess that's the true beauty about life: it's always changing. Yet, then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it? (Life may change for the better, or it might change for the worse; it all depends on your perspective, your influences, who you are, and all-that-jazz).

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OneRepublic "Feel again" Official Lyrics

It's been a long time coming since I've seen your face
I've been everywhere and back trying to replace
Everything that I had 'til my feet went numb
Praying like a fool that's been on the run

Heart's still beating but it's not working
It's like a million dollar phone that you just can't ring
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
Yeah, my heart is numb

But with you
I feel again
Yeah, with you
I can feel again

Yeah

Woo-hoo [x4]

I'm feeling better ever since you know me
I was a lonely soul but that's the old me

It's been a long time coming since I've seen your face
I've been everywhere and back trying to replace
Everything that I broke 'til my feet went numb
[Album version:] Praying like a fool just shot the gun
[Radio version:] Praying like a fool just shy of a gun

Heart still beating but it's not working
It's like a hundred thousand voices that just can't sing
I reached out trying to love but I feel nothing
Oh, my heart is numb

But with you
I feel again
Yeah, with you
I can feel again

But with you
(I'm feeling better ever since you know me)
I feel again
(I was a lonely soul but that's the old me)
Yeah, with you
(I'm feeling better ever since you know me)
I can feel again
(I was a lonely soul)

Woo-hoo [x5]

(I'm feeling better ever since you know me)
(I was a lonely soul, but that's the old me)
(I'm feeling better ever since you know me)
(I was a lonely soul, but that's the old me)
(I'm feeling better ever since you know me)
(I was a lonely soul, but that's the old me)

I'm feeling better ever since you know me
I was a lonely soul but that's the old me
A little wiser now from what you've shown me
Yeah, I feel again
Feel again...

Woo-hoo

Source: azlyrics.com

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        Shelley Watson 4 years ago

        Thank you for doing this - I really enjoyed your explanation and listening to the song with 'new ears'. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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