November 06, 2013 12:00 PM

I CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD

A bomb goes off in a far-off city

A siren wails right here at home

Sometimes life ain’t all that pretty

When you’re watching it all alone

You build a wall around your feelings

Just another heart afraid to break

And you don’t wanna let me in

‘Cause really, what difference can I make

I can’t change the world

Baby, that’s for sure

But if you let me, girl

I can change yours

I bet I can change yours

So let Jesus look down on this madness

And let the powers that be just fuss and fight

‘Cause everyone needs to pick their battles

And me I realize

That I can’t change the world

Baby, that’s for sure

But if you let me, girl

I can change yours

I bet I can change yours

And every time you light a flame

You just get burned

And you feel like it’s all in vain

You feel like you need to learn

That no one’s gonna save you

No, no one’s gonna save you

But I’m standing here

My heart’s on my sleeve

Never gonna let you down

Never ever gonna leave you

Baby, that’s for sure

Whoa, I can’t change the world

But I can change yours

I bet I can change yours

“This started as an up-tempo song, but there was no gravity. It became cinematic instantly when it slowed down.”

“I’m trying to create this image that even in your own home, as you hide from all this, you’re surrounded. And by yourself, the world seems twice as scary a place to live.”

“The girl in the song is slightly damaged, probably fresh out of heartbreak. She thinks, ‘If I trust you, you can hurt me.'”

“The tone changes to hope right away—hoping she’ll let you in. Hoping your life has more meaning because you have her.”

“I thought of that great Abraham Lincoln quote: ‘I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.’ There are things we can’t control, and you either sit back and be helpless or you change the things you can.”

“It’s saying, ‘I’m giving you the power. I’m totally willing to risk it all. I could get my heart broke, but I’m jumping in the pool and I’m having faith that there is water in the pool. And I’ll be everything you need me to be.'”

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