Before I finished my last few weeks of college, one of my favorite artists, Avicii, passed away at the age of 28. Everyone has that one artist with music that resonates with them and the lyrics are deeply relatable. I have been listening to his music for a long time and even went to his concert with a few of my friends back in July 2014.
Avicii’s real name was Tim Berling. He was a Swedish musician. To remember him, I decided to compile some of my favorite lyrics from some of his songs and what they mean to me. All of these are lyrics in his songs. A lot of these songs were famous for how they sounded and the catchy rhythm is what made them popular. It is very easy to listen to these songs without actually hearing the words and the powerful message they have behind them.
“There’s an endless road to rediscover”
My favorite line of the song is this one because it means that people before you have walked a path but you do not have to do the exact same things others have done. So there is this endless road out in front of you and yet, nothing has to be set in stone with how you decide to walk through life. You are allowed to do something different and rediscover what has already been done by doing it your own way. You may have a new perspective to offer to the world or just are content with the happiness you find you are capable of within yourself. Go in the direction you want. The choice of where you want to go is your own. For better or for worse, you get to decide that for yourself.
“My dreams are made of gold. My hearts been broken and not alone in the road.”
Countless people will have similar battles in live and similar journeys where they will need to overcome adversity and challenges. But you are not the first person to go through what you are going through. Now, that is not intended to make you feel like just a number in the world. Instead, it should remind you that it is okay to ask for help because it is not uncommon to fail on the path to your dreams. No one becomes who they are all on their own. You learn and grow from being around and interacting with other people.
“Breathe for minute, breathe for a minute, I’ll be okay.”
Simple but, effective. I was always told to count to 10 as a child when I would get upset or angry so I did not continue to lose my temper. Good one to remember for everyone.
“I’ve seen trouble more than any man should bear but I’ve seen enough joy, I’ve had more than my share and I’m still not done I’m only half way there. I’m a million miles ahead of where I’m from but there’s still another million miles to come.”
Though my life has just begun, I know I will experience so much more than I already have. However, I feel fortunate enough to be able to see the growth in myself and how far I have come as a person and I am excited to grow and learn even more about myself and the world I am going into. The journey has just begun.
Wake Me Up
“All this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost.”
Sometimes you feel so sure about the path you are on and what you are doing when one day you sit back and think, what hell am I doing. That moment when you realize that you want to be doing and what you are doing are completely different and you wake up for a second to realize that you lost track of where you wanted to end up. But that is okay, because in the end that teaches you more about yourself. That is part of being a person and growing. I experienced a lot of this in college and I know that it will happen hundreds of times in the future.
“I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where it starts.”
This is very powerful because you have no idea what will happen in your life. But you can open up a world of possibility by just starting something. Whether it is speaking with someone or applying for something that seems out of the league, it all starts with action. It starts with you.
“And sometimes you lose it, sometimes you’re shooting broken arrows in the dark.”
Sometimes it feels like you are trying so hard to do everything you can and you aren’t seeing the impact you want. You’re stuck. Sometimes it seems like you pour everything into something and nothing comes out of it in the right way. The world can break your heart in so many ways but can also be where you find the parts of yourself and the people who make you feel whole again. Those will build you up and give you the tools you need to succeed (metaphorically and physically).
Waiting for Love
“If there’s love in this life, there’s no obstacle that can’t be defeated.”
Knowing and experiencing different kinds of love really open you up to seeing the world in a bigger picture type of way. There is nothing you cannot do. There is so much power within yourself coming from both yourself and the people who care about you, that there is nothing you cannot conquer, overcome, or achieve. Put you’re heart out there and open yourself to new experiences that will add to you as a person. Do not be overly compassionate and be taken advantage of, but at the same time, do not assume everyone will take advantage of you. It is about balancing.
“For every dreamer a dream we’re unstoppable, with something to believe in.”
I find this quote very inspiring because everything just starts with an idea and taking a chance and finding the motivation and drive to dream big and do great things. There can be a lot of support within the friendships you have and the family you have. Don’t be afraid to dream big and know that there will be failures. But, that shouldn’t kill the dream if the dream is important and special to you. Ground yourself to something that failure cannot shake.
“One day, you’ll leave this world behind. So live a life you will remember.”
Live. Do everything you want to do. Take chances, travel, have positive experiences and be happy with what you put your time into . Surround yourself with people who make you feel happy and bring out the best in you. Live in a way that will make you smile when you look back. This was the lyric that circled the internet when Avicii passed away and rightfully so.
There are so many more songs he has on his Stories album, True Album and others that I did not include that are also amazing. I would encourage you to listen.
I have picked lyrics from the most meaningful songs for me. However, I clearly love so many of his other songs. Aside from the ones I listed, Levels is one of his classic without words. Other songs with really powerful stories within the lyrics are Shame On Me, The Days, Dear Boy, Without You, Somewhere in Stockholm, and You Make Me (which has been my phone alarm for over 4 years).
I hope some of these lyrics have inspired you. They really have given me a lot to feel and think about.