Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

This is a great song that speaks of the changes in the world and the embracing of this change.
The Las Vegas Rock band Imagine Dragons open their debut album, Night Visions, with this track on the subject of embracing change. Dan Reynolds sings about the realization that the world is becoming different and breaking free by doing something new. The song was released as the band’s second single on February 14, 2012, the same day “It’s Time” was released, and peaked at # 3 in the US and # 12 in the UK.
 
Uses of the song in media include it being played in the trailers for the video game Assassin’s Creed III and the film The Host. The tune also sound tracked the spot promoting the first season of the NBC drama series Chicago Fire.
 
Regarding the album title, Dan Reynolds explained to Tenementtv.com that it was inspired by the twilight hours, the band’s favorite time. “When the title came up in conversation, we just knew it was right,” he said. “We always write between 3 am and 6 am, that’s when we write best. That’s the only time we write actually. Our guitarist is a clinical insomniac; he sends me stuff that he’s written after being up for five days straight. A lot of that guitar made its way to the album.
After dark, my lyrics are born. A lot of lyrics I have written have come from dreams and of course nightmares.”
 
The song’s Syndrome-directed music video was shot in upstate New York. It revolves around a mysterious female drifter played by Alexandra Daddario (best known for playing Annabeth Chase in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief). Daddario’s drifter is on a mission to save her Imagine Dragon friends from a sinister, underground puppet-fighting ring. Lou Diamond Phillips (best known for his starring role in the 1987 movie La Bamba) also features.
“We read through a ton of scripts from really talented directors, and we came across one that stood out to us in particular, because it put into visuals the general theme of the song, which is kind of an empowering song about an awakening, but it did it in a way that was very different,” Dan Reynolds told MTV News. “A lot of people probably see a post-apocalyptic world when they hear ‘Radioactive,’ understandably, but we wanted to deliver something that was maybe a little different from that … a lot different from that.”
 
Reynolds explained the song’s meaning to MTV News: “‘Radioactive,’ to me, it’s very masculine, powerful-sounding song, and the lyrics behind it, there’s a lot of personal story behind it, but generally speaking, it’s a song about having an awakening; kind of waking up one day and deciding to do something new, and see life in a fresh way,” he said. “A lot of people hear it in a dark way, but, I think, without saying the word too many times, it’s empowering, and so we wanted to display that in a way that the listener wouldn’t see normally.”
 

Song Lyrics –
 
I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I’m breathing in the chemicals
I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse, whoa

I’m waking up,
I feel it in my bones (enough) to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, dye my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’ll paint it red to fit right in, whoa
I’m breaking in, shaping up, checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse, whoa

I’m waking up,
I feel it in my bones (enough) to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, sun hasn’t died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

Bury me alive, bury me with pride
Bury me with berries, that forbidden fruit and cherry wine
Thank you berry much, but tonight’s my night and I’m Barry Bonds
Swingin’ for the fences, barbaric Kendrick in idle time
Everything in life’s subject to change, change whip, change grind
Change clothes, change opinions, right before I change my mind
I don’t really know ya’ business, been in there since I was bendin’ Lego blocks
Now you tell the world about me, dry snitch
Tater tots on my shotgun, now I gotta pop one at the stars
Sky’s the limit, I gotta finish as the first rapper on Mars
Mark my word, I’mma make my mark, even when they start their Martial Law
Even when these Martians alienate, my mental state is still at heart
Fuck, look in my eyes, tell me I died, tell me I tried, to compromise
Tell me you love me, tell me that I, don’t give a fuck and can barely decide
Wishin’ good luck on my enemies, all of my energy go to the almighty God
I could drown in a bottle of Hennessy, fuck your amenities, I’m gettin’ better with time, ah!

I’m waking up,
I feel it in my bones (enough) to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, whoa, I’m radioactive, radioactive

I’m radioactive, radioactive

 
Written by:  Daniel Wayne Sermon, Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Benjamin Arthur McKee, Alexander Junior Grant, Kendrick Duckworth, and Joshua Francis Mosser

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