Immortals by Fall Out Boy: Lyric Analysis

The first assignment I have for you all is to listen to this song. Soak it in. Get in the Big Hero 6 mode.

It’s a really good song, am I right?

Here are some lyrics to Immortals by Fall Out Boy from Big Hero 6 (lyrics from

They say we are what we are
But we don’t have to be
I’m bad behavior but I do it in the best way
I’ll be the watcher (watcher) of the eternal flame
I’ll be the guard dog of all your fever dreams
(oh…) I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass. (glass, glass)
(oh…) I’ll try to picture me without you but I can’t

I think the “guard dog of all your fever dreams” definitely something Tadashi would say to Hiro (if he was singing a Fall Out Boy song to his brother, or something.) Especially the last line “I”ll try to picture me without you but I can’t” that sounds more like Hiro talking to Tadashi, though I mean, Tashashi doesn’t want to picture himself without his brother, either.  He kind of didn’t really have a choice though.  This is the problem with people trying to save evil scientists! Just don’t do it! Although, if he didn’t, there would be no movie, so, you know. Plot device.

Here is another stanza.

Sometimes the only payoff for having any faith
Is when it’s tested again and again everyday
I’m still comparing your past to my future
It might be your wound, but they’re my sutures

I feel so bad for Hiro. His faith in Tadashi, himself, and his friends. This song is suddenly very deep. Like, do you have faith in your vision? In your passion? And every single day, life is hard, and it’s hard to achieve your dreams because… well. Because it is. Because the only reason you have faith in something is to have that faith tested everyday. That’s the fun in life, I guess. To be so confident in yourself and so proud of yourself and so determined to get what you want, that nothing can stop you. Strength of will is something I admire.

I also really like the reference to the brothers, again, in the last two lines, “I’m still comparing your past to my future” like Hiro is comparing his future to Tadashi’a past, which is really awesome. Hiro, most likely, feels inferior to Tadashi because, seriously, who would not feel inferior to Tadashi, I mean, he created Baymax. That’s. Wow. He’s at a prestigious technology institute. Like basically Caltech. I mean he lives in Sanfrantokyo (San Frantokyo? San Fran Tokyo?) which is basically the same thing as California + Tokyo, so. I bet there are even better technology institution in Japan since aren’t they super technology-sector oriented? I don’t know, I cannot make statements about business-y aspects of the world.

But. I can tell you that the last line about wounds and sutures; wow. What killed Tadashi made Hiro stronger, well, eventually. At least Hiro found friends and made a good relationship with his aunt. If Tadashi was alive, he would still be sullen and alone and super duper teenage angsty. It sucks that his only family had to die for this to happen, but you know what, that’s what happens. From the greatest depths of despair, comes the greatest change. That is what I believe.

And finally, the chorus.

‘Cause we could be immortals, immortals
Just not for long, for long
And if we meet forever now, pull the blackout curtains down
Just not for long, for long
We could be immortals, immortals, immortals, immortals

I like the idea of this stanza, like we can be so strong, so immortal, but obviously we are humans, so we can’t be immortal for long. That’s awesome. That’s how I want to live my life. I want to fly so high and shine so strongly and brightly that people are in awe and think I am immortal. But now, I am a mere mortal. I will die in a few decades (if I am lucky, then I will live for several decades.) I really believe that to live this kind of life, I have to follow my dreams. I have to do what ever my heart tells me to do, follow my soul journey. I can’t remember how Paulo Coelho puts it but whatever it is, that’s what I want to do. My destiny, and stuff.

And I really, really like writing, so I am pretty sure that writing has to be part of my destiny. Passion and destiny are in my opinion the exact same thing.

This song became really inspiring, all of a sudden.

Follow your dreams. If you are facing a lot of obstacles, its because you are on the right path. Not everyone may be as idealistic as me in terms of finding their dreams, but I think that everyone does want to be happy. Maybe that’s my idealism talking. But I want you to be happy. I want everyone to be happy. So follow your heart. If that means writing, then by golly write!


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