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Thunder
Imagine Dragons Lyrics


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Just a young gun with the quick fuse
I was uptight, wanna let loose
I was dreaming of bigger things
And wanna leave my own life behind
Not a yes sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was lightning before the thunder

Thunder, thunder
Thunder, thun', thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder, thunder
Thunder, thun', thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder

Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder
Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder
Thunder, thunder
Thunder

Kids were laughing in my classes
While I was scheming for the masses
Who do you think you are?
Dreaming 'bout being a big star
They say you're basic, they say you're easy
You're always riding in the back seat
Now I'm smiling from the stage while
You were clapping in the nose bleeds

Thunder
Thunder, thun', thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder, thunder
Thunder, thun', thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder

Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder
Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder
Thunder

Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder, thunder

Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder, thunder
Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder, thunder
Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder, thunder
Thunder, feel the thunder
Lightning then the thunder, thunder

Thunder, thunder, thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
Thunder, thunder, thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
Thunder, thunder, thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
Thunder, thunder, thunder
Thun-thun-thunder, thunder

Overall Meaning

In "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons, the singer is a young person with a quick fuse who is feeling uptight and wants to break free from the constraints of their life. They dream of bigger things and leaving their old life behind. The singer is not willing to be a yes man or a follower, but instead wants to fit outside of the box and mold society has set for them. They are eager to take action and be truly alive, hence the line "I was lightning before the thunder."


The chorus emphasizes the power of thunder, as the singer repeatedly sings "thunder, feel the thunder, lightning then the thunder." They compare themselves to the thunder, feeling powerful and alive when they are able to break free from the mold and expectations set for them. The bridge of the song details the struggle the singer has faced from others, with peers laughing at them in class and doubting their plans for success. But now, as the singer performs on stage, they are able to look down on those who once doubted them, signaling their triumph over societal expectations.


Line by Line Meaning

Just a young gun with the quick fuse
I am a young person who can get extremely angry quickly


I was uptight, wanna let loose
I was too nervous and stressed out and wanted to relax and be more carefree


I was dreaming of bigger things
I had ambitions that were beyond what I currently had or could achieve


And wanna leave my own life behind
I wanted to start a new life and leave behind the one I had been living


Not a yes sir, not a follower
I was not someone who just unquestioningly said yes to authority figures or followed what others were doing


Fit the box, fit the mold
I didn't conform to society's expectations or fit a typical stereotype


Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was told to wait in a waiting area and be patient


I was lightning before the thunder
I moved quickly and was powerful before people noticed my impact


Thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thunder, thun', thunder
The sound of thunder


Thun-thun-thunder, thunder, thunder
The continuous sound of thunder


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Kids were laughing in my classes
Children were making fun of me while I was in school


While I was scheming for the masses
While I was making plans that would appeal to a large group of people


Who do you think you are?
Why do you think you're so special?


Dreaming 'bout being a big star
Hoping to become a famous celebrity


They say you're basic, they say you're easy
They think you lack originality or are not challenging


You're always riding in the back seat
You are not in control or leading anything


Now I'm smiling from the stage while
Now I'm happy and successful, performing on stage while


You were clapping in the nose bleeds
You were sitting in the cheap seats far away from the action


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, feel the thunder
Experience the power of thunder


Lightning then the thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder that follows a bolt of lightning


Thunder, thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thunder, thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thunder, thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thunder, thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder


Thun-thun-thunder, thunder
The sound of thunder




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Alexander Junior Grant, Benjamin Arthur McKee, Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel James Platzman, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Jayson M. DeZuzio

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