Set me in motion
Hans Zimmer Lyrics


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Sit there with a blank expression
Say you can't go on anymore
It's not like me to come out and help you
Mabye I've been down this road before

Been living in the shadows
Now you come out slow
Now you're in the saddle
Got to ride a long
Now you're dream was shattered
These days are through
Maybe something mattered
It's not just for you

Some are gonna go for broke
Some are gonna lay down
I've been too long standing still
All I know is whenever you need me
You reach out and set me in motion

Looking out on that long valley
Telling me I've come so far
You're the reason I finally got there
You're the reason it's been so hard

Been living in the shadows
Now you hear the call
Now you're in the saddle
You got to ride or fall
Now you push a little harder
Like I showed you to
There's a day you'll be calling
And I'll look you to you

Some are gonna go for broke
Some will lay down
I've been too long
Standing still




All I know is whenever you need me ( 2nd rep-I'll pick you up whenever you stumble)
You just reach out and set me in motion

Overall Meaning

The song Set me in motion by Hans Zimmer seems to be about someone who has been struggling to move forward in his/her life and is now seeking help. The singer of the song seems to be someone who has been through the same situation and has come out of it, and is now ready to help the person in need. The singer understands the feeling of being stuck in the shadows and not being able to move forward. The lyric, "Been living in the shadows, now you come out slow, now you're in the saddle, got to ride along" implies that the person seeking help is finally taking charge of his/her life and is ready to move forward. The singer promises to be there for the person whenever they need help and urges him/her to reach out whenever they feel stuck again.


The chorus of the song, "Some are gonna go for broke, some are gonna lay down, I've been too long standing still, all I know is whenever you need me, you reach out and set me in motion", suggests that in life, some people take chances even if they might fail, while others give up when faced with challenges. The singer seems to be in the latter category and has been standing still for a long time. However, with the person seeking help, the singer feels inspired to move forward and be there for him/her whenever needed.


Overall, the song is about the importance of having someone to rely on when life gets tough. It emphasizes the strength that can be derived from supportive relationships and the power of taking action and moving forward, even in the face of adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

Sit there with a blank expression
You are sitting quietly, while not showing any emotions


Say you can't go on anymore
You confess that you are unable to continue


It's not like me to come out and help you
Normally, I do not volunteer to give assistance


Mabye I've been down this road before
Perhaps I have experienced something similar in the past


Been living in the shadows
I have been staying away from the spotlight


Now you come out slow
You are slowly making a move


Now you're in the saddle
You are in control now


Got to ride a long
You have to take a long journey now


Now you're dream was shattered
Your aspirations have been destroyed


These days are through
Those days have ended


Maybe something mattered
Maybe something is important


It's not just for you
It's not only your responsibility


Some are gonna go for broke
Some will take risks


Some are gonna lay down
Some will give up


I've been too long standing still
I have been stagnant for too long


All I know is whenever you need me
The only thing I know is that whenever you require my help


You reach out and set me in motion
You motivate me to take action to assist you


Looking out on that long valley
Contemplating that vast space ahead


Telling me I've come so far
Reminding me of how much I have progressed


You're the reason I finally got there
You are the cause of my success


You're the reason it's been so hard
Your influence made the journey challenging


Now you hear the call
You recognize the opportunity


You got to ride or fall
You must either succeed or fail


Now you push a little harder
You exert more effort than before


Like I showed you to
In the way that I had demonstrated earlier


There's a day you'll be calling
A day when you will need my help


And I'll look you to you
And I will be there to assist you


You just reach out and set me in motion
By requesting for help, you encourage me to take action to assist you




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BRUCE HORNSBY, JONATHAN HORNSBY

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