This Is Your Life
Switchfoot Lyrics


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Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes,
This is your life

And today is all you've got now
And today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes.

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you've dreamed
That it would be when the world was younger,
And you had everything to lose?

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over





This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Switchfoot's "This Is Your Life" implore listeners to treasure the present moment and seize the opportunities that come with it. The song acknowledges that yesterday, with its broken promises and regrets, is a thing of the past. The first stanza is a powerful reminder of the effects of time and how our actions and decisions in the past can manifest as consequences in the present. The lyrics encourage individuals not to wallow in their regrets, but to keep their eyes open so that they can appreciate the life they currently live.


In the second stanza, the song reinforces the message of living in the moment by stating that today is all anyone has. The repetition of the phrase "don't close your eyes" emphasizes the need to stay alert and engaged in the present. The chorus emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and asks whether the individual is living their life according to their dreams and aspirations. This line provides a sense of urgency, asking individuals to take stock of their lives and take action if they are not living up to their full potential.


The bridge contrasts yesterday with today, and the final line "Are you who you want to be?" is a clear call to action. The song encourages listeners to seize the opportunities that are present in the now and to use them to create a life they can be proud of. The takeaway from this song is that life is too precious to waste and that everyone should strive to be the best version of themselves possible.


Line by Line Meaning

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
The past leaves marks on your face, but they can be reminders of your experiences.


Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
The promises you've made to yourself and others have been broken in the past, but don't let that define your future.


Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
Keep your eyes open to the possibilities of the present moment and the future.


This is your life
The only life you have is the one you are currently living, so make the most of it.


And today is all you've got now
The present moment is all you have, so focus on what's in front of you and make the most of it.


And today is all you'll ever have
You can't change the past or know the future, so focus on the present moment.


This is your life, are you who you want to be
Evaluate if you are living up to your full potential and if you are the person you want to be.


This is your life, is it everything you've dreamed That it would be when the world was younger, And you had everything to lose?
Reflect on whether your life matches up with the dreams you had when you were younger and had endless possibility.


Yesterday is a kid in the corner
The past is part of your life and can be seen as something separate from the present.


Yesterday is dead and over
The past is gone, but don't let it hold you back from what you can do now and in the future.


This is your life, are you who you want to be
Take responsibility for your present actions and strive to become the person you want to be.


This is your life, are you who you want to be
Reinforcing the idea of evaluating your life to ensure you are living true to yourself.




Lyrics Β© Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol CMG Publishing
Written by: BRANDON FLOWERS, DAVE BRENT KEUNING, MARK AUGUST STOERMER, RONNIE JR. VANNUCCI

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@kunalshrestha9970

Lyrics :::::
Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be?
This is your life are you who you want to be?

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

And you had everything to lose



@Morgan313

It's not. Here are the lyrics:

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes,
This is your life
And today is all you've got now
And today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes.
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you've dreamed
That it would be when the world was younger,
And you had everything to lose?
Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be

Songwriters: Brandon Flowers / Dave Brent Keuning / Mark August Stoermer / Ronnie Jr. Vannucci
This Is Your Life lyrics Β© Universal Music Publishing Group



@abelj5145

You're loved more than you'll ever know. Thanks for being alive. Jesus loves you

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.



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@krisnotes1979

This song saved my life. I was heading down a dark place and drowning as a teenager. This song made me wake up and realize that no one could help me but myself. If I wanted better I had to DO better. Been my motto ever since. I'm 40 now and still credit this song.

@juanitaanonymous8521

beautiful

@ICIWIM4ME

I know this is an old comment but I hope you are still here starting strongπŸ’ͺ

@okjeffy6581

I mean it’s not that old

@Piffle-riffle

@@okjeffy6581 eh, 17 years is a pretty long time if you ask me.

@zabdielarroyo9136

Nice Kris, this song means the same to me. Thank you for sharing your testimony with us.

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@mariedaparellio5686

I love this song because he CRUCIALLY sings β€œAre you WHO you want to be?” And not β€œAre WHERE you want to be?”

@inaweoftheworld

Are YOU who you want to be?

@brimstoneclub

One of the best Smallville episodes ever.

@ayeshaisdumb

Finally, someone who remembers this song Smallville.

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