Keep On Keeping On
Travie McCoy Lyrics


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You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh
You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh

He spent most of his youth
With his head down
Chubby, fugly, awkward walk
And not much of a talker
He was good at setting bad examples
But bad at math, crunch time
He kept it moving like the lunch line
Working on his salad bars
And fruit punch lines
His simple triplets had his
English teachers tongue tied
As he starts pirouette for perfection
And Darren Aronofsky black swan refection

He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more, he wasn't sure
He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more

You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh
You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh

Raised in a broken home built brick
By government cheese brick
Back and forth between parents
Making us sea sick
On his knees every night
Praying for a little change
But the tooth fairy was broke
And offered little hope
He used to stand in front of mirrors
With his toothbrush star searching
But he ain't have to search far
He was smart and made a pact with himself
With a smirk and made a vow that one day
His dad would never ever have to worry

He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more, he wasn't sure
He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more

You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh
You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh

Fast forward a few 24 hours
Little boy turned man
Makes good on his promise
Just to say we didn't take the trips
To the Bahamas
Now you're boy bank account
Got a few more commas...
The hard work payed off, don't it?
Plus it feel good when you can say you own it
No rent, lease, loan or a mortgage
That generator money, no shortage

He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more, he wasn't sure
He plucked feather from his back
And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Toward something more

You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh
You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh

You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing
You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh
You gotta keep on keeping on
Even with the feeling
That you're gonna keep losing




You gotta come back strong
Oh Oh

Overall Meaning

The song "Keep On Keeping On" by Travie McCoy featuring Brendon Urie is an inspiring song that tells a story of a person who has faced challenges and obstacles in life but still perseveres to achieve success. The song encourages listeners to keep on going despite their feelings of loss or failure. The chorus repeats the phrase "you gotta keep on keeping on" to emphasize the need for persistence in achieving one's goals.


The first verse tells a story of a person who faced challenges in school but was able to find success by focusing on his strengths in music and writing. The lyrics say that he was good at setting bad examples, but not good at math. However, he kept on going and worked hard to improve his skills, which eventually led him to success. The second verse talks about a person who grew up in a broken home and faced financial struggles, but was able to overcome these challenges through hard work and determination. He made a promise to himself and his father that he would succeed, and the song shows that he has fulfilled this promise.


The song's message is one of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. It encourages listeners to keep on going despite any failures or setbacks they may face in life. The song suggests that with hard work, determination and persistence, success is possible.


Line by Line Meaning

You gotta keep on keeping on
Keep persevering through tough times


Even with the feeling
Despite the emotions of dread and defeat


That you're gonna keep losing
Believing that setbacks will continue to happen


You gotta come back strong
Bounce back with determination


Oh Oh
Reinforces the encouragement to keep going


He spent most of his youth
The story starts with a description of the singer's challenging upbringing


With his head down
He was shy and self-conscious


Chubby, fugly, awkward walk
Physical features that made him feel insecure


And not much of a talker
Introverted and quiet


He was good at setting bad examples
He got in trouble and made poor choices


But bad at math, crunch time
Struggled academically


He kept it moving like the lunch line
Stayed motivated and persistent


Working on his salad bars
Metaphor for refining his skills and abilities


And fruit punch lines
Improving his creative output


His simple triplets had his
He developed a unique style of expressing himself


English teachers tongue tied
Even his teachers were impressed with his talent


As he starts pirouette for perfection
He strives for excellence in his pursuits


And Darren Aronofsky black swan refection
His hard work and dedication was akin to the intense pursuit of perfection in the movie Black Swan


He plucked feather from his back
A metaphor for shedding insecurities and weaknesses


And watched his bottom limbs, bend forward
Visualizes bodily changes that symbolize progress


Toward something more, he wasn't sure
He is unsure of what his hard work will ultimately bring him


Raised in a broken home built brick
Continuation of the artist's difficult upbringing


By government cheese brick
Alludes to living off of government assistance


Back and forth between parents
He experienced a lot of parental back-and-forth and instability


Making us sea sick
The instability caused upheaval and insecurity


On his knees every night
He prayed and hoped for change


Praying for a little change
Trying to manifest a better future


But the tooth fairy was broke
Even small hopes and wishes seemed impossible


And offered little hope
Frustrated with the lack of progress


He used to stand in front of mirrors
Visualizes him trying to build self-confidence


With his toothbrush star searching
Searching for inspiration and guidance


But he ain't have to search far
Realized he had much of what he needed within himself


He was smart and made a pact with himself
He recognized his own intelligence and made a commitment to bettering himself


With a smirk and made a vow that one day
He is confident in his future success


His dad would never ever have to worry
A goal to provide for his family and loved ones


Fast forward a few 24 hours
A time skip to the present, where the artist has made progress


Little boy turned man
A reference to the singer's growth and maturity


Makes good on his promise
He has succeeded in his goals


Just to say we didn't take the trips
Acknowledging the sacrifices he made to achieve his success


To the Bahamas
Symbolic of a luxurious lifestyle he passed up


Now you're boy bank account
He has become financially successful


Got a few more commas...
Has a lot of money in his bank account


The hard work payed off, don't it?
He recognizes that his success is due to his hard work and perseverance


Plus it feel good when you can say you own it
He feels proud of his achievements


No rent, lease, loan or a mortgage
He is financially stable and secure


That generator money, no shortage
His success has allowed him to have an abundance of resources




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@shawteabaefae

i honestly only clicked on this video because of Brendon but this Travie guy is pretty talented

@digipicklz2475

Have you not heard of Gym Class Heroes before?

@nicolereddick3275

same lol

@riiriluvz

5 Secønds Øf Panic! At The Chemical Discø same haha

@astronomydamage1891

If only you knew 😂

@Med-hh9np

Am i seeing this right...? Is this..beebo in a..a...NORMAL MUSIC VIDEO?!

@hannacalvarido2597

florence things I love this so much

@harrisondykhoff

Sleeping! at the disco Hallelujah isn't really that weird.

@devupinthisthangyea7378

Sleeping! at the disco which one was more weird, emperors new clothes or la devotee

@devupinthisthangyea7378

florence things you're fucking stupid, emperors new clothes

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