Song of the Day #3,618: ‘Whatever It Takes’ – Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons holds the #12 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Whatever It Takes,’ the third single from their third studio album, Evolve.

The first two singles, ‘Believer’ and ‘Thunder,’ each made it as high as #4. Will this track join them in the top ten? Stay tuned to find out! (Actually, I will likely never write about this song again, so if you’re truly curious, I’d encourage you to visit Billboard.com).

This is a pretty good pop rock song and a nice change of pace on a chart dominated by rap and (this week) country.

[Verse 1]
Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling is vulturous
Negative, nepotist
Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one
I was born to run, I was born for this

[Pre-Chorus]
Whip, whip
Run me like a race horse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

[Chorus]
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes

[Post-Chorus]
Yeah, take me to the top
I’m ready for whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

[Verse 2]
Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible
Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of ’em
Never be enough, I’m the prodigal son
I was born to run, I was born for this

[Pre-Chorus]
Whip, whip
Run me like a race horse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

[Chorus]
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes

[Post-Chorus]
Yeah, take me to the top
I’m ready for whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

[Bridge]
Hypocritical, egotistical
Don’t wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working hard on something that I’m proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we’ve lost
I’m an apostrophe
I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see
I’m just a product of the system; a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I’m half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I’ll go down to the grave and die happily
And leave the body and the soul to be a part of thee
I do what it takes

[Chorus]
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes

[Post-Chorus]
Yeah, take me to the top
I’m ready for whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,618: ‘Whatever It Takes’ – Imagine Dragons

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    My kids were pretty into imagine Dragons for a while with their last album, but seem to be far less enamored with the offerings from the new record. For my part, I though “Thunder” had a cool sound, but I’m not as crazy about “Whatever it Takes,” mostly because the chorus is a bit too anthemic. The verses fare far better with me on this one.

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