Good Life by One Republic
“Days turn to night, night turns to whatever we want,
We’re young enough to say:
Oh, this has gotta be the good life,
This has gotta be the good life,
This could really be a good life, good life.
I say, Oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight,
Like this city is on fire tonight,
This could really be a good life, a good, good life.
Oh, a good, good life!”
Nothing is more simple, yet so beautifully written or sung than “Good Life” by OneRepublic.
In my life, I truly do not care for where I live, and I always dream of living in a better place in a big city, where I could be happy for my whole life. Unfortunately, all of us dream this, but in this world, that dream cannot come true. But, this song shows how to look at the bright side of life, and how you can make your life happy and enjoyable, no matter where you are or who you are with. I may not like where I am at the moment, but this song shows me the positives of life: I have a family that loves me, friends who truly care about me, and a God who loves and protects me wherever I go.
Listening to this song always gets me a little emotional. When I first heard it, I was at a camp at the University of Chicago (NSLC, National Student Leadership Conference), and we took part in an event called “Dyadic” where people would get to know each other. With my TA group, we talked while this song was playing in the background, and people began to open up, saying things they never told people before. Some people’s parents had divorced, others’ had strokes or were no longer alive. Some kids came from sad backgrounds, and somehow, they managed to be a positive influence, even when life for them was so rough. In my life, however, I haven’t really faced any real problems. The only major one was my father had prostate cancer, but God saved him, and he is healthy, with the cancer 100 percent removed from his body!
This song truly describes my life, and how I’m living the good life. Even when things may seem to be going rough, or not my way, I know that it could be much worse than my little, tiny problem. Recently, 30 U.S. soldiers were shot down from a helicopter in Afghanistan, serving our country. I can’t even imagine what their families are going through right now. Millions of teens have divorced parents, single parents, or even none at all. This song shows me how lucky I really am. Compared to many people in this world, I really am living the Good Life.