I Lived is a song recorded by American pop-rock band OneRepublic. It was released as the sixth single from the album, Native (2014).
Tedder noted that he wrote the song for his four-year-old son. In an interview with People magazine, he said, The whole idea, to quote the late great Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society, is very much carpe diem. He said that its absolutely universal and applicable to everybody. Regarding the lyric With every broken bone, I swear I live, Tedder said, So for every day that youre on this earth, for every minute that you have, the whole idea is doing nothing less than exactly what you feel youre supposed to do and squeezing every last drop out of life every day, regardless of the difficulties or trials that you face. As with other songs on the Native album, Tedder drew songwriting inspiration from U2 where he focused on writing songs from the heart and from personal experience.
The music video was released on Vevo and YouTube on September 25, 2014. It is directed by Noble Jones. The idea was from Sophie Muller. The video is dedicated to a 15-year-old fan of the band, Bryan Warnecke, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Bryan Warnecke explains on living with cystic fibrosis in the music video, Cystic fibrosis is a disease that attacks the digestive system and slowly shuts down the lungs. Ive been doing my treatments everyday of my life, so to me, its just one of those things thats normal. My name is Bryan Warnecke and Ive been living with cystic fibrosis for fifteen years. He also says, When I first found out the life expectancy for the first time, it really scared me. Right now, its about thirty six. Its just one of those things that really makes you appreciate life. It makes me appreciate where you are, as a person. I want to make the most out of my life and have as much fun as I possibly can and my biggest fear is not being able to do that.
In the video, Warnecke is seen bicycling, skateboarding, playing hockey and taking part in other leisure activities to make full use of his life, as his life expectancy is only 36 years old. He also explains the fear of living with the disease. It feels like Im breathing through a straw, says the victim. Whenever I try to breathe hard, it hurts. I want to make the most out of my life and have as much fun as I possibly can and my biggest fear is not being able to do that. The clip ends with Tedder driving Warnecke to the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado to watch Tedder and the band perform live. and the slogan: This year, Bryan and his teammates have ridden over 1200 miles and raised $300,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research. and a reference to the website of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
Promotion and release
On July 25, the group played I Lived on the Today show as the viewers most requested song.
On October 1, the group performed the song at the Mercedes-Benz media night for the Paris Motor Show to help launch the B-Class Electric Drive. The car is also featured in the music video.
A remix was released for the Coca-Cola [RED] campaign to fight AIDS.
I Lived was featured in an NBC commercial for The Office and Parks and Recreation. It was also used in the series finale of 90210, as well as on various ESPN programs such as SportsCenter and First Take and in the first episode of The Michael J. Fox Show. It was also played at the end of the second episode of Red Band Society. The song appears in the closing credits for the film The Maze Runner.
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