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A Thousand Years (Boyce Avenue)
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An acoustic cover of Christina Perri's A Thousand Years. This romantic song about predestination tells the story of a man who has looked for his other half his entire life, and now he has found her. It was originally recorded by Christina Perri and was released in October 2011 as part of the promotion of the film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn".

You can watch the original music video here:

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Or sing to the karaoke version here: A Thousand Years -karaoke.

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid
To fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died every day
waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid
I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you
For a thousand more

Time stands still
beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything
Take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath,
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid
I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you
For a thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you
For a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid,
I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you
For a thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
And time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you
For a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer



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BEATS= When the heart beats, it makes a sudden contraction to bump blood. If your heart stops beating, you die. If you are in love, or you are afraid, your heart beats fast.

COLORS (AmE)= (BrE) colours /kʌlə*z/

FALL= (metaphor) If you “fall”, you have a serious problem in your life that emotionally hurts you. In this case, he’s talking about love so “I’m afraid to fall” means “I’m afraid I will love somebody but then they will hurt me and break my heart”. Or... it could mean "to fall in love", so he's afraid to fall in love; why? Because he has suffered so much before, so we come back to the same problem anyway.

STAND ALONE= (metaphor) To face problems without help.

DOUBT= /daʊt/ Hesitation.

SOMEHOW= In a unknown or undefined way.

CLOSER= Nearer.

I HAVE DIED= (metaphor) I have suffered intensely (because I couldn’t find you)

STANDS STILL= Stops.

BREATH= /breθ/ The act of breathing; respiration.
EVERY BREATH means: Every time I breathe (every time I take air in and out my body). Since we can’t stop breathing, this expression really means “every time; all the time”.

HAS COME TO THIS= Was directed to this result.
What he means is that everything that has happened to him in his life was somehow designed to make him meet her so they could love each other.

ALL ALONG= All the time, always.

I WOULD FIND YOU= This WOULD is not a conditional, but the transferred past form of the future WILL:
- I will tell you my secret
- He told me that he would tell me his secret

- I believe I will find you (present – will)
- I believed I would find you (past – would)

PREDESTINATION

This song expresses the feeling many people have that love is predestined: lovers are two halves born separate, and they won’t feel happy and complete until they find each other, and no other person can take that place in their hearts. Then they will be reunited and love each other forever.

So, the story goes, he’s been hurting for years because he couldn’t find her. He wasn’t looking for someone to love, he was looking for his other half, and now he knows she is the one:

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more


He has been in many other relationships before, and he has been hurt, so now he is afraid of giving his heart away once more, but when he sees how confident she is about this love, he gets inspiration from her and is not afraid anymore:

How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow


But he’s still a bit hesitant. He knows she is the one, but he has been hurt so much in the past that he needs time and must take things slowly. Instead of running fast into an engagement, he hast to go step by step, and with every step he gets a little closer to her:

One step closer

But then when he is in her company, her beauty shocks him and he feels like time stops, and he feels he can be brave and give her his love unconditionally, because he acknowledges that all his life has been a preparation for this, that everything was meant to bring him to this point when he meets her at last, now his life has a meaning:

Time stands still.
Beauty in all she is.
I will be brave,
I will not let anything take away what's standing in front of me.
Every breath, every hour has come to this


And that realization takes him again...

One step closer

Because now it’s obvious for him that she is his other half, the one he’s been looking for all his life:

And all along I believed I would find you.
Time has brought your heart to me.
I have loved you for a thousand years.
I'll love you for a thousand more

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