Hollywood Undead – “Undead”
Don’t be thrown off by the name of the song or the group – this track is EXACTLY what you need at the end of a tough workout or the home stretch of a grueling run. The beat hits hard and the lyrics get straight to the task at hand: this is YOUR moment, let’s get it done right here and right now.
I will never forget the first time I heard this song, I was sitting in Library West as a sophomore at the University of Florida with one of my best friends. It was a day before finals week started and we were withering away at 2:30am, falling asleep on our computers and not comprehending a single word we were reading. Now, I cannot overstate how badly I needed to succeed on those finals at that point in my college career. Desperate times call for desperate measures. There was maybe 20 other students left in this huge library and it was even quieter than a library should be. My buddy picked his head up off his textbook and said “I know what we need.” He clicked play. He cranked his volume. As soon as the beat dropped, we jumped out of our seats and started kicking over chairs and jumping around the library. It was chaos. It was random. But it got me pumped.
“Tomorrow we’ll rise so let’s fight today”
Ok, so normally this is not my genre of music. I have never heard another song by Hollywood Undead and to be honest, I never even bothered to look any up. All I knew was this one song, something about the lyrics fueled that inner fire that just makes me fearless. The words above come from the chorus and provide the main message of the song: you’ll never start having better tomorrows until you start fighting today. We all know procrastination is a constant culprit when it comes to halted journeys or unrealized goals. But after you listen to the chorus once, I highly doubt you’ll want to put anything off besides the thought of failure.
“You think I just got lucky, didn’t work for this sh*t?”
This is my favorite line of the song, the words that stick with me long after I’m done listening to it (like 10 times). In the game of life, you’ve got to create your own luck. Understand that there are plenty of other people out there that want to realize their dreams just like you do. But simply wanting something doesn’t get you anywhere. You’ve got to want something so badly and chase it so tirelessly that luck is nothing more than a helpful gust in your sails instead of the wind you require to move.
“I’ve been working at this ever since I was a kid. I played a million empty shows…”
Everyone has had tough days. I was having a heck of one that day in the library years ago. But the tough days are the ones that let you know that you’re getting closer. Even if you pushed for your goals today and fell a little bit short, you’re closer than you would be if you never tried at all. It sounds like a cliché but it’s true. Through the meaning of this song, the band lets everyone know just how rough their road was to where they are today. But empty shows are still shows. They still played. They decided it didn’t matter what people thought of them then because they were so passionate about their dreams that they knew it would change people’s minds.
So click play on the video above. Throw some chairs, flip some tables. Then get out there and go get it. Ever heard the quote that good things come to those who wait? Nah. How about good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up?
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