A Completely Unnecessary Analysis of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years."

I am constantly surrounded by music and sound. No matter what I am doing, I have either a radio or my electronic device on and pushing out tunes into my immediate area because I love music. I love music in nearly every form. I love music so much that I took nearly all of my college electives in music related courses. 

Not how to actually make music, because I am fairly sure I am not skilled in that area. But in music history including but not limited to coursework on The Beatles (two courses actually), Elvis, Jazz, and the History of Rock and Roll. I say that not to brag or say how awesome I am, but just to give a little background. 

Combine my love and knowledge of music with my tendency to be analytical and literal and you get an environment of weirdness in my car ride back and forth to work that could be considered interesting to say the least. 

The following analysis was one I started on my way to work yesterday. While reading through this, keep in mind that I understand how ridiculous an analysis of a popular song is, and a song connected to a huge hit movie franchise no less. It's patently silly of me to do that. The song is specifically written to depict a scenario that is romantically and emotionally powerful in a supernatural world. I do understand that. 

Nevertheless, here we go:

What really started my brain cogs turning was the first part of the chorus. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing this song yet, here is the video to bring you up to speed:

All in all it's a really great song. Her voice is beautiful, the song is constructed well, and so I have no complaints on the overall song. It's the chorus. It's that damn chorus that my brain keeps twisting and over-thinking until it's just bits and pieces.

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

Yep. That one.

Let's see here... first line. 

So she has died every day waiting for... someone. I don't care who you are, that's a lot of dying. Within a year that is a solid 365.25 (remember Leap Year) deaths! Ouch. 

Jump to the third line, and it says she's been loving that someone for a thousand years. Being somewhat practical and assuming that she hasn't loved this person since birth, for the sake of argument, let's say she started loving that someone from around age 13. Fair enough?

However, the song is rather unclear on if she's been dying every single day prior to those loving years. So has she been dying for a total of 1013 years? Or only 1000? So many unanswered questions. 

Let's just say she's only been dying every day for the flat 1000 years. So let's crunch the numbers based on that assumption because that seems the most probable meaning. Going by the lyrics, she's been dying every day waiting for this person. So combine that knowledge with the assumption that she's been loving him for a minimum of a thousand years. That means you have a person who has been dying 365.25 days, every year, for those thousand years and you get a crazy number of deaths. That's 365,250 deaths! 

How horrible. Dying that many times has got to be a huge pain in the butt.

Then that brings up another group of questions.

So if you've got 365,250 deaths, my first question is: so do you die the same way each time? Is it one of those things where you die at night when you go to sleep then are reborn just to die the next day? 

If you do die each night, do those hours you would normally be sleeping count as hours you've lived (hence contributing to the daily dying total of 365.25 yearly) or are they hours that would be counted as hours you haven't lived therefore making it 8 hours of every day that you technically aren't dying because you're already dead. 

If that is the case, then the total days spent dying is 25% higher than before, which over the course of a thousand years would mean in actuality she would have loved this other person for approximately 1250 years because we wouldn't be counting the 8 hours where she is technically deceased, even if only temporarily because she has to be alive again the next day in order to die again. 

Or... is it different every day you die? Like on Monday do you trip over a crack in the side walk and fall head first into traffic, and then Tuesday you get eaten by sharks, and then on Wednesday you choke on an apple? Because to me that sounds like a horrible never ending Final Destination/Groundhog day mashup that is this persons life. Ick indeed.

Then there is the whole question of the meaning behind her warning "Darling don't be afraid" before saying she's loved this person for a thousand years and follows with "I'll love you for a thousand more."

What? Because someone saying they've loved you for a millennium before you met them might be considered a little creepy? Or is it to not be afraid because she's gonna love you for another 1000 from here on out? 

Personally if I found out someone I hadn't known had been stalking me for an extended period of time (say... 1000 years) and now they are saying they are going to keep doing it for that same period of time... yeah, no. I'm thinking it's time to call the police. Get some restraining orders or something.

Romantic hyperbole is sometimes known as psychotic behavior.

In the end all I've written is just the over-thinking of a song meant to make girls swoon and possibly make a few people more famous and rich at the same time. I understand all of this is less than academic, and only a handful of people may ever read it. That's cool. It's now out of my head so in my book: Mission Accomplished.

Although now you may never listen to that song the same way again... and maybe that is my little way of making my mark on the world.