It’s Time – Lyrics as Literature

Imagine Dragons have written a song with lyrics that resonate with high school students. Why? Because it talks about themes that are ever constant in their minds – growing up and individuality. This song speaks of growing through experience, but never changing who you are as a person, and of taking chances in life.

So this is what you meant when you said that you were spent?
And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit right to the top,
Don’t hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check

I don’t ever want to let you down
I don’t ever want to leave this town
‘Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night…

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then,
I’ll admit, I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am?

So this is where you fell, and I am left to sell
the path that heaven runs through miles of clouded hell,
right to the top
Don’t look back
Turning to rags and give the commodities a rain check

This road never looked so lonely,
This house doesn’t burn down slowly,
to ashes, to ashes…

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then,
I’ll admit, I’m just the same as I was
Now don’t you understand
That I’m never changing who I am?

Activity: Brainstorm all the things you wish you could do in your life – big or small.

As a class, have a huge brainstorm on the board of all the things everyone wants to do. Once ideas have been exhausted, students are to pick one thing they want to do and write a short piece about why they want to do it.

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