Song Analysis – “Everybody” – Ingrid Michaelson

We have fallen down again tonight,

In this world it’s hard to get it right.

Trying to make your heart fit like a glove,

What you need is love, love, love

[We all have times in our lives when we fall. It might be a bad grade, a disappointing evaluation at work, or a conflict in a relationship. In our sadness, we try to bring happiness back into our hearts. These are times when we depend most on the people we love.]

Chorus (x2):

Everybody, everybody wants to love,

Everybody, everybody wants to be loved.

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh

[This is so simple and so true. Everybody wants to love and everybody wants to be loved. We spend so much time fixating on the things that make us different – factors like race, nationality, religion, language, and culture. While these things all have a value and a place, we should not let them lead us to forget that all of humanity is one family. We realize in our nuclear families that everybody needs love, but the same is true of the Adamic or human family. Next time you are in a group of people, stop and remind yourself that everyone around you wants love.]

Happy is the heart that still feels pain,

Darkness drains and light will come again.

Swing open up your chest and let it in,

Just let the love, love, love begin.

[The beginning of this stanza sounds like a contradiction, but it is actually a piece of deep wisdom. What she’s saying is that it is better to have a heart that is sick than to have a heart that is dead. When bad things happen and you just have numbness inside, that is when you should really worry because it might mean that you are dead inside. ]

[Chorus x2]

Everybody knows the love

Everybody holds the love,

Everybody folds for love.

Everybody feels the love,

Everybody steals the love,

Everybody heals with love.

[She’s saying that everyone recognizes love. Everyone receives love. Everyone gives things up for love. Everyone perceives love. Everyone is greedy for love. And everyone is restored by love.]

Oh oh oh

Just let the love, love, love begin

[Chorus]

Just let the love, love, love begin

[Chorus]

[Chorus x4]

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