Song Analysis “Radioactive” Kings of Leon

When the roll is called up yonder

I hope you see me there

It’s in the water

It’s where you came from

It’s in the water

It’s where you came from

[“When the roll is called up yonder” is a line from a hymn. It refers to paradise and the life to come. You can imagine angels reading off the names of the saved people in heaven. The speaker speaks of his roots. Of course my readers should know by now that water in a song is not just hydrogen and oxygen. Water connects to baptism, the washing away of sins.]

When the crowd begins to wonder

And they cry to see your face

[Imagine coming home to a crowd of your friends and family. It could be a literal homecoming, the homecoming of entering a religious community, or the ultimate homecoming of walking into heaven.]

It’s in the water

It’s in the story of where you came from

The sons and daughters

In all their glory it’s gonna shape them

And when they clash and come together

And start rising

Just drink the water where you came from

Where you came from

You’re the rose, that was called from yonder

Never sold yourself away

[To me, “the story of where you came from” is a religion because religion answers the ultimate questions of where we came from and where we are going.” The line “when they clash and come together” reminds us that the beliefs and traditions that bring us together also tear us apart. Kings of Leon says they are still true to the faith and the place where they came from. They never sold themselves.]

It’s in the water

It’s in the story of where you came from

Your sons and daughters

In all their glory it’s gonna shape ’em

And when they crash and come together

And start rising

Just drink the water where you came from

Where you came from

And when they  clash and come together and start rising

Just drink the water where you came from where you came from

[ P.S. – I didn’t even try to figure out why this is called “Radioactive.” If you have a clue, post it in the comments.]

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  1. #1 by Eman Hassaballa A. on December 18, 2010 - 9:46 am

    I try to listen to songs for a deeper meaning, but I get lost in the melody and the rhythm. But this is a great song and an even better analysis. Great Job!!
    I think it’s called Radioactive, because religion can be so divisive and so reactive and so toxic.

    But great song and great post.

  2. #2 by film indir on December 29, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    reetings. I follow your site to wish you continued success.

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