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Believer is a song featured on Imagine Dragons' third studio album, Evolve, as the third track. It was the first single released for the album. It is in the key of B flat minor.[1]

Background[]

In March 2017, Dan Reynolds told People that the song was inspired by his experiences with ankylosing spondylitis in 2015. He said that, "The meaning of the song is really reflecting on specific things in my life that were painful, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the success of the band, disease, going through depression—anything that was a source of pain in my life. And just rising above that, finding a place of perspective where I could be appreciative of the pain in my life and make it my greatest strength."[2]

Composition[]

According to sheet music published at Sheetmusicdirect.com, "Believer" is a moderato tempo of 120 beats per minute. Written in cut time, the song is in the key of B♭ minor. Dan Reynolds' vocal range spans from A♭2 to D♭4 during the song.[3]

Lyrics[]

First things first
I'ma say all the words inside my head
I'm fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh
The way that things have been, oh ooh

Second thing second
Don't you tell me what you think that I can be
I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh
The master of my sea, oh ooh

I was broken from a young age
Taking my sulking to the masses
Write down my poems for the few
That looked at me, took to me, shook to me, feeling me
Singing from heartache from the pain
Taking my message from the veins
Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the

(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
(Pain, pain)
You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer
(Pain)
Oh let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

Third things third
Send a prayer to the ones up above
All the hate that you've heard has turned your spirit to a dove, oh ooh
Your spirit up above, oh ooh

I was choking in the crowd
Building my rain up in the cloud
Falling like ashes to the ground
Hoping my feelings, they would drown
But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
Inhibited, limited
'Til it broke up and it rained down
It rained down, like

(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
(Pain, pain)
You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer
(Pain)
I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer

Last things last
By the grace of the fire and the flames
You're the face of the future, the blood in my veins, oh ooh
The blood in my veins, oh ooh

But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing
Inhibited, limited
'Til it broke up and it rained down
It rained down, like

(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer
(Pain, pain)
You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer
(Pain)
I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain
My life, my love, my drive, it came from
(Pain)
You made me a, you made me a believer, believer.

[4]

Remixes[]

A remix by Kaskade is featured on Evolve Deluxe.

A Remix featuring Lil' Wayne was made for the College Football Season. In place of the Third Verse, is a Rap Verse :

First things first Can you imagine what's about to happen? It's Weezy the dragon, I link with the Dragons And we gon' get ratchet, no need for imaginin' This is what's happenin' Second thing second, I reckon immaculate Sound about accurate I know that strength, it don't come without strategy I know that sweet, it don't come without cavities I know the passages come with some traffic I start from the basement, end up in the attic And third thing third Whoever count me out, they simply can't count Let's get mathematic, I'm up in this, huh Is you a believer? I get a unicorn out of a zebra I wear my uniform like a tuxedo This dragon don't hold his breath, don't need a breather Love you Miss Cita, the son of a leader I know that bloomin' don't come without rain I know the losin' don't come without shame I know the beauty don't come without, huh Hold up, hold up, last thing lastI know that Tunechi don't come without Wayne I know that losin' don't come without gain I know that beauty don't come withoutc Don't come without...[5]

(Chorus)

Interestingly, this cannot be performed on a standard instrumental as it will take too much time. However, cutting out the "Third Things Third" segment of it allows it to play through.[6] It also has the same structure as the original, featuring "First Things First", "Second Things Second", "Third Things Third" and "Last Things Last".

Music Video Information
Imagine_Dragons_-_Believer Released March 7th, 2017.
Length 3:23
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