I raise my flags, dye my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose

from Imagine Dragons – Radioactive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH9zG28GQEg

This song focuses a lot on the individual and his personal changes, but also gives political undertones. There appears to be an oppressive government at work here, and that contributes to why the world in the first verse is so messed up. After the apocalypse/awakening in the first verse, the narrator is now prepared to overthrow this government.

Some would argue that this story is an actual depiction of what is going on in the world we live in. The US government is borderline violating the rights of the citizens, the upper 2% control all almost all the wealth, and the rest of the nation has to struggle to keep up. This “revolution” fits in with the idea behind Occupy Wall Street and other protests.

The music video, while a little strange, echoes these same themes. It gets a little confusing and hard to explain at times, but the main ideas never stray far from the song. It tells a David vs. Goliath story where David wins the battle, frees the lower class, then brings the higher ups back to the bottom.

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