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"Meant to Live"
Single by Switchfoot
from the album The Beautiful Letdown and Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2
Released 2003 (to radio)
August 17, 2004 (CD Single)
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:25
Label Columbia Records/Sony BMG
Writer(s) Jon Foreman
Tim Foreman
Producer John Fields
Certification Gold (RIAA[1]
Switchfoot singles chronology
"Meant to Live"
"Dare You to Move"

"Meant to Live" is a single by alternative rock band Switchfoot. It climbed to #5 on the US Modern Rock chart, #6 on U.S. Top 40 radio[2], and No. 18 on the U.S. Hot 100. It is the first track on the group's 2003 major-label debut album The Beautiful Letdown, and was also featured in a UK version of a Spider-Man 2 "inspired by" album. In April 2005, the song was certified platinum.[1] This is considered their breakthrough into the mainstream.



Lyrically this song was inspired by T. S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men". About the song, singer/writer Jon Foreman has said, "Maybe the kid in the song is me, hoping that I'm meant for more than arguments and failed attempts to fly. Something deep inside of me yearns for the beautiful, the true. I want more than what I've been sold; I want to live life". [3] It also refers John Steinbeck novella "Of Mice and Men", in the lyric "Dreaming about Providence and whether mice or men have second tries." According to Foreman, this song was also inspired by U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". [4]

Music videos

There were three music videos made for this song. The first video features live performance footage, the second is a concept video depicting the band playing inside a house while the walls and insides are slowly being torn down, and a third video is mixed into clips from Spider-Man 2, and was released exclusively in the UK.

The first two videos featured audio mixed a key higher than the album version.

Track listings

UK CD single
  1. "Meant to Live" [Album version]
  2. "On Fire" [Live]
  3. "Beautiful Letdown" [Live]
  4. "Meant to Live" [Multimedia Track] [1]


This song was also released on a 7" vinyl record. On the B side is the song "Monday Comes Around" which was cut from The Beautiful Letdown, and is otherwise an unreleased song.

Chart positions

Chart (2003) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 18
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 5
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 6
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 36
US Billboard Pop 100 5

In popular culture


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