What We Live For by American Authors

What We Live For by American AuthorsTrack: What We Live For
Album: What We Live For (Coming out July 1st!)
Artist: American Authors
Genre: alternative, pop, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Overall:
9/10
Sounds Like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Sheppard
Interesting Fact: American Authors bandmates met while attending Berklee College of Music.
Best thing About this Track: This song perfectly captures the feeling of levity, freedom, and elation that is the trademark experience of road-tripping. It’s the perfect blend of nostalgia that still packs a punch of excitement with something new and undiscovered.
One thing I wish was different: The lyrics would’ve gotten an even higher score if there were more of them. What’s there is really well done, but I would’ve loved to see a third verse or a bridge as well.
Website: American Authors

As a kid from the 90’s who spent a ridiculous percentage of my childhood driving cross-country on road-trips, this song feels tailor-made to be my jam! I’ve always been a huge fan of traveling. It opens up your mind and lets you live new lives in new worlds. While I’d love to spend more time traveling abroad, nothing quite says summer to me quite like good friends, fun food, and the open road! Everyone who’s ever spent any substantial time in a car knows that no journey would be complete without some amazing music to sing along to, and this, my friends, is the ultimate road trip song. It’s a must for your next adventure. For realsies. It feels like fun. It feels like freedom. It fuels the wanderlust that runs through your veins.

Though summer has barely started, I’ve already been on two epic roadtrips, and you can bet this track went with me and is woven through those memories, now immortalized as a piece of my life. Road-trip songs stop being entertainment and become personal history, because they will always take you back to that adventure, to that silliness, to those stories. This song is no longer an externalized piece of art to be looked at and then tucked away; it is a foundational background that makes up a tiny part of the soundtrack of my life. When I hear this song, I am on the beaches of California and in the mountains of Utah.

I’m watching banana trees grow. I’m laughing with six other grown women and asking everyone if they have a potato. I’m eating ice cream with Nancy, the elderly woman I met at a dairy on the side of the road*. I’m telling my baby sister about a field of llamas in Fairyland. I’m giggling as we drive through snow and all the Arizonans freak out at white moisture falling from the sky. I’m doing the most ridiculously trivial things with the people I love, and it forges a bond that endures through the day-to-day monotony of life. I love traveling in general, but what sets apart road trips from other forms of long-distance traveling is this: traveling by plane is about getting you to your destination as efficiently as possible, taking a road trip is about the journey you take to get there. Detours welcome.

Speaking of detours, I suppose it’s time we get to the actual song. What’s amazing about this song is that it flips the script on the metaphorical perspective of a relationship. I’ve always hated the objectification of marriage as a ball and chain. It makes me cringe. Commitment should not feel like a prison. Being in a relationship is a choice. If you don’t like it, don’t choose it. It’s that simple! Nevertheless, the thought of a serious relationship can be scary to some people. When wanderlust runs in your veins, a likely emotional side effect could be some rollover commitment issues. I don’t want to stay in one place for the rest of my life! The mere thought of it gives me a panic attack. That sounds awful and boring. Stagnation feels like decay and goes against human instinct. This song, rather than seeing a loved one as a chain holding you back or tying you down, understands and articulates beautifully that to love and be loved is the greatest adventure of all! “Baby, you’re my open road.”

*Side story: Nancy totally lives in the same city that I’m from, but I never would have met her if we hadn’t stopped at the same dairy in a different town, and stayed at the same hotel in a third random town. We became friends, and she’s both amazing and hilarious. She also makes great brownies.

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Lyrics:
I drive a beat-up car, a caravan, the color blue
Reminds me of your eyes and all the places we’ve been to
We’re tethered to the leather, searching for a better view
It’s interstellar when it’s me and you

We’re taking off
We’re taking off

This is what I live for
Baby, you’re my open road
You can take me anywhere the wind blows
Ride into the great unknown
We can throw our hands up out the window
This is what we live for

We look up at the stars, a perfect night to dream with you
Got 90s retro on the radio, our favorite tune
I put the pedal to the metal just to laugh with you
It’s interstellar when it’s just us two

We’re taking off
We’re taking off

This is what I live for
Baby, you’re my open road
You can take me anywhere the wind blows
Ride into the great unknown
We can throw our hands up out the window
This is what we live for

This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for

This is what I live for
Baby, you’re my open road
You can take me anywhere the wind blows
Ride into the great unknown
We can throw our hands up out the window
This is what we live for

This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for
This is what we live for

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