A Thousand Years (Boyce Avenue)  不插电版——《暮光之城4》插曲

This song expresses the feeling many people have that love is predestined: lovers are two halves born separate, and they won’t feel happy and complete until they find each other, and no other person can take that place in their hearts. Then they will be reunited and love each other forever.

So, the story goes, he’s been hurting for years because he couldn’t find her. He wasn’t looking for someone to love, he was looking for his other half, and now he knows she is the one:

I have died every day waiting for you

Darling, don't be afraid

I have loved you for a thousand years

I'll love you for a thousand more

He has been in many other relationships before, and he has been hurt, so now he is afraid of giving his heart away once more, but when he sees how confident she is about this love, he gets inspiration from her and is not afraid anymore:

How to be brave?

How can I love when I'm afraid to fall?

But watching you stand alone

All of my doubt

Suddenly goes away somehow

But he’s still a bit hesitant. He knows she is the one, but he has been hurt so much in the past that he needs time and must take things slowly. Instead of running fast into an engagement, he has to go step by step, and with every step he gets a little closer to her:

One step closer

But then when he is in her company, her beauty shocks him and he feels like time stops, and he feels he can be brave and give her his love unconditionally, because he acknowledges that all his life has been a preparation for this, that everything was meant to bring him to this point when he meets her at last, now his life has a meaning:

Time stands still.

Beauty in all she is.

I will be brave,

I will not let anything take away what's standing in front of me.

Every breath, every hour has come to this

And that realization takes him again...

One step closer

Because now it’s obvious for him that she is his other half, the one he’s been looking for all his life:

And all along I believed I would find you.

Time has brought your heart to me.

I have loved you for a thousand years.

I'll love you for a thousand more


① Stand alone (隐喻)= To face problems without help.

② Has to come to this=Was directed to this result.