Realise why I’ve always thought this was a sad, rather than hopeful, song.
The hopes we had were much too high
Way out of reach but we have to try
…It’s the kind of song you will sing, when you have lost, because you don’t believe you’ve truly lost (and you never have, if you really believe in it). It’s the kind of song a country losing men in a battle will play when all the blood they’ve shed is for naught, and it’s the kind of song you sing when you’re under suppression and you’re suffering, and you’re not about to lose to life…
The game will never be over, because we’re keeping the dream alive