"Feel Again" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Song about rediscovering love's spark; clean, arty video.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Love has the power to make a shut-down person feel again: "I'm feeling better since you know me / I was a lonely soul but that's the old me / A little wiser now but you show me / Yeah, I feel again."

Positive role models

OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder encourages people to stop feeling numb in their everyday lives -- and in relationship to the world around us. A portion of the proceeds from "Feel Again" will be donated to Save the Children's Every Beat Matters campaign to support the training of frontline child health-care workers around the world. In partnership with OneRepublic, Every Beat Matters recorded the heartbeats of children in Guatemala and Malawi and mixed the beats into the beginning of "Feel Again." 

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The lyrics talk about love, not sex, and celebrate regaining the ability to feel love: "Heart still beating but it's not working / It's like a million dollar phone that you just can't ring / I reached out trying to love, but I feel nothing / Yeah, my heart is numb / But with you, I feel again."

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A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the single will be donated to Save the Children's Every Beat Matters campaign to support training frontline health-care workers around the world. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Feel Again" is a clean song about love's power to transform lives. It's about working through the pain and loneliness of heartache and the revitalizing effect of rediscovering love. There's no sexy stuff here, so the song's OK for older tweens and up. The video's clean, with playful, colorful, pulsating lighting effects that seem to symbolize the power and flow of love. 

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What's the story?

"FEEL AGAIN" is the first single from OneRepublic's third studio album and was written by frontman Ryan Tedder (who won a Grammy for his songwriting/production work on Adele's 21) and his fellow bandmates. The accompanying video was shot in a redwood forest outside San Francisco, and is filled with images of luminescence. This Colorado band first gained recognition in 2002 for its massive success on MySpace, then in 2006 with its first hit single, "Apologize."

Is it any good?


"Feel Again" is a simple and poignant song about renewal, about coming back into your own and feeling love again. It's got a catchy melody with a swooping chorus -- the "woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoos" are sure to get everyone singing along! The rhythm track fuels the song's emotional impact with infectious handclaps and big punchy drums. The accompanying video is tastefully done, with a dazzling play of lights to underscore the theme of flowing love. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about life's ups and downs. What do you do when you're in a slump -- what helps you feel better (talking to a friend or parent, listening to music, going for a walk)? Do you ever reach out to others who feel down?

  • Discuss the importance of not getting "lost" in a relationship. Is it possible for a person to give too much of himself or herself to someone else? How can you find your way back to yourself? 

  • What's the director getting at with the glowing orb and the pulsating lights in the video?  

Music details

Artist:One Republic
Release date:September 3, 2012
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old September 12, 2012

Kind of boring, but okay

This song is okay, kind of boring though. Nothing bad that I remember.
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus October 13, 2012

Love it!

Really good song. I like the musical melody and the lyrics.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 15, 2012

feel again cd single

Relationships are about give and take, but ultimately a healthy relationship is about balance. Discuss the important of not getting "lost" in a relationship. Is it possible for a person to give so much of himself or herself to someone else that there's nothing left inside for them? How can someone find a way back to themselves? The video contains many images of light. Discuss why the video's director chose this approach, and ask what the illuminated images symbolize (the glowing orb represents the singer's heart, the fireflies indicate a path or direction, the glowing tennis ball represents the give-and-take in a relationship, the illuminated breath indicates inspiration).
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism


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