Song Analysis: Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars


So I’m starting this new segment called Song Analysis where I try to figure out the true meaning behind a song by breaking down the lyrics and corresponding music video. We’re going to start this segment off by jumping into the deep end, with one of the most intense, deep, and fascinating songs that I have ever heard: Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars. Listen to the song and watch the video posted below before reading into the analysis. There is also a link to the lyrics posted below the video.


30 Seconds to Mars does not give us a concrete answer as to what the exact meaning to this song is. They left it up to our interpretations, therefore there are several different interpretations of the song. Some people think it’s about religion, some think it’s about love and relationships, some think it’s about death, and even others think it’s about trust. I will try to present what I think is the most common consensus of the song’s meaning by breaking down the lyrics.

No matter how many times that you told me you wanted to leave
No matter how many breaths that you took you still couldn’t breathe
No matter how many nights that you’d lie wide awake to the sound of the poison rain
Where did you go
Where did you go
Where did you go
As the days go by the night’s on fire

The first part of the song appears to be describing someone who used to be very close to the lover, but is now gone. Perhaps this could be an ex-girlfriend or an ex-wife. It is clear from the first line that they wanted to leave, and in the second line it appears this is because they couldn’t get their life together or fulfill some goal that they had. Poison rain could be symbolizing the extreme depression or anxiety that was taking hold of her. The singer wonders where the love has gone, and each night is painful for him without her.

Tell me would you kill to save a life
Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right
Crash crash Burn let it all burn
This hurricane’s chasing us all underground

The singer is questioning if his lover would kill in order to save herself from her problems and prove she was right about leaving. The crashing and burning is referring to their emotional relationship, and hurricane is used to symbolize the emotional turmoil that is tearing them apart.

No matter how many deaths that I die I will never forget
No matter how many lies I live I will never regret
There is a fire inside of this heart and a riot about to explode into flames
Where is your God
Where is your God
Where is your God

No matter how much pain the singer feels, he will never forget what happened. The fire inside his heart is about to destroy him from the inside out. Having lost faith, he calls on his lover to ask God to save their relationship.

Do you really want
Do you really want me
Do you really want me dead or alive
To torture for my sins
Do you really want
Do you really want me
Do you really want me dead or alive
To live a lie

Now the singer becomes angry and asks his lover if she would rather have him dead in order to solve her problems, or have him alive to suffer this emotional torture.

The promises we made were not enough
The prayers that we had prayed were like a drug
The secrets that we sold were never known
The love we had the love we had
We had to let it go

No matter how hard they tried, the two of them could not keep their promises. Their prayers only temporarily covered up their problems, while the secrets ended up tearing them apart. In the end, the love that they had for each other was not enough to overcome their problems and the relationship fell apart.


In summary, I think this song is about a relationship that was much deeper than it appeared on the surface. The woman left because she could not deal with the problems anymore, and this resulted in a “hurricane” or emotional storm for the singer.

I’d love to know what you guys think about this song and about this segment in the comments below. If you enjoyed reading it, please like the blog. Don’t forget to share it with your friends as well. I will also take suggestions for other songs you want me to analyze.




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8 Responses to Song Analysis: Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars

  1. Aunt Do says:

    I think I agree with your conclusion of a relationship gone bad. With all relationships that don’t make it there is anger and pain. The hurricane being the emotional storm is a good analagy. That’s when the term weather the storm comes in. With time and space any “storm”
    Can be weathered! With time, anything can be healed. Good song Jeff. I’ve never heard it.

  2. Rhonda Conner says:

    I completely agree with your analysis… in fact, it made me cry. I cried like how I do when I hear the song. I understand better why. I am married to a man who is bipolar. It’s a devastating illness that is slowly destroying him, me, and us.

    • Avni says:

      I too have seen the devastating effects of this disease Ronda….but dont let your doubts settle in….just hang in there and u will pull both you and ur partner out of this with your conviction in.this relationship.
      God bless you

  3. Hi ! I’m working about this song. More about the un-censored videoclip than the song itself. Unfortunatly I can’t understand all the words because I’m french.
    I’m studying this song in a university way : my work is about the Sade’s book Justine ou les Malheurs de la vertu’s adaptations, and Hurricane use this book. I think it could offer an new interpretation about this song.
    So, if you can, no translate, but just write interventions as the end of the movie when the woman talk it can help me a lot, thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s always about love….you just chose the easy way out.

  5. Penny says:

    I think he cheated, that’s why she wants to leave. I think they tried to make it work but couldn’t. He made reference to his sin, which is what makes me think he cheated.

    And he doesn’t literally mean ” kill someone” he means be willing to kill the relationship to save her own life, but he already did that, so it’s kind of a manipulation to get her to stay.

    I really like this song but the video distracts from these amazing lyrics and it’s really dark.

    Side note. There are amazing covers of this song on YouTube but one of my fav is by Dave Ingham of “My Forever” a new U.K. Band. He does a great job

  6. Curt Culver says:

    this will be long. i am sorry lol

    i really like your analysis. it is perceptive and does make sense. personally, i think the song goes way deeper than a relationship between 2 people. i have read many interpretations that seem to make sense and are very intriguing ideas. maybe part of me just likes to believe the song is less cliché than a lover lost. leto puts a lot more thought into his lyrics than that.
    one analysis i’ve read believes the song is about man’s relationship with the planet. pollution and global warming. “this hurricane chasing us all underground”.. there are many around the world who are preparing for a global disaster but constructing underground bunkers. anyway, interesting concept.
    here is another analysis. i will just copy/paste the whole thing.

    hurricane is, in my opinion, about the holocaust in palestine, 30 seconds to mars are very politically active as most of us kno, but palestine is a very sensitive issue, hear me out…

    No matter how many times that you told me you wanted to leave
    No matter how many breaths that you took you still couldn’t breathe
    No matter how many nights did you lie
    Wide awake to the sounds of the pausing rain
    Where did you go? Where did you go? Where did you go?
    As days go by the nights are on fire

    …the entire gaza strip works like a refugee camp, its claustrophobic and rather like hell, if you are a palestinian you are stuck there, any attepts to escape merit a bullet hole or two, people have been trying to escape for years, most are killed. the nights on fire is ofcourse refering to the shelling of gaza

    Tell me would you kill to save for a life?
    Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right?
    Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
    This hurricanes chasing us all underground

    … this part is war in a nutshell, all conflict in the modern world is derived from the need to protect or asscert dominance over another social group, usually because of some misconception concerning xenophobia but whatever i digress… the israelies who were promised land that was devid of any natural inhabitance were ofcourse lied to, there was a population there and the government massacred them, most of the israeli population didnt kno this, most of the world didnt untill recently. the reference to underground is literally of some escape attepmts by palestinians to get out of the refugee camps

    No matter how many deaths that I die, I will never forget
    No matter how many lives that I live, I will never regret
    There’s a fire inside of this heart in a riot about to explode into flames
    Where is your God? where is your God? where is your God?

    …this is referring to the palestinian in general, they, as a people have a close relationship with the land and would kill protect it, no matter what happens they are still patriotic and this is still their land, they are also a religious peple, but that was crushed by th eethnic clensing which destroyed their culture, it is also a biblical reference, the roman soldiers said to jesus as he died “where is your god now, is he asleep” etc, and therefore represents the murder of palestine

    Do you really you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead or alive to torture for myself?
    Do you really you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead or alive to live a lie?

    … this part is really interesting, it is in reference to to the lies the people of hte middle east were told, the palestinians asked questions to their western conquors; what do you want with us? they were first killed during the ethnic clensings of 1947, then pushed into refugee camps and told eventually they could go back to their land (50 years on still they are detained), then more recently they have been told that none of this happned (the nakba denial) and to speak of it is a crime against the ruling israeli government

    The promises we made were not enough
    The prayers that we had prayed were like a drug
    The secrets that we sold were never known
    The Love we had, The Love we had,
    We had to let it go

    … refering to the way palestinan nationals tried to get the UN to help, to no avail, and to a series of other attepts to free themselves and claim “the right of return”. and the “love” is referring to the land they had but had to leave or risk death of themselves and their families

    the song lacks any of the optimism and hope of all the other songs, this is done purposefully to portray the absolute destitude of the palestinian people, who have lost their land, their rights, dignity and their identity

    I AM NOT A RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALIST, cristian, muslim or athiest
    I DO NOT BLAME THE JEWISH PEOPLE FOR THE SECOND HOLOCAUST it was entirely the fault of european powers seeking control over the arab people to secure oil and keep the Soviet Union out
    this is simply my interpretation of a brilliant song, i hope it helped

    • Curt Culver says:

      another one i just read

      Generally speaking, I believe that this song is a dipiction of humanity and his rotting morality which is illuminated through sex, religion, war as in the scene of tombs which implies Soldiers who have died in a war which was justified to achieve peace( would you kill to save…) while it leaves millions of people in misery in the end.

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