The Weeknd, Nothing Is Lost: the lyrics & the meaning

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Avatar 2 (or better, Avatar: The Way of Water) is set for release on December 16, 2022: it’s one of the most awaited movies of the decade, it marks the return of James Cameron as a director, and the soundtrack is extremely promising. One song, in particular, has triggered the hype: the track written by The Weeknd, who anticipated it some days before the movie’s release. The song’s title is Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength), it’s produced by Swedish House Mafia & Simon Franglen, and the lyrics are beautiful: in this article, we will analyze the track’s meaning, and you will also find the complete lyrics at the end.

You can listen to the official streaming of the song below.

The Weeknd - Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength) (Visualizer)

Nothing Is Lost: the song lyrics and their meaning

Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength) is a song about fighting the most brutal battles for the people you love. In the lyrics, The Weeknd sings like a warrior, aware that it might be impossible to survive the fight he will face. Yet, he feels that’s his destiny.

In the song’s beginning, it seems that this fight is somehow related to the protagonist’s adverse fate. He wishes this curse wouldn’t impact the people he loves so much, but it seems that the threat has come, and he must defend others.

I thought I could protect you
From paying for my sins
And I’ve been walking this earth long enough that that’s a gift
Been living this life so patient

In front of him, there could be victory or death. Either way, he will feel he has accomplished his destiny, dedicating his life to protecting and defending those who deserve his love.

I know that if I die my only choice is still defending
No matter what they say
My love for you is greater than their powers and their armies
From above

When you feel you are following what destiny wants from you, you go on without a doubt. The outcome is no longer important; you will discover it at the end of your path. What matters most is that you are doing what you are supposed to. From this point of view, the song’s title, Nothing Is Lost, acquires a special meaning in the lyrics: even if I die, it won’t be a loss; it will be us facing our destiny proudly.

You give me strength
I’m with you either way
If I die, If I stay
Give me strength
I’m with you either way
Nothing’s lost
No more pain, just give me strength

The protagonist goes to his fight with the highest motivation: he knows that’s his fight, and he has the strength of the ones he’s defending. This becomes, therefore, the real meaning of the lyrics inside Nothing Is Lost: I’m ready for the battle, I’m ready to protect the people I love, and I feel their energy and their power. From now on, we follow our fate, and there can be no defeat: even death would mean the accomplishment of our destiny.

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The complete lyrics

I thought I could protect you
From paying for my sins
And I’ve been walking this earth long enough that that’s a gift
Been living this life so patient

Until I see you again
It’s what we’re facing
I know that if I die my only choice is still defending
No matter what they say
My love for you is greater than their powers and their armies
From above

You give me strength
I’m with you either way
If I die, If I stay
Give me strength
I’m with you either way
Nothing’s lost
No more pain, just give me strength

The scars and the wounds
I wear them proud like tattoos
Reminds me that I lost you
Reminds me that I’ll be living this life so patient

Until I see you again
It’s what we’re facing
I know that if I die my only choice is still defending
No matter what they say
My love for you is greater than their powers and their armies
From above

You give me strength
I’m with you either way
If I die, If I stay
Give me strength
I’m with you either way
Nothing’s lost
No more pain, just give me strength