It was released as the album's third single on June 14, The song has been one of the band's most successful singles, reaching number one in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, number two in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries. It has sold over 1 million copies in the United Kingdom. The song's accompanying music video, directed by James Lees, features the band performing in the ground floor of a building beneath an ongoing church congregation on the upper floor. Ryan Tedder stated that "'Counting Stars' came about [in August ] as an idea.
Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But, baby, I've been, I've been praying hard Said, no more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars. I see this life like a swinging vine Swing my heart across the line And my face is flashing signs Seek it out and ye shall find. Old, but I'm not that old Young, but I'm not that bold And I don't think the world is sold On just doing what we're told. I feel something so, but right doing the wrong thing And I feel something so wrong, but doing the right thing I could lie, could lie, could lie Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.
But thinking of the children I could not live with myself to do that. I ran across your post out of desperation. The day could come where she has to decide between her relationship with you and her church. When my wife and I married, we were very different, but I found all the differences delightful. It's a foolish dream I suppose. So, guess whatв We stopped. I have been pretty much a single mother most of that time.
I'm not trying to be mean, just very clear. Because you are a good person, you will recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost and know that the church is true. Even if you are looking towards marriage, it can be better to hold off on more serious activities until a couple of dates to make sure you both feel the relationship is moving in the right direction.