“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
“A Thousand Years” is quite simply a love song. Christina Perri depicts herself as someone who has been waiting her entire life to fall in love. And now that she has found that special someone yes, she is a bit apprehensive. But overall she realizes that the person standing in front of her is a dream come true. She therefore is not going to let fear prevent her from loving him and is entreating him to do the same.
Now logically speaking, her proclaiming that she has loved him “for a thousand years” and intends to do so “for a thousand more” is metaphorical. In terms of the former statement, what she is basically saying is that she views it as her destiny to be with this individual. And in terms of the latter, she is stating her intention to love him forever.
But those phrases are also meant to be taken literally, to some extent. For as pointed out in the trivia section, Christina Perri wrote this tune specifically for a sci-fi/romance film. And said film is centered on vampires. And vampires, as you probably know based on Hollywood lore, are often depicted as being immortal. So when speaking from the perspective of one of these fictional characters, the “thousand years” the singer is putting forth can be taken more literally.
Facts about “A Thousand Years”
This song was released on 18 October 2011 as the second single from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”. And the label behind the audio is Atlantic Records.
The official music video to this track was directed by Jay Martin. As of early-July 2020 the clip has garnered in excess of 1,600,000,000 views on YouTube, making it the platform’s 78th most-viewed video ever at the time.
The song itself has also proven to be quite-successful chart-wise. For instance, it appeared on 6 Billboard charts and peaked at number 11 in Britain (the UK Singles Chart). And overall, “A Thousand Years” entered the charts of nearly 20 countries, being certified Platinum or better in eight nations. And most impressively of all it has been certified an astounding octuple-Platinum in the United States.
There is also another version of “A Thousand Years” found on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (2012). That rendition is acoustic, and she performed it alongside actor/singer Steve Kazee.
Christina Perri wrote “A Thousand Years” in conjunction with David Hodges, one of the track’s producers. And she did so at the behest of Atlantic Records, who let her screen “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” early for that specific purpose.
And the other producers of the track are Paul Katz and Alexandra Patsavas.