• The song is about the relationship
Lead singer Dan Reynolds
has had with his parents throughout his life. He said:
From the Album
"At times it's been strained and difficult, but in the end, 'I Bet My Life'
celebrates the bond that we still hold on to."
He later expanded: "Like many teenagers, I really hit heads with my parents at times growing up,
My mom and dad are from a really conservative background, so when I told them I wanted
to be a musician, that obviously wasn't a thing that they particularly wanted to hear."
"But my entire life I've been the black sheep in my family and been in and out of trouble.
So the song's about my relationship with my parents, but still celebrating through it all everything
that we've been through. We try to see past our differences and celebrate the relationship
that we have and that we still share today."
It was used in commercials for Jeep, advertising their "Big Finish" holiday sales event,
as well as commercials for Sprite featuring LeBron James
(as he returns to his hometown of Akron)
Smoke + Mirrors
October 27th, 2014
Imagine Dragons Studio
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
"I Bet My Life" on YouTube
The video was released on December 12, 2014.
It was directed by Jodeb and features actor Dane DeHaan
(who starred in "In Treatment" and as Green Goblin in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2")
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It was filmed at the Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. Dan Reynolds said:
"As the first video on our new album, it was especially important that we capture the emotion of the song
our director Jodeb had a powerful vision for how the feeling of the story could be portrayed"