Picking up where post-grunge left off, Switchfoot's "Meant to Live" has its cake and eats it too, musically and lyrically speaking. During its world-weary verses, ("Maybe we've been living with our half open/Maybe we're bent and broken") the song boasts lumbering, pissed-off guitar riff that sounds like it's a couple of generations removed from Nirvana's In Utero; on its yearning bridge, ("We want more than this world's got to offer") it switches, briefly, to shimmering folk-rock. Singer Jonathan Foreman's vulnerable but strong vocals tie the song's different parts together, uniting them with a uniquely melancholy but hopeful tone. Switchfoot's alternative CCM roots show through in the song's subtly inspirational feel and suggestion to look deeper -- or higher -- for fulfillment. The song is also more than a little political; "we want more than the wars of our fathers" is both a timeless, and timely, sentiment. "Meant to Live"'s sympathetic, idealistic (not preachy) viewpoint, combined with its powerful guitars, make the song successful as both an alternative CCM and modern rock single.