What is the meaning of the expression "there’s a fire burning in someone's bones" in below and when does it is said:

there’s a fire burning in my bones And I still believe.

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    Sounds like a biblical expression:" if I say, "I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it." ◄ Jeremiah 20:9 ► biblehub.com/jeremiah/20-9.htm – user66974 Jun 27 '15 at 21:07
  • A "fire in your belly" is a metaphor for having an intense passion (generally of the non-sexual variety). Using "bones" is a bit rarer, but is likely used with the same meaning. – Hot Licks Jan 21 '16 at 19:02

This is from a song called "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten, and it contains several metaphors about depth of feeling. "Fire" is a common poetic metaphor for intense feeling or passion. Use the google on search terms "fire, song, lyrics." English also uses bones to signify depth of feeling -- bone deep, feel it in my bones, cut to the bone.


Losing friends and I'm chasing sleep

Everybody's worried about me

In too deep

Say I'm in too deep (in too deep)

And it's been two years

I miss my home

But there's a fire burning in my bones

And I still believe

Yeah I still believe

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