"The Wall" as written by and Trevor Alfred Charles Jones....
I'm woven in a fantasy, I can't believe the things I see
The path that I have chosen now has led me to a wall
And with each passing day I feel a little more like something dear was lost
It rises now before me, a dark and silent barrier between
All I am and all that I would ever want to be
It's just a travesty, towering, marking off the boundaries
My spirit would erase

To pass beyond is what I seek, I fear that I may be too weak
And those are few who've seen it through to glimplse the other side
The promised land is waiting like a maiden that is soon to be a bride
The moment is a masterpiece, the weight of indecision's in the air
It's standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that's me
It's just a travesty, towering, blocking out the light and blinding me
I want to see

Gold and diamonds cast a spell, it's not for me to know it well
The treasures that I seek are waiting on the other side
There's more that I can measure in the treasure of the love that I can find
And though it's always been with me
I must tear down the wall let it be
All I am, and all that I was ever meant to be, in harmony
Shining true and smiling back at all who wait to cross
There is no loss


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Octavarium64

"The Wall" as written by Steve Walsh, Kerry / Livgren

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Wall song meanings
Add your thoughts

14 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think Audiophile65 is on the right track, and I don't know for sure either, but for those of you out there that are Christian, you may catch on faster to where I'm going with this. Absolutely, no offense
    meant to anyone who is a non-Christian. Many of the contributors in Kansas have or had connections to
    Christianity, so it makes sense that there might be an influence. Steve Walsh was raised Catholic and
    as was mentioned by Audiophile65, Livgren is a born again Christian.

    Anyway, to the song...

    The first verse is his current situation: He's made some wrong choices in life (haven't we all) but
    now something has happened that far overshadows anything bad he has ever done and he has no where to
    turn. He is literally backed into a corner: He is against the wall. "...The path that I have chosen now, has led me to a Wall..."

    Now with the full realization of the predicament he's in, he confronts his problem, faces it head on.
    The verses from, "...It rises now in front of me..." to "...It's just a travesty..." have a 'feel' that
    eludes to this.


    One of the definitions of 'travesty' I found was, "A grotesque imitation with intent to ridicule." So
    he really feels that what ever he did, he screwed up royally and there may not be any turning back.

    My next comment may be a bit of a stretch for some, but I don't think he is referring to his own spirit
    but rather the Holy Spirit.

    (This song is also interesting as there is no refrain/chorus. It is truly a Poem Song
    and possibly, even a Prayer.)

    The Second verse is about the struggle we all go through: To Believe or not to Believe.

    He wants to and probably does believe, but struggles with his indecision, even after being born again,
    "...The Moment is a Masterpiece, the weight of indecision's in the air..."

    Prior to that is a fairly direct biblical reference to one of Jesus' parables, "The Promised Land is
    waiting, Like a Maiden who is soon to be a Bride."

    The verse begins with his wanting to get to the other side, Heaven, but feeling he is too week to
    achieve the goal, and ending with a glimpse of the eternal, blinding darkness of his own sin and Satan.

    The third verse is his Epiphany. He sees the how money has ruled his life (and probably is a large
    contributor to the huge problem he is facing now) and that the true 'Riches' in life have nothing to
    do with money, and come from God: God is Love.

    He comes to the realization that God never left him: He left God and its up to him to, "...tear down
    the Wall and let..." Him in.

    So now he get's it: Finding the peace that comes with living in Harmony with God, and knowing that
    God smiles back at all of us inviting us to, "Cross" (double entendre?) and that "there is no Loss."
    Meaning that if you accept Gods forgiveness for your sins, you don't have to 'Pay' anything in return.
    God's forgiveness is unconditional and free when you are truly sorry for you sins. I believe this
    is what the Steve Walsh's Character in the song is experiencing and what Steve is singing about.



    Other songs that have a Biblical 'twist' "Dust in the wind": as in the Bible, "...and to Dust you shall
    return." And, Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son: Read it and then listen to "Wayward Son".

    All the Best and God's Blessings :-)
    SongsSearcheron February 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wants to find something more in his life, and "pass beyond" the wall that is separating him into the unknown. He has a strong desire to feel completely free to be who he is without any worries... basically he is searching for happiness. This song is amazing when played how it should be: in vinyl, on an old record player. ;)
    confinedinsanityon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes........something about record players that just makes the song better.
    spacepirateon August 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about an obstacle, between what the main character is and what he wants to be. All that he ever wants is behind that wall. He is afraid to try to tear it down. he fears that he is too weak. but in the end, he knows he must.
    WYWHon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWYWH is right. Great song.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat sytle of song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan epic song.
    brain.damageon June 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, WYWH(for wish you were here), Me(pink_Floyd_Fan), and Brain Damage".

    All the floyd fans love this song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. It's their ballad on this album, other than dust in the wind, but i think that it is so cool. Good meaning too. easy to figure out. wywh got it.
    Mindbreaker4228on October 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not just about "a character", it can be about anyone; you, me, anybody.

    The wall is any blockade in our life. It represents fear, doubt, to pursue a goal we may have always had:

    "To pass beyond is what I seek
    I fear that I may be too weak
    And those are few who've seen it
    Through to glimpse the other side,
    The promised land is waiting like a maiden that is soon to be a bride"

    There are always obstacles in our way to get to the things we want most. And most of us are afraid to do the things we need to do to get there. Very few really do realize their dreams, to do the work and "see it through".


    We have these barriers in our lives and we must tear them down if we want the things we covet most:

    "And though it's always been with me,
    I must tear down the Wall and let it be
    All I am,"


    It's an amazing song. Kerry Livgren has one of the greatest voices ever. A lot of their lyrics get very deep, and spiritual. They've had plenty of hits, but I think it's the complexities ion some of their songs that kept them from super-stardom. People weren't ready for it.
    JudahDGon March 11, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain