"Dead Man's Rope" as written by and Gordon(sting) Sumner....
A million footsteps, this left foot drags behind my right
But I keep walking, from daybreak â??til the falling night
And as days turn into weeks and years
And years turn into lifetimes
I just keep walking, like I've been walking for a thousand years

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,

If you're walking to escape, to escape from your affliction
You'd be walking in a great circle, a circle of addiction
Did you ever wonder what you'd been carrying since the world was black?
You see yourself in a looking glass with a tombstone on your back

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away in anger, walk away in pain
Walk away from life itself, walk into the rain

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
I'm just hanging here in space

Now I'm suspended between my darkest fears and dearest hope
Yes I've been walking, now I'm hanging from a dead man's rope
With Hell below me, and Heaven in the sky above
I've been walking, I've been walking away from Jesus' love

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away in anger, walk away in pain
Walk away from life itself, walk into the rain

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
I'm just hanging here in space

The shadows fall
Around my bed
When the hand of an angel,
The hand of an angel is reaching down above my head

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
Now I'm walking in his grace
I'm walking in his footsteps
Walking in his footsteps,
Walking in his footsteps

All the days of my life I will walk with you
All the days of my life I will talk with you
All the days of my life I will share with you
All the days of my life I will bear with you

Walk away from emptiness, walk away from sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away from anger, walk away from pain
Walk away from anguish, walk into the rain.


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"Dead Man's Rope" as written by Gordon(sting) Sumner

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    General CommentI realize this sounds quite irreverent, given the more serious tone of the song but it brings to mind the story of someone else who—reaching the end of her rope, said, that’s it! I’m going to kill myself. And despite the many and varied ways available to commit suicide, the only one she could think of was—gee, why not walk yourself to death? What a great idea! Needless to say, it isn’t an easy way to go, but she stomped off anyway, walking about ten blocks before her guardian angel showed up and said, don’t you have to pee? I’m sure you do. I wouldn’t crouch in the bushes if I was you. This is a residential neighborhood, sweetcakes. Angry, she stomped back, peed at home, forgot about killing herself and instead carped at her angel for the longest time.

    But this song is perhaps about despair—the kind of despair that has any of us questioning the beliefs and principles we have called our own without really examining them for validity. And it seems as though the angel showed up and said something like, nothing can change this dark night but there’s still light with you. Let’s walk together and find some different perspectives.
    sillybunnyon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Dead Man's Rope," too, found its spark while Sting was writing the book of his life. "That song to me is about death," he says plainly. "I had the image of a man suspended on a rope between heaven and hell, suspended in a 'well of memory.' Having fallen into the well of memory when I was working on my book, I know how it feels, and it's not all pleasant.

    "The other image in the song," he continues, "is of a man walking, day after day, a lifetime of walking away from responsibilities, from his pain, hoping it will go away. But at some point you have to be in one place and deal with reality, and that's where 'Dead Man's Rope' is. Once you've accepted that, then comfort arrives. You can't walk away from everything. I've tried."
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe following interview excerpt by Jasper Gerard appeared in The Sunday Times in September 2003...

    One song on his new album, 'Dead Man's Rope', features a fellow who moves around to avoid reality. Does Sting? "Hmm," he ponders, cradling his legs on the sofa. "We all have to face up to mortality, no matter how successfully you move round the world. My philosophy," he continues, "is I would like to die without fear; an acceptance that dying is as normal as birth. I haven't got there yet, I must admit.

    "I would like to live to a ripe old age. I was walking in my garden the other day and thought, 'I could do with another 50 years of this.' But death might be round the corner. Even money can't protect you from that, unfortunately."
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment[But it wasn’t used for the soundtrack. Didn’t see more about this.]
    (5/16/03, 4 p.m. ET) -- Sting has written a new song, "Dead Man's Rope," for the upcoming Civil War film Cold Mountain. The song will be one of two originals on the movie's soundtrack, the other being a new track from Elvis Costello.
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionAlthough he is verey familiar with the theology, I know Sting does not consider himself a Christian but like other songs on the Sacred Love album I see this as a continuation of god's pursuit of his soul spilling over into his lyrics. (check out Whenever I Say Your Name, Book of my Life, Send Your Love, Sacred Love) To me, this song represents a perfect analogy of becoming "born again" or "saved" or accepting Christ as your savior. (use whatever terminology that doesn't make you cringe)
    All the walking represents our life before Christ, lost, irresponsible and burdened. "Did you ever wonder what you'd been carrying since the world was black? You see yourself in a looking glass with a tombstone on your back" the debt we owe, our sinful condition as humans, the cross we bear before accepting Christ's ultimate gesture of bearing it for us.
    When i was investigating Christianity i felt this..."All this wandering has led me to this place Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness I'm just hanging here in space" I remember all the teachings of my childhood, forgiveness and love but i was frozen and stuck in an unbelieving state. To me the "rain" is Christ's forgiveness washing away our sins.
    And then, "walking in his grace...All the days of my life I will walk with you, I will talk with you, I will share with you, I will bear with you" to me that speaks of the Lord's mercy, grace, and gift of salvation, that we will spend eternity with him one day. He doesn't go as far as capitalizing "his" or "you" in the lyrics but who exactly is he speaking of?
    Whenever I hear this song I think of it as a worship song...not sure if that would please or upset Sting or if he would even care. My constant prayer for him is that God would catch up to him and he would start to write praise and worship music..THAT would be heaven on earth for me!!!!!!
    amyeskimoon July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song with strong religous overtones. I think he is talking about introspection of his journey and now being in limbo. I think it indicates a certain weariness of the world. He is considering death and the forgiveness of his sins "sweet rain of forgiveness" such as in baptism. Walking away from anger, pain and sorrow and finally stopping and getting to the place when he is facing up to all of it. Walking in his grace is the forgiveness and mercy that is bestowed upon him and he feels as if he can finally rest. The "walking in his footsteps" lyric reminds me of the song by the Police with the same name. That song is basically about how the mighty can fall and how in your dominance you can become extinct. It also means that he will now try to follow a path of goodness because he has felt that grace and mercy.
    Arachidamiaon March 30, 2010   Link

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