"Walking By A Wire" as written by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Petter Renkse....
I could not breath against the wall
The clash of light against the floor
They held me up against the wall
Too young to be ignored

Standing by a building
Leaks out information
Passive death of freedom gets me
Where's my security
Behind my back it goes
Early morning's coming
The risk that I am taking
Recall a song that I heard as a child
No more false immunity
Inside the blistering cold

My youth unknown to me
I'm walking by a wire
What's left from me to breathe
Cold smell of fire
One day I will be free
I was born to be no one
My youth unknown to me
I walked behind the sun

Emptiness within me
Exit signs within me
The one you're looking for is not here
Had no security
He will not come back


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"Walking by a Wire" as written by Jonas Petter Renkse Anders Nystrom

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    General Comment"I was born to be no one, my youth unknown to me, I walked behind the sun" - story of my life?
    I get the feeling from this song that it's about being bullied, being ignored. being treated as a nobody. and never be able to escape those feelings.
    dystop1aon December 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentConsidering that I guess the album is a whole crime history, I'm pretty sure this is the song where someone is arrested
    lcarvalho03on March 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat atmosphere.

    Notice that this is the probably the 3rd song on the album so far to have the word "emptiness" in it?
    Anilandon October 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about someone that went to jail while still too young and planned a breakout by setting the prison on fire. I cannot make enough sense out of some of its parts, but I guess as a whole my interpretation remains acceptable. Let's see:

    "I could not breath against the wall
    The clash of light against the floor
    They held me up against the wall
    Too young to be ignored"

    This is the moment of arrestment. He was pushed against the wall and could not breath partly because of the physical violence but also because he was too afraid inside. The only thing he remembers is the lights of the police car against the floor next to him. He was arrested obviously for doing something illegal. Maybe his life was pretty tough and he was compelled to it. And even though he was young, he wasn't underage so he had to pay for his crime.

    "Standing by a building
    Leaks out information
    Passive death of freedom gets me
    Where's my security
    Behind my back it goes"

    The "passive death of freedom" is an interesting view. It's as if he saw things in his life as an espectator, passively having to accept his fate (having the necessity of commiting the crime, and now going to jail). He can only fear for his security in prison.

    "Early morning's coming
    The risk that I am taking
    Recall a song that I heard as a child
    No more false immunity
    Inside the blistering cold"

    Now, as a new day approaches he reflects about the risk of what he's planned (the fire). He melancholically looks back to his childhood and realizes there's no more false immunity. He cannot hide inside his "blistering cold" as it is no use no more.

    "My youth unknown to me
    I'm walking by a wire
    What's left for me to breathe
    Cold smell of fire"

    He is too young and already taking too many chances. It doesn't seem to him that he has ever had enough time to live his youth. So the only way out he can see is through the fire.

    "One day I will be free
    I was born to be no one
    My youth unknown to me
    I walked behind the sun"

    He knows freedom someday would come, but freedom for what? He feels his life is worthless. Why is he even trying to escape? To enjoy being young? He spent his whole life running against time, trying to make the most of the days to stay alive.

    "Emptiness within me
    Exit signs within me
    The one you're looking for is not here
    Had no security
    He will not come back"

    Naturally, he feels empty. The "exit signs" inside show the urge for freedom he still has. Or maybe he already started the fire and is finding his way out by intuition. He seems to be missing someone important in his life also. And the lack of security he faced until now makes him realize it's a though life and he probably shouldn't expect that person to ever come back.
    ApathicGhoston July 18, 2015   Link

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