"Duel" as written by Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge and Jeremy Hindmarsh....
You've been away for so long
You can't ask why
You've been away
You can't ask why
You can't ask why

A million stars out tonight
Could spark neon from candlelight
One million stars
Could spark neon from candlelight
Could spark neon from candlelight

I'm goin' down, down to the market place
Goin' to learn to give
I'm goin' down, down by the sea market side
Goin' to learn to live

The tightropes wound around
Just one slip and you tumble down
The ropes wrapped around
Just one slip and you tumble down
One slip and you tumble down

I'm goin' down, down to the market place
Goin' to learn to give
I'm goin' down, down by the sea market side
Goin' to learn to live


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"Duel" as written by Jimmy Hartridge Adam Franklin

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    General CommentThis song is very difficult to interpret. I think the title 'Duel' implies some sort of internal struggle (evidenced also by the music - the shift at 4:04 from a blazing rocker to softer guitars and peaceful ocean sounds is a drastic contrast).

    The most telling lyric is:

    "The tightropes wound around
    Just one slip and you tumble down"

    To me, whomever is being sung to is given a very clear ultimatum - watch your step or you'll lose everything. This could be love, as evidenced by:

    "You've been away for so long
    You can't ask why"

    which implies a loved one who has recently returned to the singer's life.

    "A million stars out tonight
    Could spark neon from candlelight"

    The imagery of this passage clearly evokes a feeling of love.

    The only thing that doesn't seem to fit well is:

    "I'm goin' down, down to the market place
    Goin' to learn to give
    I'm goin' down, down by the sea market side
    Goin' to learn to live"

    This seems to mean the singer wishes to grow as well.

    I can only surmise that the internal struggle is between the wish to change and the wish for his former lover to change. The question - whatever came between them, whose fault is it?
    jblondinon December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom what Adam Franklin (lead singer) has said, the movie "Duel" was an inspiration for this song. Steven Spielberg directed this movie.
    realitycrashon January 02, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song means alot to me because the first time I heard it I had to be about 9 years old, playing some kooky racing game called RoadRash. Why did no one post comments on this song? It's great! It's about someone committing suicide, I believe. He says he's going to learn to give and then he's talking about the rope being wrapped around his neck like hanging someone, then slipping and dying. But that is my interpretation, as I've known this song for eight years.
    Quickstepon October 02, 2005   Link

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