"The Walk" as written by and Imogen Heap....
Inside out, upside down twisting beside myself
Stop that now
Because you and I were never meant to meet
I think you better leave
It's not safe in here
I feel a weakness coming on

Alright then (Alright then)
I could keep your number for a rainy day
That's where this ends
No mistakes, no misbehaving
Oh, I was doing so well
Could we just be friends?
I feel a weakness coming on

[Chorus]
It's not meant to be like this
Not what I planned at all
I don't want to feel like this, yeah
No, it's not meant to be like this
Not what I planned at all
I don't want to feel like this
So that makes it all your fault

Inside out, upside down twisting beside myself
Stop that now
you're as close as it gets without touching me
Don't make it harder than it already is
I feel a weakness coming on

[Chorus]

Big trouble
Losing control
Primary resistance at a critical low
On the, on the double gotta get a hold
Point of no return
One second to go

No response on any level
Red alert this vessel's under siege
Total overload
All systems down
They've got control
There's no way out
We are surrounded
Give in, give in
And relish every minute of it

Freeze
Or make it forever
I feel a weakness coming on

It's not meant to be like this
Not what I planned at all
I don't want to feel like this
No it's not meant to be like this
It's just what I don't need
Don't make me feel like this
It's definitly all your fault

Be like this
La la la la la la la la
It's all your fault
(Feel like this)
La la la la la la la la
It's all your fault
(Feel like this)
La la la la la la la la
It's all your fault
(Feel like this)
La la la la la la la la
It's all your fault


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  • +5
    General CommentI didn't get the impression that the song is about a man and a woman who are good friends and slowly getting into a relationship. Instead, I took it to be about a woman who's built up quite a few "emotional barriers" for the protection of her emotions, and she's met someone who she's starting to develop romantic feelings for, and she's afraid because she doesn't want to risk getting hurt.


    "It’s not safe in here
    I feel a weakness coming on"

    They've reached a point in their relationship where she doesn't feel safe around him any more, not because of what he's doing, but because she can tell that she's not going to be able to keep him at a safe distance anymore.

    "Oh, I was doing so well
    Could we just be friends?
    I feel a weakness coming on"

    Again, she's felt that her method of dealing with the world has worked for her, and wants to keep up with it. So, hoping that she can just ignore her feelings, she offers friendship. And then we have the repetition of the line about her weakness.

    And then the chorus:

    "It's not meant to be like this
    Not what I planned at all
    I don't want to feel like this, yeah
    No, it's not meant to be like this
    Not what I planned at all
    I don't want to feel like this
    So that makes it all your fault"

    Where she talks about how she hadn't planned this, how she's confused and upset because she doesn't want this to happen, she doesn't want to end up caring for someone else. And then she blames the man, because she wouldn't have reached out for emotional contact herself.

    Then the lines:

    "Big trouble
    Losing control
    Primary resistance at a critical low"

    and

    "They've got control
    There's no way out
    We are surrounded"

    Both talk about losing control (losing it to someone else) and the breaking down of her resistance.

    Finally, with the lines:

    "Give in, give in
    And relish every minute of it"

    It seems to me that she comes to terms with the feelings she has for him, and more or less makes up her mind that she'll give into it, because the rewards are greater than the consequences.
    Jackett90on January 27, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYikes, I agree wholeheartedly with Jackett90.

    I love her use of technical terms here, because they're so appropriate. After so long building up walls against other people, when someone comes along that makes you want to reconsider it all, it's like they're breaching your fortress, which is very scary...but also worth the risk.
    delialon April 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song seems to be more about an independent person who tends to fall in love on their own terms. Until they meet that one person that they start to have feelings for without planning on it (hence, "I feel a weakness coming on"). They are completely taken back by this, and start to try and fight back their feelings, but they can't. They feel a minor bit of resentment towards this person they find themselves involuntarilly loving (it's all your fault). And they find they have no choice but to just go with it.
    Cotygeekon July 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song ComparisonI definitely think that this song is about not corresponding love. Maybe she is in a relationship already, but cannot control her feelings when she is around this other guy. Feeling responsible, she asks him to leave, although it may not be what she really wants.

    She starts by describing herself when she is around this other guy:

    "Inside out, upside-down twisting beside myself,
    Stop that now, cos you and I were never meant to be"

    Alright then (Alright then) I could keep your number for a rainy day,
    That's where this ends, no mistakes no misbehaving,
    Oh, I was doing so well, can we just be friends,
    I feel a weakness coming on.

    She tries to convince herself she can still be 'just friends' with him, although she knows she is in a time of weakness and should not be around him even as friends. "No mistakes, No misbehaving, Oh I was doing so well" can mean to me nothing else but that she was doing well in her relationship, and this guy comes in the picture and makes her want to forget she has a boyfriend. However she decides to behave, whether it is what she wants or not.

    It's not meant to be like this, not what I planned at all,
    I don't want to feel like this, Yeah,
    No it's not meant to be like this, not what I planned at all,
    I don't want to feel like this, so that makes it all your fault.

    "I dont want to feel like this, so that makes it all your fault." Here she accepts she does have feelings towards this other guy, but does not like it, keeping in mind she has someone already. Its not meant to be like this, can mean she wasn't planning on having feelings for another guy while being in a relationship or she wanted this second guy to be her boyfriend, instead of the one she already has.

    Inside out, upside-down twisting beside myself,
    Stop that now; you're as close as it gets without touching me,
    Oh no, don't make it harder than it already is,
    Mmm, I feel a weakness coming on.

    Again, "Don't make it harder than it already is".. He, unconsciously, makes it so hard for her to behave, and even though she knows she might not be spending time with him, she wants to.

    Big trouble losing control,
    Primary resistance at a critical low,
    On the double gotta get a hold,
    Point of no return one second to go,

    No response on any level, red alert this vessels under siege,
    Total overload, systems down, they've got control,
    There's no way out, we are surrounded,
    Give in, give in and relish every minute of it

    She describes her feelings with machinery, (perfectly done) describing how she cannot control it. Her weakness is too low, does not want to remind herself constantly she has a boyfriend. "Theres no way out, we are surrounded, give in, give in and relish every minute of it." She finally decides to give in, and well enjoy it.

    Freeze, awake here forever, I feel a weakness coming on.

    (...)Why make me feel like this, it's definitely all your fault.

    What an incredible song and lyrics. Every Imogen Heap song is like this and continues to astonish me. The way she describes everything and how she puts it in a way every situation con relate to it. I just love her and all her perfect songs.
    imogenheap9619on May 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmissing lyrics
    Big trouble losing control
    primary resistance at a critical low
    on the, on the double gotta get a hold
    point of no return one second to go
    no response on any level
    red alert this vessels under siege
    total overload, all systems down they have got control
    theres no way out
    we are surrounded
    give in give in
    and relish every minute of it.
    jashuan2k4on September 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Jacket90 on the first page.

    To me this is a song about someone who has kept away from love for so long in a strict self-disciplined way who has finally met someone that she can't resist. And she hates it and loves it at the same time.
    WittyWitchon May 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm completely obsessed with this song right now (a bit more than I am with her other ones). It's so good.
    catchinstarson August 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis seems to be about a woman who is good friends with a man but they find themselves drifting into a romantic relationship even though they for some reason can't (married perhaps).

    "I don’t want to feel like this,
    So that makes it all your fault"

    "Oh don’t make it harder than it already is
    I feel a weakness coming on"

    Obviously the guy is helping make this a problem for her.

    "It’s not meant to be like this
    Not what I planned at all"

    She wants to stay friends and is sure that this will permanently effect their relationship in a negative way.
    dkoontzon August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so good perfectly illustrates the feelings you get but you know you shouldnt get when in a relationship and have feelings however small or big they be for other people.
    zedzedBadnustyon October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song. The intro reminds me of that movie Run Lola Run. I love how it picks up with "Alright Then" and then builds up to the point of giving in... the "no response on any level" part totally makes it an awesome song.

    I think its about that rush you get when you realize you could be with that someone you always wanted but thought you never had a chance with, only you find out when you're currently involved in another relationship. What's your next move?
    AlexOneon November 07, 2005   Link

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