"Fault Line" as written by Peter Hayes and Robert Turner....
I've been waitin' on the fault line
Let the needle take me on
I'll be standing with my dyin' bell
If you care to come along
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door

I've been lyin' in the bright lights
See my shadow from below
Never wanted from another man
Never wanted from my own
Drownin' in the risin' tide in my father's door
Drownin' in the risin' tide in my father's door

Through a window to the last mile
Little picture on the wall
From the banks on the far side
See the lights come ashore
Racin' from the risin' tide to my father's door
Racin' from the risin' tide to my father's door
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door


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"Fault Line" as written by Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore

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    General Commentit sounds like "dime bag"?
    notFRANKon October 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnybody think he's already died and is going to the afterlife in this song?
    He's standing with his dying bed, maybe his father's already dead so he's racing to his father's dead. He's lying in the bright lights, out of body experience, looking at his body and his shadow.

    He's drowning in the rising tide. His spirit is moving through the window to the river (River Styx) and he sees the lights on the other side...

    I just saw No Country for Old Men again it makes me think of the last scene where he talks about meeting his father after he dies.
    dallasite14on August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese words are wrong: see the BRMC website. They have some different words there, for ex, "I've been waitin' on the fault line, living eveil take me on, I'll be standing with my dying bed, if you care to come along." And it's 'my living picture on the wall', not 'my little picture'. As far as the meaning, it's a very deep song sang in few words, which is just brilliant. Fault line can mean the crack that causes the disaster, like what the Earth has in certain places. Or it can mean who is at fault in the relationship. Some lyrics also hint at a troubled relationship with his father. The proper lyrics, from the website also hint at the struggle to lead a 'good' life, with all the evil & trouble in this world. Like I said, it's a lot of meaning held within few words.
    terri kayeon August 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah I've always thought they were saying "dime bag" too
    zombiesraftermeon January 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, Although I have always been unsure whats its about.

    My interpretation is that a natural disaster has occured either by the fault line or by Tsunami and he wants to make amends with his Father before death.
    mrgrumbleon January 18, 2009   Link
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    Memorythe first time i ever heard this song was on NCIS.
    i immediately fell in love with this band.

    i think it's about a disaster, but what exactly that is, has been left up to our interpretation. that's another one of my favorite things about this song. it's so short, but by making it that short, it can be morphed into our own personal thoughts, but still has a unifying main idea.

    anybody else hear the bob dylan influences?
    musictomyears28on January 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIts about addiction. Let the needle take me on, I'll be standing with my dyin' bell, If you care to come along. Rising with tide to his father's door is about dying. His father's door is heaven. I think the line...From the banks on the far side, See the lights come ashore... refers to the boat crossing the river Styx to take him to Haties. I assume he is referring to mythology there. Great song though...
    Robin82732on August 18, 2011   Link
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    General Commentwhat a wonderful song.
    bing_redboyon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes its wonderful! but i really dont get what it its about.. probably because of my poor english
    blaahon January 20, 2007   Link

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