Hand over hand up the lifeline
Luckily the knots stay tight
Silhouettes of the two of us climbing
Climbing up a rope on fire
Climbing up a rope on fire

Trapped in a room in a fortress
Running outta air to breathe
Only seconds to go and we'll break free
I didn't think that we would reach

Only the two of us can disconnect the bomb
And save ourselves before the oxygen is gone
I'll call for backup, you start to scream
It's not the first time we've been in this dream

She ripped the wings right off my back
She whispered deeply: "Keep it on the track,"
She said: "You're no angel, no angel anymore,"

All the wheels are coming loose
Close-up shot of a burning fuse
The sky is filled with question marks
Will the chains come apart?
These few seconds that I've left to go
Flames and chaos down below
And the earth opens wide
Got to climb a rope on fire

Look at the clock
Look at the clock
Make it to the car but the car won't start
We try to move the car but there's no more time
We'll have to climb a rope on fire

Hand over hand up the lifeline
Luckily the knots stay tight
Silhouettes of the two of us climbing
Climbing up a rope on fire
Climbing up a rope on fire
Climbing up a rope on fire

Only the two of us can disconnect the bomb
Then save ourselves before the oxygen is gone
I'll call for backup, you start to scream
It's not the first time we've been in this dream


Lyrics submitted by corgan

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    General CommentI think this is one the best song Sandman ever wrote. Too bad this is one of the last one's too, makes me kind of sentimental thinking that this genious work will never be appreciated.

    This song could actually work as some kind of action movie, allthough that might not have been quite what Mark had in mind.. It could be a statement saying that two spefific persons are so ment for each other that only they could live perfectly together, this seen from one's side of view. "She rippet the wings right off my back, she said you're no angel, no angel anymore" could indicate that the other part doesn't really feel the same way about the other person as he does about himself, which is backed up by the last sentence in the chorus; "It's not the first time we've been in this dream."

    So I think it wouldn't be wrong to say that this is a love-gone-bad story either.. but I don't think this is the actual meaning of the song either, as it has a lot of "storylines" which doesn't fit in with this love gone bad concept.
    corganon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMany interpretations that's why this song is sooooo good.
    For me, it's about passion, maybe something that's not completely "by the book", hence the ripped wings and no angel... And this eastern sound, definitly adds to the meaning of doing something out of the ordinary...
    Poly Jeanon October 02, 2007   Link

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