Guess I should have caught your call
But I just had to waste the phone forget it all
Bones are trembling hands are cold
You don't know how it feels you've got me up against the wall

Maybe we could make this work
But now you start to leave before it's getting worse
I don't know what you came here for
It's almost that I wish we hadn't met at all

You slap just like a wake-up call
The bruises on the face don't bother me at all
Bones are trembling hands are cold
It's almost that I wish you had me up against the wall


Lyrics submitted by Pomaceous, edited by alltheships

"Up Against the Wall" as written by Peter/eriksson Moren

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    General CommentI think it's a story, each verse is another step in the ending of a relationship. He starts by screening her calls because, like mumbles says, it's close to the end of the relationship, then the confrontation, then the "slap just like a wake-up call" and it's over.

    The music is brilliant in this song, it captures the tone perfectly, I love it.
    rossismadon March 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kinda feel like the song is about a similar situation as I am in. Where the end of a relationship is kinda visible, or was visible. Where there is no other way out but to end it even though you might not even want to. Such a great song!!
    mumbleson February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfavorite song on the cd...suprised theres only 2 previous comments
    JeffElliottReznoron April 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHA, Love this fuckin song...nuhtn to say, ia gree with all of you
    Capn Brandoon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlikewise surprised by the lack of comments...this song is pretty deep if you take a few minutes to really listen to it...i think it's about knowing a relationship is over long before it's over...it slowly unravels but then it just hits i.e. "your slap is like a wake-up call"...but towards the end it's as if he's blindsighted by it, even though subconsciously he knew it was coming all along...
    agxxon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that it is a story of a failing relationship, but the last verse is the aftermath of ending something that you think makes you miserable. Boy starts to resent girl (for having him "up against the wall"), and the feeling becomes mutual. The two hate each other and by the end of it he misses her and thinks "It’s almost that I wish you had me up against the wall".

    Almost like saying that he'd take the worst just to have her again.
    kinghorseon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this I thought it said, "your sex is like a wake up call"
    chicklet1203on December 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti coulda sworn i heard "your aggression has got you up against the wall"
    jessthinkon January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt’s almost that I wish we hadn’t met at all- such a real line
    nevking31on January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's saying:
    The guy lead her on and she believed what he was saying was true. But he was just messing around, and now he sees she wasn't faking it. He doesn't know what to do about it.
    "You don’t know how it feels you’ve got me up against the wall"

    I know it's probably not this elaborate, but it's almost like it switches view points. Like 2nd verse is the person he's talking about in the 1st verse. I dont know, heres what i take from it:
    "Maybe we could make this work" She's thinking it has a chance.
    "But now you start to leave before it’s getting worse" He thinks it's too tough, so he gives up on it.
    "I don’t know what you came here for" She's confused and wants to know why he even pretended in the first place.
    "It’s almost that I wish we hadn’t met at all" She wishes they'd never met so she wouldn't have to deal with it.

    "You slap just like a wake-up call" Her calling him out on it gets his attention
    "The bruises on the face don’t bother me at all" He shakes it off.
    "It’s almost that I wish you had me up against the wall" Now since she's upset and is done with the whole thing, he'd rather be in a bad situation with her than none at all.

    haha, I can relate.
    dxgthreadson May 26, 2008   Link

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