"Headed For A Fall" as written by Kevin Stephen Welch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and David Hammond....
You may be peeking in your mailbox
You may be waitin' for a call
There might be only stars to see
If you're not waiting there for me
I believe you're headed for a fall
You may be staring in your mirror

Crying while you put your make-up on
Where you're gonna go tonight
To find the thing that makes it right
What will you do when you find it's gone

Don't put your dreams way up there in the clouds
I don't think that's what it's all about
You can't get much height when you're so above it all
I'll be waiting here when you hit bottom

I believe you're headed for a fall
We'll have days together in the sunshine
Autumn's twilight, winter's darkness too
Darling I will hold you, my love will enfold you
You need me now, just like I need you

Don't put your dreams way up there in the clouds
I don't think that's what it's all about
You can't get much height when you're so above it all
I'll be waiting here when you hit bottom

I believe you're headed for a fall
I believe you're headed for a fall


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"Headed for a Fall" as written by Jimmie Dale Gilmore David Hammond

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    General Comment"You can't get much height when you're so above it all"

    That line is great. She (I'm assuming the singer is male, directed towards a woman) is in this relationship with this "too good to be true" kinda guy, maybe in it for the money or lifestyle or sex, but no real passion. And while the singer can't really offer those things that the other man can, he can offer a real romance. She'll realize her "rut" of a relationship and end up back to the singer, who will gladly bring her down to earth.

    Mostly an over-used songwriting idea, but M. Ward just has a great way about him, i don't care.
    Peaucharleson August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat's a good interpretation, Peau. I see it a bit differently, though.

    I think it might be about success and "selling out" (I hate that phrase) versus compassion. More specifically, a musician that wants only to be successful and sign to a major record label and sell out concerts versus a musician who is a musician for the art and the love of music. Eventually the money-hungry musician will realize his/her problem with not truly caring about the music and they will have a break down and fall back to their friend, the musician dedicated to the music (the narrator) for support.

    But I tend to have overly complicated interpretations of songs, so I'm most likely way off, and it probably is about a girl in the way you described, Peaucharles.
    fall poetasteron September 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see it as being about a girl who has really high standards. Her head is in the clouds and filled with fairy tales. She's headed for a fall when she realizes that no one is perfect.
    BeautifuLetdown22on March 29, 2011   Link

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