"Barricade" as written by and Evan Cranley Amy Millan....
Trapped on the terraces
I looked at you and knew
You were the only thing that mattered
There was no one for me but you

In Harmony Street would beat a man
Just for standing there
I held my breath as I watched you swing
And run your fingers through your hair

Oh, how could anyone not love
The terrible things you do
Oh, how could anyone not want
To try and help you

In Burmancy, in Burberry
You held me at the barricade
The pigs arrived with tear gas
And I wiped through the mistakes we made

We stalked the streets like animals
And danced as windows shattered
For the island, for the thrill of it
For everything that mattered

Oh, how could anyone not want
To rip it all apart
Oh, how could anyone not love
Your cold black heart

I found you on a Saturday
And that was where I lost you
You had to finally walk away
Because of what it cost you

Years later on, I saw your face
In line to catch the morning train
You looked like you'd been suffering
Like you'd never really loved the plane

Oh, how could anyone
Not finally diminish
The thrill of blood comes instantly
There's only darkness at the finish

Meet me at the barricade
I'll be at the barricade
Meet me at the barricade
The love died but the hate can't fade
I'll be at the barricade
The love died but the hate can't fade



Lyrics submitted by ifemme fatalei

"Barricade" as written by Christopher Allen Seligman Amy E Millan

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it says: In Bermondsey in Burberry...

    Bermondsey is an area in London and Burberry is the national "uniform" of English chavs!
    evilnickon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust saw Stars perform last night.. it was their first concert in a year, and they played a lot of their new stuff.
    Torq did this song as a SECOND encore, and explained that it was about two soccer (football) hooligans (who are both men) who find love in each other as they are wrapped up in the violence of the things they are doing. They are lovers for a while but have to stop because the pure violence of their love gets to be too much for them.
    miss_kikion September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song weaves a wonderful tale of a woman who stands for something. She knows what she believes and is willing to fight for that, no matter what the costs are. The singer admires her for this passion, and finds it enthralling. It seems as if he is drawn to her, and her to the cause. She finally can't fight on as the cost becomes too high, and they fall apart because of it.

    He sees her again years later, softened by age and society oppressing her radical personality. That riotous spirit that drew the singer to her.

    The end of the song seems to be little more than a desperate plea for her to rekindle her passion, and thus his passion for her could be restored.
    nfbourneon July 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song...i love it soo much
    salinasrickyon August 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI understand that Torque and Amy themselves said what this song was about, but I just can't help but be fascinated by how amazingly well these lyrics delve into a storyline in "The Traveler" book series by John Twelve Hawks. I guess I'm desperately seeking someone who has both read the books and heard the song. It's so striking that I nearly cried when I first heard the song. Given where the second book has left off especially.

    Anyone read these books?

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
    roomsbytheseaon December 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe background words, though really mean, are set to the tune of "Huckleberry Hound"--"O my darlin', o my darlin', o my darlin' Clementine, you were lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry Clementine..."

    it's fitting.
    minniemoon May 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. The line that gets me is:

    "The love died, but the hate can't fade."

    It's almost haunting.
    marilynwon January 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy does everyone think there is a girl in the story. It could be his best friend no? I find nothing that would make me believe its a girl.

    And at first I was confused about the United chant (Stars are from Canada) but I like what darksky48 said.

    Good song not so complicated but about very interesting human dynamics.
    Bryceingon January 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCool song. Here are some lyrics that I believe are more accurate, per Stars Online Journal page.

    Trapped on the terraces
    I looked at you anew
    You were the only thing that mattered
    There was no one for me but you
    And Harmony Street would beat a man just for standing there
    I held my breath as I watched you sleep
    And run your fingers through your hair
    Oh how could anyone not love the terrible things that you do?
    Oh how could anyone not want to try and help you?
    In Burmansy and Burbury you held me at the barricade
    The pigs arrived with tear gas and I wept here for mistakes we made
    We stopped (stocked?) the streets like animals and danced as windows shattered
    For the island, for the thrill of it, for everything that mattered
    Oh how could anyone not want to rip it all apart?
    Oh how could anyone not love your cold black heart?
    I found you on a Saturday and that was where I lost you
    You had to finally walk away because of what it cost you
    Years later I saw your face in line to catch the morning train
    You looked like you’d been softened like you never really loved the pain
    Oh how could anyone not finally diminish?
    The thrill of blood comes instantly
    There’s only darkness at the finish
    Meet me at the barricade
    I’ll be at the barricade
    Meet me at the barricade
    The love died, but the hate can’t fade
    I’ll be at the barricade
    The love died, but the hate can’t fade
    Ksouth2007on July 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is

    We "stalked" the streets like animals and danced as windows shattered
    nitro490on July 22, 2007   Link

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