"Dark Road" as written by and Annie Lennox....
It's a dark road
And a dark way that leads to my house
And the word says you're never gonna find me there, oh no
I've got an open door
It didn't get there by itself
It didn't get there by itself

There's a feelin'
But you're not feelin' it at all
There's a meaning
But you're not listening anymore
I look at that open road
I'm gonna walk there by myself


And if you catch me I might try to run away
You know I can't be here too long
And if you let me I might try to make you stay
Seems you never realize a good thing till it's gone

Maybe I'm still searchin' but I don't know what it means

All the fires of destruction are still burnin' in my dreams
There's no water that can wash away this longin' to come clean

Hey yeah yeah

I can't find the joy within in my soul
It's just sadness takin' hold
I wanna come in from the cold
And make myself renewed again (I wanna go livin' I wanna come renewed)
It takes strength to live this way (oohh)
The same old madness everyday (nooo)
I wanna kick these blues away (kick away now)
I wanna learn to live again

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey

It's a dark road
And a dark way that leads to my house
And the word says
You're never gonna find me there oh no
I've got an open door
It didn't get there by itself oh
It didn't get there by itself


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"Dark Road" as written by Annie Lennox

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    My InterpretationI think it's a reflection of giving up.

    "Its a dark road, and a dark way that leads to my house" - It's no longer her home. It's cold, unwelcoming, and unsafe.

    "I've got an open door" - She tried but now she's looking to leave. She's looking to get out.

    "It didn't get there by itself
    There’s a feelin’
    But you’re not feelin’ it at all
    There’s a meaning
    But you’re not listening any more
    I look at that open road
    I’m gonna walk there by myself…" - You pushed her to the point of feeling as though her only option is to leave the place that's no longer home. She's been the only one holding on but you've gone numb. She's no longer someone you need or want. You've left her so she's going to walk out alone.

    "Maybe I’m still searchin’ but I don’t know what it means
    All the fires of destruction are still burnin’ in my dreams
    There’s no water that can wash away this longin’ to come clean" - She's still trying to find herself, a place where she can call home. What's the meaning to life if everything changes? Things that were meant to be constant and stable have crumbled. She just wants to feel alive (clean).

    "I can’t find the joy within in my soul
    It’s just sadness takin’ hold
    I wanna come in from the cold
    And make myself renewed again
    It takes strength to live this way
    The same old madness everyday
    I wanna kick these blues away
    I wanna learn to live again" - Same as above. She wants to get herself back. Where she's happy. She wants to feel like everything will be ok but this "madness" is detroying her. The strength to hold onto someone that's already let go is causing her to get further and further away from a sense of home. Of being free and alive again.

    "I’ve got an open door
    It didn’t get there by itself" - She's thinking about leaving, but you're the one that pushed her there.

    - at least that's my interpretation of the song.

    alongopenroadson December 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have reaaly felt related to this song recently...it's about needing to feel free and feeling trapped and like there's nothing left for you anymore where you are, but you're not sure, because if they let you go, you're not convinced you want to. yet you feel like you're alone. you're living almost in a lie, and you want to get out and figure things out, search for things.
    i love you annie lennox. you understand me. lol
    melvin45245on November 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the "house" Annie is singing about is her soul and how it's a "dark road" frought with her demons and defenses that leads to it. All of Annie's songs are very spiritual but this one is much more overtly so. I think it encompasses her philosophy on how she is a spiritual person but not necessarily religious as you won't find her with "the word," meaning the Bible or literal religious doctrine in my opinion. Another beautiful song by Ms. Lennox on how it feels to be weatherbeaten and weary on the path of life.
    trainspotteron December 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaverikX: Yeah it was on house but in that episode Thirteen was spiralling out of control. Destructive habits; meaninless sex, pushing everyone away. If you look at the lyrics
    "Maybe I'm still searching
    But I don't know what it means
    All the fires of destruction are still burning in my dreams
    There's no water that can wash away this longing to come clean

    I can't find the joy within my soul
    It's just sadness taking hold
    I wanna come in from the cold
    And make myself renewed again
    It takes strength to live this way
    The same old madness every day
    I wanna kick these blues away
    I wanna learn to live again"
    All she was doing was running away from everyone; Spencer, House. If I'm not mistaken at a later point she describes it as not wanting to have to be strong anymore. It fits perfectly with her character. Didn't make me want to giggle, :( it made me want to cry.
    nolabelson September 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it's a reflection of giving up.

    "Its a dark road, and a dark way that leads to my house" - It's no longer her home. It's cold, unwelcoming, and unsafe.

    "I've got an open door" - She tried but now she's looking to leave. She's looking to get out.

    "It didn't get there by itself
    There’s a feelin’
    But you’re not feelin’ it at all
    There’s a meaning
    But you’re not listening any more
    I look at that open road
    I’m gonna walk there by myself…" - You pushed her to the point of feeling as though her only option is to leave the place that's no longer home. She's been the only one holding on, the only one truly sacrificing for you but you're too wrapped up in yourself to listen and realize it. She's no longer someone you need, prioritize, or want. You've left her so she's going to walk out alone.

    "Maybe I’m still searchin’ but I don’t know what it means
    All the fires of destruction are still burnin’ in my dreams
    There’s no water that can wash away this longin’ to come clean" - She's still trying to find herself, a place where she can be happy. What's the meaning to life if everything changes? Things that were meant to be constant and stable have crumbled. She just wants to feel alive (clean).

    "I can’t find the joy within in my soul
    It’s just sadness takin’ hold
    I wanna come in from the cold
    And make myself renewed again
    It takes strength to live this way
    The same old madness everyday
    I wanna kick these blues away
    I wanna learn to live again" - Same as above. She wants to get herself back. Where she's happy. She wants to feel like everything will be ok but this "madness" is detroying her. The strength to hold onto someone that's already let go is causing her to get further and further away from a sense of home. Of being free and alive again. She doesn't understand what happened.

    "I’ve got an open door
    It didn’t get there by itself" - She's thinking about leaving, but you're the one that pushed her there.

    The fact that she wrote this song and is still trying to communicate with the person that it's them that's pushing her away... could mean that she's hoping they'll change her mind. That the person will turn around and realize what they're losing. That they really do care. I don't think she's saying it's over... I think she just wants things to be ok again. To go back to how they were when it was them against the world. But she has come to a point where they need to man up or she's outta there.

    - at least that's my interpretation of the song.
    alongopenroadson December 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter watching the MTV, I felt that Annie was trying to relate this song to the Americans in general, the country in particular. The dark road is descrbing the rather challenging road for the US to get to peace and security, as well as continued growth in wealth, which is the open door/good thing she was mentioning. "You" is the people is general, while "I" is the country itself.
    JanLon May 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's funny because this appeared in Episode 5, Season 5 of "House"... Well I giggled anyway...
    MaverickXon November 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's totally amazing ... the lyrics are clear don't need to explanation , but
    modarxmodaron September 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut I wonder what " ... open door , It didn't get there by itself " means ? , this song is simply amazing
    modarxmodaron September 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation'It's a dark road
    And a dark way that leads to my house
    And the word says
    You're never gonna find me there oh no' - **this is about a persona. Her actual being is in turmoil and she's not the successful, outgoing performer she appears as. It's a mask.**

    'I've got an open door
    It didn't get there by itself
    It didn't get there by itself' - **feeling trapped - she won't be held down. She's had bad experiences, she's learnt to have a way out**

    There's a feelin
    But you're not feelin' it at all -**you don't understand her at all. Just not getting it!!
    **

    There's a meaning
    But you're not listening any more
    I look at that open road
    I'm gonna walk there by myself - ** we're al alone and you can only rely on yourself**

    And if you catch me
    I might try to run away - ** again, I won't be trapped. I have flight in me**.
    You know I can't be here too long
    And if you let me
    I might try to make you stay
    Seems you never realise a good thing
    Till it's gone..
    Maybe im still searchin
    But I dont know what it means
    All the fires of destruction are still
    Burnin' in my dreams
    There's no water that can wash away
    This longin' to come clean **possibly she's feeling fake and wanting to rid the mask. Feels like she can't be hersrlf**
    Hey yea yea....

    I cant find the joy within my soul --** just can't get out of this state**
    It's just sadness takin hold -**despair**
    I wanna come in from the cold -** just want to be safe**
    And make myself renewed again —** and be okay**
    It takes strength to live this way —
    The same old madness every day — **direct reference to living with anxiety and other troubles. Same thoughts and battle daily**
    I wanna kick these blues away
    I wanna learn to live again... — ** wishing she could unlearn this habit and be like everyone else**

    It's a dark road
    And a dark way that leads to my house
    And the word says
    You're never gonna find me there oh no
    I've got an open door
    It didn't get there by itself
    It didn't get there by itself — ** I'm traumatised from bad experiences. Blame. Someone caused it. You're not going to find me at my house or in my head, because I'm not really that person. It's a persona you want me to be. I'm unstable and fragile really**

    "Takes strength to live this way, same old madness everyday". - amazing lyrics Annie.
    fia5459292on January 11, 2016   Link

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