"The Escapist" as written by and Michael Geoffrey Skinner....
All these walls were never really there
Nor the ceiling or the chair
I am eking weeks of peace on a beach
I see the breezes weave the trees
These walls you find - they're yours and mine
Confined not by them I
I am in times that lie behind my eyelids
The sunsets steal the rising silence

I'll not feel no fear
'Cause I'm not really here
I'm nowhere near here

There's no rain on roof that grates and beats me
My favorite tree breaking lights to pieces
Sprinkling, shaded light on me
Throw a stone as high as you can
And hearing with hand not hear it land
Nothing taxing, dusting sand
My window and world spins and twirls
The walls then fall, I recall the sore
White clouds white wash faded spotless
The weighty shadows, ranges of rocks
The cold is all illusion thought up
The stroll on the shore, snooze and explore
All possibilities in each new morning
Until satisfied reaching out, yawning
Fish in a big dish, some rice and spice
Salt over shoulder never (?)
The truth I've told was silence sometimes
But who soul does not hide any crimes
Wrapped in walls, encircled by work
The walls fall - this story occurs
No barrier, no boundary, all hours I please
The freedom to stay all stray
Be fiend or friend, cause no harm but charm - the peaceful end

I'll not feel no fear
'Cause I'm not really here
I'm nowhere near here

Pale ancient woods, strewn white sandy bays
This ugly room pales away today
I am swimming, in the ocean
I sink slow motion
Fingers, toes floating
Every year 'til yesterday
Seeing the eternal setting sea
I compare all this to me
Little fleeting momentary me
I blink my eyes, this is reminding me
Life lies in the blink of an eye
The old die for reasons, new tide, four seasons
New life born is like changing
All these walls were really never there
Nor the ceiling or the chair
I am eking weeks of peace on a beach
I see the breezes weave the trees
I am not here at all
You dearly fooled
I see busheling trees, the shush at the sea
The mischievous
Fluttering seagulls
No!
I'm not trapped in a box, I'm glancing at rocks
I am dancing off docks
Since this dance began
That's where I am

I'm not feel no fear
Cause I'm not really here
I'm nowhere near


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"The Escapist" as written by Michael Geoffrey Skinner

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    General Commenti feel this song is what mike describes when he closes his eyes and imagins he was somewhere else, e.g 'peace on a beach', this is what he is trying to imagin in his mind.
    at the begining, it describes that as he closes his eyes, he cannot see his surroundings in england, 'these walls were never really there, nor the cieling, nore the chair.'
    towards the end i feel he is trying to convince himself he is not just a loonie, and he really is there in his mind if u understand. ' im not trapped in a box, im glancing at docks.'
    well this is what i believe im sure there are many other explinations. but its a great song in my eyes.
    jenny123bon August 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBloody brilliant, a return to form, Mr. Skinner.
    shrodeson August 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Salt over shoulder, never salt in soaked eye"
    muzakon September 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust fucking beautiful.
    weirdchildon September 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song describes what mike thinks about when he closes his eyes an escapes the typical city life. he describes the natural beauty of the earth - plain and simple things which we often take for granted and which is often forgotten when living in a city environment.


    'im so done' at 4mins 42 seconds. what do u think this means?
    i herd that mike skinner was going into acting after his tour for the new album is over, does anyone think this is connected?
    jackmxwaldenon September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell this is basically the last album that mike skinner will release under the streets name.

    so i've heard.
    mysleadon October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod... i wish i could just escape sometimes....... this is amazing. i listen to this and i just fade.... my desktop background.... my fucking life......im sorry im crazy. the way he says "im not really here" with all my problems just listening to this.... it saves me..... the greatest way to end an album so amazing.....
    thenumber1guyon April 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the last verse is about death/after-life/heaven or whatever. When he dies he aint gonna be "trapped in a box" he is gonna be somewhere nice which is what he is describing, also "I'll not fear no fear"..whats there to fear after you die?

    Dont mean to put a black mark on a fucking beautiful n happy song tho haha!
    5upanov4on September 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I am dancing off docks" - And what does this line mean? Is it some idiom or what?

    Thanks in advance. :)
    Macuon October 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has been one of my favs since this album came out. It reminds me now so much now of my gf, not sure why, maybe cause she's like, the last kind of person I would have seen myself going out with, shows that your life can be anything you want it to be, you're not "trapped in a box"
    xalmostbrokenxon January 18, 2010   Link

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