Wood and Wire

14 years behind these bars, 12 foot square of cold cement
I've lost nearly everything for a crime of which I'm innocent

For all my sufferings lie in momentary pain
While the wait of endless glory still remains to me

Dead man walking down the halls to meet a mess of wood and wire
You lead me where men fear to tread but towards the thing I most desire

For all my sufferings lie in momentary pain
While the wait of endless glory still remains
Throw the switch on; I know you ain't got a choice
The dawn is coming
All is well, I will rejoice

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  • +2
    General CommentThe Green Mile.
    Fieldsypieon August 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like a man awaiting his death penalty to me. "You lead me where men fear to tread but towards the thing I most desire" he desires his death.. so I'd have to agree with brooks450 about this man having a clean conscience and knowing he is headed to heaven.

    Anyhow, musically I find this song amazing.
    But then again I'm finding this whole album amazing.
    InToThEaIrWaVeS7-11on August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentreminds me alot of the green mile
    the second floodon August 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell I didn't look as far into this as some of you guys did, but I just think of it as painting a picture of pure emotional agony and torture, then saying "but all my sufferings lie in momentary pain", etc. Leading him toward the thing he most desires, in my mind, was just mental torture, like leading a starving man up an endless staircase with a nice steaming turkey at the top. This could be a way of depicting how life is sometimes, where you're lacking something and you really desire it, and all around you are people who posses it. By the next verse he turns it around from an anthem of self-pity to a song of praise to God for giving us such a great and infinitely-good reason to have hope even in such a horrible situation. That's why we call it the gospel, or "good news". Basically, in the end, to me the message is that sadness is madness. The end of the song, however, sounds like he's dying, so I can't argue too much about the death penalty.
    Lampala1203on February 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. I am sitting here just listening to it on repeat. Even the tone of voice of the singer is spot on - it has hints of depression, sorrow, mourning, but also partial rejoice . . . finally the prisoner will no longer languish in a cell. "The dawn is coming. All is well, I will rejoice."
    RealityandPurposeon April 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*believe me where men fear to tread
    lotsoffaceon July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother song about the after life this time from the perspective of a prisoner I guess. I'm really liking the feel of this album
    lotsoffaceon July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGeez how did I not catch onto this before. I listened to this song this morning and realized that it's about someone receiving the death penalty.
    lotsoffaceon July 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah, and the struggle he has being ok with what is happening.
    faithinthethiefon July 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationreminds me of the apostle Paul in prison singing hymns :)
    chandrewon July 31, 2009   Link

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