"20 Feet Tall" as written by Erica Wright, Patrick Douthit and Douglas Arthur Wimbish....
My love what did I do to make you fall so far from me
And how, I can't recall cause of the fall selected memory
Then you, you built a wall
A 20 foot wall
So I couldn't see

If I get off my knees I might recall I'm 20 feet tall.
Ooh, eh
I'm 20 feet tall
Ooh, eh
I'm 20 feet tall

My love what did I do to make you fall so far from me
And how, I can't recall cause of the fall selected memory
Then you, you built a wall
A 20 foot wall
So I couldn't see

If I get off my knees I might recall I'm 20 feet tall.
Ooh, eh
I'm 20 feet tall
Ooh, eh
I'm 20 feet tall

Ah, hey
I'm 20 feet tall
Ah
I'm 20 feet tall


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"20 Feet Tall" as written by Patrick Douthit Erykah Badu

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    General CommentI believe this song is not about a loved one being "upset" with her. This song is about falling from the grace of God, God is love. She doesn't remember what made us "fall" from grace, the ego has put up a "wall" where she can't see. Religion has made us feel we must kneel down and pray to something in the "sky" to "redeem" ourselves in a way, however if she gets off her knees she will see that she's "taller" than she thought, closer to God than she thought.
    kayegeeyon May 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFell out with a loved one, tried to block it out so much so that she couldn't even remember the reason for the fall out. The loved one created a wall hoping that Erykah wouldn't be able to 'see', see possibly meaning see their pain ? The last part is kind of vague to me. If she stands up properly, she is 20 feet tall, and since the wall is 20 feet she should be able to just peer over the top. I don't know, I'm quite confused as to the last part.
    Versacheeseon April 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti also agree with kayegeey and i believe it also has to do with the new georgia guidestone 'commandments'... i put 2 and 2 together and it seems like people are worshipping a new 'God' [world religion]....i did my math and my research and found that those 'guidestones' are about 20 FEET TALL.... trust me if i know about this Ms Badu been knew.
    elizannonon June 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHmm... while im not knocking ur interpretations (just like the Bible, song lyrics can mean multiple right things to multiple different ppl), I see it as simply the story of an individual who was in love, went through a dirty breakup, one of those where u just argue so much u forget the root of the problem. Then he/she realizes after all the arguments & "walls" of isolation that had been built, that the walls could be "torn down" simply by standing up. Or, in other words, they could be ameliorated through the love they still have for one another...
    i try to do pretty liberal interpretations of things...
    PurpTiason December 11, 2010   Link
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    General Commentloving and caring for this man, he still turns his back on you, he puts up a wall, abandons/ignores you. she's hurt, can't understand why he is doing this. because of the fall ("the fall of MAN") she (we ALL) have problems recalling what we truely ARE. because of the fall she/we can't recall that we are 20 feet tall...WE ARE GREATER THAN WHAT WE BELIEVE WE ARE. she knows if she "gets off her knees" she/we will realize that this is all an illusion anyway.
    ascendingon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the relationship with her higher self and physical self. Her soul and her human self. The fall is coming to earth to be a human and now she can't remember her soul and how magnificent and powerful it is. And how the human mind builds walls and makes you forget who you truly are. Religion, through praying (praying on your knees to someone outside of yourself) takes your power away from self. If you get off your knees praying to someone outside of self you might recall your own power. YOU'RE 20 FT TALL!!!!
    DEEZNORon July 23, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Comment@Kayegeey

    But if her song is about God, why would there be the sound of squeaking bed springs in the background?
    Zmadon October 20, 2010   Link

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