"The Fear" as written by Benjamin John Howard and Chris Bond....
Mama, cold hearted child, tell me how you feel
Just a blade in the grass, spoke unto the wheel
Mama, cold hearted child, tell me where it all falls
The luster of your bones, those arms that held you strong

I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear
I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear
I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear
Mama, cold hearted child, tell me how you feel
Just a grain in the morning air, dark shadow on the hill
Mama, cold hearted child, tell me where it all goes
Is that what you feel will make a fool of our soul?

I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear
I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear
I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear

And I will become what I deserve

I been worryin', I been worryin'
I will become what I deserve

I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear
I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear
I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear


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"The Fear" as written by Chris Bond Benjamin John Howard

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  • +9
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite songs at the moment. It's beautifully written and performed.
    I do however have a different opinion of it's meaning to those already suggested, and i'm pretty certain this is the intended interpretation:

    I think the song deals with the uncertainty of life and is about reaching our own "divine purpose." It seems that the narrator/singer is worried that he will go through life and have nothing to show for it, thus dying without having achieved anything. It also suggests that this fear of not becoming somebody, or amounting to anything can ultimately consume and depress us.

    There is lot of imagery which suggests being insignificant, irrelevant or unimportant in the course of life and in relation to the enormity of the world:

    "JUST a blade in the grass, spoke unto the wheel
    JUST a grain in the morning air, dark shadow on the hill"

    He indicates uncertainty of direction and lifestyle choice:

    "I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear"

    This lack of direction or quest to success can distract us and alienate us from those we love:

    "I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear
    All this apathy you feel, will make a fool of us all"

    And ultimately, this fear will consume us:

    "I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear"

    He then suggests that really we can only amount to what we have earnt; we are responsible for our own decisions and that to an extent, we have some control of our aspirations and future if we have the right approach:

    "I will become what i deserve"

    I think this is what Ben was thinking when he wrote it and I intepret it this way because I have often wondered myself about my purpose and weather I will achieve/have achieved a fulfilled life. But really the idea is that if you can find happiness and self righteousness in your own heart, then that is an achievement of lifetime in itself.

    Hopefully this sheds some light on the song, baring in mind this is just another opinion!
    I also think MayaMoo's comment is a more accurate copy of the lyrics.
    By the way, his album "every kingdom ep" is absolutely amazing and full of songs equally as wonderful as "the fear" so you should go and buy it!
    Really can't wait to see him on his UK tour too!
    fredsk877on March 11, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentMy, my cold hearted child, tell me how you feel
    Just a blade in the grass, spoke unto the wheel
    My, my cold hearted child, tell me where it's all gone
    All the luster of your bones, those arms that held you strong

    I've been worrying that my time is a little unclear
    I've been worrying that I'm losing the ones I hold dear
    I've been worrying that we all, live our lives
    In the confines of fear

    My, my cold hearted child, tell me how you feel
    Just a grain in the morning air, dark shadow on the hill
    My, my cold hearted child, tell me where it all falls
    All this apathy you feel will make a fool of us all

    I've been worrying that my time is a little unclear
    I've been worrying that I'm losing the ones I hold dear
    I've been worrying that we all live our lives
    In the confines of fear

    Oh, I will become what I deserve
    Oh, I will become what I deserve
    Oh, I will become what I deserve
    Oh, I will become what I deserve

    I've been worrying
    I've been worrying
    I will become what I deserve
    I've been worrying
    My time is a little unclear
    I will become what I deserve

    I've been worrying, I've been worrying
    That my time is a little unclear
    I've been worrying, I've been worrying
    That I'm losing the ones I hold dear
    I've been worrying, I've been worrying
    That we all live our lives
    In the confines of fear
    MayaMooon November 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI feel like this song is about letting your fears hold you back and hating yourself for it juxtaposed against the knowledge of what you have the potential to become, and living on edge, unable to achieve happiness until those confines of fear are broken.
    yaslekon June 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a man who is in a relationship and feels that he and his partner are drifting apart and that he close to losing the ones he holds dear (wife, kids, family etc.).

    He feels like he's a spare part around her and that he doesn't know why he is still around... that's why his time is a little unlclear.

    Inevitably, he want to leave but is living in the confines of fear, the unknown, life without the ones that he loves (or used to love).

    My interpretation and absolutely relevant to my life right now because - 'I will become what I deserve'.

    With only 650,000 hours on average to live my life, all I want to be is happy - what would you do without the confines of fear?
    Wookster73on October 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this song is about a love-relationship.

    I like fredsk877's interpretation but when I heard the song I thought it would express something different.

    Isn't it possible he meant:

    "I've been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear" completely different?
    It also could mean he is afraid that some day nobody will be able to feel or articulate fear.
    That we all will be "cold hearted" as the child which is well used as a synonym for all people.
    "this apathy" describes the only "feeling" we will show.
    So we will not only lose ourselves but also "the ones I hold dear".

    Besides I think the last refrain is very important for the meaning of this song:

    "I've been worrying, my time is a little unclear
    I've been worrying, I'm losing the ones I hold dear
    I've been worrying, we all live our lives in the confines of fear"

    He shows it really happened. And with the paradox we aren't up to feel fear but the Narrator's fear came true.


    (Sorry for my bad English, I hope somebody will understand what I mean.)
    Leen133on March 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song's about a break-up. The guy has broken up with his girlfriend out of fear- he starts thinking too much about what was happening and he has scared himself out of the relationship. he regrets doing what he did to the girl and considers how she must feel. upon reflection he realises how he hurt her and declares that 'he will become what he deserves' for what he did to her....

    maybe not....i dunno this is what i get ?!?!??!!?
    fireblanket9on November 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"We all live our lives in the confines of fear"

    This line is so true; too many people don't succeed in life due to fear and being afraid to do certain things, which could potentially be brilliant.
    gjn19on April 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's message is about not letting unrealistic or unreasonable fears set off your body's flight or flight response and acknowledging that the body's response to these types of fears are a conditions of the human mind, the ego. We need to recognize the point at which a reasonable fear becomes unreasonable and where our reactions become excessive and show face in the form of many forms... unease, anxiety, nervousness, tension , dread, phobia... etc.


    Be kind to yourself :)
    jennifer66on February 27, 2015   Link

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