"Fire Escape" as written by and Richard Wouters Steve Mckellar....
We are the desperate ones looking for the mark
We are the lonely ones left out here in the dark
We bought our tickets but we don't have a seat
And now we are just slaves to the beat
We are the tired ones tired of too much sleep
Tired of searching for the words we cant repeat
Don't mean to scare you but its getting too warm
I think I'm gonna move to the door

We are burning
This is real
We are on fire but we can not feel a thing
We where promised more than we can take
Everybody out the fire escape

Oh oh oh oh

Gather around my friends
Lets try not to pretend
There is a war between the cold out there and the fire with in
I know that were alive I know that we can die
Right into the thick of it

We are burning
This is real
We are on fire but we can not feel a thing
We where promised more than we can take
Everybody out the fire escape

I don't wanna fill my body
With drugs I cant even name
I'm tired of feeling the same
I wanna feel something

We are burning
This is real
We on fire don't you feel
We where made to be more than inches away

We are burning
This is real
We are on fire but we can not feel a thing
We where promised more than we can take
Everybody out the fire escape


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"Fire Escape" as written by Richard Wouters Andrew Mckellar

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    General Commentmore gospel parallels
    rojkon March 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm not going to say what the song means, but what I think it means. And I only listened to it less than 20 times, read lyrics once and am non-native English - basically I am no expert. But to me now this song is clearly about the phase I now have in my life and it's pretty amazing. It's when you actually start living your life free of all that was stopping you before, fear mostly, or the feeling you are not worth it. It's about the fire, the passion inside you that just can't wait to get out. And I personally see the author winking at me when he says 'this is real', as what I'm now going through feels so overwhelming (in a good way!) that it actually does seem unreal - like a really fast drive. I could probably write a long essay explaining in detail which line represents what to me, but that would probably be boring as I was never good at poetry at school. And possibly I'm just stating the obvious here, but it's about breaking free.
    teverdeon May 14, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is probably reaching, but to me this reads as a generational screed. There's an entire generation of young people (mostly Generation-Y) who are discontent. They were promised a future filled with promise and hope and, despite these promised and despite being ambitions, have found their opportunities severely curtailed. They're now being told to be happier with less than what previous generations have, after having been raised to expect to do better (in the manner of previous generations).

    This generation is also far more medicated than its predecessors; the discontent and ennui of life is being treated with psychoactive medications. If the members of this generation aren't happy, it's blamed on chemicals, not on the world around them. The unhappy are medicated into a state of numbness because to treat the underlying problem (inequities in society) would require acknowledging that these problems exist.

    So what's this result in? People in this generation stop caring about ambition, stop caring about doing better, and stop caring about doing anything else but sate their own transitory entertainment needs. Except that this isn't really a solution, and they *need* to break free of this trap if they're ever going to have a hope of taking things back (rather than ending up as a nouveau lost generation).

    However, I'm probably wrong. It's probably about a quarter-life crisis or something.
    darkassinon November 25, 2013   Link

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