"Lightning Bolt" as written by Iain Denis Archer and Jake Kennedy....
Morning, it’s another pure grey morning
Don’t know what the day is holding
When I get uptight
And I walk right into the path of a lightning bolt

Sirens of an ambulance comes howling
Right through the center of town and
No one blinks an eye
And I look up to the sky in the path of a lighting bolt

Met her as the angels parted for her
But she only brought me torture
But that’s what happens
When it’s you who’s standing in the path of a lightning bolt

Everyone I see just wants to walk with gritted teeth
But I just stand by and I wait my time
They say you gotta tow the line they want the water not the wine
But when I see the signs I jump on that lightning bolt

Chances, people tell you not to take chances
When they tell you there aren’t any answers
And I was starting to agree
But I awoke suddenly in the path of a lightning bolt

Fortune, people talking all about fortune
Do you make it or does it just call you
In the blinking of an eye
Just another passerby in the path of a lightning bolt

Everyone I see just wants to walk with gritted teeth
But I just stand by and I wait my time
They say you gotta tow the line they want the water not the wine
But when I see the signs I jump on that lightning bolt

It was silent, I was lying back gazing skyward
When the moment got shattered
I remembered what she said
And then she fled in the path of a lightning bolt


Lyrics submitted by dronee, edited by Fortunatus

"Lightning Bolt" as written by Iain Denis Archer, Jake Kennedy

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  • +2
    My OpinionI like this song very much, I think the lightning bolt represents a sudden and unexpected situation in which he finds himself, a burst of fortunate events. In the chorus he says he is the kind of person who takes everything that has been put on the plate for him, he doesn't force it "I just stand by and I wait my time", but he will take the chance when it comes his way "when I see the signs I jump on that lightning bolt". He doesn't want to be one of those people who "walk with gritted teeth", "tow the line", the ones who don't take chances and believe there aren't any answers. I agree with his point of view - that luck is a great part of our lives, maybe even greater than we'd like to admit.

    The lightning bolt could also represent his love at first sight:
    "Met her as the angels parted for her
    But she only brought me torture
    But that’s what happens
    When it’s you who’s standing in the path of a lightning bolt"
    So by taking chances the listener could assume he means "taking chances in love".
    svelleneon January 10, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think it's just a song about taking chances when they come along and being optimistic hence the 'gritted teeth' line. The idea of living life, making mistake and not thinking too much, very inspiring
    FPosfordon September 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIts simply but good advice.

    Take your chances/opportunities. It’s better to regret the things you’ve done rather than those that you didn’t
    Beefheart1977on October 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think the "lightning bolt" represents divine inspiration, and how he learnt to "jump" on that path and not just "stand" there. Supporting this divine notion, are the many "skyward" glances, as well as the mention of angels and water/wine. I believe the "her" is symbolic of this divine "lightning" and how action is required to not be tortured with what could have been. Fortune, love, good-times, they come like flashes of brilliance.
    juiceron March 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is unsafe to stand outside during severe weather.
    CMAPon September 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe song is about taking risks and the lightning bolt represents that risk and the possibility that you are going to get hurt or simply fail.

    "They say you gotta toe the line. They want the water not the wine
    But when I see the signs, I jump on that lightning bolt"
    Grayliciouson September 07, 2013   Link

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