"Line of Fire" as written by and Jose Gonzalez Tobias Ingvar Winterkorn....
What would you do
If it all came back to you?
Each crest of each wave
Bright as lightning

What would you say
If you had to leave today?
Leave everything behind
Even though for once, you're shining

Standing on higher ground
When you hear the sounds
You realize its just the wind
And you notice it matters who and what you let under your skin

If put to the test
Would you step back from the line of fire?
Hold everything back
All emotion set aside it

Convince yourself
Someone else
Hide from the world
Your lack of confidence
What you choose to believe in
Takes you as you fall
Takes you as you fall

No one else around you
No one to understand you
No one to hear your calls
Look through all your dark corners
You're backed up against the wall
Step back from the line of fire

What would you do
If it all came back to you?
Each crest of each wave
Bright as lightning
Do the same as you

What you choose to believe in
Takes you as you fall

No one else around you
No one to understand you
No one to hear your calls
Look through all your dark corners
You're backed up against the wall
Step back from the line of fire


Lyrics submitted by DoNTelL, edited by adwiegert, klarusia, weitbrecht79, audi0head, VAstandUP, 48park, snippytude, trevorhardy, catcando75

"Line of Fire" as written by Jose Gonzalez Araya Elias Assegahegn

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    General CommentWHAT WOULD YOU DO
    IF IT ALL CAME BACK TO YOU
    EACH CREST OF EACH WAVE
    BRIGHT AS LIGHTNING
    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY
    IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE TODAY
    LEAVE EVERYTHING BEHIND
    EVEN THOUGH FOR ONCE YOU’RE SHINING

    STANDING ON HIGHER GROUND
    BUT WHEN YOU HEAR THE SOUNDS
    YOU REALISE IT’S JUST A WHIM
    AND YOU NOTICE IT MATTERS
    WHO AND WHAT YOU LET UNDER YOUR SKIN

    IF PUT TO THE TEST
    WOULD YOU STEP BACK FROM THE LINE OF FIRE
    HOLD EVERYTHING BACK
    ALL EMOTIONS AND DESIRES

    CONVIINCE YOURSELF TO BE SOMEONE ELSE
    AND HOLD BACK FROM THE WORLD
    YOUR LACK OF CONFIDENCE
    WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN
    DICTATES YOUR RISE OR YOUR FALL

    WITH NO ELSE AROUND YOU
    NO ONE TO UNDERSTAND YOU
    NO ONE TO HEAR YOUR CALLS
    LOOK THROUGH ALL YOUR DARK CORNERS
    WHEN YOU’RE BACKED UP AGAINST THE WALL
    STEP BACK FROM THE LINE OF FIRE

    I’D DO THE SAME AS YOU WOULD
    WOULD DO THE SAME AS YOU
    STEP BACK FROM THE LINE OF FIRE

    This is the official JUNIP "Line of Fire" lyrics from their vinyl release. The word "crest" has been misspelled by the publisher, so appears as "creast" instead.
    trevorhardyon April 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think Gonzalez means that we fight too much, we give in to our feelings of self-entitlement, superiority, judgment, and give out a lot of violence. Then all that violence we give, can come back to us, and kill us (metaphorically, or not). So he recommends to try to break the chain of hate.
    bluefabrikon April 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentstepping back we can step forward.
    anger; we fall on our own sword.
    him8selfon July 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, I feel like this is a song about stepping away from desire and from fear. It's about making the decision to learn to love oneself and find comfort and peace within oneself and to no longer rely on belief or external validation.
    dharmathoughtson October 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment“It’s about growing up and taking responsibility in that moment when all of a sudden your life changes, you’re in a new situation,” González says. “Your ideals are challenged, and you have to think things through from a new angle.” ~ Jose Gonzalez Composer & Lead Singer of 'Junip'
    I lost my son in 2013 & my life changed forever. Everything was different, some friends became very distant, my family changed, I now have only one child. I hosted every Thanksgiving & Christmas for 25 yrs.,for my family & my nieces & nephews, now it is too difficult for them to attend for I remind them of that empty chair that brings sadness to them all. I must adjust & try not to dwell on my grief, self pity & feelings of abandonment by friends & family. I must "step back from the line of fire" so that I may love & nurture old & new relationships & live. I must learn how to live again.
    catcando75on December 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"What you choose to believe in
    Takes you as you fall."

    There is also another version on other sites that says, "Takes you much too far."

    I believe both of these interpretations to be wrong. If you actually listen to the words he is singing something different, but I can't seem to figure it out. I wish bands still printed official lyrics in their album booklets.
    snippytudeon September 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSome will agree, and at same time some will say that this topic is totally exploited but, the meaning of this song, after listening to it for the first time in the Finale Promo of Breaking Bad, has only one meaning for me:
    "All action has its consequences"
    klarusiaon September 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI think he might sing:

    "What you choose to believe in
    takes you right to fall"

    Seems to make sense as well, I guess?
    weitbrecht79on September 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould it mean that someone has been hurt so bad emotionally that she just had to break off and start a new life over somewhere else?
    caroljaneon October 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMe again......sounds like a complete emotional upset. Had to break away from someone she loved and he wronged her....
    caroljaneon October 02, 2013   Link

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