"Walk Unafraid" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
As the sun comes up as the moon
Goes down
These heavy notions creep around
It makes me think
Long ago I was brought into
This life a little lamb
A little lamb
Courageous stumbling
Fearless was my middle name.
But somewhere there I
Lost my way
Everyone walks the same
Expecting me to step
The narrow path they've laid
They claim to
Walk unafraid
I'll be clumsy instead
Hold my love me or leave me

Say "keep within the boundaries if you want
To play."
Say "contradiction only makes it harder."
How can I be
What I want to be?
When all I want to do is strip away
These stilled constraints
And crush this charade
Shred this sad masquerade
I don't need no persuading
I'll trip, fall, pick myself up and
Walk unafraid
I'll be clumsy instead
Hold my love me or leave me

If I have a bag of rocks to carry as I go
I just want to hold my head up high
I don't care what I have to step over
I'm prepared to look you in the eye
Look me in the eye
And if you see familiarity
Then celebrate the contradiction
Help me when I fall to
Walk unafraid
I'll be clumsy instead
Hold my love me or leave me

Walk unafraid
I'll be clumsy instead
Hold my love me or leave me

Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"Walk Unafraid" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    Song MeaningI apply this song in my life as saying that as a Christian, I see other Christians who walk as if their life is easier since they became a Christian and so they walk unafraid. not me, I feel my life has been worse since I became a Christian. It makes life harder and it's struggle to even attempt to follow Christ on a daily basis. So instead of walking unafraid, I'll "be clumbsy instead" yet still pursuing Christ. life is hard and even as a Christ Follower, it's even harder.

    I know that may not be the original meaning of the song but it's a song that I use on a daily basis in my journey of faith.
    Dulos247on December 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about owning up to your faults and not being afraid to fail and stumble. Very inspirational. And as already said, this live version of this song is amazing.
    Jakeberton July 30, 2005   Link
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    My OpinionDulos247 connects these song meanings to a walk of faith, to which I also connect.

    In addition to so many great assessments, let me add The Individual Versus The Group. Michael Stipe heralds strength in gay pride isolated from so many judging Americans. Dulos embraces the "in this world, not of this world" writings from the apostle John.

    The song's triumph of the struggling "I" can also be so powerful against governments, corporations, and other groups of power that "expect [us] to step the narrow path they laid," enforce strict boundaries, and limit contradiction. In today's dearth of protest songs, I hope this song resonates with individuals and inspires them to break boundaries, challenge what they're told, pick themselves up after falling, and be unafraid of The Group or collective power telling them to behave otherwise.
    megadeafon July 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentcool song when you've been let down, failed or are feeling shitty. picks you up and makes you want to continue with life.
    pfunksteron February 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfollowing your heart instead of doing what people want or expect of you.
    killrockstarson April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite R.E.M song. I love it. Its about stumbling and stuffing up, then getting up and moving on. It could also be about individuality.

    Everybody who like R.E.M must get their "Perfect Circle" DVD which is their live performance in Germany. The live performance of this song is staggering.
    Swizz*on November 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. it's about being yourself and not who people push you to be. and by being yourself you show others they can be themselves too and that being different is a good thing.
    yogaboaton November 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentperfect square swizz..........
    lukey2411on November 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my anthem!

    This song keeps me strong some days when I doubt myself, god, what I would do without this band!!
    simsfreqon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the first two lines are a reference to "Cadillac Walk", a 1977 hit for Mink DeVille, which begins like this: "As the moon comes up and the sun goes down, Rita starts to creep around".
    Diego8978on March 05, 2006   Link

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