"The Thin Line" as written by Michael Francis Wilton, Geoffery W Tate and Christopher Degarmo....
Another hungry look in her eyes again
Pacing the floor
The hunt begins
Skin-tight leather provides my pleasure
Wake my fear, surge wit the pressure
Walk away and leave forever, do I dare?

Raise my eyes, she stands
Holding out healing hands
Are you happy now?

I walk the thin line for you
Do just what you say to
With fear as my friend
I walk the thin line one more time for you

Addictive face pretending, don't speak the word
Forbidden sin relenting, I barely heard
Screams of entry blur my vision
Wake my fear of divine intervention
Crawl away and bleed forever, if you dare

Hand on mouth the game goes on
Love, our stage to play upon
Are you happy now?

I walk the thin line for you
Do just what you say to
With fear as my friend
I walk the thin line one more time for you

I walk the thin line for you
Do just what you say to
I walk the thin line for you
Do just what you say to,
With fear as my friend,
I walk the thin line one more time for you


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"The Thin Line" as written by Geoff Tate Christopher Degarmo

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  • +2
    General CommentAbsolutely a BDSM tune, but it sounds enough like a normal love song on the surface that you can sneak it by nearly anyone.
    dgb49on December 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, seriously, Exodus and Hazard are right. Case closed. BDSM.
    Look up the following things on Wikipedia:
    BDSM (for the whole song)
    safeword: "don't speak the Word"
    leather subculture: "skin-tight leather provides my pleasure"
    edgeplay: "walking the thin line" is a well-known euphemism for edgeplay in my leather community
    dominatrix

    The protagonist is a male heterosexual submissive visiting a professional dominatrix (pro-domme). Women in this line of work are usually much more empowered and better-paid than other sex workers, and furthermore usually don't actually engage in vaginal, oral or anal sex with their clients. If a client is disrespectful or screws things up in the scene, he is "walking away and leaving forever" because she is paid well enough she doesn't need to trifle with losers - does he dare?

    "Raise my eyes, she stands" - submissives are not allowed to look up unless ordered to.
    "Wake my fear of divine intervention" - apparently the protagonist is actually afraid that his guardian angel may put a stop to his abuse - that would be awful!
    "Hand on mouth the game goes on" - a rather primitive gag, but obviously a gag nonetheless

    If you have to ask how I know all this, well, *ahem* let's just say I'm an expert.
    balshanon January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song at it's very core is about an illicit affair between two people where it seems one clearly has the controlling upper hand. One feels like they must do whatever it takes to comply with the others demands for fear that if they don't the other will cut them off and/or tell their wife of the affair.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon June 28, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds to me as if his girlfreind is using him...and hes just putting up with it anywaz...
    -ZERO-on March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this one is about a sadomasochistic relationship.
    Exodus5on March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthehe, learned a new word and felt the need to use it?
    AncientRhythmon April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty much about a couple who uses S&M play for pleasure. Basically kinky sex.
    HazardPSon June 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a man who is having an affair with a woman and he shouldn't be doing it (Wake my fear, surge with the pressure. Walk away and leave forever, do I dare?)

    The man does what she wants him to but he feels bad about the relationship, so he kills her...maybe strangulation: (Addictive face pretending, don't speak the Word.
    Forbidden sin relenting, I barely heard...
    screams of entry blur my vision.
    Wake my fear of Divine Intervention
    Crawl away and bleed forever, if you dare.)

    (Hand on mouth the game goes on.
    Love, our stage to play upon.
    Are you happy now?)
    k_smith20008on March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this song about sex?
    Oobifan12on October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    "The Thin Line is about doing something for someone, that perhaps you wouldn't normally do, unless asked to. Walking on a thin line for someone is dealing with... taking that extra risk, or a chance, that it normally would't take, but to do it for a friend, or for a lover" Chris DeGarmo, Empire Japanese edition, 1990 (Integrally transcribed)
    dksoundson April 20, 2019   Link

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