"Fearless" as written by and David Gilmour Roger Waters....
You say the hill's too steep to climb
You say you'd like to see me try
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb
The hill in my own way
Just wait a while, for the right day
And as I rise above the treeline and the clouds
I look down hearing the sound of the things you said today

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Merciless, the magistrate turns 'round, frowning
And who's the fool who wears the crown
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fear lines in his brown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

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"Fearless" as written by Roger Waters David Jon Gilmour

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  • +6
    General CommentWhich football team is being cheered at the end? I can hear both Liverpool and Everton; Was it recorded at a Mersyside derby, and are the boys having a little 'fun' with us? Seriously, though, the 'idiot' is the same fool which Ian Anderson found when he wrote the Jethro Tull classic, 'Minstrel In The Gallery'; the wise and foolish self / non-self (delete as applicable) within us all. The song is about self-reliance, self-determination and the will to question authority to the point of dissent. This is not a Syd tribute, and Jesus? Let's stick to what is before us, and not play that game where Jesus, Krishna or the Great Prophet Zorquan can be found in any piece of text.
    Libraquariuson October 16, 2004   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think the two verses in the song are two separate illustrations of what it means to be "fearless"

    Clearly the first verse is about taking on seemingly impossible tasks and the nay-sayers that come with it, and fearlessly rising to the challenge.

    The first time I heard this song (~15 years ago), I pictured the magistrate as some political figure - a court official, a judge, or similar. I believe the fool is being unjustly hanged to death. The magistrate's intention is to strike fear in the heart of the fool and the people watching - thus, solidifying his position of great authority. Somehow the fool manages to smile because he knows he is the righteous one. This empowers the people in the crowd and belittles the magistrate. Now the fool is the one with the REAL power "the fool who wears the crown".

    "Rising above the fear-lines" is when the rope is pulled tight, pulling the fool up by his neck, and he hears the crowd's uprising as he "goes down in his own way" (the situation obviously didn't go the way the magistrate wanted it to).

    It has some similarities to Christ theory, but I think it's more Floydian to mock political authority than it is to draw reference to Christianity. Dying without fear is the ultimate illustration of fearlessness.
    horafideon March 08, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentROFL at all of you! Except those few decent comments at the front. This song definantly has multiple themes and aims. The Syd Barret theory is highly possible, the Jebus one fits but its highly doubtful, especially knowing the band at that point in their career. In Floyd's early years up until dark side, their lyrics were highly ambiguous. waters had not yet found his passion lyrical directness seen in dark side through the final cut and he had not yet "taken over the band's songwriting." With all that said this song, like almost all of meddle and obscured by clouds is highly transcendental. Thats what i think people miss when they read floyd lyrics. Most look for a tangible or situational meaning. Why not metaphysical? The songs flow so much better when you look at them as thoughts not words or actions. Thats why they seem (especially on this album excluding seamus) to take you away into another realm. And what super awesome about this song is for the first time they were able to put more concrete ideas into words. Anyways, now to say some concrete shit of my own. the themes i see as obvious are self reliance, intimacy with rebelion, determination and drive of a dream (the first stanza for sure), idealistic monism (though thats more of a beatles thing i still see it in the last stanza), and a highly romanticized alienation - which definantly makes me think about waters views towards barret. I don't really think its about coming over obsticles specifically. I do think thats part of determination but i see the character described more as just a free spirit doing his thing than a man taking on a challenge. Anybody agree with any of this or have i done too much cid for the day?
    POOPINYOFACEon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is simply about overcoming fear. Stepping out from the norm and facing the crowd and fearlessly finding your own path. (Im not to good with words at describing things, just listen....the music says it all)
    Streamer6639on July 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLIVERPOOL FC is being cheered. The song being sung in the back ground is "You'll Never Walk Alone", which is sung at the beging and end of every Liverpool game. You'll never Walk Alone draws many similar parralels with the whole theme of "Fearless".
    AnfieldRoadon January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInterpretation is always a personal thing, as most of us will never know what the author was thinking at the time. Having said that, I think the over all interpretation of the meaning of this amazing song is simply living your life on your own terms, not restricted by social conventions. Pursuing your dreams and desires regardless of how many people may say that you are a fool, and that it is an impossible waste of time. It's about living for yourself. In regards to the last verse, it occurs to me that it could be a metaphor for Freud's personality theory. The idiot is the id, the magistrate the ego, and the fool who wears the crown is the super-ego. This verse could be about overcoming the limitations that we place on ourselves, and delving to the core of who we are as a person. But, you know, whatever, just some random thoughts on a truly GREAT song!
    BriarRabbit555on June 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think "fearless" was Waters' way of telling everyone, "We can make it without Syd, it may take time but, we will do it."
    Chrononaut666on July 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStop overthinking this!
    It simply means:

    ''Don't let the bastards grind you down''

    CaptainMubberson August 25, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe fear left the narrator when he reched the top. He was trying to prove something to someone who didn't believe he could do it.
    babybear005on May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's more than just overcoming fear, it's about doing things people think aren't possible and proving they are. The last verse "fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd" is about Jesus. It's showing him not as a religious figure, but as a guide showing how you should do what you want and believe what you want even if you are wearing a thorny crown.
    ThePythonon September 08, 2002   Link

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