The city streets are wet again with rain
But I'm walkin' just the same
Skies turn to the usual grey
When you turn to face the day
And love don't show up in the pavement cracks
All my water colors fade to black
I'm goin' nowhere and I'm ten steps back
All my dreams have fallen flat

(Love don't show in the pavement cracks
There will be no turning back)

Time and space will pass us by and by
When we don't see eye to eye
I would have done anything
For happiness to bring ...
But it don't show up in the pavement cracks
I can't even cover up my tracks
I'm goin' nowhere and I'm light years back
Ooh I wish you well

How come
Every day
I'm still waiting for the change?
How come
I still say
Give me strength to live?

Where is my comfort zone?
A simple place to call my own
'Cause everything I want to be
Comes crashing down on me
And it don't show up in the pavement cracks
I can't even recognize my tracks
You and I can't turn the whole thing back
Ooh I wish you well

(Love don't show in the pavement cracks
There will be no turning back)

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Pavement Cracks Lyrics as written by Annie Lennox

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    General CommentThis song probably is about loneliness but it means something else to me. There was a rape on my college campus and after the assault, this song makes me think about how a rape victim would be feeling. When she sings "love don't show up in the pavement cracks" I think of how, when a person is raped, it is not an act of love, hence, when a person is forced to the ground (the pavement) no love can be found. The rest of the lyrics seem to be portraying a sense of helplessness or hopelessness. She's wondering when she'll be happy again, have "strength to live," and when she'll find her "comfort zone." When a woman is raped, I think she feels similarily. It may feel like her world has come crashing down and because sexual assualt is such a violent, intrusive act, the victim may feel like there is no safe place and she can never feel happiness again like she did before. Again, I don't think this was necessarily the story that was intended to be portrayed; it's just what it means to me.
    kilihilaon March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about lifting your head up and seeing the world around you. You won't find love or anything else for that matter if you walk around just staring at the sidewalk.
    misfit01on October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBit taken a back that no one has added more meanings to this song- it speaks alot about depression, which I believe that 1 in 4 have to some degree? perhaps even more.

    This song explains my depression very well. Infact if I want to describe how things are, I use this song- its very simple in its description.

    When you are "well" i.e not depressed, you don't notice the pavement cracks, the grief of life doesn't feel so heavy you can't breath and you can see people being kind to each other (even if its only afew!) . Its life, you accept it. Love exists, in many different forms.
    But when you become depressed, this goes. It just vanishes. You can't see the love, you see everything differently, sort of like someone has shon a new light on it- the love from a man to his wife becomes in your eyes, just sex, the love from a father to his son becomes an animal requirement, no love, just all machine like. In the end we are all separate, we are all alone. We will all die alone. No one cares, there is no love.

    The song is about painting that out- there is no love in the pavement cracks meaning there is no love in the small passings from one person to another.

    Thats me. But actually, the writer, (Annie Lennox) wrote this about her divorce. She was in the throws of a divorce and describing the separation you get when that happens (I can only imagine, as I have not been there). When you see that actually, there is no going back, no you cannot go back in time, you cannot have what you once had, the love is gone, the comfort zone is no more as the comfort you once sort from the relationship, from having someone at your side, is gone, you are alone and your life has changed, there is no going back, only going forward- I wish you well, is saying, good luck to you, we will both need it.
    jenniewbon April 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of rape & depression listen to the lyrics!! :'(
    coconuticeteabagson November 01, 2013   Link

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