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Kansas The Wall Lyrics

Last updated: 11/05/2012 09:55:00 AM

I'm woven in a fantasy, I can't believe the things I see
The path that I have chosen now has led me to a wall
And with each passing day I feel a little
more like something dear was lost
It rises now before me, a dark and silent barrier between,
All I am, and all that I would ever want be
It's just a travesty, towering, marking
off the boundaries my spirit would erase

To pass beyond is what I seek, I fear that I may be too weak
And those are few who've seen it through to glimpse the other side,
The promised land is waiting like a maiden that is soon to be a bride
The moment is a masterpiece, the weight of indecision's in the air
It's standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that's me
It's just a travesty, towering, blocking out the light and blinding me
I want to see

Gold and diamonds cast a spell, it's not for me I know it well
The riches that I seek are waiting on the other side
There's more that I can measure in the treasure of the love that I can find
And though it's always been with me, I must tear down the Wall and let it be
All I am, and all that I was ever meant to be, in harmony
Shining true and smiling back at all who wait to cross

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Now and then | Reviewer: Tom | 11/5/12

Listening to "The Wall" as a high school child, and now 30 years later, there is not a lot of change. There is always a wall in your life...just keep glimpsing to the other all that I was ever meant to be. Life is an ever changing mystery, and it is a wonderful journey.

reply to an anonymous reviewer | Reviewer: Rick | 11/10/09

I hope someone reads this and finds value in my thoughts.

I was also 49 at the time you wrote you review. I am now 50, looking at 51 during this montb of November. To me it is amazing that, "The Wall," a masterpiece of wisdom, was written by a man in his late 20's at the time. Let me share a piece of an email I sent earlier today:
These songs were written by Kerry Livgren. Note the "marriage" of both religious and secular philosophies in the lyrics. Mr. Livgren wrote these lyrics/songs when he was in a time of transition. He's a "born again Christian" these days since the mid-eighties.

Isn't it amazing that transition brings the best out of all of us? If we were satisfied with the status quo, there would be no reason to change and the human race would never better itself. It seems that the greatest songwriters spoke of their ongoing evolution and change in the lyrics that they wrote. James Taylor, Kansas, The Beatles, Jim Croce, even Led Zeppelin were examples of this phenomenon. For whatever reason (perhaps growth and proliferation of our species?) we are attracted to the music and poetry that focuses on human growth and change and the process we all undergo both together and alone. Note that the songs I sent you from Kansas focus upon internal change and externalizing it, and, therefore, making the world, a better place. Making the a world better place begins by making ourselves better. It begins one person at a time.


I hope that all who read this both reflect on learn from the "coulda, woulda, shouldas," of their lives and focus forward on the "can, will, and should," of what is to come. It's never too late. I am just now figuring that out. You're never too young!

my review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/18/08

All these years later, at age 49, I have begun to feel as though "The Wall" may be my theme song.
The first verse is the sum of how I feel where I am in my life at this moment.
What I could have, should have done, is
quickly fading away...........