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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
There is no loss



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    UnregisteredMay 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    I believe it's about a man's struggle to live the christian life he knows god wants him to live. He fears he'll be to weak to live that way, afraid of missing out on the earthly things he desires. But in the end, he finds the strength god offers all of us. Shining true, and smiling back at all who wait to cross. There is no loss. He realizes god's way is the way, and he didn't miss anything.
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    UnregisteredSep 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    This song's meaning to me is not what Kerry Livgren intended. However it speaks to me this way. I'm a man in his late 40's, I've made many poor decisions in my life and now it has lead me to a wall, or a dead-end to be more precise. My spirit desires more, to soar beyong this meaningless and mundane life I'm stuck in now. As a believer in Yeshua the Messiah, I know that what seek is on the "other side" and to Pass Beyond is what I seek. The riches of this world "gold and diamonds" are now beyond my reach. To put it shortly, I'm ready for this Wall to be shattered so I can pass beyond. Bodily death of this world does not frighten me, only the pain of death. I'm ready to go for in this life I have there is no loss.
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    UnregisteredFeb 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    I always heard it as a song in the first person of jesus. It is the point where he has to decide if he will go to the cross. "to pass beyond is what i seek, i fear that i may be too weak. " he became human and has lived as a human, but he is not truly human. The riches of this world, while casting a spell, are not for him. "the riches that i seek are waiting on the other side" = heaven. It is a song of the conflict of man with the understanding of god. God wins in the end, as he always does.

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