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Kansas – The Wall lyrics

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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  • u
    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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  • u
    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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  • u
    Kansas, "Leftoverture" album is first ever bought, I was about 14, "The Wall" was the most intriguing to me and first song I ever memorized. Over the years, as I reflect on these lyrics, it's held different meanings to me. When I broke down the wall (self) & came to faith (surrendered) as a born again Christian in 1989, the best meaning had come to me! I gave up the world (surrendered all, gold and diamonds) and got eternal riches, way more, yet even more than that I got "Jesus". And I smile (back at all and the cross) when I share the gospel of Jesus Christ (and someone gets it). The true reality "Jesus is Lord" (He died on the Cross) there is no loss for those in Christ.
    (Now a child of the King and heir to his kingdom)
    (Read revelations 21) John 3: 16-17.
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  • u
    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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    I believe this could have another meaning than what the others have come up with. I could see these lyrics to mean that after choosing a physical universe life, one of material blessings yet weaknesses, that the writer realizes that this material universe path is not the path of the truth and of enlightenment, and that t has been blinding him & that it prevents him from actually seeing the truth, the truth of who he truly is and he decides to search to find his actual true self, as a spiritual being, not just a body, and that by following the path of spiritual enlightenment he will find harmony n all.
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