Man On a Wire

The third track on No Sound Without Silence.

Who would have thought that I’d be here by myself?
Who would have thought that you’d be bad for my health?
Now I know, now I know
I’m just a man on a wire

Who would have thought I’d be the ’cause and effect?
Yesterday’s love is now tomorrow’s regrets
Now I know, now I know
I’m just a man on a wire

No, I can’t look down
I’m tryin’ to fight the feeling,
I will fall to the ground if I ever see you

Cause I feel like I’m walking a tightrope
My heart is in my throat
I’m counting on high hopes to get me over you
And I’ve got my eyes closed
As long as the wind blows
I’m counting on high hope to get me over you, you
‘Cause I’m a man on a wire, on a wire
I’m a man on a wire, on a wire

Who would have thought I’d see you with someone else?
Who would have thought that I’d be in such a mess?
Now you know, now you know
I’m just a man on a wire

When I walk that line
I try to keep my senses
Make it to the other side
I know the consequences
And I feel like I’m walking on tightrope
My heart is in my throat
I’m counting on high hopes to get me over you

And I’ve got my eyes closed
As long as the wind blows
I’m counting on high hopes to get me over you
Cuz I’m a man on a wire

The higher I get
The more I miss the ground
No safety nets
Now you’re not around
I have to keep walking
To keep me from falling down

Feels like I’m walkin’ on a tightrope
My heart is in my throat
I’m counting on high hope to get me over you,you
And I’ve got my eyes closed
As long as the wind blows
I’m counting on high hope to get me over you,you
‘Cause I’m a man on a wire,on a wire
I’m a man on a wire, on a wire
‘Cause I’m a man on a wire,on a wire
‘Cause I’m a man on a wire, on a wire

(Big thanks to Helen for her input to the lyrics!)

Behind the song

Mark talked about how the song was born during #TheScriptGoogleReveal:

I’m terribly scared of heights. If I’m more than say 20-30 feet from the ground my feet and toes feel like they’re gonna curl up. A friend of mine said have you seen Man on a wire, it’s a documentary about a French tight rope walker and he came to New York City when the twin towers were still there, he broken in overnight, climbed to the top, set a rope between the two towers and he walked through a tight rope in god knows how many feet in the air. My friend was showing it to me and I was honestly screaming watching that.

I was talking to the lads later that night about why would someone do that? Why would you be up there and doing it? We just kinda joked and said a woman. He built a bridge to get over somebody. And we thought that was kind of a cool concept. As a lot of people know we’re all about story-songs and we felt that was a story we really needed to tell. That’s why the chorus says

“I’m walking on tight rope, my heart is in my throat, I’m counting on high hopes to get me over you”

It’s just a metaphor for being a relationship that just either feels dodgy or just have to end. You definitely feel that you are walking a tight rope and in any moment you’re gonna fall, the last thing you want is that other person seeing you falling. The last thing you want them to see is that you’re actually on it, that you’re a man on a wire. You want everyone think that you’re ok, you don’t want anyone to think you’re still in that way about somebody. It’s that delicate moment within a guy’s life that while he’s trying to pull up this façade to show everyone that he’s ok whereas quite obviously he’s walking a tight rope and everybody can see this.

Check the trailer of documentary here (thanks to IAmWithScript on twitter for the link)

Apparently Danny is hesitant to play the title role in the literal sense:

“They’re trying to get me to do a tightrope walking course,” he says. “They want it to be me! They can fuck off…” (Hotpress)

Would you do it?

Love,

Andrea

3 thoughts on “Man On a Wire

  1. Loved the song. Listening to it constantly since past few days .. Funny enough, “the man who can’t be moved” brought me to “the man on wire”

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