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Dead Man's Rope Lyrics

Artist: Sting
Album: Sacred Love

A million footsteps, this left foot drags behind my right
But I keep walking, from daybreak 'til the falling night
And as days turn into weeks and years
And years turn into lifetimes
I just keep walking, like I've been walking for a thousand years

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,

If you're walking to escape, to escape from your affliction
You'd be walking in a great circle, a circle of addiction
Did you ever wonder what you'd been carrying since the world was black?
You see yourself in a looking glass with a tombstone on your back

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away in anger, walk away in pain
Walk away from life itself, walk into the rain

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
I'm just hanging here in space

Now I'm suspended between my darkest fears and dearest hope
Yes I've been walking, now I'm hanging from a dead man's rope
With Hell below me, and Heaven in the sky above
I've been walking, I've been walking away from Jesus' love

Walk away in emptiness, walk away in sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away in anger, walk away in pain
Walk away from life itself, walk into the rain

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
I'm just hanging here in space

The shadows fall
Around my bed
When the hand of an angel,
The hand of an angel is reaching down above my head

All this wandering has led me to this place
Inside the well of my memory, sweet rain of forgiveness
Now I'm walking in his grace
I'm walking in his footsteps
Walking in his footsteps,
Walking in his footsteps

All the days of my life I will walk with you
All the days of my life I will talk with you
All the days of my life I will share with you
All the days of my life I will bear with you

Walk away from emptiness, walk away from sorrow,
Walk away from yesterday, walk away tomorrow,
Walk away from anger, walk away from pain
Walk away from anguish, walk into the rain.

Comments/Interpretations

by Maras on 8/9/2008 3:36pm
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by Jessica on 3/22/2009 11:31am
I love the lyrics to this song! I've only heard a live version with Sting without The Police, but I'd love to hear the original version.
by Michelle on 7/19/2010 7:04am
Is this a Christian song? what is the meaning - anyone know?
by Bruce on 8/21/2010 11:39pm
@ Michelle: It is an eloquent song/story that only Sting could weave. I feel that Sting's songs have many meanings for the listeners. For me (at this time) is talking about stepping out of the circle of pain instead of running from (around) it. At death only the memories will remain and all the anguish will be gone. Please enjoy life, move away from pain share Love!
by James on 1/8/2011 10:24am
I don't believe the Police ever performed "Dead Man's Rope." Sting performs this song with top notch musicians from everywhere.
by Jon on 1/11/2011 9:48pm
Sting is a free-thinker who, I believe,wants badly to believe in Christ's sacrificial love and the peace that comes with that belief. I too, am an open-minded, hopeful agnostic. Seems he may have actually come to resolution. I, too, would like to believe. Great song, no matter how you view Christianity. Gordon is a true genius. wow








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