Walls

Wednesday, April 26, 2017



Everyone has their own wall; a mental barrier they build as a protection from things that may harm themselves. And when people analogizing love as a game, well they got a point since in a way, love is a game of strategy; it is like a war. And love means surrender. And when people surrender, they take down their wall at some point to some extent. Hence the most terrifying part of being in love is surrendering and showing what is inside our wall. Since when they got inside our wall, they know the right button to push as well as how and when. That is why people say that someone is at their most vulnerable point when they are in love instead of when they are heartbroken. Because when they know the right button to push, they could harm us easily. And that is what it means of being in love: being sincerely and willingly vulnerable for that person we are surrendered to. It is like being completely and totally naked in front of that person; not in physical terms of course, but psychological instead. It is like all the things that are inside your head is being stripped down.

I can’t get there on my own; you can’t leave me here alone. I’m just trying to do what’s right; oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he’s fought the fight.” –Kings of Leon, Walls

Since their comeback late last year, I have been hooked to Kings of Leon’s tracks in their new album, “WALLS”. As an album title, it is an acronym for We Are Like Love Song. On September 22nd 2016, the title track of the album, “Walls”, was released as a digital download single. It also served as the second single released from the album. A music video to accompany the release of “Walls” was first released onto YouTube on the same day.  With the beat resembling a heartbeat, this folk rock track is a slow burner. Written by the brotherhood of Kings of Leon, Caleb, Nathan, Jared, and Matthew Followill, the lyrics follow some emotional turmoil as it traces a tortured path through heartbreak and pain. It is a song about a man fighting for his identity and his dignity in the wake of a break up after his significant other tearing down the walls of his heart.


"Walls" single cover | source: www.rcarecords.com

Relationship goes both ways. Hence it could sustain only by the consent of both parties. In order to continue living, both people in the relationship must try their best. In order to keep going strong, both people in the relationship must work their hardest. It would not work if there is only one person who fights for it. It could not work if there is only one person who tries to make it worthy. Hence it makes sense when only one of them who works hard, they would feel some kind of resentment towards the other person. In the end, because they feel like being manipulated, whether they are conscious or not, the level of appreciation and respect towards the other person is degrading. And they would feel like the relationship is going to waste. “I can’t get there on my own; you can’t leave me here alone. I’m just trying to do what’s right; oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he’s fought the fight. I could never point you out; waste of space in a faceless crowd. Tell me what I have to say; if you know what’s right, then you’ll walk away.”
Relationship has its ups and down. And within the process, both people bend as they deconstruct and reconstruct their value in the relationship; a repeated cycle over and over again. And when they cannot sustain within the process, they would fail eventually. Since within the process, the wall every party has will fall down; meaning that it is real and it is certainly making some sort of affect on their life. Naturally we would try to do everything we can to save the relationship when it is on the edge, because we realize that we have to have enough desire to fight for something important to us. However, it would all go to waste when we are the only person fighting while our significant other is doing nothing about it. Desire is the very essence of human, they said. Hence when it is not there anymore, how can we fight for what we love? In spite of all that has happened, we all want to finish what we have started. “One by one I’ve seen them fall; some just don’t show up at all. I’m just here to fight the fire; oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he has desire.”
The degrading respect and appreciation, the loneliness of a single fighter, the unbalance level of bending; it would all cause a broken relationship. The walls are coming down; the shields that protect us from hurting are coming down. Our significant other has gotten through our mental shield, ripped out our heart, tore it all into pieces, and thrown it all away to a waste. Our significant other has broken into our mental barrier and left us in pain and suffers. However though, it has also left us with something that makes us come to realize that they do not actually know what they want; that they make everything side by side without really having sure about something. It makes us come to understand that they are actually always a confused person. “And the walls come down; and the walls come down. When the walls come down; when the walls come down. You tore out my heart, and you threw it away. The western girl with eastern eyes; took a wrong turn and found surprise awaits. Now there’s nothing in the way.”


"WALLS" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Even in a relationship, people can have an unrequited love towards their partner. It all could happen since love, whether it is in terms of feeling or action, is can never be reciprocal. It is because people have their own way in expressing the love they feel. And people say that they who love the most are the ones that will be hurt the most too. It all would happen since they are at the most vulnerable point. It is because the wall they have built in order to protect themselves from suffering has been broken down when they fall in love. It is because they let their significant other to get through the wall they have built in order to shield themselves from pain. And what makes it worse is when the significant other is actually at the point when they face a confusion regarding to their own identity. We can never point them out. And there we are left being in a frustration at their perceived abandonment, over and over again. That is what it takes for loving someone who is in their search for their own selves. The walls have come down, and just like that, we are able to get hurt easily by everything that the person does.

One by one I’ve seen them fall; some just don’t show up at all. I’m just here to fight the fire; oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he has desire.” –Kings of Leon, Walls




I can’t get there on my own, you can’t leave me here alone
I’m just trying to do what’s right, oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he’s fought the fight
I could never point you out, waste of space in a faceless crowd
Tell me what I have to say, if you know what’s right, then you’ll walk away

When the walls come down, when the walls come down
When the walls come down, when the walls come down

One by one I’ve seen them fall, some just don’t show up at all
I’m just here to fight the fire, oh a man ain’t a man ‘less he has desire

And the walls come down, and the walls come down
When the walls come down, when the walls come down
You tore out my heart, and you threw it away
The western girl with eastern eyes, took a wrong turn and found surprise awaits
Now there’s nothing in the way, in the way, in the way, in the way

When the walls come down, when the walls come down
When the walls come down, when the walls come down
You tore out my heart, you threw it away
The western girl with eastern eyes, took a wrong turn and found surprise awaits
Now there’s nothing in the way, in the way, in the way, in the way

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