Barefoot In the Head
A Man Called Adam Lyrics


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I'm scratching a picture on the wall
Of a man called Nothing At All
Why are they keeping me here?
Please, let me go
Please, let me go
I'm hearing voices deep inside my head
But I don't want to listen
Why don't you leave me? Just leave me alone
'Cause I'm in no condition
Join us, I won't follow you
Join us, oh, there's nothing you can do
Join us, you are never going to win
Join us 'cause I'll never let you in
What are these creatures crawling over me?
'Cause I'm in no condition
Join us, I won't follow you
Join us, oh, there's nothing you can do
Join us, you are never going to win
Join us 'cause I'll never let you in
I claw at the walls until my fingers bleed
Is it really happening or is it just a dream?
Dream
I look in the mirror
His eyes stare right back
He is always watching
This room turns to black
We are the voices deep inside your head
But you don't want to listen
But we won't leave you, won't leave you alone
'Cause you're in no condition
Join us, I won't follow you
Join us, oh, there's nothing you can do
Join us, you are never going to win




Join us 'cause I'll never let you in
You'll never win

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of A Man Called Adam's "Barefoot in the Head" depict a person who is struggling with their own mind. The singer is trapped in a place they want to leave, haunted by voices within their own head that they try to ignore. They begin to see "creatures" crawling over them, and their desperation leads them to claw at the walls until their fingers bleed. The song builds to a climax where the singer looks in the mirror and sees the eyes of the "man called Nothing At All" staring back. The voices inside their head are revealed to be inescapable and ever-present.


The lyrics of the song can be interpreted in a number of ways, but the most common interpretation is that they are a metaphor for mental illness. The "creatures" crawling over the singer can be seen as hallucinations, while the voices in their head could represent various symptoms of mental illness. The singer's struggle to escape their own mind reflects the difficulty that many people with mental illness have in overcoming their symptoms.


Despite its dark subject matter, "Barefoot in the Head" features a catchy and upbeat melody that has made it a popular track in clubs and at raves. Its danceable rhythm belies the darkness of the lyrics, which adds an interesting contrast to the song. The lyrics themselves are often open to interpretation, which has allowed the song to resonate with a wide variety of listeners.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm scratching a picture on the wall
I'm doodling an image on the wall


Of a man called Nothing At All
Of a non-existent man


Why are they keeping me here?
Why am I being detained here?


Please, let me go
Please release me from this place


I'm hearing voices deep inside my head
There are voices echoing in my mind


But I don't want to listen
But I don't want to pay attention


Why don't you leave me? Just leave me alone
Why won't you let me be?


'Cause I'm in no condition
Because I'm not mentally stable


Join us, I won't follow you
Become one of us, I will not come with you


Join us, oh, there's nothing you can do
Join our group, there's no other option


Join us, you are never going to win
Join us, you will never be victorious


Join us 'cause I'll never let you in
Join us because you don't have any other choice


What are these creatures crawling over me?
What are these beings creeping on me?


I claw at the walls until my fingers bleed
I'm scratching the walls with my nails so much that they start bleeding


Is it really happening or is it just a dream?
Is this really taking place or am I dreaming?


Dream
It's a dream


I look in the mirror
I gaze into the mirror


His eyes stare right back
His eyes are gazing back at me


He is always watching
He's always observing me


This room turns to black
The room is turning dark


We are the voices deep inside your head
We are the sounds within your thoughts


But we won't leave you, won't leave you alone
But we will not abandon you


'Cause you're in no condition
Because you're not in a stable state


Join us, I won't follow you
Join us, don't expect me to follow you


Join us, oh, there's nothing you can do
Join us, there isn't any other option


Join us, you are never going to win
Join us, you'll never triumph


Join us 'cause I'll never let you in
Join us because you don't have any other choice


You'll never win
You'll never be victorious




Writer(s): Steven Derek Jones, Sarah Ann Rodgers

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Derek O'Driscoll

I was lucky enough to see them perform this live at the Kaos Weekender in 91 (absolute bliss) Alison Limerick and Adeva were also live acts...Christ I need a time machine 😭

jooolie nunn

I woz there too 🙌😊💞💞 went to one in Camber sands & nr Get Yarmouth , I remember Adeva and being in a inflatable tunnel that deflated as someone smoked 🚬 in it 🤣🤣 ....Still got the magazine, timetable thing from Kaos 🥰

Derek O'Driscoll

@jooolie nunn Yeah the Kaos Camber sands weekender was mental, I have some great pics of me and my mates totally mashed dancing like nutters 😁 still have my Timetable magazine aswell 😎👍

Stefan Grant

Save me a seat please, I’m definitely joining you. 😊

darren grimley

What a lovely track ,one of the best chillout track ever made

PrimeM92

One of those beautiful, dreamy classics that never fails to sound fresh to this day. Love this tune! Bread, Love and Dreams was also a real peach as well.

A dobbs

takes me back to when I first FELT it.... one record that is always in my DJ bag . Timeless classic :)

someone

A dobbs :)

nellieplays

Just incredible how good this tune is, even after all these years. Redcar's finest 😍🎶❤️❤️❤️👌

Ska-Baby

I love this track from A Man Called Adam. I never tire of it.

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