Fault Line
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Lyrics


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I've been waitin' on the fault line
Let the needle take me on
I'll be standing with my dyin' bell
If you care to come along
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door

I've been lyin' in the bright lights
See my shadow from below
Never wanted from another man
Never wanted from my own
Drownin' in the risin' tide in my father's door
Drownin' in the risin' tide in my father's door

Through a window to the last mile
Little picture on the wall
From the banks on the far side
See the lights come ashore
Racin' from the risin' tide to my father's door




Racin' from the risin' tide to my father's door
Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's song Fault Line seem to allude to the vulnerabilities and instability of the human experience. The opening line, "I've been waitin' on the fault line," suggests that the singer is aware of their own fragile state and they are waiting for something catastrophic to happen. The line, "Let the needle take me on," implies that the singer is possibly in a state of drug-use or addiction, using substances to either cope with or escape their reality. When they mention, "I'll be standing with my dyin' bell," it sounds as if they're saying they know their end is near and they're at peace with the fact that death is coming for them.


The chorus, "Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door," echoes the inevitability of life's cycles and how we are all just a small part of a bigger picture. The metaphor of "the rising tide" suggests that life's obstacles and hardships are always coming for us and we're just trying to keep above water. The line, "to my father's door," could be interpreted in many ways - perhaps the singer sees their father as a symbol of security and stability, or maybe they believe that death will bring them closer to their deceased father.


The last two verses paint a picture of the singer looking back on their life and feeling disconnected from the world around them. They mention, "I've been lyin' in the bright lights, see my shadow from below," which could suggest a feeling of being outside looking in on everyday life. The line, "Never wanted from another man, never wanted from my own," could be interpreted as them saying they never asked for anything from anyone, but they also never really wanted anything for themselves. The final verse, "From the banks on the far side, see the lights come ashore," possibly refers to the afterlife and how the singer can see glimpses of the other side. They again repeat the chorus, emphasizing that regardless of what happens, they are ready to face it, whatever it may be.


Line by Line Meaning

I've been waitin' on the fault line
I have been impatiently waiting for a major change or event to occur in my life.


Let the needle take me on
I am willing to use drugs or other substances to escape my reality or numb my emotions.


I'll be standing with my dyin' bell
I will face the consequences of my actions and accept any fate that may come.


If you care to come along
If anyone else wants to join me in this journey, they are welcome to do so.


Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door
I am moving forward quickly towards a decisive moment or confrontation with my father, who likely represents a significant authority figure in my life.


I've been lyin' in the bright lights
I have been living in a world of excess and stimulation, and it has taken its toll on me.


See my shadow from below
I am struggling to recognize my true self and my place in the world.


Never wanted from another man
I do not depend on anyone else for my happiness or success.


Never wanted from my own
I am content with what I have and do not strive for more than I need.


Drownin' in the risin' tide in my father's door
I feel overwhelmed by my situation and the expectations placed upon me by my father, which threatens to consume me entirely.


Through a window to the last mile
As I approach the end of my journey or life, I am able to see everything more clearly and reflect on my experiences.


Little picture on the wall
I am reminded of the fleeting nature of human life and the importance of cherishing the memories and moments that matter.


From the banks on the far side
Looking at my life from a different perspective or distance allows me to gain a new understanding of it.


See the lights come ashore
There is hope and new beginnings on the horizon for me.


Racin' from the risin' tide to my father's door
I am trying to escape the pressures and expectations imposed on me by my father and my past, and create my own path and destiny.


Racin' with the risin' tide to my father's door
I am still charging ahead towards my ultimate confrontation with my father, but with more determination and self-awareness than before.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: RITCHIE BLACKMORE, JON LORD, IAN PAICE, NICHOLAS SIMPER

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Eduardo Elías Ramírez Canales

old memories, bad decisions, leaving the city and home, with the illusion that things will be different and better, and realizing that if you are not awake and trying to do your best, things will not be different... Everything is better now, this song reminds of my own evolution

M. 2018

Still one of the best songs ever written.....

Investigate mermaids

You're on it

Tommy Dewitt

Your so fucking right

Tommy Dewitt

I love thinking about my dad when I hear this. I can’t love this song enough.

The Hippie Capitalist

What an amazing track 🔥

ML

Why isn’t this on Spotify? 😭

ShutYourEyes

It was there a long time ago, it's an absolute shame they removed it

heathenbreathinfire

Loving BRMC brought me here...they are one of the only awesome rock bands left that is newer. With the dearth of commercial music that ain't kiddie crap made by a fucking 3rd grader on a xylophone with lyrics that sound like a nursery rhyme, new bands that actually get exposure outside of their home area has been tough to find unless you reallly dig for it. Thank god for bands like BRMC. Loved all of their albums, and even though two of the songs on Howl are among my absolute faves (this one and Still Suspicion Holds you Tight) Take Them On, On Your Own was the first album I ever bought by them and I still love every song on there, so that one'll always hold the most special place in my heart. Same with amazing post-grunge bands like Days of the New. I keep hoping Travis'll come back. Esp now that although they at least finally released their awesome fourth album Shifter, during 2020, the drummer of my favorite band Hum, died last year.

Piborg Heredia

I was listening to this one just when my aunt told me grand daddy was dead, 9 years ago

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