Cracks In The Pavement
Duran Duran Lyrics


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I shed my skin when the party was about to begin
I'm light years away but I'm walking back tonight of all nights
When I should be feeling just right
Don't wanna be in public my head is full of chopstick I don't like it
Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I'd run too far

Somebody's shaking my tree, maybe that somebody is me
I'm standing in the light but I'm making a break for the shadows on the cinema wall
They should be mine but I'm not that tall
Now I'm saying this in private if I had a car I'd drive it insane

Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I've run too far
Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I've run too far

I'm looking for cracks in the pavement

Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I've run too far
Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I've run too far




Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I've run too far

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Duran Duran's song "Cracks in the Pavement" describe a sense of internal turmoil and restlessness. The opening lines, "I shed my skin when the party was about to begin / I'm light years away but I'm walking back tonight of all nights / When I should be feeling just right," suggest that the singer is struggling to connect with their surroundings and is perhaps feeling out of place. They describe feeling overwhelmed - "my head is full of chopstick I don't like it" - and experiencing an intense need to escape their current situation.


As the song progresses, the singer grapples with their feelings of displacement and dissatisfaction. The lyrics "I'm standing in the light but I'm making a break for the shadows on the cinema wall / They should be mine but I'm not that tall" suggest that the singer feels as though they are on the cusp of success or achievement, but are somehow held back by their own limitations or insecurities. The repeated refrain, "Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before / Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I'd run too far" underscores this sense of inner turmoil, as the singer struggles to come to terms with their own thoughts and emotions.


Ultimately, the song concludes with the singer searching for "cracks in the pavement," a metaphor for finding clarity or insight in the midst of confusion and uncertainty. Throughout the song, Duran Duran's lyrics and driving synth-pop sound create a powerful sense of urgency and discomfort, capturing the restless energy of the singer's inner turmoil.


Line by Line Meaning

I shed my skin when the party was about to begin
I tried to change myself and start anew when a new chapter was about to start in my life.


I'm light years away but I'm walking back tonight of all nights
Although I feel distant from where I once was, I am returning to that place tonight despite my reservations.


When I should be feeling just right
Despite things seemingly lining up how they should, I still feel off.


Don't wanna be in public my head is full of chopstick I don't like it
I don't want to be around other people, as my thoughts are jumbled and uncomfortable.


Something on my mind breaking open doors I've sealed up before
Something I can't ignore is causing me to reexamine things I had previously locked away.


Something on my mind makes me run when I thought I'd run too far
This thing is causing me to flee, even when I thought I had already gone as far as I could.


Somebody's shaking my tree, maybe that somebody is me
I feel like something is shaking up my life, but maybe it's just my own actions causing the chaos.


I'm standing in the light but I'm making a break for the shadows on the cinema wall
Although I am in a good place in life, I am still drawn to darker thoughts and situations.


They should be mine but I'm not that tall
The good things in life should be within my reach, but for some reason they seem out of reach.


Now I'm saying this in private if I had a car I'd drive it insane
I am only willing to share my innermost thoughts in a private setting. If I had a car, I would use it to escape my problems.


I'm looking for cracks in the pavement
I am searching for small imperfections in my life, even if they are hard to find.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ANDY TAYLOR, JOHN TAYLOR, NICK RHODES, ROGER ANDREW TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON

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@eloisebate171

Fantastic album ❤

@frankelcecil9177

This song is so underrated its untrue.Epitome of Duran Duran.Sheer mystique.

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We love Duran Duran, this was a great Album in the 80's along with RIO.

@jenniepage6654

Listening to Duran Duran during Corona lockdown. Fab album, takes me right back as a Durannie in the 80's. Love them still.

@daviddeacon8544

Tonight of all nights!

@deadpaul6415

Nostalgia pouring out of me 💙

@daviddeacon6396

somethin' on my mind

@MsConstrued1

it's a killer song, and I listen to death metal.

@daviddeacon6396

DEATH METAL DURAN DURAN sorry! i sometimes do.. love me some 80s and heavy metal and hair metal

@deadpaul6415

You de man 😎

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