Barricade
Interpol Lyrics


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I did not take to analysis so
I had to make up my mind
And hold it for a while
I would not just leave you without a kiss
But I guess there must come a time
When there's no more tears to cry

Thieves and snakes need homes
Need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away
To keep us away, it kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away
Keep us away

I could not lean on the politics
'Cause I didn't want to train my eye
To hold so short a time
Oh so high, just don't know where
The blind could lead the sightless
But I still like to witness
Thieves and snakes need homes
Need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away
To keep us away, it kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away
Keep us away

Full speed half blind full tilt decline
We turn to past times
Full speed half blind

(You know us)
(You know us)
(I'm sorry)
(Say I'm sorry)

Sometimes it feel like a barricade
To keep us away
To keep us away, it kind of does
And how much steel can you fabricate
To keep us away
You know us

Full speed half blind full tilt decline
We turn to past times full speed half blind




Full speed half blind full tilt decline
Onto all time full speed half blind

Overall Meaning

The song "Barricade" by Interpol tells a story about holding onto love even when it feels like there's a barricade preventing it from happening. The lyrics state "I did not take to analysis so I had to make up my mind and hold it for a while, I would not just leave you without a kiss but I guess there must come a time when there's no more tears to cry". The singer is struggling with conflicting emotions and trying to make sense of their feelings. They admit to not wanting to rely on politics, but they also do not know where their blindness could lead them. The song progresses to the chorus where the lyrics become more desperate and direct, stating "It starts to feel like a barricade, to keep us away, keep us away".


As the song goes on, the singer starts to become more self-aware and realizes that the barricade could be self-made. The lines "sometimes it feels like a barricade to keep us away, and how much steel can you fabricate to keep us away" suggest that the barricade could be a result of fear or insecurity. The song ends on a slightly ambiguous note with the lines "full speed half blind full tilt decline, onto all time full speed half blind". This could either be a realization that the barricade is too high to break down, or it could be a call to action to keep going regardless of the obstacles.


Overall, "Barricade" is a powerful and thought-provoking song about the struggle to hold onto love in the face of adversity. The themes of self-doubt, fear, and the power of emotion are all explored through the lyrics, making this song a testament to the human condition.


Line by Line Meaning

I did not take to analysis so
I didn't analyze the situation deeply, so


I had to make up my mind
I had to make a decision


And hold it for a while
And stick to it for some time


I would not just leave you without a kiss
I don't want to leave you without saying goodbye


But I guess there must come a time
But I know that sometimes there's no other option


When there's no more tears to cry
When everything that could be done has been done


Thieves and snakes need homes
Even bad people need somewhere to live


Barricade
But sometimes we need to keep them out


It starts to feel like a barricade
It feels like we're building a wall to keep others out


To keep us away
To keep us from danger, or from other people


To keep us away, it kind of does
It's working, to some extent


I could not lean on the politics
I couldn't rely on the political system


'Cause I didn't want to train my eye
Because I didn't want to become jaded


To hold so short a time
To only last a short time


Oh so high, just don't know where
Ambitious, but not sure of the right direction


The blind could lead the sightless
People without vision or understanding can lead others without it too


But I still like to witness
But I still want to see what happens


Sometimes it feel like a barricade
At times, it feels like we're building a wall


And how much steel can you fabricate
How far can we go to keep others out


You know us
You know what we're capable of


Full speed half blind full tilt decline
We were moving fast, without thinking, and headed towards failure


We turn to past times
We look back to see where things went wrong


Onto all time full speed half blind
We keep moving forward without learning from our mistakes




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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@celisrivera

I did not take to analysis
So I had to make up my mind and hold it for a while
I would not just leave you without a kiss
But I guess there must come a time, when there's no more tears to cry
Thieves and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, to keep us away
It kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away

I could not lean on the politics
'Cause I didn't want to train my eye to hold so short a time
Oh so high, just don't know where the blind could lead the sightless
But I still like to witness
Thieves and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, to keep us away
It kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind

You know us
You know us
And we said....
I'm sorry
Say I'm sorry

Sometimes it feels like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away
It kind of does
How much fear can you fabricate
To keep us away, keep us away
You know us

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
On to old times
Full speed, half blind



@TiagoPatula84

I did not take to analysis 
So I had to make up my mind and hold it for a while
I would not just leave you without a kiss
But I guess there must come a time, when there's no more tears to cry
Thieves and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade 
To keep us away, to keep us away
It kind of does 
It starts to feel like a barricade 
To keep us away, keep us away

I could not lean on the politics
'Cause I didn't want to train my eye to hold so short a time
Oh so high, just don't know where the blind could lead the sightless
But I still like to witness
Thieves and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricade

It starts to feel like a barricade 
To keep us away, to keep us away
It kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade 
To keep us away, keep us away

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind 

You know us
You know us
And we said....
I'm sorry
Say I'm sorry

Sometimes it feels like a barricade 
To keep us away, keep us away
It kind of does 
How much fear can you fabricate
To keep us away, keep us away
You know us

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt, decline
On to old times
Full speed, half blind



All comments from YouTube:

@PatchTM983

This is one of the greatest songs ever made. The world slept on Interpol.

@calebsherman9255

Right here with ya. Love these guys.

@xshadowscreamx

Isent this the album that is least liked in their collection.

@calebsherman9255

@@xshadowscreamx according to who?

@simonepereiradefigueiredod473

🐤🐤🐤🐃






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@enseriov9402

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@erickminor

Intoxicating song by a truly talented group of musicians. Yes, Carlos is gone; but all things change, for better or worse. Interpol is one of the most underrated bands of today.

@interpol_italia_official

Happy anniversary BARRICADE! Released on August 3, 2010.
Beautiful song and videoclip! 💙

@TheEsdaniel

🎉

@The_InfantMalePollockFrancis

Interpol has aged SO well

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