The Line
Lisa Stansfield Lyrics


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I look at the sky to where my future's lying
And I almost start to cry
Blinded by the sun I'm trying to hold onto
The very last of precious time

Then I start to thinking what a mess we're making
And it won't get better by & by
Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We cannot overstep the line

[Chorus:]
We cannot overstep
We cannot overstep the
We cannot overstep the line

So many baby's arms with nothing to hold onto
But just a precious flake of life
You think you care about them
They think you care about them
But thinking's only wasting time

If we really want to say the things we want to
It takes a bigger man to try
Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We cannot overstep the line

(Chorus)

Well politicians sit and pretend they give a shit while
Little men go out to die
The only arms they're hugging are the ones they're running
Later to be justified

I say I don't mind
You say you don't mind
But what about the babies and what about the sunshine
Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We cannot overstep the line

(Chorus)

Say I don't mind
You say you don't mind
But what about the babies and what about the sunshine
Well we can point it up and make it pretty but
We cannot overstep the line





(Chorus)

Overall Meaning

In Lisa Stansfield's song "The Line", she contemplates the state of the world and the consequences of human actions. As she looks to the sky and thinks about her future, she feels overwhelmed and on the verge of tears. She acknowledges the mess that humanity has made and the fact that our situation will not improve if we continue down the same path. Although it may be tempting to try and cover up the damage we have done, we cannot hide the truth or deny the consequences. The chorus, "we cannot overstep the line", serves as a warning to listeners that there are limits to what we can do without causing irreparable harm.


Stansfield also touches on the issue of inequality, specifically referencing "baby's arms" as a symbol of innocence and vulnerability. She suggests that people may claim to care about those less fortunate, but in reality, their actions do not match their words. The song also critiques politicians and leaders who claim to care about their constituents but ultimately send them to war and justify their deaths. Stansfield urges listeners to think about the impact of their actions, especially on future generations.


Line by Line Meaning

I look at the sky to where my future's lying
I am contemplating my future.


And I almost start to cry
My future seems uncertain and I am almost emotional about it.


Blinded by the sun I'm trying to hold onto
Despite being distracted, I am trying to hold onto my identity.


The very last of precious time
I have limited time to make decisions about my future.


Then I start to thinking what a mess we're making
I reflect on the impact of our actions and how it affects us all.


And it won't get better by & by
I fear that the situation will not improve anytime soon.


Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We can try to make things look better, but...


We cannot overstep the line
We cannot cross the line and compromise our values and beliefs.


So many baby's arms with nothing to hold onto
So many people have nothing to hold onto for comfort and hope.


But just a precious flake of life
The only thing they cling to is the precious gift of life.


You think you care about them
You claim to care about those people,


They think you care about them
But the people feel neglected and unimportant.


But thinking's only wasting time
Merely thinking about a problem won't solve it.


If we really want to say the things we want to
If we truly desire to express ourselves,


It takes a bigger man to try
It takes great courage to speak up and take action.


Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We can try to make things look better, but...


We cannot overstep the line
We cannot compromise our values and beliefs.


(Chorus)
We must not cross the line.


Well politicians sit and pretend they give a shit while
Politicians only pretend to care while


Little men go out to die
The common people are the ones who suffer and die in wars.


The only arms they're hugging are the ones they're running
The arms of death embrace them as they run into wars.


Later to be justified
Their deaths may be rationalized afterward, but it is too late for them.


I say I don't mind
I may act like I don't care,


You say you don't mind
But you also pretend that you don't care.


But what about the babies and what about the sunshine
What about the people who are always affected by our actions?


Well we can paint it up and make it pretty but
We can try to make things look better, but...


We cannot overstep the line
We must not cross the line of ethical reasoning.


(Chorus)
We must not cross the line.


Say I don't mind
I may act like I don't care,


You say you don't mind
But you also pretend that you don't care.


But what about the babies and what about the sunshine
What about the people who are always affected by our actions?


Well we can point it up and make it pretty but
We can try to make things look better, but...


We cannot overstep the line
We must not cross the line and compromise our values and beliefs.


(Chorus)
We must not cross the line.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: IAN OWEN DEVANEY, LISA JANE STANSFIELD, T. GAMWELLS

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