Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In
(© Words by Mike Tanner, Music by Mike Tanner and Andy Hill)

There goes a man who kept his fears inside him
There goes a man who tried so hard to be strong
And he left behind a family still wondering why heís gone
Painted his portrait in the dark every evening
Firing accusations holding onto the guilt
Till the image got too big
It destroyed everything he built
We donít know if he fought for the solution that he found
Or hesitated for a moment before his body left the ground

We were outside looking in
Outside looking in
He tried everything he could
But it was something that he just couldnít win

Now the friends of his children are respecting his memory
But in quiet conversation they will bring up his name
In their wisdom they decided he got too caught up in his own selfish game
So the public looks for answers to a personal question
Itís too hard to understand maybe he needed a rest
He gave birth to those demons
Just to struggle with them till the death
Held captive in this empty world through lifelong decree
He was living out his sentence till the day he was set free

And heíd be outside looking in
Outside looking in
He tried everything he could
But it was something that he just couldnít win

A man so blind canít be guided by the light of reason
And logic lies dead beneath the weight of such terrible fear

We stand in a circle, we stand in the rain
We stand to remember his emotional pain
We stand to believe we will never forget again
So the crowds and dominions melt away with the ashes
Monuments will crumble to the shifting sands
And the memory recedes from the trials of one lost man

Who was outside looking in
Outside looking in
He tried everything he could
But it was something that he just couldnít win
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