As the sun comes up, as the moon goes downThese heavy notions creep aroundIt makes me think, long agoI was brought into this life a little lambA little lambCourageous, stumblingFearless was my middle nameBut somewhere there I lost my wayEveryone walks the sameExpecting me to stepThe narrow path they’ve laidThey claim toWalk unafraidI’ll be clumsy insteadHold me love me or leave me high
 
Say “keep within the boundaries if you want to play”Say “contradiction only makes it harder”How can I beWhat I want To be?When all I want to do is strip awayThese stilled constraintsAnd crush this charadeShred this sad masqueradeI don’t need no persuadingI’ll trip, fall, pick myself up andWalk unafraidI’ll be clumsy insteadHold me love me or leave me high
 
If I have a bag of rocks to carry as I goI just want to hold my head up highI don’t care what I have to step overI’m prepared to look you in the eyeLook me in the eyeAnd if you see familiarityThen celebrate the contradictionHelp me when I fall toWalk unafraidI’ll be clumsy insteadHold my love or leave me highWalk unafraidI’ll be clumsy insteadHold me love me or leave me high
 

Songwriters: Michael Stipe / Mike Mills / Peter Buck

Walk Unafraid lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Why this song?

This one always moves me. Brilliant lyrics. - Mac

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