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Tightrope Lyrics Meanings
by Leon Russell


Tightrope Lyrics

I'm up on the tightrope , one sides hate and one is hope
It's a circus game with you and me.
I'm up on the tightwire , linked by life and the funeral pyre
But the tophat on my head is all you see.

And the wire seems to be the only place for me
A comedy of errors and I'm falling
Like a rubber neck giraffe, you look into my past
Well, baby you're just too blind to see.

I'm up in the spotlight, oh does it feel right
The altitude seems to really get to me.
I'm up on the tightwire linked by life and the funeral pyre
Putting on a show for you to see.

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I think Leon meant that, whomever he wrote the song for was more enthralled with his image as a rock star than with him as a real person. The tophat on his head , which was his iconic regalia back then, was all that she saw. I think he was pretty sick of the games by the time he wrote this song. These type of songs are usually a hit because so many people can relate to the story line. Leon rules by the way...

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