Passing Harsher Blog Breakdown: No Getting Back

This post is part of the ongoing blog breakdown series where I dive into the official lyrics, stories and thoughts that inspired the lyrics for the recently released Passing Harsher album. If you haven’t yet, give the record a spin on bandcamp and jump back to the first blog on this record by clicking this handy link.

Today we’re talking about track 7 on the record: No Getting Back.

Listen to the album in full on bandcamp!

Stream “No Getting Back” and then read on for the official lyrics and my blog breakdown.

No Getting Back (Official Lyrics)

Standing on the backroads of the valley
Hoping that they stop and turn my way
Broken down, holding onto nothing

And they say
Something’s gotta change
And they say
Hey, hey it’s not too late
When you’ve been trying so long to escape
It’s easy to get in your own way

Spun clean off the ramp and flew into a flat
Six times the limit, no getting back
Never been in worse shape than that

Track 7 picks up not long after where Track 6 left off.

Our protagonist in “No Getting Back” – let’s call him Jeremy? – didn’t take the end result of the “Space” conversation well. Not well at all.

Jeremy’s in pretty rough shape. He’s found himself all alone on some back roads and while we don’t know quite what’s happened yet, we know he’s feeling pretty down and out; “holding onto nothing” isn’t quite so literal, here. He’s losing faith in something, or someone.

But in the chorus, all is not lost. We approach Jeremy with some compassion and understanding and want to help him out of this situation he’s found himself in.

So what happened?

Jeremy was so upset he went high-speed racing down the highway amidst his troubles. He compeltely lost control of his vehicle and not only veered off the on-ramp, but crash landed into someone’s house. To the best of our knowledge, no one was inside at the time (thank God, right?).

You know that car’s in rough shape and the side of that house is knicked up real good, but Jeremy is still standing – and well enough to have gotten him away from the crash site to find both some clarity and some help.

The message to take away from “No Getting Back” is that as long as you’re still standing, there is a case to be made for your redemption, no matter how bad the damage seems.

Next time we’re breaking down the last track on the album – “Where I’m Going”.

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