The lyrics could have different literal and figurative meanings.
Take a look, see the man who's alone in his prison cell
There he sits, sits with his head in his hands
He is not allowed to have contact with anyone
Just a guard who abuses him everyday.
So he sits, wasting his time in this prison cell
His sentence is to be here for life
He looks up, sees the sky through the window above his head
It's the only thing that gets him through each day.
Can it be from me I must depart?
I am here imprisoned by my heart.
So he sits, thinking back to before his captivity
To a time when his life had more meaning than now
He was free, but he took for granted his freedom
But now, this life sentence changed that.
How can I from me now depart?
How can I be free from my own heart?
So, what do you think is this jail cell?
Is it real, or only a trick of the mind?
And the bars, will they hold him securely forever?
And the key, is it something that he'll ever find?
How can I from me ever depart?
So I must work within the bounds of my own heart.
from The Secret Place
released March 11, 2017
Music and lyrics by Scott Gillham
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