“When I fall” is a lyrical song written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. It is about a window washer who is at a critical moment in his life. The song is structured in such a way that a progression and transformation is seen in the window washers troubles from worrisome to life threatening. The window washer is the persona of the poem, and in the first stanza he expresses a
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a pleasant stream of consciousness.
Overall, I think Ed Robertson and Steven page wanted to depict those moments in life that everyone has where they want to make a radical change. Im sure many of you have felt that way at one time or another and I know that I definitley have. This however, is an extreme case in that the window washer contemplates suicide. Like most cases however, there is no major life alteration.