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"Dear Bobbie" is a sweet tribute to lifelong love, with spoken interludes by an old man reminding his aging wife of their courtship. The singer is committed to "Fighting" for a relationship even though his partner wants to call it quits. He's also willing to make a supreme sacrifice for a loved one on "Light Up the Sky." The title track offers to burn down walls that separate us. The theme of helping others in times of emotional need runs through this disc. For example, "Cut Me, Mick" credits someone for providing clarity ("You're the one thing that always pulls me through"), and "Keeper" asks if "I could be someone to turn to that could never hurt you."
On the grim, possibly metaphorical "You, Me and One Spotlight," a couple prepares for a night of intimacy as if it will be their last in a world about to end. Opening lines of "Afraid" vaguely suggest a sexual encounter.
The cautious optimism of Paper Walls falls somewhere between the band's buoyant Ocean Avenue and the more despairing Lights and Sounds. A pair of ambiguous songs caused us to cock an eyebrow, but it's pretty solid.