Standing Outside the Fire

By Garth Brooks
Released December 1993
One of his greatest hits
Reached #3 on the Country Billboards in 1994
Co-written with Jenny Yates
We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk the tables being turned
We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always comes with getting burned
But you've got to be tough when consumed by
'Cause it's not enough just to stand outside the
We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall
We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all
They're so hell-bent on giving ,walking a wire
Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire
There's this love that is burning
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can't abide
Standing outside the fire
“Life is not tried, it is merely
If you're standing outside the fire”
You are just going through the
motions if you don’t put yourself
out there and risk getting hurt.
The message-Don’t be content where you are
because you have to take risks to make
relationships happen.
This message doesn’t only have to apply to
- It’s important to
live life to the
Someone who believes it is necessary to take
risks in relationships.
The speaker is a boy because they are the
ones expected to take that risk and start a
Could be any age
Stands for relationships and the danger involved
with them
People who “stand outside the fire”- people
who don’t take chances on relationships
People who are “dancing in the flames”- people
who are taking that risk
A, B, B, C, A, D, D, C
Adds enjoyment to the song
Helps one to remember the words
Gives the song a flow
“Constantly yearning to get out of
Wanting to fly, higher and higher”
Love can’t actually want anything.
Allows the listener to see the extent of this
man’s love.
Gives love a new meaning, making it more real
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo has a forbidden love
He had to take a risk to have a relationship with
Juliet because of the family feud
He believed that the risk was worth it for the
love he felt.
Speaker of this Song
Couldn’t stand outside the
fire, not take risks
Loved Juliet- a Capulet,
This was a big risk
Had a deep love that he
wanted to show
Had a love so deep for
Juliet he was willing to die
By: William Shakespeare
Juliet: I would not for the world they saw thee
Romeo: And but thou love me, let them find me
here; My life were better ended by their hate,
than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.