Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo told RIP magazine in October 1991: "That was our delving into vampirism: 'By day we'll live in a dream / Walk with me, and we'll walk in the shadows.' It's talking about joining the dark side. This song is also about infatuation. It's speaking to a woman: 'You're through with me, I'm not through with you / We've had what others might call love / You can't stay away, you need me like I need you / When the fire starts, the pain's too much for your mind.' We were all reading the Vampire Chronicles around that time. Our music has always had a sort of dark flavor to it. Even when we write a love song, it's usually obsessive in nature."
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Rage For Order very likely draws its name from the poem The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens. The poem deals with trying to make sense out of all the jumbled and confusing aspects of reality.
Although Chris DeGarmo and lead singer Geoff Tate served as the main songwriters for Queensryche (Tate left in 2012), "Walk in the Shadows" shares songwriting credits with guitarist Michael Wilton, along with several other songs off the album.