Anselmo told Metal Assault
that he didn't want to make the lyrical content easy to interpret. "I didn't want to spoon-feed the reader saying this is exactly what it's about," he said, "If you look at even the title track and the name of the record Walk Through Exits Only
, I picked that because first of all, it was in my opinion just a strong line within a song. When I was first writing that song, that line just stuck out for me and I decided to call the song and the album that because it could mean a million different things to a million different people. I'm not going to place an absolute concrete meaning upon it. It's something that people are going to have to take themselves and apply it to their own lives. So, I wanted to be an architect but let people finish the building, so to speak."