Trapped, no shield, no sword
The unbeaten path got my soul so sore

from The Roots – Walk Alone Lyrics on Rap Genius


The shield and sword are a reference to the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13). He’s trying to deal with life without faith. The “unbeaten path” is a path still crowded with bushes, representing the tests one faces without the proper plan or backing of God. Note also the soul/sole wordplay

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