To be on the safe side
To be on the safe side (English) — To avoid risks
"To be on the safe side" in lyrics
Since everything that comes out of his<fn>using "his" as the neutral default, since no gender is expressed in the original.</fn>mouth
Is just to give himself credit.
To live a life in fear<fn>to be on the safe side or to never take any risks.</fn>
Is a life half lived<fn>I tend to think of "Namen" as one's own character. 'The outcome of one's character when "playing it safe" will never be known' is my interpretation of the line.</fn>
Don't ever be afraid to write your own destiny<fn>lit. song</fn>