"Lost on Yer Merry Way" as written by and J Lytle....
Trouble with a capital T
"Tie him down," they said
But tired ain't for me

Let this one fly

I wonder what they'll make of me
When I'm good and gone in song
In God's country

Let this one fly

Off on yer merry way
Often a lotta days
Lost on yer merry way
Cause unrevealed and never known
And never known

Trouble with people like me
Tie 'em down and then
They vanish instantly

Let this one fly

It's really no problem, you see
When the sky ignites
And your days crash quietly

Let this one fly

Off on a merry way
Often a lotta days
Lost on yer merry way
Cause unrevealed and tucked away

On yer merry way
Often a lotta days
Lost on yer merry way
Cause unrevealed and never known

All that I'm askin' tonight
Is that I make it back home alive
No explosions, no crashes, no fights
I want to get back home
Back home
Back home
Back home tonight


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"Lost on Yer Merry Way" as written by Jason Lytle

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    General Comment"all that i'm askin' tonight, is that i make it back home alive, no explosions no crashes, no fights, i wanna get back home, back home, back home tonight....."

    beautiful.
    ieatseedson February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReally a classic Grandaddy song, as the person above said, 'beautiful.' It's really straight forward to me, my interpretation being that it's the thoughts of the writer riding through the night, feeling very lost and a little lonely. I think a lot of it invloves that time alone you have with yourself, just sitting in silence and looking out the window, thinking about things like mortality. (Which you manage to avoid thinking about when in a crowd)

    That's what it means to me, anyhow.
    imajaron February 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this and many other grandaddy songs seem to have this collective theme about getting back home.. I think this could be simply due to the amount of touring the band does and them missing their home land which they're obviously very passionate about. imajar; to me it's the time alone in peace in your comfortable place that the band seem to be depriving in this song, and the mortality thing - well i think their views are highly outlined in 'ok with my decay'
    leonperkinon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about someone trying to deal with a fear of flying.
    liznlairon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a person with a fear of commitment "Trouble with people like me, Tie 'em down and then they vanish instantly/ Let this one fly"
    Lucanioon August 23, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI heard this song while in something of an identity crisis, and for the first time it started to make a little sense to me. Tying me down is, in my mind, as good as breaking me. It just can't be done, in any sense. My parents, my boyfriends, my fiance, and its caused something of a conflict between everyone i know. It's an inability to change, no desire to change, and a lack of respect for the people who you care for when you won't compromise who you are and your selfish tendencies. So for me, tying me down would change me, i would disappear. but I am, undeniably on my merry way, causing havoc in the wake behind me, and I can't quite figure out what it is about me that I'm so determined not to give up that I won't make the compromises that would make others around me happier. getting back home for me is metaphorical, because every day i make it seems like a little miracle lately. Doing whatever I want in an effort to make myself happy, causing little explosions and still tearing on. Home is a place of comfort and happiness, which is nowhere I look anymore. I just have to keep my head on, which is difficult, and truck forward until i find what it is that I'm either looking for or will reconcile this struggle within myself. That's how i see it. It's entirely 100% biased, but the song makes me feel like someone can identify when i view it that way.
    Marck1022on July 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think like someone said, it's about a fear of flying, but also seems like a fear of settling down and a lament of a relationship/marriage ending as they thought they had their partner tied down but their behavior led to them leaving. And just generally the feeling of not knowing what you're really doing, and get stuck in a rut, similar to "The 'Go' in Go-For-It" and "I'm on Standby"
    PairOFishon June 03, 2017   Link

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