"Lost In America" as written by and William Paul Deasy....
Snow on the railroad tracks
Dogs in the moonlight
Stoned out on Kerouac
Tryin' to get it just right

A phone in a dim lit room
Rings out forever
In a time that was still too soon
But why should he care?
He had a rambling soul
He drank a bottle of cheap wine
Turned up his collar to the cold
And waited, he waited for a sign

Fueled by amphetamines
And visions of beauty
As far as the eye could see
Was all that he strived for

A waitress in Tennessee
Said he looked like Jesus
He silenced her raging sea
Then walked out the door
He had a rambling soul
He drank a bottle of cheap wine
Turned up his collar to the cold
And waited, he waited for a sign

Under an open sky
He stands with his eyes closed
If anyone asked him why
He would not know
He's lost in America
Hell bent for no place
A rusty harmonica
That won't even play
He's lost in America


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"Lost in America" as written by William Paul Deasy

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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song and it is definitely based on Kerouac's writings. Let's look closely at this song:

    "Snow on the railroad tracks/Dogs in the moonlight" He is a hobo, a drifter riding the rails or walking them on a winter's night.

    "Stoned out on Kerouac/ Tryin' to get it just right"
    He is literate and he has read Kerouac. Maybe he is trying to follow in Kerouac's footsteps.

    "A phone in a dim lit room /Rings out forever"
    He has left home?

    "He had a rambling soul /He drank a bottle of cheap wine" No doubt he is a wanderer. And an alcoholic or perhaps cheap wine is all he can afford.

    "Turned up his collar to the cold/And waited, he waited for a sign"

    It is winter, and he's searching.

    "Fueled by amphetamines /And visions of beauty
    As far as the eye could see /Was all that he strived for"

    Hmmm, a problem with drugs too? And is he aiming for the world?

    "A waitress in Tennessee /Said he looked like Jesus"

    He is unkempt, or perhaps she thinks he's her saviour?

    "He silenced her raging sea /Then walked out the door /He had a rambling soul"

    He loved her and left her because he's a drifter. But I've never seen that expressed so deeply. I have no doubt that it was passionate!

    "Under an open sky /He stands with his eyes closed
    If anyone asked him why /He would not know
    He's lost in America /Hell bent for no place
    A rusty harmonica /That won't even play
    He's lost in America..."

    I see him on a hilltop or maybe in an open field under a vast sky. As I've said before, he is searching for something. Perhaps he doesn't even know what.
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon December 03, 2007   Link

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