I am a cinematographer
I am a cinematographer
O, I am a cinematographer
O, I am a cinematographer

And I walked away from New York city
And I walked away from everything that's good
And I walked away from everything I leaned on
Only to find it's made of wood, made of wood

And I was a big ol' bear once
O, I was a big ol' bear once
O, I was a big ol' bear once
O, I was a big ol' bear once

And I walked away from California
And I walked away from everything that's shown
And I walked away from everything I lived for
Only to find everything had grown, everything had grown

Now, I am a cinematographer
O, I am a cinematographer
O, I am a cinematographer
O, I am a cinematographer

If you were alone
You could walk away from Louisville alon


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    General CommentI have no idea what this song means...but it's very emotional and beautiful. I think it's one of those songs where you just have to focus on how it all makes you feel, rather than trying to interpret the words.
    DubC4Lifeon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCinematographer - A movie photographer, especially one who is in charge of shooting a movie.

    Since we know Will is not a cinematographer, it's safe to assume that he's making a metaphor where the cinematographer in this song is the guy in charge of his own movie, i.e. moving the camera in his own life.

    The song is a great tribute to the idea of finding yourself - walking away from and going to the places you need to, and finding yourself in a constantly changing world. My favorite line is "only to find it was made of wood" because that's Will's signature line open for total interpretation. Similar in ideology to Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill"
    sidneycartonon January 10, 2008   Link

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