"One Prairie Outpost" as written by and Scott Andrew Milstead Terrell H. Clark....
Not been here since I was a boy
The sky unwrapped, the world my toy
A movie reel a million miles long
On and on...

Scene after scene passes by my life
The window's a wound. The road is a knife
The irony, ask me, 'where have you been?'
I don't know, I don't know
Because I don't know where to begin

Too much to do, too much to see
Pictures to take, people to meet
When there's so much space in between
It overwhelms me

Scene after scene passes by my life
The window's a wound. The road is a knife
The irony, ask me, 'where have you been?'
I don't know, I don't know
Because I don't know where to begin

Not been here since I was a boy
Now heart full of fear and a mask of painted joy
So much for these youthful eyes to see
So much for peace and tranquility

One Prairie Outpost, you are how I feel...
Alone in a flatland 'tween the dream and the real
The irony, ask me, 'where have you been?'
I don't know, I don't know
Because I don't know where to begin
I don't know where to begin


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"One Prairie Outpost" as written by Carter Gravatt Barry Thomas Privett

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    General CommentWhat a nice, bittersweet song. I think it's him reflecting on his life, the travelling lifestyle. He seems to enjoy the rush, but also miss the tranquility of normal life.

    Tranquility that never tends to exist in real life anyway, but hey.
    Richard_6on February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit may mean something about going home after a long trip but like the other guy , travelling
    willsfrancison April 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it might mean where the band is (carbon leaf) and where they are trying to go. its a great metaphor if you think of it like this. a small prairie outpost "alone in a flatland between the dream and the real."
    willsfrancison November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me, it reminds me of moving across country as a kid, and now as an adult, finding myself in a place that I haven't been since I was a child, as I travel the same roads I did when I was young. If someone asks me "where have I been.", I would probably answer just as this song goes: I don't know because I don't know where to begin.
    cascadia4on July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my utmost favorite Carbon Leaf song for personal reason. But beyond that, I see this as a story told from the eyes of an old man. "The irony asks me, where have you been? I don't know, I don't know, because I don't know where to begin." He's been everywhere in his life, that it seems the innocense of his childhood has escaped him. Perhaps he's not actually visiting his childhood home, but reflecting on the "realm" of his childhood long lost; meditating on what he hasn't even though of in so many years. "So much for peace and tranquility." He feels growing up has hardened his soul from that innocence of the world that was in his childhood eyes.
    Strydeon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't really figure out why the window's a wound and the road is a knife. Is it because the road (all the traveling he has done) has taken away his peace and tranquility? The window is a wound caused by the road/traveling...hmm. So I guess he no longer thinks of the world a toy but too much of something too good to see. He must heal the wound by staying in one place for a while? It's my best guess.
    singlebarrel94on July 17, 2010   Link

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