"wasn't born to follow" as written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin....
No I'd rather go and journey
Where the diamond crescent's glowing
And run across the valley
Beneath the sacred mountain
And wander through the forest
Where the trees have leaves of prisms
That break the sight up into colors
That no one know the names of

And when it's time I'll go and lay
Beside the legendary fountain
Till I see her form reflected
In its clear and gentle waters
And if you think I'm ready
You may lead me to the chasm
Where the rivers of our visions
Flow into one another

And I'll stay awhile and wonder
At the mist that they created
And lose myself within it
Cleanse my mind and body
And I know at this moment
As I stand in that cathedral
I will want to dive
Beneath the white cascading water

She may beg and she may plead
And she may argue with her logic
Mention all the things I'll lose
That really have no value
Though I doubt that she will ever
Come to understand my meaning
In the end she'll surely know
I was not born to follow



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"Wasn't Born to Follow" as written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin

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    General CommentGood song by the byrds. It's really a little anthem of country and talking about traveling from place to place.

    It's also(as said from above) from the 1969 film, "Easy Rider" soundtrack. It fit perfectly in the film.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon April 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood ole nature loving song, Its on easy rider movie with dennis fucking hopper
    good hippy jam
    necrophageon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is all about getting out on the open road and just traveling. The only bad thing about this song is that it's too short! "Easy Rider" is a great movie, and this song fits it perfectly.
    sgtpepper4077on November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best road songs, with or without the Easy Rider context. It's about not being able to stay in one place or with one woman indefinitely.

    All the versions I've heard (about 2 minutes long) lack the lyrics from "And I'll stay awhile... (to) ...as I stand in that cathedral," and instead have a distorted guitar bridge in that section.
    Nick_Con June 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's about not losing your wonder and not bending to convention no matter how tempting it might be.Basically, don't lose yourself to false security.
    eyehopon March 26, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationAs I understand the lyrics, this song is about a man and a woman having sex, and how the man leaves her after they finish.

    >And run across the valley
    >Beneath the sacred mountain

    That'd be the mound of Venus

    >And wander through the forest

    These four lines would refer to the pubic hairs

    >And when it's time I'll go and lay
    >Beside the legendary fountain

    Now she's wet with the excitement

    >And if you think I'm ready
    >You may lead me to the chasm
    >Where the rivers of our visions
    >Flow into one another

    They leave behind the preliminaries and get to business, the chasm being her vagina - "where the rivers of our visions flow into one another" - where he'll finish.

    >And lose myself within it
    >Cleanse my mind and body

    He cums.

    >At the mist that they created

    Sweat

    >Beneath the white cascading water

    His semen

    >She may beg and she may plead
    >And she may argue with her logic
    >Mention all the things I'll lose
    >That really have no value

    He told her he was leaving and she tries to convince him to stay, but he doesn't want a commitment, he doesn't care about her.

    >Though I doubt that she will ever
    >Come to understand my meaning

    That it was a one time thing.

    >In the end she'll surely know
    >I was not born to follow

    But with time she will realize that he's like that.
    mdrdon May 15, 2013   Link

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