"Vagabond" as written by Andrew James Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Christopher James Ross....
Oh girl I don't know all the reasons why
I found the answer lookin' in your eye
I go out walking all day long
Take away this lonely man soon he will be gone

Cause I'll tell you everything about being free
Yes I can see you girl can you see me

You don't need to know what I do all day
It's as much as I know watch it waste away

Cause I'll tell you everything about being free
Yes I can see you girl can you see me

Go and see the sorcerer look into a ball
You may find the answer written on the wall

The left one was a dancer can you see the answer, oh

Put her in a mansion on top of the hill
Please don't make her do things against her will
I found something special I don't know why
Looking into her pretty little eye

Cause I'll tell you everything about being free

Lyrics submitted by mattalac, edited by 311fan46

"Vagabond" as written by Christopher James Ross Andrew James Stockdale

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO. INC.

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  • +3
    General Comment"This is a song about innocence lost," is what it sounds like he's saying at the start.
    yoachon June 15, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationFrom whatever perspective Wolfmother was adopting, he was taking on first-person of being a Vagabond. At the beginning of the song when he says "this is a song about innocence lost", he is referring to the girl he is love with. No, she wasn't raped. Trust me; if she was raped, we would know by the tone of the song, which doesn't suggest that at all. He seems to refer most frequently to the connection he feels when he looks "into her pretty little eye" or "Yes, girl I can see you, can you see me?" Maybe they have known each other for a long time and have felt a long-life connection until they grew parted their ways? He saying he can still feel the connection by saying "I can see you". He recognizes her for entirely what she is and nothing else, and he's wondering if she can see him too. He has found wisdom ("Go and see the sorcerer look into the ball, you might the answer written on the wall, the left was a dancer, can you see the answer") and freedom ("I'll tell you everything about being free") in being a vagabond, and he wants the same kind of freedom for the girl he loves. But by the lack of response from her in the song, he seems to insinuate that is her response. Maybe this entire song is only what he wishes he could say to her? When he says, "put in a mansion on top of the hill, please don't make her do things against her will", it sounds like he's telling someone what to do. Maybe her lover/husband? At this point, the song has taken a swing; at the beginning it sounded like he was talking to her, and at the end it sounds like he's giving someone advice for how to take care of her...

    Well, whatever this song means, it has inspired me to become a vagabond! You may never hear from me again! :D
    scarlecy5on November 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTheir most white stripey song imo and wakrusami wtf? I don't thnk this is about rape... It's to happy...
    Dressed2Depresson August 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how this song was used in (500) Days of Summer. And I like how Tom was just aimlessly bouncing the tennis ball and suddenly he started bouncing it to the beat of the song, symbolizing that he's starting to get back into the rhythm of life.

    And since the song is talking about "being free", it's only suiting that they would use this as Tom is getting over Summer and be a free man.
    charliesmom4on January 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust my take:

    To me, this is a song about a guy who is certain he wants an uncertain girl. Its the classic little romantic story of he-knows-she-doesn't. The girl is unsure about her feelings for him, but he found his own answer just by "looking in her eye" and is confident he's right (take away this lonely man soon he will be gone). He is lonely, after all, as he says "I'll tell you everything about living free." He's telling her he knows what its like to be single and free, and he doesn't want that life anymore, he wants her, and is compromising his pride for her, beckoning her really (yes I can see you girl can you see me?) Also, the whole thing about going to see the sorcerer look into the ball, you may find the answer written on the wall indicates she's making something very simple more complicated, or perhaps waiting to hear something she already knows. The sorcerer and the wall... I can relate that to personal scenarios so incredibly well to a tee almost, but that's irrelevant. Unfortunately, all this bubbly happiness is from the perspective of the guy. The end of the story is hazy and even a bit eerie, with that long bit of an instrumental at the end. That combined with the "innocence lost" in the beginning tells me, at least, that this is a song about a one-sided relationship, one that the guy is tragically more involved in than the girl. That, of course, makes it a perfect song for 500 Days of Summer.
    HammerFloydon December 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't get over how much Andrew's voice sounds like Devendra Banhart in this song. Great stuff though, whole album rocks.
    kezdumpon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's always using very strange lyrics... probably metaphors that I'm much too lazy to decipher at the moment.

    His voice is different in this one. I mean different compared to most of his other songs, because he voice in general is unique (I LOVE IT!!!).
    The_Drummers_Angelon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "Cause I'll tell you everything about living free". (Living, not Being)

    No big deal though.

    Kezdump, I completely agree. I really hear Devendra Banhart in this song, maybe that's cause I just listened to "Little Yellow Spider".
    Gonzo!on June 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't it:
    Cause I'll tell you everything about living free,
    Yes I can see you girl can you see me,
    aussie32on July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat is, until the last line
    aussie32on July 22, 2006   Link

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