"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,


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"Vagabond" as written by Myles Heskett Andrew Stockdale

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    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
  • +2
    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
  • 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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    General CommentThis song has always seemed to me to be inferring to a rape...

    "I found the answer lookin' in your eye,"
    By looking at the horrified look on the girl's face, the speaker knew what had happened

    "Take away this lonely man soon he will be gone,"
    The lonely man is the rapist in this equation

    "You don't need to know what I do all day,
    It's as much as I know watch it waste away,"
    The speaker is saying that he knows what happened, but the girl doesn't need to know how

    "Cause I'll tell you everything about being free,
    Yes I can see you girl can you see me,"
    I think this is how he saw the thing happen...

    "Put her in a mansion on top of the hill,
    Please don't make her do things against her will,"
    The rape occuring

    Of course, it can also be a hooker, as in the "Roxeanne" song by the Police, which would explain the "the left one was a dancer" line. I just don't wanna retype this whole thing ;-D
    thewalrusamion July 23, 2006   Link

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