"William Brown" as written by and Randy Newman....
William Brown, a tobacco man
Left North Carolina when he sold his land
He took a train to Omaha
Stayed there with some friends he had

And he didn't mind the dust
And he didn't mind the wind
And he didn't mind the cold
And he didn't miss home

And he liked the people
And he liked the town
So he built himself a house beside the river
And he sent for his children
And he sent for his cars
And he bought a little business that would
Run itself

And he didn't mind the dust
And he didn't mind the wind
And he didn't mind the cold
And he didn't miss home


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"William Brown" as written by Randy Newman

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    General CommentIn the Guilty: 30 Years box set, Newman says "I wanted to write something flat in which nothing happens emotionally. Now I've done it."
    Essentially, this song is about nothing according to Randy.
    Lrg8607on June 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI had thought that William Brown hated his home life in North Carolina and when he moved to Omaha he relized how much better he liked it and never wanted to go back. So he didn't.
    Lrg8607on June 12, 2011   Link

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