I walked Harrison with blinders on
So many nights over at George's Bar
Glasses of old style glow of jukebox lights
Pictures of my past streaming back tonight

Lonely Wabash under curving El
Swimming aquatic of my brainwaves slow down
The streets are soft and dead at 2 AM
Drunk/alone again at Jackson Underground

Uptown sunset flooding from the west
Noise rises to my window from the summer concrete
I couldn't bring myself to love this girl
At the airport I just let her go

I was lost in the rye

This wind blows hard against my burning skin
I'm just another misguided child of fiction
School kids are shouting in the streets
And I wish I was singing in their wide eyed chorus

These days I swim in disillusion
At night I dream of possibilities
This afternoon I'm stuck in raw nostalgia
Have I arrived at all the wrong conclusions?

Uptown sunset flooding from the west
Noise rises to my window from the summer sunset
I guess I didn't know how to love that girl
High time for the dust to rest

I was lost in the rye


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    General CommentPerhaps "I was lost in the rye" is a reference to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye? The line "I'm just another misguided child of fiction" could support a Catcher reference... and the lines right after that, "School kids are shouting in the streets / And I wish I was signing in their wide-eyed chorus," is reminiscent of the scenes in Catcher in the Rye when Holden sees a little boy singing happily even though his parents are ignoring him and when Holden visits his sister's school. The city setting also brings to mind Holden's quest for enlightenment.

    Maybe; maybe not. Something to consider.
    bestrewardisearnedon November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps "I was lost in the rye" is a reference to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye? The line "I'm just another misguided child of fiction" could support a Catcher reference... and the lines right after that, "School kids are shouting in the streets / And I wish I was signing in their wide-eyed chorus," is reminiscent of the scenes in Catcher in the Rye when Holden sees a little boy singing happily even though his parents are ignoring him and when Holden visits his sister's school. The city setting also brings to mind Holden's quest for enlightenment.

    Maybe; maybe not. Something to consider.
    bestrewardisearnedon November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Chris's time in college, as stated by Chris himself.

    It's pretty obvious, with the lyrics talking about growing up and making reference to Catcher in the Rye.
    WayToShakeIton May 16, 2008   Link

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