she's off to anywhere
every town grows stale soon enough
so it's fields to east and the hills to the west
under crescent moons
and grassy bends
she lays her head to rest

she's been in a hundred movies
and in six billion dreams
taking out wood and wide
singing romance round the fire
giving tastes of truth to those of us employed as liars

and we sing ain't that the life
she's got it made
her head in the sand her guitar in the shade
rambling beauty she sang to me
was she in my mind
or on the tv
yes she's on my mind
come from the tv

noble hobo corporate cutthroat got the wisdom of the tramp
brother can't spare no crumbs
don't you trip over the bums
as you step out of a cab
on the way to see a gypsy band

railroad boxcar blasts and burns on down the line
and her feet are a swingin'
and the song she's a singin'
tell of greener fields and freer times

and we sing ain't that the life
she's got it made
her head in the sand her guitar in the shade
rambling beauty she sang to me
was she in my mind
or on the tv
yes she's on my mind
come from the tv

rambling beauty
let me be your mate for awhile
be a shoulder for your head
carry a bag and roll up bed
another day in this place
and i swear i'll end up dead

and how I'm sorry
that my ancestors threw you in jail
but now I can see your ramblings were poetry
will you sell me the rights if I put up the bail?

and we'll sing ain't that the life
we've got it made
our heads in the sand our guitars in the shade
rambling beauty sing sweet to me
yeah you're on my mind
just like on tv
yeah you're on my mind
come from the tv



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    Song Meaning"she" the "rambling beauty" is either a backpacking current day nomad or a boxcart jumper, still in modern day. Either way she is homeless. "She" refers to the glamored life of homeless young people we show in media and music, the idealisms of unemployment being fashion.
    Yet, when it finally comes down to it, the youth of today attempt to dress and seem homeless when they "can't spare no crumbs" to the general homeless population due to it being nothing like how they thought of it glamorized. But, those who fit the picture of the "fashionable" lifestyle of free nomads living on their own, are worshiped by the people the singer relates to satirically and are asked for forgiveness for being so mistreated because now they fit what's popular to media.
    YesThatOneon June 14, 2011   Link

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