in this museum
shadows cover corners while the dust
is just a cover over all of these displays
and the wagon wheel with just a broken spoke?
no, it doesn't want to go to waste
and it says "i've been all across this country
i dug my rut into the plains
safely got my family to their destination
and i only want to do it all again

oh i just want to be rolled
i just want to be rolled
that's why i'm the shape i am, i wasn't made for looking at
i just want to be rolled."

the banjo hangs against the wall
it's covered by a plate glass cage
it's just a relic from a hundred fifty years ago
when someone turned a porch into a stage
and it says "i've been played by expert fingers
plucked and picked in every single way
joined by voices, mingling with singers
and i only wanna feel like that again

oh i just want to be touched
i just want to be touched
that's what these strings are for, i wan't made for looking at
i just want to be touched."

the guard is sitting in his chair
he knows this whole place by heart
and he'll tell you everything you want to know
and everything you don't, once you get him started
and he says "welcome to my home away from home
i've been working here since i was 21
but no one ever steals a thing, i'm waiting for a reason
to open up those doors and run

oh i just want to be free
i just want to be free
and if you let me follow you, i promise i'll do anything
i just want to be free."

and the quilt is folded up
its colors faded from all the beds it laid on
but all the stuffing is intact, this thread is strong enough
to keep the insides in for many years
and it says "i've been held by tiny arms
dragged around by tiny hands
squeezed and cried on, slept with and confided in
and i only wanna mean that much again

oh i just want to be loved
i just want to be loved
so let me cover you, i'm not a decoration
i just want to be loved."

the camera sitting on the shelf
is blinded by the cover on its lens
there's only three exposures left before it needs another roll
oh, to shoot again!
and it says "i've seen mountains, i've seen canyons
weddings, birthdays, sunset, and sunrise
i've seen an old man weep and i've seen a baby smile
but i'm helpless without a human eye

oh i just want to be know
i just want to be known
so touch my buttons and i'll tell you all my secrets
i just want to be known."

Lyrics submitted by leonredbone

Museum song meanings
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