"Hippie Boy" as written by Christopher Hillman and Gram Parsons....
I was walking down the street the other day
A sight came before my eyes
It was a little hippie boy
I must have been twice his size

His appearance typefied his strange breed
Gaudy clothes, long stringy hair hanging down
I'd seen perhaps a thousand
In my early trips to town

As he walked on beside me on down the block
I noticed no unpleasing smell
He might have been on the weed or even LSD
But if he was I couldn't tell

So we walked together that way through this neighborhood
Finally he turned around to me and he
He said "friend you know we're a million miles apart
But you know something?
We can enjoy the sunshine and the weather
So why don't we put our differences aside
And just talk to each other?
You see this box beneath my arm?
To you it's plain, it has no charm
But to someone dearest to my heart
This box has played a tragic part

This little one can't tell you himself
About his life and how he died
But if anyone else could speak for him,
I guess I'm qualified
This boy was in Chicago, he didn't know why he was there
He was with his family and friends and he didn't really care
You might have been one of those who saw
The struggle there on your television screen
The tragic thing is so much else happened

That no one else could have seen
A stranger handed this boy a dollar
To do a simple chore
To carry a package to a nearby hotel

And when he returned he'd get two more
But when he came back he sort of lost his way walking through the crowd
One of them things you ask yourself,
How the Lord allowed

But when he was found he was like he is now,
Dreaming sweet and still
And in his little hand was a crumpled dollar bill
Now you can take that dollar
Get four cents on it, compound it quarterly at any downtown bank

So they can back some hot new tank or atom bomb
Well, what I'm going to tell you now, you can stay or you can leave
You kind of listened to my story so far but just one more thing
It's the same for any hippie, bum or hillbilly out on the street

Just remember this little boy and never carry more than you can eat
Now could you help us sing this song, please

There will be peace in the valley for him now we pray
I will think of the little hippie boy that way


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"Hippie Boy" as written by Gram Parsons Christopher Hillman

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    My Interpretationto me this song is about the loss of innocence and childhood...coming to age

    a stereotypical hippie is spiritually attuned with a free mind, like an innocent child, before his mind is filled with societies crap.

    there is also some tragic self awareness where Gram realizes that even though he is a hippie type at heart, he is very different from this character. gram is a grown up and can earn a dollar. this kid isn't addicted to money, sex, drugs, he seems pure.

    the box represents money (now working to earn money), cruelty of the real world (this simple chore was more than he bargained for as he got lost), sex (box is a metaphor for vagina, which gram slyly mentions is beneath his arm), and its also a reference to drugs and sting operations (never carry more than you can eat). while the hippie boy might have been stoned on weed or lsd, non addictive ego shattering drugs, the box represents addictive egotistical drugs like opiates or speed and inevitable addiction that will take over his life, like sex and money.
    limerenceon February 28, 2015   Link

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