"Walking Far from Home" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along the wall
Sour building high as heaven
But the door was so small, door was so small

I saw rainclouds, little babies
And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground
I saw sinners making music
And I dreamt of that sound, dreamt of that sound

I was walking far from home
But I carried your letters all the while
I saw lovers in a window
Whisper, "Warn me like time, warn me like time"

I saw sickness blooming fruit trees
I saw blood and a bit of it was mine
I saw children in a river
But their lips were still dry, lips were still dry

I was walking far from home
And I found your face mingled in the crowd
Saw a boat full of believers
Say, "I'm talking too loud, talking too loud"

I saw sunlight on the water
Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky
And a woman on a speed train
She was closing her eyes, closing her eyes

I saw flowers on a hillside
And a millionaire pissing on the lawn
Saw a prisoner take a pistol
And say, "Join me in song, join me in song"

Saw a car crash in the country
Where the prayers are like weeds along the road
I saw strangers stealing kisses
Giving only their clothes, only their clothes

Saw a white dog chase its tail
And a pair of hearts carved into a stone
I saw kindness and an angel
Crying, "Take me back home, take me back home"

Saw a highway, saw an ocean
I saw widows in the temple to the Lord
Naked dancers in the city
How they spoke for us all, spoke for us all

I saw loaded linen tables
And a motherless colt and it was gone
I saw hungry brothers waiting
With a radio on, radio on

I was walking far from home
Where the names are not burned along the wall
Saw a wet road form a circle
And it came like a call, came like a call

From the Lord


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"Walking Far From Home" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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  • +4
    General CommentI love how alot of Sam Beam's songs have meaning, but ambiguous enough that everyone can find their own personal meaning in his songs.

    What I hear when I listen to it is a description of someone's life "flashing before their eyes". He's walking far from home, not quite in this life, nor in the next. He sees again things that he has seen. The last few lines stick with me particularly, because he speaks of a circular road. To me, it means that he finally realizes, after seeing all this, that life does not end - it continues on and on, and he hears the call from the lord and finally lets go of the life he was leaving and moves on to continue his being.
    YaySarahCon April 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song. It reminds me a lot of "The Trapeze Swinger". Can't wait for the new album.
    scammaj12on November 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti may be wrong here, but i hear:

    i saw lovers in a window
    whisper, "want me like time, want me like time"


    either way when i heard the line i MAY or may not be hearing correctly, it made me melt, in a great way

    so pumped for the new album
    amnesiac618on November 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me it sounds very post-apocalyptic, the whole song is littered with biblical references and the juxtaposition in lines like “I saw sunlight on the water,
    Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky” and “Saw a car crash in the country
    Where the prayers run like weeds along the road”, give an impression of a catastrophe, albeit one where there is still beauty in the world. Either way a truly beautiful song.
    GrizzlyGuyon January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correctionthis is what I heard:


    I was walking far from home
    Where the names were not burned along the wall
    Saw a building high as heaven
    But the door was so small, door was so small
    I saw rainclouds, little babies
    And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground
    I saw sinners making music
    and I dreamt of that sound, dreamt of that sound
    I was walking far from home
    But I carried your letters all the while
    I saw lovers in a window
    Whisper "warn me like time, warn me like time"
    I saw sickness blooming fruit trees
    I saw blood and a bit of it was mine
    I saw children in a river
    But their lips were still dry, lips were still dry
    I was walking far from home
    And I found your face mingled in the crowd
    Saw a boat full of believers
    Sail off talking too loud, talking too loud
    I saw sunlight on the water
    Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky
    and woman on a speed train
    She was closing her eyes, closing her eyes
    I saw flowers on a hillside
    And a millionaire pissing on the lawn
    Saw a prisoner take a pistol
    And say "Join me in song, join me in song"
    Saw a car crash in the country
    Where the prayers run like weeds along the road
    I saw strangers stealing kisses
    Given only their clothes, only their clothes
    Saw a white dog chase its tail
    And a pair of hearts carved into a stone
    I saw kindness and an angel
    Crying, take me back home, take me back home
    Saw a highway, saw an ocean
    I saw widows in the temple to the Lord
    Naked dancers in the city
    How they spoke for us all, spoke for us all
    I saw loaded linen tables
    And a motherless coat then it was gone
    I saw hungry brothers waiting
    With a radio on, radio on
    I was walking far from home
    Where the names were not burned along the wall
    Saw a red road form a circle
    And it came like a call, came like a call
    From the lord
    haroldvonanusiiion November 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was walking far from home
    And I found your face mingled in the crowd

    That's just... Amazing.
    FulanoTalon February 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel pretty certain that this song (and pretty much all his other songs too) should be enjoyed rather than interpreted. It has the feel of a stream of consciousness from Sam's memory. What separates this dude from most people is he sees the mundane events of daily life in terms of poetic imagery. If you try to figure out what experiences from his life he is describing you deprive yourself of the opportunity to let his words find their own way to relate to YOUR life. Sam's music is sticky, in the way that it sticks to my soul
    CrabMcNastyon March 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think there are a lot of references to death, but in a very peaceful, accepting way. I think the song covers loss, moving on and change. There are also comparisons between death and hope.

    "And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground"

    "I saw sickness, blooming fruit trees" - here shows the contrast between sickness and health

    "I saw blood and a bit of it was mine"

    "I saw children in a river
    But their lips were still dry, lips were still dry" - talking perhaps about poverty, and how they can't drink the dirty water so they die/get ill from thirst.

    "Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky" shows death in nature/animals

    "Saw an old woman on the speed train
    She was closing her eyes, closing her eyes" again, another reference to fear or death or moving on.

    "Saw a prisoner take a pistol
    And say, "Join me in song, join me in song""

    "Saw a car crash in the country"

    "I saw strangers stealing kisses" - last kisses before parting ways or in old age perhaps?"

    "I saw kindness and an angel
    Crying, "Take me back home, take me back home" - take me back home; to heaven or just back to earth
    CoeurDePirateon March 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst one, linen. Second one, colt(baby horse).
    Badwulfon November 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionalso it's "i saw loaded LINEN tables"
    dunno about the word after "motherless" though
    amnesiac618on November 30, 2010   Link

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