You heard my voice
I came out of the woods by choice
The shelter also gave the shade
But in the dark I have no name

So leave that click in my head
And I will remember the words that you said
Left a clouded mind and heavy heart
But I was sure we could see a new start

So when your hope's on fire
But you know your desire
Don't hold a glass over the flame
Don't let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

But hold me fast, hold me fast
Cos I'm a hopeless wanderer
Hold me fast, hold me fast
Cos I'm a hopeless wanderer

Wrestled long with my youth
We tried so hard to live in the truth
But do not tell me all is fine
When I lose my head I lose my spine

So leave that click in my head
And I will remember the words that you said
You brought me out from the cold
Now how I long how I long to grow old

So when your hope's on fire
But you know your desire
Don't hold a glass over the flame
Don't let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

But hold me fast, hold me fast
Cos I'm a hopeless wanderer
Hold me fast, hold me fast
Cos I'm a hopeless wanderer

I will learn, I will learn
To love the skies I'm under
I will learn, I will learn
To love the skies I'm under
The skies I'm under


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Hopeless Wanderer song meanings
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  • +3
    My OpinionFor some reason this is my favourite song of the whole album, even though I can't decide on the meaning. I think I just like some of the imagery and actual music, it is a really powerful song.
    rocker@hearton October 12, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningTo me it's about someone who runs all the time. They are completely restless and are afraid to feel so much emotion, therefore they bolt. They want to be happy and be a part of something, but at the same time are scared of the pain it could possibly bring. I think it's about learning to overcome the fear and stop running away from life.
    nomad87on June 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI think you're all very close, but I'm not sure. We may all be listening to different recordings.

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    Hear my voice: I came out of the woods by choice!
    The shelter also gave the shade,
    and in the dark, I have no name.

    So leave that click (?) in my head,
    and I will remember the words that you said.
    Left a clouded mind and a heavy heart,
    but I am sure we will see a new start.

    So, when your hopes on fire,
    but you know your desire:
    Don't hold a glass over the flame;
    Don't let your heart grow cold,
    I will call you by name!
    I will share your road!

    I wrestled long with my youth,
    I tried so hard to live in the truth,
    but do not tell me all is fine:
    When I lose my head, I lose my spine!

    So leave that click in my head,
    and I must remember the words that you said..
    You brought me out from the cold
    Now, how I long, how I long to grow old!

    So, when your hopes are on fire,
    but you know your desire!
    Don't hold a glass over the flame!
    Don't let your heart grow cold!
    I will call you by name!
    I will share your road ...!

    And hold me fast, hold me fast
    Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer
    Hold me fast, hold me fast, 'cause I'm a hopeless wanderer

    And I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I wander
    And I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I wander

    The skies I wander
    -

    This song means a lot to me. It sounds a good deal like someone who is struggling to combat depression, and is presently reaching out to someone they love who also is. It also seems like they have a long and strange history.

    I could say more, but that's the general idea I get from it. xD
    AKnightQuixoticon March 08, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionEveryone says it is to love the skies I wander, but I've been hearing, "love the skies I'm under." A hopeless wanderer would still be on the ground, yes? I saw it as a different way of saying "Love your ground," except this person has no ground to call his own because he's a hopeless wanderer who hopes to one day at least love the skies he's under.
    niki7877on March 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMight be a dumb question... but what exactly does "So leave that click in my head" mean?
    amw991on October 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTons of Biblical imagery in this song. I think the first verse refers to the Garden of Eden and how Adam and Eve felt shame and wanted to hide, but ultimately it is better to be known fully than to hide. "I will call you by name/ I will share your road" is reminiscent of Saul's conversion into Paul when he is called by name on the road to Damascus. There are other moments in the Bible when people were joined on the road by Jesus. The "click in my head" can refer to how some Christians choose to remember scripture as a way to return to the right course (Prov. 3:5-6).
    I think the song shifts in perspective, being a hopeless wanderer in the portions that are "leave that click in my head" and God/Jesus/Holy Spirit in response "When your hope's on fire...I will share your road." I see it as a moment of re-conversion, so to speak.
    P.S. Please don't ream me out for seeing Biblical imagery if you don't see it. This is my interpretation of a song, not a diatribe of any sort; I do not deserve a diatribe in response.
    niki7877on November 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI personally believe this song is about a man who is afraid of being in love with someone and afraid of being tied down as he has roamed all of his life.
    "Hold me fast because I'm a hopeless wanderer" he wants to change and he wants to be committed to the certain someone the song is addressed to.
    "Wrestled long with my youth"
    It sounds as though he doesn't want to grow old, hence why he has never settled down with anyone. he thinks if he continues to run away from responsibilities he will stay young.
    "And I will remember the words that you said you brought me out from the cold, now how I long how I long to grow old"
    "And I will learn to love the skies I'm under" He will learn to stay in one place, grow old and be happy as long as he's with the one he loves.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I view this song as a message to a lover who has in essence saved someone from their old ways.
    judehamzon August 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about drinking. A man that had the choice between choosing the woman he love or continue drinking. It is about a man that made the right choice because the love for the woman was stronger than the love of booze.
    willienueon March 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSomeone's already probably said this in some way or another but the beauty of a song, it's lyrics and the way it's sung is the meanings we each can associate with it, and adapt it to feel the way we want that song to make us feel. To me this song is about a lost soul, one that knows what good is, well grounded in it, but keeps "slipping". A soul in search of itself.
    kash22on July 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm getting a couple of differences again:

    You heard my voice
    I came out of the woods by choice
    The shelter also gave the shade
    But in the dark I have no name

    So leave that click in my head
    And I will remember the words that you said
    Left a cloud in mind and a heavy heart
    But I was sure we could see a new start

    So when your hope's on fire
    But you know you your desire
    Don't hold a glass over the flame
    Don't let your heart grow cold
    I will call you by name
    I will share your road

    But hold me fast, hold me fast
    'Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer
    Hold me fast, hold me fast
    'Cause i'm a hopeless wanderer

    I wrestled long with my youth
    We tried so hard to live in the truth
    But do not tell me all is fine
    When I lose my head I lose my spine

    So leave that click in my head
    And I will remember the words that you said
    You bought me out from the cold
    Now how I long , how I long to grow old

    So when your hope's on fire
    But you know you your desire
    Don't hold a glass over the flame
    Don't let your heart grow cold
    I will call you by name
    I will share your road

    But hold me fast, hold me fast
    'Cause i'm a hopeless wanderer
    Hold me fast, hold me fast
    'Cause i'm a hopeless wanderer

    And I will learn, I will learn
    To love the skies I'm under
    The skies I'm under
    malctuckeron September 23, 2012   Link

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