"Joker & The Thief" as written by Andrew James Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Christopher James Ross....
I said the joker is a wanted man,
He makes his way all across the land,
See him sifting through the sand,

So I'll tell you all the story,
About the joker and the thief of the night,

Always laughing in the midst of power,
Always living in the final hour,
There is always sweet in the sour,

We are not goin' home,

Can you see the joker flying over,
As she's standing in the field of clover,
Watching out everyday,
I wonder what would happen is he took her away,

What you see well you might not know,
You get the feelin' comin' after the glow,
The vagabond is moving slow,

So I'll tell you all the story,
'bout the joker and the thief of the night,

All the people that he see in the night,
Hold their dreams up to the light,
The wild beast is searching for sight,

We are not goin' home,

Can you see the joker flying over,
As she's standing in the field of clover,
Watching out everyday,
I wonder what would happen is he took her away,

Tell you the story 'bout the the joker and the thief,
I said, I'll tell you the story 'bout the the joker and the thief,
I said, I'll tell you the story 'bout the the joker and the thief,
Of the night


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"Joker & The Thief" as written by Christopher James Ross Andrew James Stockdale

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    General CommentFrom what I heard, the lyrics of "Joker & the Thief" was influenced by "All Along the Watchtower", the famous folk song by Bob Dylan. Anyway, I do believe the song is about a man - The Joker - who is traveling through the world in search for only one thing - Pure love. The opening line where it describes him as "a wanted man" is due to that the women who have met him during his life has flocked around him like crazy, but only exploited him for their own desires, and not expressed any feelings for him. However, The Joker hasn't either showed any feelings for the women he has found, and only used them as slaves that he choose to control ("Always laughing in the midst of power"). However, he finally understood that this was a mindless, stupid way to live (The "sweet" in his heart overcame the "sour"), and so he decided to search for his eternal love, not going home until he has found her ("We are not goin' home", sung from the perspective of the band, who follows him on his travel). And I believe in SirNirian's theory about "The Thief" being the woman The Joker one day will meet, and thus, as you often say when it comes to love, steal his heart. In other words, Andrew Stockdale wrote a story about the search for true love.
    Rusty Diamondson March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Joker is a man. The woman standing in the field of clover is a different person.
    sockpuppyon August 27, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionBest Song Ever!
    MyThoughtsYouCantDECODEon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSupposedly, the joker and the thief are the characters in Dylan's song "All Along the Watchtower".
    wjs23on July 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song...sounds so groovy, but yet i have no idea what half of these songs mean
    Big-Mikeyon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas a cool feel to it...........................
    beachbabe22on March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentprobably they're best song without disreguarding all their other good songs
    hawk_er_8on May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCan't help but feel a strong influence by All Along the Watchtower. Sort of like the prequel to it...
    j33buscr1p3son May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSounds like a Pink Floyd song. (please note, I love PF so this wasn't meant as a diss)

    I think this is about someone (the "joker") watching over someone else (the girl in the song) and how for now he's just WATCHING, but soon he could step into her life... Maybe she's thinking about doing something (drugs, sex, stealing, lying) and the joker is a metaphor for whatever she's thinking about doing.
    The_Drummers_Angelon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy initial thought was that the joker is the man and the thief of the night/the girl represents rebels/rockers. Alway's looking out for the man to try to destroy opposition. I think thats what the girl is supposed to represent in the album. At least that gives it so much meaning, but then again it could be anything.. hehe
    cheeriokidon June 19, 2006   Link

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