"The Voyager" as written by and Jenny Lewis....
By the time I got your letter, I lost my mind
I was trippin'
"When you gettin' better?"
It's a jagged line
Nothin' lasts forever when you travel time
I've been sippin' that Kool-Aid at the cosmos

'Cause the voyager's in every boy and girl
If you wanna get to heaven get out of this world
The voyager's in every boy and girl

When it finally hit me I did not cry
'Cause I was at the 7/11 flippin' through The New York Times
I saw it printed in black and white
The voyager goes up in smoke

The voyager's in every boy and girl
If you wanna get to heaven get out of this world
You're the voyager
You're the voyager

You scared me straight
Right into your arms
Ah-oh
Ah-oh-oh
Ah-oh
Ah-oh-oh
Ah-oh

The voyager's in every boy and girl
If you wanna get to heaven get out of this world
You're the voyager
You're the voyager
You're the voyager
I'm the voyager


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"The Voyager" as written by Jenny Lewis

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    General CommentThis song is a tricky one... Again, going with the theme of the Rabbit Fur Coat album, I think there is a little bit of religious undertones in this song:
    "If you wanna get to heaven, get out of this world"
    this can have a couple of different meanings but what I think is that this world is definitely not heaven and in order to get there you have to get the hell out of here (or that you have to die first). There is too much bad in this world to get to heaven from here.
    Jenny wrote this album while battling insomnia and was often up at night watching Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series. She even mentions the cosmos in the song.
    So what I think she is saying that there is a little bit of a voyager in everyone which means there is a little bit in everyone that can leave this world and get to heaven :)
    Totally could be wrong there so please COMMENT. Would love to hear your thoughts
    wannabepoeton July 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe Voyager is a spacecraft BTW
    wannabepoeton July 12, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionThis is a great song. Really awesome to hear Jenny again (Acid Tongue being a departure of the good, imoho). But yeah, the Voyager is in all of us. We all have the potential to "get out of this world" and we all will eventually. But I think this song is concerned with life also; more specifically the quality of life. Life is the journey, the voyage. Nice space imagery fits the context and interstellar recording as well.
    NathanWestwoodon July 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIt's about finding out her father is terminally ill then dealing with his subsequent death and realizing she herself is mortal.
    boooobaaaaon August 11, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about trying and failing. Adventure and the loneliness that results.
    Wannabepoet is Jenny Lewis trying to get free feedback on her writing. Heeyah!
    Fantastic lyrics and vocal interpretation.
    stevefweston May 27, 2015   Link

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