"The Wanderer" as written by and Paul Dudley Walden Pka Guru Josh....
Down the road there was a man walking, walking
Knapsack round his back radio talking, talking
And his blue suede shoes are covered in mud, but it no matter cause the boys on the run

Black sunglasses and a bald head too, boy never had nowhere to run when it was cold, so cold
So he hitched a ride to New Mexico, wanted to try for the big brass show
But no

He's the wanderer looking for his long lost home
He's only got one place to go
He's wandering and wondering when to go home
He's not alone, not alone, not alone

Feet been walking for a thousand years, trying to drive away those fears, but no
Well then he picked up and then he went down south
Dad said nothing and mom shut her mouth

Well, he never thought too much, just thought he could heal with his touch
For those who need help and more love
And when love came around I heard the sound
Wanderers wandering all round the town
But no, they go

He's the wanderer looking for his long lost home
He's only got one place to go
He's wandering and wondering when to go home
He's not alone, not alone, not alone
Hey, he's the wanderer looking for his long lost home
He's only got one fine place to go
He's wandering wondering when to go home
He's not alone, not alone, not alone

We wan wan wandered along, grabbed our friends and we move along
We won won won the war, grabbed our friends and we ran for the door

We wan wan wandered along, grabbed our friends and we move along
We won won won the war, grabbed our friends and we ran for the door


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    General CommentThis is by far, in my opinion, the most powerful O.A.R. song by far. Just the intensity and i cant explain it. Its great though. Anyone who wants to try on this song i'd love to know because i am awed and humbled by just the words i could never relate or pick them apart like that.
    samthemack43on March 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMan, this song reminds me of John Coffey...
    Mr_Crawon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about knowing now, what you wish you knew back then
    oregon_duckson July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentapparently Marc wrote a story called "The Wanderer"...but the songs "About an Hour Ago" and "Someone in the Road" are supposed to relate to this song and the whole wanderer saga. as usual, a lot of reoccuring themes with OAR. great band.
    stevep898on August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI will start by stating that I am in no way religious nor affiliated with any church, synagogue, mosque, etc.. That being said, this song is clearly a metaphoric first person narrative style song from the perspective of that well known fallen angel Lucifer. It is an angry grounded Lucifer that is pissed at his dad for putting him in time out. Now that I have said that, listen to it again, the live version. It couldn't be more obvious. The only thing that is somewhat disturbing is the seemingly arbitrary violent call to arms in what some of you have described as that "i just can't put my finger on it" emotional orgasm that you experience when listening to this track. I agree, I love rocking this simple chord progression on my guitar and singing loudly. Not knowing what to believe anymore, what is real and what is not, and what is good and what is bad, I will continue to enjoy this catchy 4 chorder. Cheers
    NoFootballon January 13, 2012   Link
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    General Commentits about not fitting in with where you are and trying to get to a place where you do fit in and that everybody feels like that sometimes
    oarfan610on January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPowerful song. Love it, but i can't really explain it. and as steve says, it goes along with "about and hour ago" and "someone in the road". the "wanderer" or "vagabond" theme is most likely about someone who doesn't find a place where they belong and "home" isn't a tangible place. I guess that is what life is about. Wandering until you find where you should be, who you should be with, or what you should believe in.
    inaudible_melodieson October 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know about the story Marc wrote and all, but I was listening to this the other day, and it struck me that it could be about the story of the Wandering Jew, who has supposedly been walking the world since he taunted Jesus at the Crucifixion. You know, feet been walking for a thousand years, the bald head, looking for a long lost soul. Maybe not the true meaning or the whole meaning here, but kind of another layer or angle to add depth to the song. I know OAR do get kinda religious sometimes.
    trippinbtmon July 21, 2014   Link

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