"Can't Find My Way Home" as written by and Steve Winwood....
Come down off your throne and leave your body alone, somebody must change
You are the reason I've been waiting so long, somebody holds the key
Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

Come down on your own and leave your body alone, somebody must change
You are the reason I've been waiting all these years, somebody holds the key
Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

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"Can't Find My Way Home" as written by Steve Winwood

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    General CommentSometimes I listen to this song on repeat on my CD player. And I LOVE playing it on my acoustic guitar while belting it out or singing it soulfully to myself. If I had to pick ONE song that described "my head", THIS WOULD BE IT! I would probably say this is my all-time favorite song at this point in my life.
    NunoInfoon June 07, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationWarning: This is a spoiler alert for the movie, Fandango....

    This song is subject to many interpretations. I will address just one as it applies to the movie, Fandango. In this context, I believe it about love. Costner's character must accept that the girl he loves and with whom he was once involved is now marrying his close friend. All of his buddies have plans for the future, except him. "Come down on your own, leave your body alone," refers to growing up, ultimately, and leaving behind infatuations and reaching toward your "higher self." His "lust" for the girl must be replaced with a respect and acquiescence to her desire to have a future with another man. I agree with "Longfellow" who commented above..."Wasted, is used more in a destroyed or broken manner." In this case, Costner's youth is "destroyed," by having to face the future as a responsible adult. This song is a multifaceted masterpiece.
    DeadPoetsSocietyon June 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are waaaaay over thinking these lyrics. You have to consider the context of the period in which they were written.
    It is about drugs and the wreakage they make of your life.
    "Come down off your throne" = The grandiosity and the euphoria created by the drugs.
    "Leave your body alone" = stop taking drugs
    "Some body must change" = You gotta do what ever it take to man up and take responsibilty for your own addictions
    "You are the reason/I've been waiting here so long" = I LOVE YOU, J@ck@$$
    "Somebody holds the key" = Help! Help! What are the magic words that will penetrate his doped out core??
    "But i'm near the end" = I'm near the end
    "And i just ain't got the time no" = I mean it. I'm near the end. I have a life to live.
    "Well i'm wasted and I can't find my way home" = in today's lingo it would translate roughly to "Dude, where is my car?" but there is a more urgent cut to it. This person has sacrificed his life(her life). Sort of, 'I have walked this path with you and now we are both lost, and if you don't come out of that drug hazed cloud it will all be for nothing. What a waste of talent/intellect/skill/gift.

    It really is very straight forward.

    PoeMaxon January 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood song
    absent124on July 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno, Stevie Winwood is the vocalist on this one
    jbalanon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am still unsure but this is my feeling as to it's meaning:

    The person has been standing by their friend or lover who is a drug user and they are divided between leaving them or staying and waiting for the possibility that they will stop. It's possible he is also a user and is tired of the life but can't do it alone. They have been in this position for so long that they aren't sure how to get back to the way it used to be.

    This is one of my favorite songs.
    GoodnightLittleBearon October 31, 2006   Link
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    Song Meaningthis may have been mentioned already. like someone said consider the time period the song was written. it is a all time classic that will not lose its significance. it's a multifaceted song referencing the Vietnam war for the most part. additionally as for today, the song speaks of the wrong direction we are being led and the sadness and sorrow this path will take us. it's like a prayer in a way. the singer is pleading for some sense of sanity to the current situation, whatever it may be.
    9Kphalakon December 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIts already been said but "Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time" says it all to me, its about death.
    "Come down off your throne and leave your body alone, somebody must change" release from your physical self.
    "You are the reason I've been waiting so long, somebody holds the key" you are given life not knowing when it will end.
    "And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home" life has not been what you expected, bad choices, futility of life itself, human condition, meaning of life and what comes after life. Ultimately, home being heaven.
    Excellent song.
    mythorfacton January 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if "home" is a place we ever were at.

    It could be a place we tell ourselves we were at.

    That would be more of a philosophical discussion I guess. I digress.

    It's about some guy who is having trouble being centered. Wasted and home used metaphorically. Great lyrics.

    Throne would imply that you're too good to change. You have an ego.

    Everyone on here seems to be just as scatterbrained as me. Stop dropping acid and go outside. Everything is fine haha.
    bkabbotton October 20, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a song about an alcoholic or drug addict in the late stages of addiction, battling with a voice inside that's telling them to "leave your body alone," and stop killing themselves.

    "Well I'm near the end, and
    I just ain't got the time"
    That is the drugs talking, apologizing to the voice of reason and survival, telling that voice that it's too late to change or turn around.

    "Well I'm wasted and I can't find my way home," is total oblivion and being lost in a state of self-loathing, self-pity, and self-destruction. "Home," is a metaphor for safety and self-care.

    I can't believe a kid in his early twenties wrote these lyrics. Songwriting doesn't get more powerful. A frightening precursor to the likes of Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith and Amy W. It's a cry for help. The help comes from within.
    PatMCon July 22, 2014   Link

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