"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
  • +1
    General Commentgood song
    absent124on July 25, 2005   Link
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    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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    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
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    General CommentFavorite Line: "You Are The Reason I've Been Waiting So Long"
    pabloon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlove this song good anthem for new years morning when ur driving home
    libragrl4musicon July 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgood song
    absent124on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Swans cover kicks the original's ass.
    owennnnnnnnnnon December 10, 2005   Link

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