"Song Of My Returning" as written by and Phil Ochs....
The weary world is waiting
For ambition to be played
Now young and not afraid
I've got to challenge every challenge that I know

For I am just a sailor
On a ship across the land
Let me hold your hand
To bid farewell
So I can knuckle to my knees

But I'll be back again
No matter where I go
For it's only love
That frees the fire for burning
And I'll take you in my arms
And tell you all I know
As I sing the changing songs
Of my returning

My drifting days prepare me
To do battle with the night
Phantom of the fight
I've got to conquer
All the courage of my fears

The answer lies in limbo
And the harvest will be hard
But sacred are the stars
That leave their mark upon
The fast dissolving years

Yes I'll be back again
No matter where I go
For it's only love
That frees the fire for burning
And I'll take you in my arms
And tell you all I know
As I sing the growing songs of my returning

Time must have her victory
It's that I've always known
But I've won or lost alone
And when a voice calls out,
"There's someone you should meet"

With every strength remaining
I will suffer one more scene
I'll gather all my dreams
And with my final breath
I'll lay them at your feet

Yes I'll be back again
No matter where I go
For it's only love
That frees the fire for burning
And I'll take you in my arms
And tell you all I know
As I sing the final song
Of my returning


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"Song of My Returning" as written by Phil Ochs

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    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this yet. it's a great song. i hated billy joe until i heard this project. there is just something very soothing about this song to me. always good to listen to when you are depressed.
    superbravaon April 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentReally? I find this song terrible to listen to when I'm depressed because it makes me more depressed. Anyways, I think this song is about being in love with someone, but having to be away from them for a long time.
    forgot_my_passwordon June 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think this is definitely about touring or something like that, where you have to be away for long time. This is their best song, I've heard. And I don't think this song is depressing at all. I think it's sweet. I really love BJ's voice... it's so familiar and comforting.
    MissNeuroticon January 30, 2008   Link

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