I am a lonely visitor.
I came to late to cause a stir,
Though I campaigned all my life
towards that goal.
I hardly slept the night you wept
Our secret's safe and still well kept
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul.

Traffic cops are all color blind.
People steal from their own kind.
Evening comes to early for a stroll.
Down neon streets the streaker streaks.
The speaker speaks,
but the truth still leaks,
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got it,
Soul.

The podium rocks in the crowded waves.
The speaker talks of the beautiful saves
That went down long before
he played this role
For the hotel queens and the magazines,
Test tube genes and slot machines
Where even Richard Nixon got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got it,
Soul.

Hospitals have made him cry,
But there's always a free way in his eye,
Though his beach just got
too crowded for his stroll.
Roads stretch out like healthy veins,
And wild gift horses strain the reins,
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul.

I am a lonely visitor.
I came to late to cause a stir,
Though I campaigned all my life
towards that goal.


Lyrics submitted by H-bomb

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    General Commentso like... nobody has any clue what this is about, do they...
    herrouxon October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. so awesome. need i say more?
    5isa4letterwordon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't even know why I love this song so much. "Roads stretch out like healthy veins" is a masterful line.
    DubC4Lifeon June 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti cant beleive more people havnt commented on this song... its in my top 5 fav Neil
    janexsayson January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe line "Where even Richard Nixon has got soul" is absolutely classic!!
    Darth Eddie Vaderon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOn the "Decade" notes inside he wrote "Written during the 'Stills-Young tour' on the bus. Sort of a modern Cortez, you know?"
    whereartestebanon July 06, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm going to go out on a limb and say that the song references the 1968 election. The speaker offers that the reason Nixon beat Humphries is because of charisma (this is a Nixon who who had lost to Kennedy because of his lack of it), and that this was his secret weapon.

    The lines: "Traffic cops are all color blind./ People steal from their own kind" seem to refer to the chaos at 1968 Democratic Convention or perhaps the turmoil of the late 60's where the police weren't just clubbing black Civil Rights protestors but white protestors as well, a period that also saw hundreds of cities plagued with riots.

    The question of who's the campaigner is ambiguous. I'm gonna say he's campaigning for Nixon, but it just as equally go the other way. He was too late to cause the stir of social unrest and calls of changes agitated by the protests. The fact that he's a lonely visitor may mean that he doesn't agree with Nixon, but is doing it to do something.

    But that fact that Nixon can win it is something that takes him by surprise. His significant other or friend wept at the election results and he has been unable to sleep from it all.
    Worsebrainson July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust a thought, but what if the song isn't directly related to Nixon and/or politics, and "Where even Richard Nixon has got soul" is a reference to somewhere unattainable/really rare?
    DrPotatoon April 21, 2013   Link

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