"Man In The Wilderness" as written by and Tommy Shaw....
Another year has passed me by
Still I look a myself and cry
What kind of man have I become?
All of the years I've spent in search of myself
And I'm still in the dark
'Cause I can't seem to find the light alone

Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I'm a lonely soldier off to war
Sent away to die, never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense at all

Ten Thousand people look my way
But they can't see the way that I feel
Nobody even cares to try
I spend my life and sell my soul on the road
And I'm still in the dark
'Cause I can't seem to find the light alone

Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I'm a lonely soldier lost at sea
Drifting with the tide
Never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense at all

(I'm alive)
Looking for love I'm a man with emotion
(And my heart's on fire)
I'm dying of thirst in the middle of the ocean
I'm alive!


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by JD11217

"Man in the Wilderness" as written by Tommy Shaw

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    General CommentI think it's about the songwriter/singer who's in a rut, not thinking--just doing what is required of him. He's also in front of the audience wanting to show his true self, but can't. He needs companionship to express his true self. Just my opinion. :-)
    grnbeachon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is a dumb idea but since Bundy was arrested in 75 and the album was released in 78 it is not impossible but not likely. It just is not Tommy Shaw's style.

    It is more likely about the loneliness we all feel that seems to make no sense because we are surrounded by people even some who love us..
    charadeuron June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Man in the Wilderness" was written in 1977 by Tommy Shaw, and he has cited three main influences for it: His sudden rise to fame and fortune, and its corresponding loneliness; the return of his older brother from Vietnam; and the music of Kansas' "Leftoverture" album.
    cassiemay10on March 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSure it could be, but I doubt it--big time. Neither Shaw nor JY's minds work that way, and I really doubt they'd ever write a song about a serial killer. And though it may have been WRITTEN by someone else, neither of them would ever agree to sing a gimicky song like this if it had such grim conotations.
    OS Was Hereon June 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat a weird- of all the people it could be; Ted Bundy. I always assumed that the singer was expressing himself. The "ten thousand people," line gave me that impression, I think.
    Hraesvelgon May 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTed Bundy? What dickhead come up with that?
    ISeeBluePeopleon July 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great, evn thought the guitar riff towards the end is almost straight out of the song immediatley before it on the album, "Miss America".

    As to the meaning, i agree with charadeur.
    Achoryon February 23, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningi heard tommy shaw in an interview say that he wrote the lyrics to this song when his older brother came home from vietnam...i've always thought this is one of the best songs that very few people have ever heard even before finding out it was written from the perspective of a returning vet & now i'm even more impressed by it...definitely one of tommy shaws best songs.
    jdshr2on December 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow what kind of sick mind sees Ted Bundy in this song. You probibly believe the Beatles wrote Helter Skelter for Charles Manson.
    gary62on June 24, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of Ted Bundy.
    In the first verse when it writes:
    Another year has passed me by
    Still I look a myself and cry
    What kind of man have I become? ----
    ----This could have been something Ted Bundy
    did and said when he realized he would
    recieve the death penalty, he had no remourse
    for what he did but wanted to avoid the electric chair,
    although i do no know everything that went on in Ted Bundy's head, in fact i know very little.

    In the second verse when it writes:
    Ten Thousand people look my way
    But they can't see the way that I feel
    Nobody even cares to try ----
    ---This reminds me of his facade, his denial
    of having killed all those girls, like the
    public was supposed to believe in his
    innosence.
    I think though that the death penalty
    is an awful thing, but Ted Bundy scares
    the heck out of me. This song is a great song
    and can be virtuallty about anyone,
    for me, its about Ted Bundy.
    incubus_gigbutton April 26, 2003   Link

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