"Neal And Jack And Me" as written by Adrian Belew, William Scott Bruford, Robert Fripp and Anthony Charles Levin....
I'm wheels, I am moving wheels
I am a 1952 studebaker coupe
I'm wheels, I am moving wheels moving wheels
I am a 1952 starlite coupe...

En route, les Souterrains
Des visions do Cody, Sartori a Paris
Strange spaghetti in this solemn city
There's a postcard we're all seen before

Past wild-haired teens in dark clothing
With hands-full of autographed napkins we
Eat apples in vans with sandwiches, rush
Into the lobby life of hurry up and wait

Hurry up and wait for all the odd-shaped keys
Which lead to new soap and envelopes...
Hotel room homesickness on a fresh blue bed
And the longest-ever phone call home, no

Sleep no sleep no sleep no sleep and no mad
Video machine to eat time, a city scene
I can't explain, the Seine alone at 4am
The Seine alone at 4a.m, Neal and Jack and me

Absent lovers, absent lovers


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"Neal and Jack and Me" as written by Anthony Charles Levin Adrian Belew

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    General CommentMy guess on the "Absent lovers" lyric is rather than it being some kind of homo-erotic reference, it means the travelers are absent from their lovers, who are waiting at home.
    zorgoniteon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe whole album is dedicated to the BEAT generation
    eduon August 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah props to edu for getting this one right. If you all read "On the Road" and recognize Kerouac's "spontaneous prose" as he coined it, youll find that Belew is actually writing these lyrics how Kerouac would write in "On the Road". As for the homoerotic references, I doubt that Belew is referencing the band cause those guys are all married. Most of the Beats were gay, by the way. Kerouac fooled around with a dude but freaked out and never felt right about it again. Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and the rest of the beats used to have boy toys. Neil Cassady, too.

    omfgitsdtcon May 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnother Autobiography of life on the road as a famous musician, tough life, no doubt. I must be too homophobic to take the last line literally, esp any of the 'boys in the band' at this time: Fripp, Levin, Belew, Bruford.
    drds63on March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont think the last line is literal. he is probably talking about neal cassady and jack kerouac. he mentions kerouac's books in french "en route"=on the road. "des visions of cody"=visions of cody."les Souterrains"=the subterraneans. etc... what can i say, i love jack kerouac and this band is cool for making reference to him.
    21matchstickson July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont think the last line is literal. he is probably talking about neal cassady and jack kerouac. he mentions kerouac's books in french "en route"=on the road. "des visions of cody"=visions of cody."les Souterrains"=the subterraneans. etc... what can i say, i love jack kerouac and this band is cool for making reference to him.
    21matchstickson July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI personally agree with drds63 in that I think it's about the life of a travelling rock star. There are references to several aspects of the travelling life, such as new culture (strange spaghetti), the local night life (Past wild-haired teens in dark clothing
    With hands-full of autographed napkins we
    eat apples in vans with sandwiches), living in hotels (Hurry up and wait for all the odd-shaped keys
    Which lead to new soap and envelopes), and finally homesickness (the last 7 lines)
    seigion May 30, 2006   Link

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