Signal got lost to the satellite
Got lost in the
Rideup to the
Plungedown;

Man sends the ray of the electric light
Sends the impulse
Through the air
Down to home

And you can stand
On the arms
Of the Williamsburg Bridge
Crying
Hey man, well this is Babylon
And you can fire out on a bus
To the outside world
Down to Louisiana
You can take her with you

I've seen the
Rains of the real world
Come forward on the plain
I've seen the Kansas of your sweet little myth
You've never seen it, no,
I'm half sick on the drinks you mixed
Through your

True dreams
Of Wichita

Brooklyn like a sea in the asphalt stalks
Push out dead air from a parking garage
Where you stand with the keys and your cool hat of silence
Where you grip her love like a driver's liscense

I've seen you
Fire up the gas in the engine valves
I've seen your hand turn saintly on the radio dial
I've seen the airwaves
Pull your eyes towards heaven
Outside Topeka in the phone lines
Her good teeth smile was winding down

Engine sputters ghosts out of gasoline fumes
They say You had it, but you sold it
You didn't want it, no
I'm half drunk on static you transmit
Through your

True dreams
Of Wichita

Punch it
I got, uh, fed
I got, uh, too much things on bounce, uh, my head
I got to burn 'em up
I got to burn 'em up now
I got to go uptown, uptown
I got a thing
I got a little bit pushed
got to stand on the corner and bellow for mush
I got a bomb
I got a baby bomb bomb
got to stand on the corner and bellow for my friend Tom
I got a thing, I got to thing it
I got to thing--team
I got to run my side

True dreams


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True Dreams of Wichita Lyrics as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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  • +2
    General Comment

    He's talking about radio transmissions:

    "Signal got lost to the satellite Got lost in the Rideup to the Plungedown" this refers to the fact that satellites have uplinks that beam information to up to them to be transmitted back down over an area.

    "Man sends the ray of the electric light Sends the impulse Through the air Down to home" the ray of electric light is a radio transmission

    "And you can fire out on a bus To the outside world Down to Louisiana You can take her with you" I think this refers to the fact that you can stay in contact with someone far away through radio transmission, i.e. cellular phones.

    "I've seen your hand turn saintly on the radio dial I've seen the airwaves Pull your eyes towards heaven Outside Topeka in the phone lines Her good teeth smile was winding down" again, refering to radio waves and communications.

    I think the whole theme is being long distance from someone and communicating with them through the air. I think perhaps theres something sort of beautiful and romantic about that, about that fact that cross country and all over the world there are people staying in touch with each other through transmissions. Sorta like reaching out and touching someone far away..

    Beautiful song, I have to say..

    BillKon March 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    big city people versus little small city... In the small city (especially Kansas), people have "big true dreams" Large more popoulated areas tend to have more real world people. In Kansas they are still someone pure. Its about a guy who has seen the world and goes to kansas... "I've seen the Kansas of your sweet little myth. You've never seen it, no," kinda my life story ... weird.

    BrianNevilleon March 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    FYI:

    The rap at the end was completely improvised.

    beau99on April 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "And you can stand On the arms Of the Williamsburg Bridge Crying Hey man, well this is Babylon"

    Some of my all time favorite Doughty Lyrics.

    shelby0711on October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Wonderful, wonderful song. Mike Doughty is a wonderful poet.

    Skaman2on September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Doughty had to have just felt this. I dont mean to say Doughty like I know him, but when I listen to this it just seems like he just free associated with the rhythm. It's effing great when he holds out on notes and it just sounds like he's sad. I can hear emotion

    duhzeal11on March 31, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    Doughty had to have just felt this. I dont mean to say Doughty like I know him, but when I listen to this it just seems like he just free associated with the rhythm. It's effing great when he holds out on notes and it just sounds like he's sad. I can hear emotion

    duhzeal11on March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    He's talking about radio transmissions:

    "Signal got lost to the satellite Got lost in the Rideup to the Plungedown" this refers to the fact that satellites have uplinks that beam information to up to them to be transmitted back down over an area.

    "Man sends the ray of the electric light Sends the impulse Through the air Down to home" the ray of electric light is a radio transmission

    "And you can fire out on a bus To the outside world Down to Louisiana You can take her with you" I think this refers to the fact that you can stay in contact with someone far away through radio transmission, i.e. cellular phones.

    "I've seen your hand turn saintly on the radio dial I've seen the airwaves Pull your eyes towards heaven Outside Topeka in the phone lines Her good teeth smile was winding down" again, refering to radio waves and communications.

    I think the whole theme is being long distance from someone and communicating with them through the air. I think perhaps theres something sort of beautiful and romantic about that, about that fact that cross country and all over the world there are people staying in touch with each other through transmissions. Sorta like reaching out and touching someone far away..

    Beautiful song, I have to say..

    BillKon March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    tom? mush?

    he's a fiening herion addict at the end! hes gotta calm down eh.

    retardotyleron June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    BillK is right.

    Doughty himself says it's about a long-distance relationship.

    beau99on April 21, 2007   Link

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