I've got nothing on my mind
Nothing to remember
Nothing to forget
And I've got nothing to regret
But I'm all tied up on the inside
No one knows quite what I've got
And I know that on the outside
What I used to be, I'm not anymore

You know I've heard about people like me
But I never made the connection
They walk one road to set them free
And find they've gone the wrong direction

But there's no need for turning back
'Cause all roads lead to where I stand
And I believe I'll walk them all
No matter what I may have planned

Can you remember who I was?
Can you still feel it?
Can you find my pain?
Can you heal it?
Then lay your hands upon me now
And cast this darkness from my soul
You alone can light my way
You alone can make me whole once again

We've walked both sides of every street
Through all kinds of windy weather
But that was never our defeat
As long as we could walk together

So there's no need for turning back
'Cause all roads lead to where we stand
And I believe we'll walk them all
No matter what we may have planned

Lyrics submitted by Novartza

Crossroads Lyrics as written by Don Mclean

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    This song has a great deal of meaning for me. At quite an early age I realized I was gay which caused me a great deal of anguish and almost led to commit suicide. I had therapy to get me over the anger that was inside me and I decided to come out to my parents who to my surprise accepted me for who I was. As a result of this I struck up a close bonding with my mother. As she died in 2007 I am now on my own. I am now alone and the song sums up my feelings as I reach my twilight years. To quote the last verse ' So there's no need for turning back 'Cause all roads lead to where we stand. And I believve we'll walk them all no matter what we may have planned' I am now at peace.

    gladbill19on February 16, 2013   Link
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    That's what is great about the song. Everyone is right. The songs can bring tears to my eyes so easily. Trying to learn piano at 51 is challenging. I'm trying to get this song down by fall.

    jttehallon June 14, 2013   Link
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    I love the line "You know i've heard about people like me, but i never made the connection". Kind of fits in with my depression, and my refusal to admit it...

    Another dead heroon March 15, 2005   Link
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    This always makes me think of someone that once had it all, in terms of friendship and love, and finds that it all has slipped away and they are leading a life with no meaningful connection to anyone. I love the line "Can you remember who I was, can you still feel it Can you find my pain, can you heal it" It reinforces my interpretation, I feel like he is speaking of a past love that he wants to come back, because he not only misses her, he misses who he was.

    powershota520on April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    vivid symbolic imagery but no subjective surrealism.

    TheThornBirdson February 04, 2009   Link
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    I just heard this song for the first time ever and was totally and completely moved. I work along side an organisation called Crossroads, and the song fits in with the people that they deal with so completely.

    "Then lay your hands upn me now, and cast this darkness from my soul. You alone can light my way, you alone can make me whole, once again."

    It's just beautiful.

    madd_kittyon March 07, 2005   Link
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    I have been listening to Don Mclean for years and I have had the album "American Pie" which included this song, for more than a few years as well. I just can't put words into any kind of organization that would do this song enough credit, because it clearly is a masterpiece (just like all the rest of Mr.Mclean's songs).

    gaviomenon February 05, 2006   Link
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    this is the most touching and sad song for me. i hope my wife and i can still make it after several more years. i know i love her and that will always stay true but difficult times in life are inevitable which i am hoping will not affect our relationship.

    paoloon February 23, 2006   Link
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    gavio men says I just can't put words into any kind of organization that would do this song enough credit

    how about a little bit of context???

    i think you look at it the wrong way, this is one of the few songs that does the organisations credit

    sl8ron July 18, 2006   Link
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    Almost like a contradiction... (nothing to remember nothing to forget) but yet he's still (all tied up o the inside). Sometimes to the outside world they don't notice the full velocity of feelings that are travelling in the undercurrent of our minds.. (what i used to be I'm not anymore), someone who has changed, will they still be loved and will someone still accept them for who they are? It sounds as if the writer feels he has taken a turn for the worse, whether physically or mentally and it through a lot of soul searching he comes to realise that it's all part of lifes course and is something to be worked through, all easier to look back on with hindsight though. It is not clear whether his companion is another person or whether on a more spiritual note that is a God of sorts.

    Lollyliciouson October 18, 2006   Link

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