Come down off your throne and leave your body alone, somebody must change
You are the reason I've been waiting so long, somebody holds the key
Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

Come down on your own and leave your body alone, somebody must change
You are the reason I've been waiting all these years, somebody holds the key
Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home

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Can't Find My Way Home Lyrics as written by Steve Winwood

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    General CommentThis song is specifically about Eric Clapton. Eric was like a big brother to Steve when Steve first came to London. They played music Eric took Steve under his wing so to speak. They had a bond too as they approached music in a similar way... There was a understanding that one day they would play together in a common band..

    Eric went on to form Cream with G baker and J Bruce - literaly the first super group. Eric went through the legendary experience and when it was finally over he was exausted mentally and from the world stage and drugs.

    Timing was such that Blind Faith could come together with Steve taking the leadership and fronting the band- Eric did not want the spotlight. Blind Faith another super group had expectations by the public higher then Creams... One (great) album - one so so tour where Eric was introduced and found a grounding with Delaneny and Bonnie - the music and the culture..

    This song is Steve's message to stop seeing yourself as a rock god, stop abusing your body with hard drugs etc.... then wasted can't find the way home, where home is" the music" that these two shared in common earlier...

    Taking himself out of the super group spotlight Eric bolted on Steve and Blind Faith found time with D and B matured....

    rest is history with the two great ones finally reuniting last year... It was a beautiful thing to see and hear...

    The Blind Faith recording is real in that the music tells a story of what going on with the players at that time - It has aged like fine wine too.

    veriloudon May 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti always took the chorus to be this

    "WHEN i'm near the end and I just ain't got the time, WHEN i'm wasted [you can hear them say when a bit before this in some live versions rather than "and"] and I can't find my way home

    i took this to mean a battle over religious authority b/c also there is an "Oh Lord" thrown in a couple live versions and i even think it's subtly heard in the recording with Winwood on vocals.. anywho - the oh lord is generated towards God, and the singer is saying when im near the end, (the "end" of life), and I just ain't got the time (i no longer have time to do the things that I enjoy doing right now) When i'm wasted (mucho possibilities) and I can't find my way home... (is having one final trip maybe? or not even trip, maybe out of Sobriety the singer is saying when he just cant go on deviating about what else might lie out there.

    great song. melodious and even well done with harmony vocals live.
    perigrintook713on May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove, love, love this song! I think it's about all the crap we do to try to be happy and for what? "Come down off your throne" - I think thats the ego. "leave your body alone" - physical doesnt equal happiness either. Then it's like we get to the end and we're so weary cuz we've wasted it all. Basically, we all just want to go home...
    viksteron July 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWaiting for Jesus. But you have it within you all this time. Follow your heart.
    zillerzillon March 05, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationIMHO this song is sung by the person who stays behind in a small town while the other is off seeing the world or gone to the big city. The person who left is on their throne - thinks they are too good for the small town or the home town. The person behind is not chasing them, but staying put. - only the 'gone person' has the "key". Although the person left behind has been "waiting so long" they do not plan to do so indefinitely. They are "wasted" exhausted. "aint got the time" - Time is ticking. If female, bio-clock is running. Either sex, the good ones are getting hitched. They risk being single and never having a family or "home".

    It makes sense either way: as a monologue to one's self. "Get your act together or you will end up alone", or to the person who left, "Hey you have a good thing here you are about to lose forever."I think it is a combination.

    Check out "The Judds" song "Why not me" for a country example of the same topic. Listen to that song and re-read the lyrics again.

    I don't think this is about drug abuse or addiction. In the 60's, 99% of songs glorified drugs. Exceptions Steppenwolf: "DG the pusher man" and Lynyrd Skynyrd: "that smell". few others. Early rock songs were heavily influenced by jazz, blues, country that show cased a lot of problem relationships. That is still the major topic in all popular music.
    1133983080on May 22, 2019   Link

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