This is definitely a song about loneliness.
Let just say a farm boy from well, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
He might feel that he should do something different than his daddy did.
Farming, fishing, coal mining, you know what I mean
Not that he's not proud of his daddy but the big city has a way of luring a country boy.

He would not be there all too long before he got himself a pretty good job, you know what I mean
A factory somewhere, might even work himself up to be foreman someday, you can never tell
That still don't help his loneliness. See a man like that needs a good woman
Oh, he could find himself a woman pretty quick all right. Some city girls like the way a country boy would treat them
They would get themselves an apartment, you know on the 25th floor, apartment 2505
You know what I mean. They would live real well there for quite some time. He'd be bringing home the big bucks
It would be a year maybe when he'd be coming home from a couple hours of overtime
He 'd be making that long anxious walk down that short corridor, go in that door and then he'd see it, that note, you know the kind of note I mean, Dear John, I'm gone
A man like that would have his whole world fall down in front of his face
He'd find himself at 4 o'clock in the morning down at the nearest railroad station.
He don't really care where he goes. He don't really want to go home to Cape Breton yet.
Something about country boys
They don't like to go home a failure, you know what I mean.

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