I'm a melancholy man, that's what I am,
All the world surrounds me, and my feet are on the ground.
I'm a very lonely man, doing what I can,
All the world astounds me and I think I understand
That we're going to keep growing, wait and see.

When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known.
Another man is what you'll see,
Who looks like you and looks like me,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn't think like you and me,
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see.

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    General CommentI agree folks either love it or hate it. I, too, love it. It starts out kind of square (ie, not hip), but gets better with ".. when all the stars ..."

    It is one of those tunes left up to the interpretation of the listener. For me, I don't think the melancholy man is God or Jesus (neither would be melancholy even at the end of the world - also, they *would* see what you and I see).

    But, rather, he is one of the "good men this world's ever known", one, in particular, that has had a lot to say.

    To me, this would be a classic author or songwriter, one who comments on the state of humanity (Twain, Dickens, John Lennon, etc.) Often these are truly good men, but not particularly happy since they see and write about the state of human affairs.

    What I cannot reconcile with this interpretation is "he can't see what you and I can see". Usually a wise old commentator on the state of humanity *can* see what you and I see. My best guess is if you and I are blissfully ignorant, happy people, and the melancholy man cannot see the little things that make us happy.
    tsreybon August 10, 2006   Link

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