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Take The Long Way Home Lyrics

Lyric discussion by mrjobu 

I can see the celebrity angle that the lyrics seem to suggest but I think this song is about a guy who got married young and is expressing regret.

This would be a guy who feels 'part of the crowd' when he's out on the town. He's in the spotlight - meeting new people, having fun, and (of course) meeting new women. The guy is narcissistic - he considers himself a Romeo - a lady's man.

When he got married everything changed. Now he's part of the scenery - he's the joke of the neighborhood (his crowd). His wife thinks he's 'part of the furniture' - but 'she used to be so nice'.

'Take the long way home' would be going out on the town instead of going home to his wife and family. He's married but he's living the single life and his wife thinks he's nuts (which might suggest midlife crisis).

The lyric 'there's no way out' is the feeling this guy has being stuck in a marriage he's unhappy with.

This guy sits back and thinks what could have been if he'd had more time when he was single.

In the end, when he's ready to settle down, no one's going to be there because he never really adapted to marrried life.

Maybe i'm taking the lyrics to literally - but that's my take.

You hit the nail right on the head. If you have been in a relationship like this, you know what it's like. He is on his way to divorce and trapped in a marriage that is going down the toilet fast. Very few who I have interpreted this song to, can here what I do in the lyrics.

I think this analysis is spot on. I picture a guy not wanting to go home to his suburban life and wife and taking the long way home so he doesn't have to be there.

I think this analysis is spot on. I picture a guy not wanting to go home to his suburban life and wife and taking the long way home so he doesn't have to be there.

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