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The Wanderer Lyrics

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: The Essential Johnny Cash

THE WANDERER - U2 with Johnny Cash
(U2/Bono) written Gordan Lightfoot ??

I went out walking through the streets paved with gold
lifted some stones
saw the skin and bones
of a city without a soul
I went out walking under an atomic sky
where the ground won't turn
and the rain it burns
like the tears when I said goodbye
CHORUS
Yeah I went with nothing
nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering
I went drifting through the capitals of tin
where men can't walk
or freely talk
and sons turn their fathers in
I stopped outside a church house
where the citizens like to sit
they say they want the kingdom
but they don't want God in it
CHORUS
I went out with nothing
nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering
I went out walking
down that winding road
where no one's trusting no one
and conscience...a too heavy load
I went out riding, down that ol'eight lane
I passed by a thousand signs
looking for my own name
CHORUS
I went with nothing
but the thought you'd be there, too
Looking for you
I went out there in search of experience
to taste and to touch and to feel's as much
as a man can before he repents
I went out searching, looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who could sit at his father's right hand
I went out walking with a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one
Now Jesus, don't you wait up
Jesus, I'll be home soon
Yea I went out for the papers
told her I'd be back by noon
Yeah I left with nothing
but the thought you'd be there too
looking for you...
Yeah I left with nothing
nothing but the thought of you...
I went wandering
Comments/Interpretations
by R.L. Broughton II on 1/25/2009 6:52pm
I see this song as a symbol for life lived outside of God. I believe it's the human condition to wander, if we don't have God. Without His guidance, we as sheep, are lost. However, this song transcends religon. It's simply put, the human condition in a song.
by Caminante on 7/11/2011 8:38am
I think it has to do with the pursuit of truth, however defined, thru traveling.


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