This song may be inspired by an Edgar Lee Masters poem called Jonathan Houghton
. From the poem:
"And a boy lies in the grass
Near the feet of the old man,
And looks up at the sailing clouds,
And longs, and longs, and longs
For what, he knows not:"
From the song: "The boy lies in the grass, unmoving
Staring at the sky"
"When I leave I don't know
What I'm hoping to find"
The poem ends with the now old boy returning to his old childhood home and finding it commercially developed and busy, and longing for the way it used to be. The song ends by hinting that the boy will someday desire what he's leaving behind.
emerson - Butler, PA