asked Stevens if he is repenting for his previous positive mythologizing of America.
"Experience makes fools of us all," he said. "In experiencing so much and growing older, I've realized there was definitely a naivety to my former self. There was a hopefulness, joyfulness and playfulness to a lot of those early records that's been slowly receding over the years. It's hard for me to speak for it because it's happened so gradually, like watching a tree grow. But you start to lose faith in the structures of society as you get older, and I think that's coming to the surface now."