Looking Into You

Album: Jackson Browne (1972)
  • Well I looked into a house I once lived in
    Around the time I first went on my own
    When the roads were as many as
    The places I had dreamed of
    And my friends and I were one
    Now the distance is done and the search has begun
    I've come to see where my beginnings have gone

    Oh the walls and the windows were still standing
    And the music could be heard at the door
    Where the people who kindly endured my odd questions
    Asked if I came very far
    And when my silence replied they took me inside
    Where their children sat playing on the floor

    Well we spoke of the changes
    That would find us farther on
    And it left me so warm and so high
    But as I stepped back outside
    To the grey morning sun
    I heard that highway whisper and sigh
    Are you ready to fly

    And I looked into the faces all passing by
    It's an ocean that will never be filled
    And the house that grows older and finally crumbles
    That even love cannot rebuild
    It's a hotel at best, you're here as a guest
    You oughta make yourself at home
    While you're waiting for the rest

    Well I looked into dream of the millions
    That one day the search will be through
    Now here I stand at the edge of
    My embattled illusions
    Looking into you

    The great song traveler passed through here
    And he opened my eyes to the view
    And I was among those who called him a prophet
    And I asked him what was true
    Until the distance had shown
    How the road remains alone
    Now I'm looking in my life
    For a truth that is my own

    Well I looked into the sky for my anthem
    And the words and the music came through
    But words and music will never touch
    The beauty that I've seen
    Looking into you and that's true Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Eric from San Francisco, CaA stunning song, my favorite song, along with Let it Be. The last line, "words and music will never touch the beauty that I have found, looking into you" is just a killer.
  • Don from Aurora, OhThe great song traveler passed through here
    And he opened my eyes to the view
    And I was among those who called him a prophet
    And I asked him what was true
    Until the distance had shown how the road remains alone
    Now I'm looking in my life for a truth that is my own

    He is talking about Bob Dylan here and how he was influenced by him. He talks about things we all can relate to then skwed the perspective and then turned that into poetry! He is a Master! He is also a master at his delivery as well he really lays it right out there pain and all! Joni Mitchell is that way also she is able to just lay it out like it or not that takes some guts to do that. They face not reconnecting with there fans at that time. There are only a few other artist that are at his level who have both content and delvery both down he has that and more!!
  • Victor from San Diego, CaThe great song traveler passed through here
    And he opened my eyes to the view
    And I was among those who called him a prophet
    And I asked him what was true
    Until the distance had shown how the road remains alone
    Now I'm looking in my life for a truth that is my own

    This is a reference to Bob Dylan. An enormous influence, and inspiration. He reconciles this by implying that over the course of time he has to personalize his message, and take the music some place it hasn't been!
    I'm so glad he did!

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