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L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is 'lay back'
Palm trees grow, and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin' about
Making my way back

Well I'm New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I'm lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
New York's home, but it ain't mine no more

"I am," I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am," I cried
"I am," said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein' a king
And then became one
Well except for the names and a few other changes
I you talk about me, the story's the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I've tried, but it won't let me go
And I'm not a man who likes to swear
But I never cared for the sound of being alone

"I am," I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am," I cried
"I am," said I
And I am lost, and I can't even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Written by Neil Diamond

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    sandybrookeNov 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    I think this is a man who doesn't have enough support to affirmt the essence of who he is. He must have known his destiny but struggled to affirm the reality of it. He is crying out to be seen and heard which is all we want from each other. To be seen heard and bekeived in.
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    celal777Oct 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm
    These are the words of a man who is ready to hear the Gospel. All of us are lost because of sin since all are sinners (which is what the Bible declares). However, we suppress this truth with desperate grabs at things to fill the emptiness in our lives which can only be filled by God through Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh, come to die for our sin and take away the emptiness and give real meaning. These lyrics honestly state the true condition of every man which even fame and fortune cannot cure only God.
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    marytNov 15, 2008 at 4:37 am
    Loneliness...back then when he wrote the song, lots of things were different. Imagine, rents being low in Los Angles!!! Moving away from family and friends to establish new people in your life involves starting off new and lonely. At times you question yourself, should I move back to familarity or follow your dreams. It's a person caught between following your dreams which sometimes meaning leaving the familiar and comfortableness of life...and lonliness because there you have to start making friends again.

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