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"Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together"
"I've got some real estate here in my bag"
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies
And we walked off to look for America

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now"
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I've gone to look for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America
All gone to look for America

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  • U
    UnregisteredApr 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    Not quite... I'm thinking it was either window pane or orange sunshine. They were taking a trip alright. Split a piece of 4-way wp and they could have seen a share of things on that journey - or thought they were seeing them.
  • s
    shalomApr 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm
    This song is done in simple sweetness. A young couple, seeking out life on merely a dream and pocket money. They are Americans, yet this song I believe is a song about the immigration of the heart. Being in a country, where all freedom is around you, a place where many from other people from other countries dream of coming to. This couple decides to go find America within America. The irony is, just as an immigrant from a distant country thinks he longs for a different country to live in, he finds that when he arrives, his happiness is moot. He longs for home, is empty and aching. So is as well, for persons within their own land, when you leave what you know as home, even while seeking out places in your own homeland, the homesickness follows
  • U
    UnregisteredNov 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    They're two youngsters from the mid-West going to New York. That's the 'finding America' bit - notice the end up on the New Jersey Turnpike. They don't have money - hence running out of cigarettes. And of course, if they had money, they'd have a car instead of going by hitch-hike and bus. I think that they've come from separate places 'it took *me* four hours to hitchhike from Saginaw', so it could be that they are eloping (or the flower-power equivalent).
    But when they get there, she's not in tune with his moods and falls asleep while he's awake wondering where he fits in, in this world, and he looks out of the bus and where the night before there was an open field with a moon, now the Turnpike is crammed with cars - emblem of wealth but also of anonymity.
  • U
    UnregisteredAug 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    Looking after the american dream while you don't have even a cigarette at your raincoat. But he has his lovely kathy.
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    Canada1980May 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    It is the inevitable search for truth. This search often comes at crossroads at a younger age where uncertainty exists. This being said, however, can be, a quest for all different ages of people and may last any length of time, if not, forever. Wether this journey takes place in a sober physical world or in a path of excess the gentle nature of this song suggests the tour of solitude and communal simularity of mankind.

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