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"Find Your Way Back" by Jefferson Starship (Modern Times, 1981)

Melody and the Pier to Forever: a novel about friendship by Shawn Michel de Montaigne





Find Your Way Back

Jefferson Starship





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You know it's been a long, long road

Since I packed up and left on my own

And I can carry a heavy load

Just tryin' to get back to a heart


I sure ain't got no home

I seem to find love where I ramble

And when it's time to go

I hear that voice again:


Sayin', "Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart

Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart!"


Leave a message with the rain

You can find me where the wind blows

The snow across the pain

And the frost upon the heart


You got no place to be!

Still you wonder where you're goin'

And why I had to leave

I hear a voice and it says to me:


"Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart

Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart!"


To a heart!

Come on!


I know it's too late now

But I wish I could go back in time

And start all over somehow

And get it right from the start


"Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart

Find your way back

Find your way back to a heart!"


Find your way back (Find your way back) Find your way back!

Find your way back (Find your way back) Find your way back!

Find your way back (Find your way back) Find your way back!

Find your way back (Find your way back) Find your way back!



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Few anthems can even hope to have the power this one does.

I find it particularly interesting, because he doesn't sing:

"Find your way back to her heart,"

but "Find your way back to a heart."

By hook or by crook he has found himself in a heartless place.

The longing drives this song even more than the powerful beat.


This song has stopped me from whatever I was doing

so many times over the forty-plus years since its release

that I've lost count.

It speaks directly to me:

I have been in heartless places most of my life.

Finding my way back has been a lifelong mission.

But where is "back," you might ask?

For me, it's that rarest state of grace before

all the trauma wrought upon me by so many others,

all heartless.


This one's for you, Melody.





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Cover Art: Melody and the Pier to Forever by yours truly



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