Hey Sandy, what the hell is Tom Sawyer about?

I was driving in the car on Thanksgiving and Tom Sawyer came on the radio. I’ve heard the song 100 times but my cousin raised a point that had never occurred to me – what in the hell is that song about? It’s such a bunch of nonsense. Sandy, I assume if anyone can answer the question it’s either you or Mike Winstead who I used to work with at Little Caesars, and since I share blogspace with you, the podium is yours. Is what separates great songwriters from the rest of us the ability to feel no shame at writing nonsense?

A modern-day warrior
Mean mean stride,
Todays tom sawyer
Mean mean pride.

Though his mind is not for rent,
Dont put him down as arrogant.
His reserve, a quiet defense,
Riding out the days events.
The river


And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society.
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift.

The world is, the world is,
Love and life are deep,
Maybe as his eyes are wide.

Todays tom sawyer,
He gets high on you,
And the space he invades
He gets by on you.

No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government.
Always hopeful, yet discontent,
He knows changes arent permanent,
But change is.

And what you say about his company
Is what you say about society.
Catch the witness, catch the wit,
Catch the spirit, catch the spit.

The world is, the world is,
Love and life are deep,
Maybe as his skies are wide.

Exit the warrior,
Todays tom sawyer,
He gets high on you,
And the energy you trade,
He gets right on to the friction of the day.

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