Chicago: Saturday in the Park Meaning
Song Released: 1972
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Saturday in the Park Lyrics
anonymous Yesterday, 23:42 report
The song is very simple. Someone who spent a day in the park on a summer afternoon. Different people doing different things - a band playing,, people singing, people having a good time on a carefree day. The only "hidden" meaning is that a "Man playing guitar" refers to Terry Kath.
On the surface, the song is simply about enjoying a summer day in the park. However, there is something deeper here. There is a progression from "Saturday in the park", to "Another day in the park," in which he "thinks it was the Fourth of July", to "Funny (or sunny?) days in the park," in which "EVERY day's the Fourth of July." If "every day's the Fourth of July", as it is in the last stanza, that represents a vastly changed world! Is it foolish to hope for such a world--in which everything has become "a real celebration"? No! Because "Listen children, all is not lost, all is not lost." We shouldn't lose hope for such a world--if not for us, then for our children, or our children's children. How do we get there? "Will you help (the man playing guitar) change the world?" "If we want it, really want it," we can create a world of universal peace and understanding. Everyone has a role to play in creating an ideal world. "I've been waiting such a long time, for the day"--and so have we all, for many thousands of years. By the way, Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, has always been understood as a sample version of peace on earth and good will among all humanity. May it come soon for all of us, whoever and wherever we may be.
anonymous Feb 20th, 2017 2:06am report
I think the song is about a guy who's on drugs, thinking that everday's the 4th of July! I personally think that the "...a man selling ice cream,..." means that there's a drug dealer who's selling the drugs to the guy which he thinks that drugs is like ice cream to him! The drugs mess with his head so badly to the point where he thinks that the drug dealer who gave him is Italian! Everyday where the man isn't doing drugs, he has the hardest time to wait to do the drugs again on every Saturday night! He plans to change the world and brainwash everyone into thinking that some of the most HORRIBLE drugs are good, but soon realizes that most of his drugs are stolen but sees that all is not lost!
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