Ruth B: Lost Boy Meaning
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Song Released: 2016
Lost Boy Lyrics
There was a time when I was alone
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too
Then one night, as I closed my eyes,
I saw a shadow flying...
anonymous May 19th, 2016 5:19am report
I disagree with the notions of drug abuse and suicide. The overarching theme of the song is that the speaker doesn't have a place to call 'home,' as evidenced by "no place to call home," "the town that never loved me," and "You (Neverland) are now my home sweet home." Neverland is the imaginary utopia the speaker uses to escape his harsh reality. The line "I realized I finally had a family" indicates that the speaker is either an orphan or feels unloved by his family, both attributing to a desire to substitute a false world for his true existence. "Neverland is home to lost boys like me" suggests that the speaker has witnessed the same desperate situation in many; this line and others connote a cruel neighborhood in which the speaker has been raised. I find the lines "'Run, run, lost boy,' they say to me,
'Away from all of reality' to be especially powerful as they connect the two realms - the imagination and the reality; in reality, 'they' are really the speaker, forcing himself into the fantasy to cope with his miserable life. It is an effective and emotional message which utilizes a common literary allusion to convey the distress of an impoverished, young black man in the city. It is both sorrowful and beautiful.
anonymous Apr 11th, 2017 4:47am report
Peter Pan= mental illness
Captain Hook= therapist/ family
Lost boys=other people who have committed suicide
Peter Pan (mental illness) convinces you to come to neverland (commit suicide) and stay away from Captain Hook (people trying to keep you alive). Twisted view considering most people look at Peter as good and Captain Hook as bad. Probably looking way into it But that just my thoughts and how I feel about the song. Such a beautiful song
anonymous Feb 17th, 15:40 report
I think this song was about a runaway orphaned child who was living on the streets, cold, hungry, and alone. I interpret this from the intro, 'There was a time, When I was alone, Nowhere to go, And no place to call home,' and as for, 'My only friend was the Man in the Moon, but even sometimes he would go away too,' was the child's hope/imagination. Maybe the child was hoping/imagining his/her family was still out there and waiting for him/her to come home. and I think Peter Pan is an angel that came to bring the child to Heaven [Neverland] and the Lost Boys are other children that had died. I find this song very powerful, and I hope you do too.
anonymous Oct 30th, 10:51pm report
My daughter is transgender, I just found out this past month. When I heard this song I cried. It is beautifully written.
anonymous Oct 17th, 10:49pm report
As I see it neverland is heaven that's why the kids never grow old, and everything is happy. Peter pan I see as "God" or whatever you what to believe. So in other words he killed himself and has now been taken to heaven or he is fighting cancer or any other sickness and God has taken him to heaven
anonymous Jul 30th, 2017 7:30pm report
I interpret this song as someone's escape from depression or a stressful time. For example, a young girl who's run away from an abusive home comes up with or reads of an place where she escaped from her troubles by imagining a world without it all. She uses the term "I am a Lost Boy" not to be gay but as a tell for the group she imagines herself in - Or as a title, not a gender. She imagines herself in a group that understands what she's been through and they all play and have adventures to help them escape from that abuse.
anonymous Apr 28th, 2017 4:08pm report
I've encountered many versions of the Peter Pan story in my lifetime. My favorite is "Hook" with Robin Williams as Peter Pan. The way I understand the story, Peter Pan is a boy who never grows up. Tinkerbell is a Fairy who helps him create his fantasy in Never Land. The Lost Boys are his friends who play with him in Neverland. Captain Hook is the evil Corporate type who, in reality, makes people's lives miserable. All in all, it is about fantasy and avoiding growing up to face this cold, cruel world. I know because I too have been accused of being a Peter Pan. I do not mind that. Anyhow, this song is very true to form and a good representation of the original meaning. I love it! Other people may read other things into it, but I like to think it is just that simple. Thanks, Peter
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anonymous Mar 23rd, 2017 3:34am report
In Neverland, no one grows up. In the music video a second hand ticks along with the song. At one point near the end the second hand stalls. Sometimes a clock or watch stopping is used to symbolize someone dying for example, in the song "My Grandfather Clock", where an old man's grandfather clock stops when he dies.
I thought that since the theme was Neverland, where no one becomes an adult, the song was about a boy who had died and thus would never grow up. The boy wasn't loved for some reason and was lost in life, so associated his situation with a story he loves and wishes were real, Peter Pan.
When the boy died, Peter Pan came to take him to Neverland, or what he wants heaven to be like.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2016 12:55pm report
I think its about someone who is in a dark place, and is referring to neverland as death, and that death is the only option they can think of that will make things better
anonymous Nov 25th, 2016 11:40pm report
My interpretation of this song is a girl, lost in a boys body. I believe she finally realized that she was gay and was living in a world where she couldn't find herself. I think Peter pan is that lost boy inside her body who was running from captain hook (society) and finally had the courage to come out. I hope I am wrong but this is what is sounds like to me.
anonymous Sep 16th, 2016 9:56pm report
To me this song is about an abused or bullied person who's given up and went to "Neverland"
singerstargirl Aug 25th, 2016 8:57am report
I think this song is about finding friendship when you least expect it. Friends can help you escape your troubles for a little while, "away from all of reality," as she puts it. Even when you think you are alone, there is always someone to help you however they can.
anonymous Aug 9th, 2016 8:36pm report
I think it is about a person who is very lonely and sad in her life for a long time. She finally found someone who believed in her and gave her happiness she never had.
anonymous Aug 1st, 2016 8:59pm report
My young nephew just passed from cancer. This song reminds me of his battle. Being alone and no where to go to escape it. Peter Pan is God and Neverland is heaven. It is a beautiful story about God taking him away to his beautiful destiny to run and play in heaven. The symbolism is strong throughout even pixie dust as a last rite. I can only hope his passing was as beautiful and peaceful as it is portrayed in this beautiful song.
anonymous Jul 22nd, 2016 7:48pm report
I honestly just had this discussion with my friends, I have always thought it was about addiction and sucide. Peter Pan is the addiction which it is drugs, alcohol, cutting and etc.... Captain Hook as death. Neverland as what your hoping to see after death or your way out. Verse 2 and the rest are about the being sucidal.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2016 6:29am report
Well we all must know about the true story lines of Peter Pan's intention. You see the author of the book being J.M. Barrie wrote it about a real family overcoming their mother being severely ill with her children being a representation of the lost boys without their mother. Neverland is heaven and we can say that Peter was some kind of angel figure. Peter Pan was named after one of the sons who J.M eventually took up as his own from the three boys the woman he liked to call his friend had. He used play as his canvas finding inspiration in child play. It is all told in the true story being in "Finding Neverland."
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