Ruth B: Lost Boy Meaning
Song Released: 2016
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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 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 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 Oct 16th, 10:13am report
Ive always have these dark, negative, and suicidal thoughts in the back of my head and this song definitely pull them all up afront. Like it's reminding me of all the pain ive been through, all the sadness and loneliness, and that I'll never be accepted and loved, that things will only get worse until i decided to take Peter's hand and leave this world to Neverland
anonymous May 1st, 2019 5:38am report
I honestly think that’s it is about death. The time being alone is the person suffering. With nowhere to go being no way out of it. Man in the moon probably being quite literal. Maybe they did have some sort of fascination with the moon. I’m feeling suicide in the part where she talks about the night the person closes there eyes. They were dying and they saw an angel. (Peter pan) the talking part is probably the angel explaining what’s going to happen. (The person will die and going to heaven) never land is heaven. Sprinkling in pixie dust probably more like taking the soul away, when he told them to believe he was probably trying to comfort the person, most likely telling them that everything will be alright. The cloud of green is maybe what they saw as they were going to heaven. Beautiful destiny. (heaven) the town that never loved them was probably life or Earth. As they soared above it, the person believed that everything was going to be okay. Tinker bell, Captain Hook, and Wendy are probably family members, saying as it’s their favorite storybook. Maybe it’s about suicide or death after a terminal illness. Whichever it is, it’s definitely an A+ on hitting you in your heart.
anonymous Mar 11th, 2019 3:58pm report
This is about Corey Feldman. He went to Neverland ranch and was in a movie called Lost Boys. It is about him being lost in despair as a sexually abused boy. MJ is Captain hook.
anonymous Feb 21st, 2019 2:03pm report
I myself am not quite sure, but I feel as though it's an interpretation of someone who is struggling to find themselves. This may not be accurate, but as a teen myself it is a complicated process of trying to make friends, or fit in with anyone. I get the strangest feeling from the way the song is portrayed that maybe it's about a kid who has lost all of their friends, because 'she' is having trouble with her identity. Maybe 'she' feels she was meant to be a boy, and her friends and family are not excepting who 'she' wants to be. She feels lonly and unsure about life, so she takes hers. She thinks that life would be better off without her. Peter Pan is the portrayed as an angel, who takes her to 'neverland' or heaven. Where she meets the other angels and she is happy that they accept her, or 'the lost boy' for who he is. Saying he finally has a family is meaning that they accept him for who he is. Again this is just a thought and there are many others as well but I feel somehow it feels pretty accurate.
anonymous Jan 24th, 2019 1:27pm report
Some of you in the comments got it so wrong she literally has a video where she explains it... At the beginning of the first verse it shows that vibe of loneliness and kind of also showing a youthful meaning to it.. In the chorus it goes from feeling lonely to find I'm yourself.. And the second verse shows a vibe of confidence and showing that through the hardships and pain will all lead to beauty.
anonymous Dec 14th, 2018 12:33pm report
This song is a beautifully written song. It speaks to people that have troubles and turn to the only thing they think can help them. In my opinion, I think Neverland is drugs because this song is about a person trying to escape reality and the only for them to relieve their troubles is taking drugs.
anonymous Aug 27th, 2018 8:44pm report
I think its a biblical reference. She is a “lost boy” like all of us are. We are alone, until Peter Pan comes to save us (Jesus) and take us to heaven (Neverland). Pixie dust is the hy spirit. Always on the run from Captain Hook (the devil, sin, drugs, addiction- whatever). When we have the holy spirit we are free- no more loneliness. I am not super religious- but this meaning really resonates with me. Its such a beautiful song!
anonymous Jun 25th, 2018 6:55am report
Peter pan is a Angel and the lost boy is someone who committed suicide captain book is the devil and never land is heaven
anonymous Mar 17th, 2018 3:29pm report
Lost boy is a song about drugs. Captain Hook is most likely the police, while Neverland is the feeling of being high or drunk. The song tells about a “lost boy” who doesn’t know what to do with their life. The “lost boy” turns to drugs to escape their existence. Peter Pan is probably the person who introduced them to drugs. The song states that it’s their “perfect story book” meaning they enjoy the feeling of being high/drunk. While the song can be interpreted as just a song about the story “Peter Pan”, the underlying meaning most likely revolves around drug use.
anonymous Feb 17th, 2018 2:40pm 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, 2017 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, 2017 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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