While the ships bearing their dreams
Sail out of sight

Jackson Browne - The Pretender lyrics meaning

Meaning

The loss of your dream is a hard thing to reconcile.

His hope of love that led to lasting happiness has become dimmer and more distant in the herd mentality of America. Warren Zevon put well in his song, "Disorder in the House":

"I just got my paycheck
I'm gonna paint the whole town grey
Whether it's a night in Paris
Or a Fresno matinee"

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