Tumbleweed
Bianca Casady & The C.i.A Lyrics


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Soon my friend with the stars in his eyes
Is coming back to the green
After what he has seen
Fifteen years for the magic to break
And the message to sink in
Now he is thinking
Just can't take it no more
The big screen's gotten so small
To somebody's Porsche
He's gotta clean with a mop
This is not the top he was dreaming of
He was dreaming of

And he feels, and he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
And he feels, yes he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
God save the Queen

Says he's gonna get back his cross of burning gold
Says he's gonna take back his arrows of desire
But the dark satanic mills are just the same
And the greedy old crows are still playing their same old games

But he feels, but he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
And he feels, yes he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
God save the Queen

Tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Tumbleweed in Tinseltown

Could have been Johnny Depp
If he just had the chance, to advance
Could have been working with Spielberg
Get your fiddle and dance
Dance, dance, dance
At the burger joint they say what's the point
In Tinseltown, Tinseltown
At the restaurant, living for tips
Tumbleweed in Tinseltown





Tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Tumbleweed in Tinseltown

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Tumbleweed in Tinseltown" by Bianca Casady and The C.i.A delve into the disillusionment and struggles of a friend who returns to the world of fame and glamour, represented by Tinseltown. The opening lines speak of this friend, who had once been enamored by the glitz and grandeur of the entertainment industry, with stars in his eyes, returning to the green, possibly referencing the lush landscapes contrasting the concrete jungle of Hollywood. However, after experiencing the harsh realities and complexities of the industry for fifteen years, the magic has faded, and the message has finally sunk in.


The lyrics convey a sense of resentment and disappointment as the friend realizes that the glamorous facade of Tinseltown is just an illusion, with the big screen now feeling small and unfulfilling compared to the materialism and superficiality symbolized by "somebody's Porsche." The imagery of having to clean with a mop alludes to the menial tasks and degradation he faces, far from the idealized image of success he once dreamed of.


The repeated refrain of feeling like tumbleweed in Tinseltown evokes a sense of aimlessness and being lost in a place that was once promising but now feels desolate and barren. Despite the friend's aspirations to reclaim his former glory and passion represented by the cross of burning gold and arrows of desire, he finds himself surrounded by the same oppressive forces and manipulative figures represented by the dark satanic mills and greedy old crows.


The mention of Johnny Depp and Spielberg underscores the friend's unrealized potential and missed opportunities in the entertainment industry, with the lyrics highlighting the futility and superficiality of the industry through references to burger joints, living for tips, and the overall emptiness and transience that define life in Tinseltown. The repetition of "Tumbleweed in Tinseltown" further emphasizes the friend's struggle to find his place and purpose in a world that promises stardom but often leaves dreams unfulfilled.


Line by Line Meaning

Soon my friend with the stars in his eyes
A close companion of mine, full of hope and ambition, will return to the entertainment industry.


Is coming back to the green
Returning to the lush, extravagant world of Hollywood.


After what he has seen
Following experiences that have opened his eyes.


Fifteen years for the magic to break
It took fifteen years for the illusion of Hollywood to shatter.


And the message to sink in
And for the harsh reality to truly sink in.


Now he is thinking
Now he is contemplating his situation.


Just can't take it no more
He can no longer bear the falsehoods of Hollywood.


The big screen's gotten so small
The grandeur of Hollywood has diminished.


To somebody's Porsche
Reduced to cleaning someone else's luxurious car.


He's gotta clean with a mop
Having to perform menial tasks to survive.


This is not the top he was dreaming of
Realizing that his aspirations were not leading him to success.


He was dreaming of
He had envisioned a different, more fulfilling future.


And he feels, and he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
He feels lost and aimless, forgotten in the glamorous world of Hollywood.


And he feels, yes he feels like tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Confirming his sense of insignificance and insignificance in Tinseltown.


God save the Queen
An expression of hope and supplication for help in this difficult situation.


Says he's gonna get back his cross of burning gold
He vows to reclaim his once bright and shining career.


Says he's gonna take back his arrows of desire
He proclaims his intention to regain his ambition and passion.


But the dark satanic mills are just the same
Realizing that the oppressive and corrupt aspects of the industry remain unchanged.


And the greedy old crows are still playing their same old games
The manipulative and selfish individuals in power continue their destructive behaviors.


Could have been Johnny Depp
Reflecting on missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential.


If he just had the chance, to advance
If only he had been given the opportunity to progress and succeed.


Could have been working with Spielberg
Imagining a successful career collaborating with renowned filmmakers.


Get your fiddle and dance
Encouraging to find joy and solace in music and movement.


Dance, dance, dance
Emphasizing the importance of finding pleasure and release through dance.


At the burger joint they say what's the point
In low-end establishments, questioning the meaning and purpose of their struggles.


In Tinseltown, Tinseltown
Highlighting the superficial and artificial nature of Hollywood.


At the restaurant, living for tips
In the service industry, surviving on meager earnings.


Tumbleweed in Tinseltown
Feeling adrift and unimportant in the glamour and brightness of Hollywood.




Lyrics © O/B/O DistroKid
Written by: Christopher Mills

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