Traveler
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Whenever I think that I′m losing control
Think that my life force will split from my soul
Then I feel my future lies under my tongue

I wait for a bell which will never be rung
I know that I need to step over the line
And I feel my roots growing strong over time
That's when I start to hear
The freeway calling for me
Others hear it too
We just have to trust

That we choose the right traveler
From out of the crowd
Don′t choose the friendly one who's talking too loud
Don't choose the one filled with plans but no dreams
Don′t choose the one who is not what he seems
And if you stand still
You are traveling too
Making it easy for someone to choose you

We′re all on the run
And we all share one voice
And integrate while we all make the right choice

We chose the right moment
And everything clicks
You see the way forward and you move just a bit

Then you are traveling again for the best
Making your next choice
As good as the rest

If you stand still
You are traveling too
Making it easy for someone to choose you
Maybe you feel
Those other eyes upon you
Making it easy for someone to choose you
Making it easy

Traveling, traveling
Traveling, traveling
You are traveling, traveling
If you stand still
You are traveling (too), traveling
You are traveling, traveling
If you stand still
You are traveling (too), traveling




You are traveling, traveling
If you stand still

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Trey Anastasio's "Traveler" explore the theme of personal growth, making choices, and the importance of embracing change. The first verse sets the stage for the internal struggle and fear of losing control that the singer experiences. They acknowledge that their future lies within themselves and they need to take an active role in shaping it. The mention of waiting for a bell that will never ring represents the longing for something that will never come, emphasizing the need to take action instead of waiting for external forces to guide them.


The second verse introduces the concept of choosing the right traveler from the crowd. This can be interpreted as the importance of surrounding oneself with genuine and trustworthy individuals who share the same goals and dreams. The lyrics caution against choosing someone who talks loudly but lacks substance or someone who appears to be one thing but is actually another. Standing still is portrayed as a vulnerable position, as it makes it easier for someone else to make decisions for you. The lyrics suggest that all individuals are on a journey and have the power to make their own choices.


The chorus reinforces the idea that everyone is constantly traveling on their own paths and making choices. The repetition of "traveling, traveling" emphasizes the ongoing nature of this process. Standing still is once again highlighted as a passive and potentially undesirable state, as it makes it easy for others to dictate one's direction. The mention of "other eyes upon you" suggests the pressure of external influences and the need to be aware of them in order to make autonomous choices.


Overall, "Traveler" encourages listeners to take an active role in their lives, make intentional choices, and surround themselves with genuine individuals who share their dreams and aspirations. It emphasizes the continuous nature of personal growth and the potential consequences of standing still.




Writer(s): Trey Anastasio

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