If You’re Feeling Homesick, This One’s For You: “I Am I Said,” By Neil Diamond [Video]

Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond grew up in New York (specifically, Brooklyn), then he lived in Los Angeles for most of his adult years (I don’t know where he resides today). “I Am I Said” is about Neil enjoying Los Angeles, missing New York, and feeling lost between the two worlds.

These days, I’ve been missing L.A. and “well except for the names and a few other changes, if you talk about me, the story’s the same one.”

I Am I Said
Written by Neil Diamond

L.A.’s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is ‘lay back’
Palm trees grow, and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin’ about
Making my way back

Well I’m New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I’m lost between two shores
L.A.’s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home, but it ain’t mine no more

“I am,” I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
“I am,” I cried
“I am,” said I
And I am lost, and I can’t even say why
Leavin’ me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein’ a king
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/n/neil-diamond-lyrics/i-am-i-said-lyrics.html ]
And then became one
Well except for the names and a few other changes
If you talk about me, the story’s the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I’ve tried, but it won’t let me go
And I’m not a man who likes to swear
But I never cared for the sound of being alone

“I am,” I said
To no one there
An no one heard at all
Not even the chair
“I am,” I cried
“I am,” said I
And I am lost, and I can’t even say why
Leavin’ me lonely still

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