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Lyrics: "I'm going to go back there someday"
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alexx_kay
A while back, a friend of mine expressed surprise that the Muppet I most identified with was Gonzo. There are lots of reasons why, but one of the ones that remains most resonant is his song from "The Muppet Movie":

This looks familiar, vaguely familiar,
Almost unreal, yet, it's too soon to feel yet.
Close to my soul, and yet so far away.
I'm going to go back there someday.

Sun rises, night falls, sometimes the sky calls.
Is that a song there, and do I belong there?
I've never been there, but I know the way.
I'm going to go back there someday.

Come and go with me, it's more fun to share,
We'll both be completely at home in midair.
We're flyin', not walkin', on featherless wings.
We can hold onto love like invisible strings.

There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met.
Part heaven, part space, or have I found my place?

You can just visit, but I plan to stay.
I'm going to go back there someday.
I'm going to go back there someday.

The song as a whole, and the bolded lines in particular, capture well my feelings on first discovering SF conventions. The wonder of finding My Tribe, after years of not even knowing that such a thing existed. I still tear up at it.

Kermit is an Islander who lives close to the Mainland, and is conflicted about whether he should move there. Gonzo lives much further to sea, and couldn't even *conceive* of moving to the Mainland.

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I think I understand. Cool.

All of the Muppets are islanders except Sam, who is stuck in the middle of all these weirdos and can't understand them at all.

Actually, Statler and Waldorf are also mainlanders; they're just slumming in the islands.

Piggy is a native of the Muppet Pig Islands -- there's a whole subculture, it's clear -- and what she wants is to break into the mainland's attention. But she faces gender discrimination as well special (species-al) discrimination. And she hangs out with weirdos.

That's how I felt when I got to college. I remember walking up the hill past a guy wearing a T-shirt that said 'The SCA, just a bunch of harmless monarchists', while wearing my Cosmic Wimpout T-shirt. We stopped and chatted, and that was the beginning of one of the keystone friendships in my life.

I tear up a little over that, myself.

Awwwww...

I recall the event slightly differently. We walked *past* each other, each glancing at the other's shirt as we passed. About five paces later, we simultaneously stopped, turned, and said words to the effect of "I should know you." Which turned out to be delightfully true. It's moments like that that make me feel I live in a romantic comedy :-)

Actually, that is exactly how I remember it - I was alighting the story itself there.

But yup.

good grief I love that song, sniff...

I've been lucky enough to have a couple of jobs like that (including my current one).

That's always been one of my absolute favorite songs, too -- and that couplet, as well. Thanks for posting it and the insight behind it.

(Along with that feeling of "going back" to somewhere you haven't ever been, or have to create...)

And yeah - Gonzo isn't quite sure what the Mainland is, or where one might want to find it, or which particular kind of zany the people that live there *are*! ("But it'd be fun to find out! C'mon, Camilla...")


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