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Lost Boy

The song “Lost Boy” by Ruth B is about a boy who does not want to grow up and escapes reality to play in his imagination with Peter Pan. In an interview, Ruth mentioned the inspiration behind the song was a tv show called Once Upon a Time. The song brought Ruth a huge unexpected success. Still, the fans had their own interpretation of the song, thinking it was about running away from responsibilities or even escaping by doing drugs. 

Peter Pan has been given a negative connotation by being referred to as Peter Pan syndrome, the adults who refuse to grow up and take responsibility. However, Ruth looks at the Peter Pan story with a deeper and more sophisticated outlook. The song starts by describing the feeling of being lonely and having a sense of not belonging. The song’s main idea is to go from feeling lonely to finding your Peter Pan in a passion or purpose. For Ruth, it was her piano and song writing. Neverland is a place you go to feel at home and free to be yourself when your life gets tough. It is about staying true to yourself and not seeking validation from others. The song ends with the important message that your hardships are a big part of your life and success story. In the end, it’s about looking back at your life events through the lens of love and realizing they each played their own purpose.

“I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we’re bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
“Run, run, lost boy, ” they say to me
Away from all of reality

Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free

Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy Darling
Even Captain Hook, you are my perfect story book
Neverland, I love you so
You are now my home sweet home
Forever a lost boy at last”


Image Credits:
Feature Image: Emily Wills, on Pixabay, Creative Commons