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Sneaking Up on Boo Radley

From Spirit Trail (1998).

Inspired by Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Set in a small Alabama town during the Depression, the story concerns a young girl named Scout, her older brother Jem, and their widowed father, attorney Atticus Finch. This song’s focus is on the children’s fascination with their mysterious, reclusive, and somewhat frightening neighbour, Boo Radley: They say he’s crazy, they say he’s gone/We play our tricks, make up funny songs/Sneaking around, feeling badly/Sneaking up on Boo Radley. The song depicts the kids creeping around the Radley house, trying to catch a gimpse of Boo, and conveys their mixed feelings about what they’re doing: They say he’s funny, got a loose screw/Stay away, he’s a threat to you/Give him a break, what do we know/Might turn out we would like him so/We fear what we don’t know.

Sneaking Up on Boo Radley

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