What's it like to be alone? I liken it to a balloon.""
There's something incredible in those lines about a way of looking at the world, at least for a pop star at his peak in 1971, soon to be gone.
Still, I can live by those lines and feel free.
Postscript: a commentator noted here that I had misheard the lyric. She claims he sings, "What's it like to be a loon? I liken it to a balloon," which does rhyme, but I get rather more from my misinterpretation. This would be a "mondegreen," a misinterpretation of a song lyric. I'll stick with it it, though, even if I love loons.