See Life's Road Before You
As heard on A Proper State, this song follows three ponderous numbers, and is slight by comparison - at 1:29, Leon's shortest recording since "Still They Pursue Me" two decades before. The lyric is a view of life where goals and targets are what matters, with love merely a distraction from these more important things. Thematically it echoes past Leon compositions about the deadening of feeling by ambition or pragmatism, such as "Soldiering On", "Story Line" or "Song of the Moderate Man".
Version 1 (2008)