It came on the car radio this morning, and reminded me that this was probably the big single of 1977 - just about the beginning of the end time for me with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Now, you might understand that as a doubting elder with many deep issues at hand (it was the Ray Franz era of disenchantment for many elders)...I never heard much from them about the lyrics.
However - listening to it today, I can see where a "good" dubbie might find it to be at least as demonized as the smurfs cartoons.
And yet, very ironically, looking at them then and now, I always viewed it to be a sort of pop-social commentary on the california celebrity scene.
Stretching it a little, you could almost compare the traveler's nightmare experience to getting trapped into the Jehovah's Witnesses - thinking it was a safe haven but then finding out that "you can never leave".
"We haven't had that spirit here since 1959". "In the master's chamber they gathered for the feast"...
Yes, I can apply a lot of this to the cult entrapment experience.