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day after tomorrow
by Alexandre J Arnau

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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i'd like to start out by saying that, this is not an original work, so i'm not even sure if i'm allowed to post this. it's a song by a brilliant songwriter and performer by the name of tom waits. i was moved to post this after reading jerry bolton's last piece, "three dead soldier's." i, like every american should have been, was outraged when i heard the news. i had originally wanted to express this in words here (and as some of you know, i have a knack for expressing rage and disgust). my outrage, however, was replaced by grief for those brave and honorable children, who died for something they believed in, even if our own president does not. all i know is that i want our children home. now. i found that i had no words to put down, that nothing i could have written would have done them justice. i think this simple song might.



I got your letter today
and I miss you all so much here
I can't wait to see you all
and I'm counting the days dear
I still believe that there's gold
at the end of the world
and I'll come home to Illinois
on the day after tomorrow

It's so hard and it's cold here
and I'm tired of taking orders
and I miss old Rockford town
up by the Wisconsin border
what I miss you won't believe
shovelling snow and raking leaves
and my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes every night
and I dream that I can hold you
they fill us full of lies
everyone buys
'bout what it means to be a soldier
I still don't know how I'm supposed to feel
'bout all the blood that's been spilled
will God on his throne
get me back home
on the day after tomorrow?

you can't deny the other side
don't wanna die anymore than we do
what I'm trying to say
is don't they pray
to the same God that we do?
and tell me how does God choose?
who's prayers does he refuse?
who turns the wheel
who rolls the dice
on the day after tomorrow?

I'm not fighting for justice
I am not fighting for freedom
I am fighting for my life
and another day in the world here
I just do what I've been told
we're just gravel on the road
and only the lucky ones come home
on the day after tomorrow

and the summer
it too will fade
and with it brings the winter's frost dear
and I know we too are made
of all the things that we have lost here
I'll be 21 today
I been saving all my pay
and my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow...





copyright (and all the other legal stuff) tom waits 2006

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Reviewed by Sue Hess 6/22/2006
i'm sure tom waits would be honored that you chose his words to express your feelings. it is a great song as many of his songs are
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/22/2006
There are no words. Thank you for posting Tom's lyrics and sharing your heart, Alexandre...

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