"Letters From The Wasteland" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Now coming down out of this swan dive to your arms
I make no sounds when I move through your reservoirs.
But I wake up quick, and I wake up sick as you abandon me into these fields of rank and file.
Through this cloud I hear you breathing.
Through these bars I watch them bring more in.

Now I send back letters from the wasteland home.
I slow dance to this romance on my own.
It may be two to tango but, boy, it's one to let go.
It's just one to let go.

Now, boy, keep still don't spread yourself around.
Get back in line, eat your bread, and just work the plow.
'cause you're not through they're not done with with you.
Did you think you were the only one that's been let down?
So sleep tight, little boys of the new damned.
Another drop in the tidal wave of quicksand.

Now I send back letters from the wasteland home.
I slow dance to this romance on my own.
It may be two to tango but, boy, it's one to let go.
It's just one to let go.

Now another bad idea gets through
down the assembly line to you.
You're every bridge I should have burned,
every lesson I've unlearned,
in this smoke filled waiting room
with incarcerated lovesick fools
I wait for you to cut me loose.

But till then I send back letters from the wasteland home.
Last slow dance to this romance on my own.
It may take two to tango but, boy, it's one to let go.
From the wasteland home I slow dance to this romance on my own.


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"Letters From The Wasteland" as written by Jakob Dylan

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  • +1
    General CommentAnother great Wallflowers song. Those guys are awesome.
    allenegirlon May 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Two to tango, just one to let go..." Jakob Dylan is an amazing songwriter. I think the line right before the chorus sums it up nicely: "With incarcerated lovesick fools I wait for you to cut me loose." It's all about a relationship he used to have but the girl ended it but he can't quite get over it, so he's still "slow dancing to this romance on my own." A very relatable song.
    sein514on October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe Wallflowers are awesome and I think Jakob Dylan should be given more credit than what he gets. This song is about a broken relationship.
    "....abondon me into these fields of rank and file..." This song is awesome.
    trapperjohnon August 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, I think sein514, was close but not dead on. I think this song is about a relationship that is dead but not over. There is no love anymore but the partners wish there was and remember the hope they felt in the beginning, that we all feel--they hoped they would be in love forever.

    "But I wake up quick,
    And I wake up sick as you abandon me into these fields of rank and file..."
    He has become aware of the lovelessness.

    "...'cause you're not through//they're not done with you."
    It hasn't quite been officially ended.
    Hraesvelgon March 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song rocks
    hayesrjon March 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe Wallflowers are awesome and I think Jakob Dylan should be given more credit than what he gets. This song is about a broken relationship.
    "....abondon me into these fields of rank and file..." This song is awesome.
    trapperjohnon August 06, 2005   Link

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