"Graduation Day" as written by and Chris Isaak....
Driving slowly watching the headlights in the rain.
Funny how things change.
Think of the good times wishing you were still with me.
The way it used to be graduation day.

Watching the stars fall a million dreams have all gone bad.
Think of all we had.
I knew all then thought you loved me I was wrong.
Life goes on graduation day oh graduation day.

Thinking of a time when everything was right.
Thinking of a time with only you and I.
Makes me sorry that it had to end that way.
Learned my lesson now there's nothing left to say, graduation day, oh graduation day.

Thinking of a time when everything was right.
Thinking of a time with only you and I.
Makes me sorry that it had to end that way.
Learned my lesson now there's nothing left to say, graduation day, oh graduation day.
Oh graduation day.


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"Graduation Day" as written by Chris Isaak

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    General Commentthe perfect song for a long drive on a rainy day.
    TigerlilyGirlon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEasily a song about a bad breakup. He's lamenting on what was and what might have been. The "Graduation Day" refers to the fact that he's moving on from their relationship.

    What happens at a graduation? People move on. HS graduates go on to college, college graduates go on to the work force, people distances themselves from what and wherever their previous life was.

    That's what's happening here. He's "graduating" from the life he had with the person the song's about and moving on. However, like at a real graduation, you still think of the previous good times you had which is where he is right now. At the crossroad between the broken up relationship and moving on to something (or someone) new.
    GrtOne41on May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo add on (forgot to put this on my original), the line

    "I thought you loved me
    I was wrong"

    is also a reference to his "graduating". Upon a graduation from anything, the graduate is more educated then when they started. To me, this is a pretty obvious reference to her cheating on him, him finding out she was a gold digger, something along those lines.

    He has found this out and now is more educated on what kind of person he is so he can now "graduate" from the relationship (leave her and move on).
    GrtOne41on May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI took it more literally, I thought it was about a pair of high school sweethearts who graduate and go to university and split up. made me very sad
    haxorchickon December 09, 2009   Link

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