"Day After Tomorrow" as written by and Thomas Wanker Harold Kloser....
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 here

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 is 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 this throne
Get me back home
On the day after tomorrow

You can't deny, the other side
Don't want to die anymore then 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
Whose prayers does he refuse?
Who turns the wheel
Who throws 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 the 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
And my plane it will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

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"Day After Tomorrow" as written by Thomas Alan Waits Kathleen Brennan

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  • +3
    General Commenttaal 19 is correct. When you're overseas - especially in a place like, say, Iraq, where the landscape and culture is so different - you tend to miss the little things. Remember, when you're at war, you can't just do what want, when you want. You can't leave and you can't go about you're life as if you were a civilian at home. At times like those, you tend appreciate the little things that seem trivial. That's what Tom was talking about in the verse about Rockford.

    As for the song, to me it sounds anti-war in a sense. All this talk about them (the military) filling soldiers with lies, not knowing how to feel about the blood shed, not fighting for freedom or justice, how the other side doesn't want to die anymore then anyone else and how their essential the same when you get down to it. The twist in this song being that it's supposed to be from the perspective of solider, instead of a civilian. What many people seem to forget is that more often than not, soldiers are anti-war. You think they really want to kill and be put in the position to be killed? It's not easy, not fun, and not something most soldiers want to experience. People join the military usually for many different reasons and most of the time it's not because they love war and want to kill people, or everyones favorites, to defend and serve their country/freedom/justice. It's a paycheck, a chance at college, an opportunity to fly planes you normally wouldn't be able to fly, and so on. Above all it's a job and soldiers, whether their enlisted or officers, are just following orders.
    barbeauon June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe isn't making Rockford sound glamourous. He says he misses it, and you won't believe that what he is missing is so mundane - shovelling snow and raking leaves. It may seem like chores to most, but I suppose if you're a soldier in a war overseas, you realise that you never really miss or appreciate such things til they're gone.
    taal_19on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo the guy who said the Paul Appleby version is "better," I don't understand how you can say that when he leaves out the entire section about God, refused prayers and the desire to not die in war. It's the whole crux of the song and removing it completely changes the meaning. In other words, it ruins the song.
    sindexon August 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a sad, sad, pretty song. I especially like the fourth stanza, rather thought-provoking.

    I'd say this song is pretty much out in the open and isn't really hiding any hidden meaning behind it.
    proboscison April 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNobody is commenting on the greatest antiwar song EVER written?
    JamesMillson December 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta soldier's letter?
    sexy-man-beaston December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are so moving.

    i saw this guy on the daily show a week or two ago. i love the old blues style every once in a while.
    sortileguson December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. My only complaint is "I miss ol' Rockford town"...cause there's nothing to miss about Rockford.

    ghoststorieson February 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI gotta say I'm from Rockford and Mr. Waits makes it sound way more glamourous than it is.

    Such a beautiful sad rainy day song. I wish more music was made this good.
    voltafan101on July 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is beautiful really. I think it's even more tragic when you think about that song from Annie "Tomorrow's always a day away." Maybe the soldier's never coming home?
    Anderson_Councilon August 14, 2007   Link

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