"Snowden" as written by and Jimi/williams Goodwin....
I say man, can you help me out,
Bring back to love,
Bring me back to life,
Oh why should I care.

I said how, could you keep me out,
Without a wish to share,
So without a doubt,
Oh why should I care.

We have been warned,
Its a classic sign,
Its a wicked mind,
With an axe to grind,
Oh when is it our, our time,
Oh so why should we care,

Again,we have been warned, this a classic sign.
Why should we care.

If this is all, that summer,
Oh why should we care,
Woah if this would be our, summer
Then why should we care.

Lyrics submitted by minkydave

"Snowden" as written by Andy Williams Jimi Goodwin

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    General CommentLooks like this is the second single from the 'Some Cities' album. I'd say it's about apathy, with other people stating their problems or potential problems that haven't come to him yet, but he just repeats the line 'why should i/we care?'
    RdeCon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSnowden is a character from the novel Catch 22. I haven't read it so I don't know how relevant that is, but I guess it could be useful.
    Songmeaningsuseron July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI read Catch-22 last year... Snowden is a character who gets shot (the book is set during the war) and lies dying in the back of the plane from bullet wounds to the chest. His death haunts the main character, Yossarian, throughout the novel because he doesn't realize the extent of the injury before it's too late - Snowden's guts are about to pour out and all the while Yossarian has been attending to the wrong wound.

    The first time I saw the song title I thought there might be a connection. Right near the start of the song, you can hear what sounds to me like anti-aircraft fire, followed by the words 'I said man, can you help me out? Bring me back to life'. At this point the parallels with Catch-22 seem clear. However, the remaining lyrics leave me guessing somewhat.

    I was interested to see on another site someone's opinion that Doves took their inspiration from the mountain Snowdon, although this is obviously spelt differently from the title. I'm convinced it might have something to to with the character Snowden from Heller's Catch-22...
    nostalgicpeardropon September 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about the ending of a relationship..
    'If this could be our last summer
    then why should we care?' And also...
    'bring me back to life
    bring me back to love'
    ~anner~on January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not too sure what this is all about, but the music that plays at the parts where he's not singing (i think it's strings doin' the 'waa waa waaaaaa' thing that I'm talkin' bout) sound to me like old school Star Trek music or something that would play in an old shcool James Bond flick if he was underwater or something.

    deadeyeduckon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti totally understand you deadeyeduck. It makes for an awesome song though!
    nickvbon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI haven't finished Catch-22, but as soon as I saw the name Snowden, I was reminded of this song. It's not often you see that name, I guess. I definitely see a lot of parallels to the scene described by peardrop and the song.

    "We have been warned" could be just how the men became involved in the war despite their best attempts to involve it.

    I think maybe Yossarian's turnaround in attitude - his loss of courage, his selfishness and ridiculousness, stemmed from Snowden's death (but like I said I haven't finished the book) "Oh when is it our turn? Why should we care?" Might have been something of Snowden's last words that really tweaked out Yossarian and made him want to avoid his time to die at any costs.
    Jiwwyon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so freaking brilliant. First I thought it was "son" and not "man" but maybe I'm wrong. The kind of song you have to listen to at least a couple of times in a row.
    Some Cities is officially my first ever CD. And man it is brilliant.
    louisagiffardon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that it can be directly related to Catch-22, the entire song I mean. I think that instead of this being Snowden's words, it's Yossarian's. The "Man, can you help me out? Can you bring me back to life...ect" is Yossarian's first moment of panic, where he realizes he just wants to live, and not die like Snowden. Oh, and about the warning, I think that Snowden's death IS the warning. Also, "if this should be our last summer, then why should we care?" is Yossarian's thinking towards the war. Saying why should he care about the war? and why should he die for it? It's all relevant to Snowden's death in the novel, which was such an important thing. I really think that this entire song can be directly linked to Catch-22, but only the writer knows! :D
    lnkn182on December 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmmmm. it's my favorite song ever.
    orchidaceaeon January 15, 2007   Link

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