"El Mañana" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Brian Joseph Burton....
Summer don't know me no more
Eager man, that's all

Summer don't know me
He just let me love in my sea
Cause I do know, Lord
From you that
Just died, yeah

I saw that day
Lost my mind
Lord, I'll find
Maybe in time
You'll want to be mine

Don't stop the buck when it comes
It's the dawn, you'll see

Money won't get there
Ten years passed tonight
You'll flee

If you do that
I'll be some
To find you

I saw that day
Lost my mind
Lord, I'll find
Maybe in time
You'll want to be mine

I saw that day
Lost my mind
Lord, I'll find
Maybe in time
You'll want to be mine
Maybe in time
You'll want to be mine
Maybe in time
You'll want to be mine


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"El Mañana" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Brian Joseph Burton

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  • +7
    General CommentNot to sound like a dick, but none of these really make sense. I can't see this being about a soldier, i can't see this even being about a dieing man. I think it's all being taken too literal. Of course i say "I Think" because none of us really know, but i find it hard to believe this could mean anything as cheesy as what has been suggested. I'm basically going to write this from stanza to stanza in order. Follow the lines to see what i mean.

    This man is not dieing. He is very much in pain, but its emotional pain. Summer is a season of warmth, fun, enjoyment, happiness. All these feelings are gone to him, ghosts. However, he doesn't feel that it's his fault. He doesnt consider Summer a stranger, it sees him as a stranger. He is not the man he used to be, happiness has left him and he hopes he can get it back one day.

    This man is begging God for his happiness back, for what he once had. He is desperately searching for it. He knows he will find happiness one day through the Lord however, because Jesus died and rose from the grave. So he knows one day he will "rise" also.

    Then he goes to saying how he saw happiness one day, and he lost his mind also when he lost it. Whether he is talking about a girl, his possessions, his family, his friends, or everything he holds dear, we don't know. However, once again he brings God back into it. He is still having faith that the Lord will bring it all back. He has found God, and he's just waiting and hoping that the Lord will bring him everything back and make him happy again. This may be in death, for taking him from the cruel world he lives in....as an act of mercy. Or maybe the less dramatic, that he just wants his life back, and he knows if he waits long enough, maybe one day God will reward him for his patience.

    He then goes to the idea of going with the flow. Don't hold things dear, caged. It's confusing until you read the next line. He suggests money as one of these objects. Don't hold on to your money, you can't take it with you, and it won't get you to heaven. It also won't bring you happiness.



    s2thalayeron August 15, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentEl Mañana is also spanish for "the tommorow".
    I think that "the tommorow" is the correct translation for this song.
    HunterRodrion June 04, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGood song.

    In fact, the entire album is great.
    issgonrainon April 17, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSummer don't know me no more
    Even my tired song
    Summer don't know me
    Just let me low In myself

    Cause I too know love
    From you down
    Just dyin'

    I saw that day
    Lost my mind
    Lord I'm fine
    Maybe In time
    You'll want to be mine

    Don't stop the bud when it comes
    It's the dawn, you'll see
    Money won't get there
    10 years past and now, you'll flee

    If you do that
    I'll be soon
    To find you

    I saw that day
    Lost my mind
    Lord I'm fine
    Maybe In time
    You'll want to be mine
    Fuchikomaon December 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a really beautiful song. I need to listen to it again before I comment on the meaning.
    RTBRAND1on May 24, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really love this song. It's my favourite on the album. The title translated into spanish is "The Morning".. but that might just be the title.. The booklet in the album has a picture of the Grim Reaper who seems to be dangling from a helicopter to sum up El Manana though..
    theheartlesson June 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCould be a multi-lingual play on words :P

    The mourning

    But yes it seems more to be a tommorowish song, looking ahead
    Tamuzon June 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh yeah I forgot...This song kicks ass
    NSearchOfTruthon August 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAm I the only person left on Earth who knows grammar, punctuation, and spelling? "Typo" doesn't even begin to describe how the English language is being butchered online these days... Maybe that's what "Last Living Souls" is about....

    Anyway, I agree that this song is about a man who is dying. I don't believe that he's in Iraq, but he did serve there. The song takes place in the future. He doesn't feel that God wants him anymore. "Summer don't know me" implies to me that he feels out of place during the summer (a time of hot weather and LIFE) because he took innocent lives in Iraq (a time of hot weather and DEATH). The innocent blood he took makes him feel guilty and sinful to the point that he can't attone for it. "Lost my mind" is the only explanation that he can offer for his actions, and he believes that god won't think it's a good excuse. Hence the repetition of "Maybe in time You'll want to be mine." He's trying desperately to convince himself that there is still hope for him.
    FacUtSciamon September 09, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it is the Hiroshima bombing, which happened on August 6 (summer) at 8:15 (morning). And also at the end of the music video they drop a nuke on Noodle.
    Pachycephalosauruson March 24, 2010   Link

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