"Days of Wonder" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Cherry picking through the stars
And falling cannonballs
Waiting for the break of dawn
To start its morning crawl
Polluted rays of filtered light
Tropical and warm
Making shadows through
The snow white resin covered skulls

Happy birthday to the war

Standing by the wall
A rainbow made of stars
Under seven different shades of grey
Spreading out across the arc
Days of wonder spent
Out there killing time
Now this may not leave a mark on me
But I sure as hell was there

Caravanning on the moonlit
Locust covered trail
we came out like a stream of bats
exploding from the well
slipping through the whirlpools
of trees and floating cars
behind a winter coated mule
down record breaking falls

Into oblivion's open jaws
standing by the wall
a rainbow made of stars
under seven different shades of grey
spreading out across the arc
days of wonder spent
out there killing time
now this may not leave a mark on me
but I sure as hell was there

Happy birthday to the war

Days of wonder spent
by a rainbow made of stars
under seven different shades of grey
spreading out across the arc
standing by the wall
out there killing time
now this may not leave a mark on me
but I sure as hell was there

Educated under God
to walk a neutral line
give me neither poverty
nor riches in my time
take my body and my mind
my heart is far behind
with one dozen poems in my ear
ricocheting wild


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"Days of Wonder" as written by Jakob Dylan

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    General CommentThis is totally a song about war. I kind of figured it out with the skull line.
    Dance With Me Loison June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's an anti-war song, I guess. not really sure.
    stoolhardyon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's a song about war, and, judging by the tone of the last verse, it's an anti-war song.

    What I don't quite understand is why Dylan couples a song about war with so much beautiful natural imagery.

    My best guess is that Dylan is trying to drawn our attention to the beauty that we miss while we're busy "killing time" and running "into oblivion's open jaws."
    Nuganon May 14, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionI don't necessarily agree with the anti-war sentiments. "Happy Birthday... to the War." I can't say why, when or where. Perhaps about the end of the Mayan calendar? Or maybe it's a 6-6 to the 8-8 because of some deviant 4-20. Like I said, there's no saying why, when or where. But I absolutely love that line: "the cement on me may walk on me but i sure as hell was there."
    tellmecomputeron June 30, 2009   Link

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