I will wake up at six a.m. again
And I will find my way to the front door like a soldier crawling through the smoke and carnage
Smoldering bodies at my feet
I'd love to stick around but I've got someone to meet
And I will put my best foot forward
And I'll thank God I made it out of there
On the day when my new friends come

I will present myself in my nice white tuxedo jacket
And I will look out at the day through my dark sunglasses
And take in the scenes
The house behind me and the people in it will all go up like steam in just a minute
There's gonna be a redefining of the borders
And I will recieve my orders
On the day when my new friends come

The rooftops and the sidewalks
Will all melt like plastic
And old friends, old friends, dear friends
I'm gonna look fantastic
There wont be any reason left to cry
Because there wont be any people left to cry for
My memory's gonna vaporize itself
And my Italian shoes, well, they will be to die for
I believe I can fly
While you look up at me and wave goodbye
On the day when my new friends come


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The Day the Aliens Came (Hawaiian Feeling) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentWhy can't it be called "Hawaiian Feeling"?
    skateboarder873on August 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really enjoy this song, but Darnielle reprises the couplet from Palmcorder Yajna, a superior song. Still, the irony and beauty of the lines "...Cry for / And my Italian shoes / Well they will be to die for" more than compensates.
    mindsaleon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis kind of reminds me of the end of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," when Frank N. Furter "goes home".
    shortinoon December 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'And I will put my back foot forward' should be "best foot"
    Lucanioon November 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"My memory's gonna vaporize itself"

    Sort of a new mantra of mine I do suppose.

    And who else could make a song about alien abduction and the destruction of earth so danged beautiful?
    Angstronauton October 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wasn't specific on which couplet, the lyric he repeats is "in it / minute." In Yajna, "If anybody comes to see me / Tell 'em they just missed me by a minute / If anybody comes into our room while we're asleep / I hope they incinerate everybody in it." Here its usage is cheaper, not as integral to any intensity.
    mindsaleon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of some twisted view of the day of the Lord, where he will come to judge and destroy the sinners and rescue his followers.
    Since it's from the Sunset Tree sessions, I'd have to say that it has something to do with his life, maybe even just a fantasy of his as a child, his take on what he learned through church or whatnot.
    death_list5on August 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always believed the aliens/"new friends" in the song were the cops coming to get his stepfather. He is now free.
    Gentreeon February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this seems like a dream that he has. When he can leave his old life and start a new. The alien's just seem to represent a new life.


    this is one of my favorite songs, hands down
    mohawk1guyon June 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt feels a lot like Pirate Jenny in that the situation feels so hopeless there isn't even any fantasy of escape that doesn't rely on some huge external force the singer will never see.
    zampfon July 08, 2008   Link

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