See the bluebird fly easy as a dream,
dipping and bobbing in the sun.
Could she be the one I saw so long ago?
Could she be the one to take me home?

This pasture is green.
I'm walking in the sun.
It's turning brown.
I'm standing in the rain.
My overcoat is worn,
the pockets are all torn.
I'm moving away from the pain.

Tick.
Tock.
The clock on the wall.
No wonder we're losing time.

Ring.
Ring.
The old church bell.
The bride and her love
seeking guidance from above.

Amber waves of grain bow in the prairie wind.
I'm hearing Willie singing on the radio again.
That song from 9/11 keeps ringing in my head.
I'll always remember something Chris Rock said.

Don't send no more candles,
no matter what you do.
Then Willie stopped singing
and the prairie wind blew.
The green kept rolling on
for miles and miles.
Fields of fuel rolling on for miles.

Tick.
Tock.
The clock on the wall.
No wonder we're losing time.

Toll.
Toll.
The fallen soldier bell.
The old church on the hill
still standing when so many fell.

Back when I was young,
the birds blocked out the sun,
before the great migration south.
We only shot a few.
They last the winter through.
Mother cooked them good and served them up.

Somewhere a Senator sits in a leather chair
behind a big wooden desk.
The caribou we killed means nothing to him.
He took his money just like all the rest.

Tick.
Tock.
The clock on the wall.
No wonder we're losing time.

Ring.
Ring.
Ring the wedding bells.
The bride takes the ring
and the happy people sing.


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    General CommentStrikingly similiar to Neil Youngs work in the 70's but with a more dark and mature tone. This song reflects the general tone of memories and mortality that is found throughout the album. During the song he mentions problems in our society like corruption, 9-11, fuel dependancy, the war, and the environment. This song might even be an overview of his life anchored by his agnostism and the passing of time, or as he puts it ("moving away from the pain").
    HamiltonIncheson February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt really reminds me of a country-tinged, updated and revamped 'Rockin' in the Free World.'
    Shakey_Oneon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.

    Is "Willie" Willie Nelson?
    kubfannon August 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I'll always remember something Chris Rock said."

    But what did Chris Rock say? Anyone know?
    SadXuHuangon September 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"That song from 9/11 keeps ringing in my head.
    I'll always remember something Chris Rock said."

    SadXuHuang I think the line after that "don't send no more candles" refers to a benefit concert for the 9/11 victims that Chris Rock hosted, and I think he did in fact tell the audience not to send anymore candles because people were sending them instead of donations and materials that people could actually use. I'm not sure about Nelson
    melvidabohemiaon June 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know it for a fact, but I can't think of another Willie he would be referred to other than Nelson.

    But I have no idea why.
    edfinkelon April 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI need to know the entire meaning of this song, and also I need to know what are the poetic devices being used in this song.... can anyone tell me?
    yanuon November 12, 2015   Link

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