"Dondante" as written by and Jim James....
In a dream I saw you walkin'
Like a kid alive and talking
That was you

In the classroom you were teachin'
On the streets you were policing
That was you

To the one I now know most
I will tell them of your ghost
Like a thing that never, ever was

And all that ever mattered
Will some day turn back to batter
Like a joke

Behind thin walls you hid your feelings
Takes four legs to make a ceilin' like a thing
In a dream I saw you walkin'
With your friends alive and talking
That was you

Well I saw it in your movement
And even though you never knew it
Well, I knew just how sweet it could be
If you'd never left these streets

You had me worried
So worried
That this would last
But now I'm learning
Learning that this will pass...


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"Dondante" as written by Jim James

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    Song MeaningThis song is about an old friend of Jim's who committed suicide. He talks about on VH1 Storytellers: vh1.com/video/misc/659267/…
    adam1026on December 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this I thought this was one of the most sensuous songs I had ever heard. Upon closer inspection its pretty clear that as people above have mentioned, its about losing a friend.

    The friend James' references is a guy he grew up with and played music with in Month of Sundays. His name can be found on the internet but to be honest, although I never knew him, it wouldnt feel right to post it here. I think this is a beautiful tribute to a friend, although its sad that its necessary at all. Possibly the most regretful lyric is "Well, I knew just how sweet it could be/If you'd never left these streets". Things left unsaid and undone may be the saddest part of losing someone who chose to take their own life.
    TennesseeFireon October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYOU HAD ME WORRIED.

    3:30 and on sets my heart on fire and knocks me flat on my ass.
    summerteeth99on September 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI highly suggest you guys all go and obtain their live album "Okonokos"! It is absolutely incredible... complete with a mind-blowing 11min rendition of Dondante.
    cheesemuffinson December 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling that it's about the same person as "What a Wonderful Man".
    wasteofwebspaceon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas in Jesus?
    nicoloon August 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't like the beginning, but it has a really cool ending.
    HockeyJoeon October 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a song, i'm thinking off jeff buckley!
    luc kosteron January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like the first 2:30 more than the rest.
    jbrakingon July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about the death of a close friend to JJ, same as "wonderful man"
    blueshirt12on August 06, 2007   Link

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