"Dorothy at Forty" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Clint Frederick Schnase and Ted James Stevens....
Dorothy, I know you've had amazing dreams
We can't go chasing down each golden street
Each and every rainbow, each passion, each unattainable goal
We're not in dreamland anymore

Dorothy, it seems you'll never understand
This here land is everything we have
Every sweat-stained collar, every dollar,
Every bent and bloodied spur
We're not the kids that we once were
We can't be the adults we want to be

Dreams are all you have, dreams have held you back
Dreamers never live, only dream of it
Dream cars, dream houses, dream jobs, dream spouses
Dreams of tornadoes, cities of emerald

And I know we swore we'd make more of ourselves
But this plot is literally our lot in life.

American dreams pollute our cities
Our piece of the pie can't fill our bellies
(More!) More square inches
(More!) Picket fences
(More!) Clothes on the line
(More!) Naps at noontime
More of our fair share
More of our birthright
More of what we're owed


Paid vacation
(More!) Entertainment
(More!) Compensation
(More!) Gratuitous gratification

Dorothy, wake up, Dorothy, wake up
Dorothy, wake up, it's time for work

Lyrics submitted by Ves1011

"Dorothy at Forty" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentI could have sworn it was
    "And I know I swore we'd make love in this house but the.."
    Knife2aGunFighton June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti hear:
    "i know we swore we'd make more of ourselves"
    RedJesuson June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with redjesus, now the question is, what the heck does he say after that?
    Ves1011on June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis here land, not "this new land", and yes now that I here it it is "i know we swore we'd make more of ourselves"
    Knife2aGunFighton June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhere did you guys find this leak?
    itsjustluckon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta friend hooked me up with my leak. the cd's so good.
    egyptianmuskon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"More compensation, more gratuitous right obligation"
    sounds like gratuitous gratification to me.
    olozon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this song is great!! the first time i heard it i wondered "is this cursive?" and then i thought "fucking amazing!!!".. i think that cursive really grew on this album.. there's nothing like it... but who is this dorothy?
    askachanon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDorothy, I would imagine, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz.
    three star saluteon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's not speaking to the literal Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. Certainly, there's a lot of Wizard of Oz imagery in this and the other "Dorothy" song ("Dorothy Dreams of Tornados"), but he's using Dorothy to refer to dreamers who are too lazy or afraid to do anything to persue those dreams.
    truthbealiaron June 21, 2006   Link

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