"Dawn" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Because it's safe at the bottom. This lake
we know what your gonna do when you get there.
Sit down and listen.
We built that cold hearted fool and on that
shit he made money.
Motives lost in a heap because the deaf don't
deaf don't listen.

Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
I'm an apple dripping man just like the
feet that tapped "take me home."


We'll be back when the stores are in order,
the house isn't shaking,
and the king is elected from the love that
grows it love thats grows it

Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
I'm an apple dripping man just like the
feet that tapped "take me home."

We built the mountains to stand up where he knows
all the sheep that showed don't care who knows it,
but the sons are the giants built by the pharaohs
where the apples fed them sheep

We built the mountains to stand up where he knows
all the sheep that showed don't care who knows it...

Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
Wake up,
Oh that sunshine is shining in.
Let's go.
I don't care who knows it.
I'm an apple dripping man just like the
feet that tapped "take me home."


Lyrics submitted by paco_

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    General CommentThis song is amazing. It's about two ways to live your life: the path of least resistance, or a life lived deliberately and with purpose. The first verse describes the easy way ("it's safe at the bottom"), doing what you're told ("sit down and listen"), getting a job you hate to achieve financial security ("built that cold hearted fool and on that shit he made money"), and giving up on your dreams because the people around you have given up on theirs ("motives lost in a heap, because the deaf don't listen").

    The second verse is about giving up on society in its present form, until humanity is ready to embrace a form of society that truly works, with economic equality ("the stores are in order"), peace instead of war ("the house isn't shaking"), and leaders that lead for the good of the people, rather than rulers who rule for personal gain ("the king is elected from the love that grows").

    The third verse, then, is about the desire to start a social revolution against apathy. Building great things, creating change ("built the mountains to stand up"), with the ultimate goal of shaking people into action, lighting some kind of passion within people who have forgotten it, so they can let go of their fear of themselves and others ("all the sheep that showed don't care who knows it").

    The second two lines of the third verse are talking about the heredity of power standing in the way of this kind of change. "The sons are the giants built by the pharaohs" means that power is kept within limited circles, passed from father to son in the form of wealth, and passed between people with similar philosophies on the use of power, in the form of political machination. Because there is an "elite" class, and a "common" class, it will always be difficult for the common people to make their own way in the world. Making things worse, because the people in power provide for the security of the common people (protecting them, feeding them; "apples fed them sheep"), there is little motivation in most people to seek anything more than the life they have been given.

    The first two lines of the third verse are then repeated, to restate that despite all the reasons against it, social revolution on a personal level is necessary if life is to mean anything.

    The chorus is, throughout, a call to action.
    sweatersdotcomon September 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEither that was a load of bull crap
    OR
    You were a hell of a genius to figure that one out.

    Damn, and I was starting to worry whether they were just writing lyrics for the heck of it,

    Thanks for my making me regain my faith
    ^_^
    lawl.
    lyricalfraudon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentportugal. the man's lyrics seem completely random at times, but there's a method to their madness--and a lot of their songs are very meaningful if you take the time to listen. I love them.
    alovelyfadeouton September 24, 2008   Link

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