I took a walk into the pines
I left a million trees behind
They closed the hill I used to climb
Here's my reward

Back in the days of apple pie
I'd lie along the mountainside
I'd watch the black flies fill the sky
Here's my reward

I found a friend one summer night
She'd lay her head down next to mine
We'd send the whippoorwills a flight
Here's my reward
Gray homes and endless highways

Down in the maple grove,
Ten times sweeter than the world above


Lyrics submitted by MissVengeance

Days of Apple Pie song meanings
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    General CommentI think "days of apple pie" refers to the singer's childhood or youth, which he associates with days of discovery - nature, hills and trees, birds and flies, and love.

    In contrast, the "reward" that has now come to him - maturity - has replaced those things and brought only "gray homes and endless highways", a drab domesticity and/or relentless travel/searching.

    The song begins with the speaker entering the pines to reflect, and ends with him deep inside a maple grove, finding it much sweeter than anything the outside world has to offer.
    42 stepson September 16, 2009   Link

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