"2080" as written by Christopher E Keating, Anand Mathew Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton....
I can't sleep when I think about the times we're living in
I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into
Outsiders dressed up like Sunday morning
With no Berlin wall what the hell you gonna do

It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
In 2080 I'll surely be dead
So don't look ahead, ever look ahead
It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
And the moon shines bright on the water tonight
So we won't drown in the summer sound

If you find me I'll be sitting by the water fountain
Picket signs, letdowns, meltdown on Monday morning
But it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
It's alright
Cause in no time, they'll be gone, I guess I'll still be standing here

It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
In 2080 I'll surely be dead
So don't look ahead, ever look ahead
It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
And the moon shines bright on the water tonight
So we won't drown in the summer sound

Yeah, yeah, we can all grab at the chance to be handsome farmers
Yeah you can have twenty-one sons and be blood when they marry my daughters
And the pain that we left at the station will stay in a jar behind us
We can pickle the pain into blue ribbon winners at county contests

It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
In 2080 I'll surely be dead
So don't look ahead, ever look ahead
It's a new year, I'm glad to be here
It's a fresh spring, so let's sing
And the moon shines bright on the water tonight
So we won't drown in the summer sound

Yeah, yeah, we can all grab at the chance to be handsome farmers
Yeah you can have twenty-one sons and be blood when they marry my daughters
And the pain that we left at the station will stay in a jar behind us
We can pickle the pain into blue ribbon winners at county contests


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"2080" as written by Christopher E Keating, Anand Mathew Wilder, Ira Wolf Tuton

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    General CommentSometimes people can't sleep because they are excited, rather than worried. I think it is two sides to the same coin, to both be excited and afraid of the future. The future will be both wonderful and horrible - that's the way things are. And he didn't ask for this future - he was born into it.
    Maybe it's tongue in cheek, but maybe there is something about this new year that he is glad to be here about... Damn, he is at least happy to leave his pain behind...
    Squeegyon November 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to say this song blew me away and corresponded to a time in my life when I rejuvenated myself in a lot of ways and had amazing experiences. peace. I still sing this song every time life gets me down and I fight it and give more and go harder
    herbert182on March 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttotally agree
    best 2007 album. no doubt.. totaly fresh sounds and amazing melodies.
    puajon December 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see where ripelivejam is going with this, but I think the complete opposite. I think that they're singing about trying to escape from the chaos the human race has created, not necessarily environmental or anything like that, but amongst ourselves, like the wars, the pain, etc. Its just saying we need to forget about the meaningless things we're using as an excuse to destroy, and try to create a better future for the next generations.
    MizPizon October 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI freak about the future a lot, so for me this song tells me its ok not to despair, its ok and necessary to stop worrying so much about things that we cant control. It's true its kinda hedonistic, but at the bottom i think its mostly liberating.

    They say ok, we are here, we can see all this shit hitting the fan, but while it happens we are still alive and we should enjoy it. Celebrate being humans by doing what makes us truly happy.

    Cause, we cant do much, except maybe trying to preserve the little peace of mind we have left threathened by living in this scary times we live in.
    Lupi Evergreenon October 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"With no Berlin wall what the hell you gonna do"

    The Berlin wall was symbolized the separation between democracy and communism. Without the Berlin wall, how are you supposed to separate the two ideologies?

    If you think about when he says "I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into", imagine being in a time of ww1 and what the people of that time were going through. Imagine if we were going through that right now. We say, "oh it's in the past and look at how they worried; their worries are irrelevant to our time!" So, perhaps the time that we are living in, and worrying in, will be looked back in 2080 as somewhat "irrelevant".

    So we might as well all be farmers and not bother with worrying.. become passive observers, if you will.
    (I don't mean that farming is a passive lifestyle. Farmers feed us and make us a fat and happy nation.)
    tifnzon February 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentincredible
    40wattclub has it down pat

    these "times were living in" are times of apathy and this "future he was born into" is a seemingly meaningless one, not one of fame or importance as we've been raised to believe we'd have.

    "outsiders dressed up like sunday morning" illustrates the lost feeling he has amongst all these fake people, and how our time is one of isolation and loneliness

    in disagreement with tifnz, i think what "with no berlin wall what the hell you gonna do" means is that we are a lost generation - we have no battle to fight, no purpose. nothing big is happening in our time,so our lives feel meaningless. as tyler durden said, we have no great war, our war is a spiritual war, which is what this line is getting at.

    on a side note, its interesting that this hippie esque music arises from a hippie esque people, a 'lost generation', people once again defying the position handed to them. like history repeating itself.

    the chorus is the message of the song, which is a hedonistic and hippie one. its saying live for the now, its the way to get by and overcome the obstacles described in the verses. smell the roses. the fact that he uses 2080, not some year far, far in the future emphasises his message, we really havent got that long to live, so its important we enjoy it despite a grim future. he provides an alternative view to all these "think about the future" issues that bombard us these days, which we need, as its getting too much. he says that our purpose is but to live.

    "and the moon shines bright on the water tonight so we wont drown in the summer sound" is such a meaningful two lines. it says "we get by" - perhaps only just. perhaps we can only just save ourselves from drowning, and going under, being beaten, but we are such strong creatures that we can take the smallest thing such as the beauty of moonlight and let it save us. there is always hope.

    By the bridge, hes gotten so desperate (he's "grabbing at the chance") with his situation that hes suggesting this really quite drastic ultimatum. he suggests an escape from our cold, harsh reality by getting back to basics, and stepping back in time to days when to live was a struggle in itself - you had to grow your own food ie. people had a purpose and were not faced with the issue of a meaingless existance.

    it was also a time when people were more simple, and contented by "winning blue ribbons in county contests", because there were simply less problems of consumerism and materialism. to summarise, "dude, lets start a commune" is exactly what hes saying, because essentially, its just drastic - we need to wipe the slate clean, go back a century or two and just start again. that is the state we're in, why the bridge out of the whole song hammers it home the most. hes saying "is this the way forward?", "do we need this?"

    and something that makes it so affecting, is quite how desperate it is and how it is so clear that although he doesnt say it, he absolutely craves this escape. the lyrics AND the music paint this scene as being a complete idyll to him ("handsome farmers"). The modal music and old fashioned flutey thing not only accentuates the step back in time but the medievalness of it gives it a fairy tale quality - like the legendary dragon slaying tales of old ie. this escape is elusive, and hard to attain. also, the way he suggests this course of action so directly as if things were that simple is child-like, and ironically sad as we know its not that simple and he can't just snap his fingers and have that life.

    The following fill is easily the most beautiful part of the song, to express the beauty of his vision.

    All of this combines to leave us with a nostalgic feeling, and a sadness that these happy times are mostly gone from the world and it really effectively alerts us to the sad height of the situation we got ourselves into, that we need to go that far to pull ourselves back from the brink.
    liacasinoon May 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's so odd that most folks refer to the music as hippie-like. In my mind this song is 90% African rythym. Especially that lilting guitar in the background. So much more so than the overhyped Vampire Weekend.
    eddiebon July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have an idea concerning the title of this song. Just a theory, think there's some validity to it.

    George Orwell wrote his magnum opus, "1984" and published it in the year 1948.
    Yeasayer took off as a band an began touring in 2008. Just pull a switcheroo of the last two digits. 2080.

    There are some similarities between Orwell's dystopian novel and this song, especially in the first stanza.

    Maybe I'm wrong - just something to think about.

    thecleansharkon September 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible.
    stoiaboyon October 26, 2007   Link

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