"1492" as written by David Bryson, David Immergluck, James Bogios, Charles Gillingham, Daniel Vickrey and Adam Duritz....
I'm a Russian Jew American
Impersonating African Jamaican
What I wanna be's an Indian
I'm gonna be a cowboy in the end I guess
I guess I bought a gun cause it impresses
All the little girls I see
And then they all wanna sleep with me

Oh, where do we disappear?
Into the silence that surrounds us
and then drowns us in the end
Where all these people who impersonate our friends
Say, "Come again, come again, come again"

Into the dark Italian underground of disco lights and disco sound
And skinny girls who drink champagne
And take me on their knees again
Then pull me up and out the door
Past railway cars and tranny whores
And morning spreading out across the feathered thighs of angels

Oh, where do we disappear?
Into the silence that surrounds us
and then drowns us in the end
Where they try to push you out to keep you in
And say, "Come again, come again, come again"

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In 1493, came home across the deep blue sea
In 1494, he did it with the girl next door
In 1495, he barely made it out alive
In 1964, these sailors left me at the door
In 1970, some people got their hands on me
Now I'm the king of everything
And I'm the king of nothing
Now I'm the king of everything
I am the king of nothing

Oh, where do we disappear?
Into the silence that surrounds us
And then drowns us in the end
Where all these people who impersonate our friends
Say, "Come again, come again. come again"

Oh, where do we disappear?
Into the silence that surrounds us
And then drowns us in the end
Where they try to get you out to get you in
And all these people who impersonate our friends
Say, "Come again, come again, come again"


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"1492" as written by David Lynn Bryson James Bogios

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    General Commentbest song ever to include reference to tranny-whores. I think this is another one of those CC songs about totally losing yourself. Its a very unhealthy sort of song.
    Tim77on November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentisnt this a really old crows song?
    peepeeheadon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmust be the fastest song of theirs to be on a studio album; it kicks up a better pace even than Angels of the Silences.

    Interesting...does A.D. really have a Russian-Jewish background? Just assumed it was Polish...
    GotMeNowon February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm so glad Adam fought to keep this on "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" I've loved it since the first time I heard it, and really think the album wouldn't be the same without it.
    thecoldparton March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTeebs... last time I checked there was racism WELL before 1492. Check out when the Europeans went into Africa/India/etc. Slaves existed during (and before) the Roman Empire. America has never had a monopoly on racism.
    Comebakatzon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about how with columbus discovering america it led to the creation of american culture, or the melting of all cultures into one American culture
    Mangore28on April 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMean's health did an interview with Adam Duritz about his life and he said: I listened to some of our new music, specifically a song called "1492." It's about dissolution, a disintegrated life, where I was, where I thought I might be headed. Things really weren't much better early in 2007. I had a certain determination about things, some progress, but I knew I needed to stay home and get better. But I couldn't stop thinking about that song...so that's what it is about!
    Parker51490on June 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin rolling stone he said

    "I had been listening to "1492" a lot, and I got this idea for a record. And there was this harder music we'd been playing with while we'd been gigging during these years — but I had no words in me. I lost the ability to read. Some of the medications made it so it was hard to find words, so I couldn't write.

    I needed to write a song that was really not hinting at, but truly about insanity. I had written about disillusion. I had written about disintegration. And I had written about losing faith and betrayal. There had to be something that talked about how horrifying and scary it was. Nowadays everybody says, wow, we're all crazy. Everybody's on some fuckin' pill. It's not — they're not like that, not like this was. And I needed that, a song that really said, like, this is horrible."
    smilitudeon July 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't completely pull if this song was about anything deeper. But I just always feel like it's about being totally lost. When I listen to it I just always feel like he's talking about being lost in the world and in yourself. And about how everyone is lost, not just himself.
    Which I guess is pretty much what he said. haha.
    rhilleron January 11, 2010   Link
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    General Comment1492 is the year Columbus arrived in America and ultimately the creation of Racism.
    teebson February 12, 2008   Link

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