Sometimes I wonder where I'd be
If all my friends abandoned me
On a vessel out to sea,
Took every lifeboat and they ran
It's funny how we'd switch our roles
With empty cabins, empty hulls
And all the food filled up with mold,
I'd stand on deck without a hand
Feeling so much bigger than I am

And so I dim the lights, and I crack a beer
I think to myself about things
I'd said I'd do this year
Growing old never takes it's toll until you're losing
Track of all things you won't ever have back again

Five minutes pass and I get scared
I take the ladder, than the stairs
Trying hard to get some air
Inside these lungs that I neglect
I grip the wheel and try to turn
I never looked, I never learned
Just playing captain to my kind,
To think it never crossed my mind

Please forgive me, I want to go home
Wake me up now, I'm so tired of being lonely
Strips of moonlight in the clouds are breaking through
I'll be dreaming, baby I'll be dreaming of you

After a night without a mate
I hung my head and loved my fate
Counted the hairs upon my face,
I never thought I'd have the time
But when the day came to an end
I missed my family and my friends

All driven out by my control
If everyone knew what they told
I wouldn’t be so bold, I wouldn’t act so old
Hey, honey, I wouldn’t stay so cold

And so I dim the lights, and I crack a beer
I think to myself about things
I'd said I'd do this year
Growing old never takes it's toll until you're losing
Track of all things you won't ever have back again
And there’s so many of them

Then one morning I awoke
Inside a clearing in the smoke
My fist like quarters, scratching was off of my eyes
I hit the door then I hit the roof
I bit my tongue, I broke a tooth
I saw a landing to the left of the sunrise

And I cried: please forgive me, I want to go home
Wake me up now, I’m so tired of being lonely
Strips of moonlight in the clouds are breaking through
I’ll be dreaming, baby I’ll dreaming…
I’ll be dreaming, baby I’ll dreaming…
I’ll be dreaming, baby I’ll be dreaming of you


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    Song MeaningJoe occasionally talks about this song before he plays it. If I recall correctly, this song is a promise to his future wife (who he has yet to meet). Basically, he is admitting to being headstrong and stubborn, but he knows that he wouldn't be anything without those he loves. This song is a gift to his future wife, so if he is getting carried away, she can play him this song to remind him to be reasonable.

    The song is beautiful and powerful, and the story is reminiscent of Solomon's Ring.

    On the surface, the song is about manning a sea vessel alone. The struggle is too much, and he is apologetic for those he drove away. It is an obvious metaphor for his life, and when he finally docks in the last verse is when he met/will meet his future wife
    ThisIsBenSilveron November 24, 2011   Link

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