I was born in the jungle
With the sickening smell of cinnamon in the air
I was born in a white hole and I can't believe the colors here
They stalk on a circle
I've never been blessed with elephant's memory
I'm riding a red line nowhere

If it takes 40 years for the gun to be paid for
If it takes 40 years I'll put the money away
If it takes 40 years to get the things that I need sir
If it takes 40 years I'll walk the thunder and the rain

I was born in a good home
Where the rising cost of raising children
Was not a factor and you can't believe the things it does to me
I feel with the white noise (?)
Well I never did much of anything anyway
Jump n a big train nowhere
on a big train nowhere

If it takes 40 years for the gun to be paid for
If it takes 40 years I'll put the money away
If it takes 40 years to get the things that I need sir
If it takes 40 years I'll walk the thunder and the rain

I wanna buy me a good heart, and a conscience, maybe raise some children
I wanna get me a good wife, and God and God and God and God
And I'll start me a new life with a six foot color television
I'll start me a new life somewhere

I was born on a warm night
On the right coast, southeastern America
Dead on arrival, but you can't believe the things you hear
I'll fly me a white plane over water over blue and green and land in the
ocean somewhere


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  • +1
    General CommentSays Adam of this song:

    "If you can't figure out the lyrics to '40 Years', it's probably because they suck, which is what I've been trying to tell all of you forever. I hadn't seen them in years until someone kindly posted them. Blecch! What a colossal steaming pile of shit. There are so pretentious, and they are trying so hard to sound like deeply meaningful lyrics that I wanted to punch the guy who wrote them. I decided instead to be understanding and chalk it up to youthful indiscretion and inexperience. I'm very magnanimous when dealing with small children and myself. Everyone, let's settle this once and for all. Go read the lyrics. Some nice person typed them out for you. Let's say this all together now. Everyone repeat after me: THEY SUCK! THE SONG SUCKS! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK! Don't you feel better now? I do. It's okay. I'm cool with it. I've gotten better and I can accept the level of suckage. I've turned it way down since then. I'd rather you showed good taste. I can accept that I suck when I suck, and I respect your right to say so. It's only when I don't suck that I object to anyone saying that I do. If this seems confusing, it is. But don't worry. I'm thinking of printing up a list of all the times and places I've sucked so as to avoid confusion. I thought this might make it easier for everyone as there were some times some of you seemed to be saying I sucked when I clearly didn't, and then I was forced to correct you and I felt bad because I didn't want to embarrass anyone unduly."
    Eamonon April 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose are Adam's words, not mine.
    Eamonon September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow you see life after living for 40 years....and how worthless it all is. i wudnt know since im just turning 18 next week, so it doesnt really mean that much to me. good song tho.
    aisha_08on April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis inspires me to write a story about a man who thinks he can be reborn.
    blueoftheskyon February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is actually one of my favorite counting crows songs- I can't believe there are only two comments. I'm 18 years old, but for some reason this song stirs up a lot of emotion for me. It is exactly what i don't want to be saying when I'm 40. He still does not have it figured out, he's still wanting to change things about himself.

    He still wants all these things, "I wanna buy me a good heart, and a conscience, maybe raise some children
    I wanna get me a good wife, and God and God and God and God."

    And after 40 years, he still hasn't made himself into this person that he wants to be. So it takes 40 years... to get where, to have accomplished what?
    AmonaLisaon January 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere can i find this song?
    Stephkk1478on November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this is really about materialism. How for the 1st 40 yrs or so, were so set on starting our lived, getting a good job, getting money in the bank so we can by a big house and a nice car, but once you hit 40 or so you realise jusveow petty those thingse re, and that youve eessentially wasted your life. As the general meaning any wsy, i love this song, especially the corus's. There i think its more in reference that all these different people are living different lives and going through different things but there all dealing with what there gonna do gor the future then regretting their past.
    LaDiDaAndGoodbyeon May 18, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentEamon, sure this song isn't very deep, but by no means do the lyrics suck. A song doesn't always have to be a search for the meaning, sometimes its simple and straight forward like this one- still a great song,
    AmonaLisaon May 12, 2008   Link

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