"Dutch Wonderland" as written by and Josh Joplin....
Beneath the snow lies a dream that I once had
And I know that I'll never go back
To the Christmas colored neighborhood as thoughtful as a card
With a plastic baby Jesus in the yard

It was all, and it was nothing at all
It was all, and it was nothing at all

What we didn't know we didn't think to ask
The world was just a globe they used in class
Where the gym teacher was always mad, and as far as we could tell
He only exercised his right to yell

It was all, and it was nothing at all
It was all, and it was nothing at all

As the kings of boredom we ruled as we knew how
Or at least as long as our curfews would allow
Couple skates, love-sick songs, in moments without pause
As Johnny Cougar amplified our cause

It was all, and it was nothing at all
It was all, and it was nothing at all

We were the great believers that dreams came with stars
And freedom just depended on the car
Until one day the sky fell in and freedom lost control
And ran off the road and hit a pole

It was all, and it was nothing at all
It was all, and it was nothing at all

Beneath the snow lies a dream that I once had


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    General CommentI love this song so much. I think it's just describing what it is like for this kid to be growing up in this town and how much he loved life. "And then one day, the stars fell in" and they end up all dying in a car crash. Then we realize why a dream lies beneath the snow...
    RBIveson January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentumm i dont think anybody necessarily died, the car (their freedom) just got wrecked... another episode in the perhaps innocent, immature minds of adolescents. I doubt he'd be speaking of a memory if he had died in a car wreck.
    "and it was all and it was nothing at all" seems to emphasize how much the speaker misses those idyllic days of couple skates, etc but how in comparison it was unimportant in the grand scope of things... but that my opinion
    elpierogigrandeon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commento yeah and i think the car wreck symbolizes the overall loss of freedom when they moved on into the real world and had to encounter the dailty problems of living in the adult world... done
    elpierogigrandeon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a minor correction, but they "ruled as we *knew* how" not "ruled as we *know* how"
    JackFrostZZZon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an observation about the precious simplicity and carefree innocence of childhood, and a lament for their loss as we become adults and complicate our lives.

    For example:

    "We were the great believers that dreams came with stars
    And freedom just depended on the car
    Until one day the sky fell in and freedom lost control
    And ran off the road and hit a pole"

    What a brilliant verse...

    It should not be taken literally. It simply highlights that with freedom comes the fetters of responsibility.
    outsidelookinginon November 02, 2007   Link

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