"Sandman" as written by and Dewey Bunnell....
Ain't it foggy outside
All the planes have been grounded
Ain't the fire inside?
Let's all go stand around it

Funny I've been there
And you've been there
We ain't had no time to drink that beer

Cause I understand
You've been running from the man
That goes by the name of the Sandman
He flies the sky
Like an eagle in the eye of a hurricane that's abandoned

Ain't the years gone by fast
I supposed you have missed them
Oh, I almost forgot to ask
Did you hear of my enlistment?


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"Sandman" as written by Dewey Bunnell

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  • +2
    General CommentNo, its about Viet Nam, the soliders there were afraid to sleep because they didn't know if they would wake up.
    HoboSpartan7on March 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome good guesses. But not quite the cigar. Yes, it's about war, but World War One, NOT Vietnam. The members of America were children of American servicemen in England, and they were well aware of the contributions of American fliers defending the UK during that conflict. But only the (relatively) primitive biplanes of that era would have been grounded by something as simple as fog, and a fire to stand around on the INSIDE of a building would fit the period also. "The Sandman" would represent an enemy flying ace (like the Red Baron) that this flier is pursuing or being pursued by.

    But remember, as with ANY America song, a good portion of the lyrics are there simply because they sound good together, and don't always have intirnsic meaning. (Check out "Tinman".)
    msgelteron March 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a lot of great suggestions here but I'm leaning towards two buddies (pilots) during WW II. One is back in the U.S. after a tour while the other remains in England. "Funny I've been there... you've been here...and we ain't had no time to drink that beer." The pilot back in the states suffers from post war depression and can't sleep at night... " I understand you've been running from the man that goes by the name of the Sandman..." The pilot remaining in England has signed on for another tour... "did you hear of my enlistment".
    Chimoon January 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTrust me, it's about Vietnam, the little booklet in the America's greatest hit's CD said that.
    HoboSpartan7on July 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a great song. I'm really not sure what it's about. War maybe? "Did you hear of my enlistment?" Just a guess.
    Danelle1on March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgoing away to Vietnam while your friends stay at home, protesting it and what you are doing.
    Tipiaon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it means someone is losing a lot of sleep. The line "running from the sandman" would indicate this to me. Maybe someone is losing sleep about enlistment and the war in Vietnam during that era.
    Salohcin8on June 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe sandman is a policeman.
    T_D_Phoenixon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMembers of the band met as US Air Force Security Policemen, guarding planes on the flightline of an air base in England...if you fall asleep on post, you're in a world of trouble...
    Dammytteon July 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe eye of a hurricane has calm weather while the storm rages all around. An eagle that flies in the eye of a hurricane hopes to weather the storm. The guy must feel that way before he goes to war.
    norderon September 10, 2006   Link

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