"At Dawn" as written by and Jim James....
At dawn they ride again,
They'll haul you out to the streets.

They'll burn your papers and your empty trash cans,
Beat this thought into your head.
Singin over and over again:

"All your life is obscene!"
"Forget the papers, forget your musical dreams!"
But that's when my knife rises,
Their life ends and my life starts again.
Again (4x)

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"At Dawn" as written by Jim James


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    General Commentthis song starts off the album so well. its just an amazing way to start off an amazing cd, one of my favorites.
    dmieleron April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this one is easy. The world is telling him that his life as a musician is a dumb idea, that he'll never make it and he should forget about it. But that's what keeps him going. When they put him down and what not, that's when he goes and makes music.

    What's interesting, though is he basically calls them hobos when he says they burn your trash cans. It's cool beacuse it's like they are the low-lifes who have to burn papers and empty trash cans to stay warm, but they're telling him that he'll never make it.
    scottypon July 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCool idea with the hobos. SICK SONG
    axround3ron June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCool idea with the hobos. SICK SONG
    axround3ron June 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me chills and speaks to something much deeper. much deeper than can be explained. whatever was going on in Jim James head he expressed it so hauntingly sweet.
    clickhandon February 24, 2013   Link

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