I saw cities swallowed by the ocean
I saw children crying in the streets
Hundreds stranded on the overpass
Bodies rotting in the brutal heat

Cries for help fell on deaf ears
5 days passed and no one came
Pointing fingers while the people died
I saw a nation hang it's head in shame

CHORUS
Have I awakened
Deep inside some madman's dream?
This is not my country
This is not what I believe
Have I awakened
Deep inside some madman's dream?
I can barely recognize
The place this used to be

Anarchy in the empty streets
The law dissolved like so much smoke
A dying prayer for the humanity
That washed away when the levees broke

(CHORUS)

A year went by and nothing changed
No justice left for the destitute
Abandoned cities, abandoned souls
Tomorrow's dream is yesterday's news

(CHORUS)


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Madman's Dream song meanings
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    General CommentThe dream is obviously about the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in New Orleans (2005), and more importantly; the delayed rescue services received from the US government, which left thousands of americans feeling betrayed and neglected along with the loss of their homes, possessions and loved ones.

    Now into the chorus, the singer questions the scenario of the "dream" in order to determine reality. He appears to be in some delusion over the ordeal and refuses the truth believing that only a madman could think this. Therefore he is in complete denial over his country's actions, claiming it to be crazy.

    However, over the next few verses he starts to realise the harsh truth. "Tomorrow's dream is yesterday's news" means that he will dream a madman's dream again, it will never change.
    Passer-byeon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA23 played at the DNA lounge in Frisco this evening (March 13, 2011) and Tom stated that the song is about Hurricane Katrina (as stated by Passer-bye), but dedicated it tonight to the people of Japan.
    radioardillaon March 14, 2011   Link

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