A letter come blowin' in
On an ill wind
Somethin' 'bout me and you
Never seein' one another again
And what I knew had come
Stars struck deaf and dumb
Like when we kissed
That taste of blood on your tongue

Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet
Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet

Woke up election day
Sky's gunpowder and shades of grey
Beneath the dirty sun
I whistle my time away
Then just about sun down
You come walkin' through town
Your boot heels clickin' like
The barrel of a pistol spinnin' round

Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet
Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet

The earth it gave away
The sea rose towards the sun
I opened up my heart to you
It got all damaged and undone
My ship Liberty sailed away
On a bloody red horizon
The groundskeeper opened the gates
And let the wild dogs run

Alone I limp through town
A lost cowboy at sundown
Got my monkey on a leash
Got my ear tuned to the ground
My faith's been torn asunder
Tell me is that rollin' thunder
Or just the sinkin' sound
Of somethin' righteous goin' under

Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet
Don't worry, darlin'
No baby, don't you fret
We're livin' in the future
And none of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet
None of this has happened yet

Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na
Na na na na, na na na na-na


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    General CommentA fun song musically with a sinister side. Like any great Springsteen song, it has layers of meaning that allow it to connect with people in all different states of being.

    It can be about a relationship that is in the state of falling apart, but the protagonist is somewhat willfully blind. My favorite line from this perspective is "I opened up my heart to you; It got all damaged and undone..." How many of us had to deal with that and then have found ourselves "limp[ing] through town?" And yet we persist.

    Conversely, it can be about the state of this union. The idea that the things we long feared have come to pass. I disagree with that notion mostly, but I do enjoy the song and am willing to admit that the United States is struggling.

    In both instances, the fall (of the relationship or the country) is upon us and yet we gleefully continue without attempting to address the problems. Better to ignore, we say to ourselves.

    Great song from what may well be a masterpiece of an album. Time will tell.
    magicrat34on October 11, 2007   Link

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