She's tired of flat lands and cornfields
Seashells traced in snow
She wants more bugs on her windshield
She don't want to go alone

I'd love to go, but I left behind my raincoat
Will anybody miss me when I'm gone?
I'm wide awake, but I'm dreaming of the west coast
I could leave tomorrow but I won't
Cause I've still got my day job

She talks about her waterfall fountain
And her house out on the bay
She's in love with broken glass mountains
Fireplace cafes

Lyrics submitted by skyevang

Day Job song meanings
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    General CommentI don't necessarily believe this song is about love. And if it were, it isn't strong love.
    He can't go, he still has a day job, he could quit it if he wanted but there's something or rather someone else keeping him there.

    The only line in the chorus that I can't pin down is "Will anybody miss me when I'm gone?". It doesn't feel like it's his voice, while the rest of the song is commanding and exact. Just a thought.
    myfavoritehueon November 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love all of JM's songs, but this one is definitely in my top 5. There is a sense of wistfulness about it even though there is a lot of doubt. The narrator is talking about a girl who is living a carefree lifestyle and eventually moves away, leaving him behind. He had the choice to go with her, but instead of taking a risk, he decided to play it safe and stay behind. Once she's there, he wonders what it would have been like had he gone with her.
    maladroitmortalon July 17, 2012   Link

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