I know that it was the night the war broke out
Because you and I were driving around
And you were doing a story
About if people understood what had happened to their world
Tonight in bed sleeping
The world tonight in bed asleep

You said that you were in touch with the draft resistors
In case the big boys called you up
You're gonna have to let 'em dick you around
But don't let 'em make you do what you can't live with
Tonight in bed with me sleeping
You looked like you were just a little kid
"Shane," I said, "You've gotta watch your ass."

You gotta have fear in your heart [Repeat: x4]

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  • +2
    General CommentThe narrator and her lover or potential lover are talking about the war. Probably the Gulf War, seeing as this is a girlysound production. Anyway, they seem to be alone in the night. Very important, seeing as this makes their understanding of the gravity of the war so much more important.
    Anyway, they talk, and she gives him advice to be careful. She's worried about Shane. He says, "I know the people who can get keep me out of htis." She doesn't care. She just wants him to do what he wants.

    The line "don't let em make you do, what you can;t live with tonight in bed, with me, sleeping." Is really significant. She loves him, but doesn't want to force him into a relationship or sexy time. hee hee

    Anyway, very powerful. A love song. Anti-war song. Song about lonliness and the ignorance of the general populations. It's amazing.
    SupahManDudeon September 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs off the criminally underrated Whip-Smart.

    The "slowcore"/GirlySound, the hushed, plaintive and tentative vocals, the storytelling lyrics... haunting.
    cgnjnyon February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song. I love history although I am not planing to be a history major or anything but I think Liz is the only song writer who has the balls to write about war protest in I'm assuming Vietnam and all the things wrong with the draft. Go Liz.
    rapunzelEEDon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRapunzel, lots and lots of songwriters have written songs protesting war, especially during the Vietnam era.
    But anyway, I'd say, because of Liz's age, this war is most likely about the Gulf War. She and her friend are talking about how there are problems with the world. He's worried that there's going to be a draft, and so is she. It seems like she cares about him alot, maybe even loves him.
    AliceFallingDownon June 11, 2006   Link

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