Sunday, March 23, 2008



I got your letter
An' I miss you oh so much here

I can't wait
To see you all
And I'm counting the days dear

I still believe that there's gold
At the end of the World

An' I'll come home
To Illinois
On the day after tomorrow

It is so hard
And it's cold here
And I'm tired of taking orders

And I miss old Rockford town
Up by the Wisconsin border

What I miss you won't believe
Shovellin' snow,and rakin' leaves

And my plane will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes
Every night
And I dream
That I can hold you

They fill us full of lies
Everyone buys
'Bout what it means
To be a soldier

I still don't know how I'm s'posed to feel
'Bout all the blood that's been spilled

Will God on his throne
Get me back home
On the day after tomorrow?

You can't deny
The other side
Don't wanna die
Any more than we do

What I'm tryin' to say
Is, don't they pray
To the same God
That we do?

Tell me
How does God choose?
Whose prayers does he refuse?

Who turns the wheel
Who throws the dice
On the day after tomorrow?

I am not fighting
For justice
I am not fighting
For freedom

I am fighting
For my life
And another day in the World here

I just do what I've been told
We're just the gravel on the road

And only the lucky
Ones come home
On the day after tomorrow

And the summer
It too will fade
And with it brings
The winter's frost dear

And I know
We too are made
Of all the things
That we have lost here

I'll be twenty - one today
I been savin' all my pay

And my plane
Will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

And my plane
It will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

(For some unknown reason, to hear Tom Waits sing this, I had to click on "Clank Boom Steam"

Update from March 25, 2008: Thank you to jsk for letting me know that Linda Thompson can be heard singing this song on "Versatile Heart"

My friend in the VA Hospital in Palo Alto was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit over Easter Weekend. Please send love and kindness to him today as well as to all veterans of war and to soldiers throughout the world. We are all in this together.


Dawn said...

Morning Aunt Am,

Tom Waits, he can sing the shit out of songs cant he? I love have a little faith...
A storm is brewing, batten down the hatches. take care

Anonymous said...

Love Tom Waits.

R.L. Bourges said...

oh. boy. I'll listen to Tom Waits later. Just read the words and that's more than enough for me right now. "we're just gravel on the road." So right.
Have a good one, am.

jsk said...


I wonder if this will post twice. Oh well.

I arrived here via "The New Dharma Bums". I enjoyed all the old (and new) song quotes on your blog. Also Linda Thompson also sings a version of "Day After Tomorrow". It's lighter but somehow just as sad.