MUS 104 History of Rock
April 4, 2014
Rock & Politics Lyric Analysis
"Day After Tomorrow" by Tom Waits - 2004
It is not unknown that over centuries humans have used different art forms as a platform for political views. Whether it is in the form of a painting, literature, newspaper cartoons, and music; Tom Waist's musical career began in the late sixties and continued into the twentieth century. Most of Tom's music over the years has had a blues/jazz and folk tone and contained several unique characters along the way. In 2004 with the release of his album "Real Gone" fans were shocked and paid close attention as he clearly voices his political views. He challenges things like serving in the military, anti-war, pro-soldier/life, and peace (or peaceful living). In a song written by Waits entitled, "Day After Tomorrow" released in 2004, a letter written home from an active soldier draws in his audience.
In six minutes and thirteen seconds, he takes you on a journey of a soldier who has come full circle and is questioning his duty.
In a time when the United States was at the height of patriotism in the twentieth century, after the greatest attack on American soil with the bombing of the twin towers in New York City; Waits takes you on a journey of a young man into a confused adult male. In fact, in the first stanza he shows pro-soldier views through the hope of a newly enlisted soldier. As most newly soldiers, the narrator shows his hope in what they are fighting for that is for a better tomorrow (see lines 5-8). Moreover, he shows his faith in the system and knows how a governmental society has flaws. Equally important, he concludes with the same...