Waiting For The Big One

There were children in the 50's
And their parents told them "Time to go to bed"
And "Don't you worry, no don't you worry"
And "You keep those dreams all sweet inside your head"

But there's a dark cloud in the background
And it never ever really goes away
Cause the button's always ready
And we wake up saying "This could be the day"

And we were waiting for the big one
And we knew our lives could never be the same
If it happened, no when it happened
It would never ever happen again

And their fathers in the 40's
Went to Europe to protect their only sons
From "The Big One" with their big guns
And they won't come back until their work was done

It was important, 'cause the movies
Were so happy, people singing all the time
It got boring, so our fathers
Went and made some stories out on the front line

And they were praying that The Big One
Wouldn't be the last thing they would ever see
And they swore if they got through this
It would never ever happen again

Then in the 80's I went casting
And I spent ten years fishing my life away
But I was happy catching dinner
Then I'd go home and I'd turn on the TV

And Mr. Sanford, Mr. Redd Foxx
Used to make me laugh as he reminded me
If I'm not laughing, then I'd be dying
And there's no big difference 'tween him and me

Cause we're both waiting for the big one
Though mine was a fish and his a heart attack
We both knew if we caught the big one
Neither one of us would be ever coming back

Now it's tomorrow and I'm frightened
As I sing my songs and try to pay my rent
And if I hook one, if they take the bait
Maybe one of my songs could make a little dent

And I am waiting for the big one
And I know it's in me, but it won't come out
And I know if it doesn't happen now
It may never ever happen again

And we were waiting for the big one
And we knew our lives could never be the same
If it happened, no when it happened
It would never ever happen again

 

 

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