The Day the Aliens Came (Hawaiian Feeling)


Come, Come to the Sunset Tree




the Mountain Goats



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"Song for Dennis Brown"

The Day the Aliens Came (Hawaiian Feeling) is the 11th song on the album Come, Come to the Sunset Tree.


I will wake up at six A.M. again
And I will find my way to the front door
Like a soldier crawling through the smoking carnage
Smoldering bodies at my feet
I'd love to stick around but I've got someone to meet
And I will put my best foot forward
And I'll thank God I made it out of there
On the day when my new friends come

I will present myself in my nice white tuxedo jacket
And I will look out at the day through my dark sunglasses
And take in the scene
The house behind me and the people in it
Will all go up like steam in just a minute
There's gonna be a redefining of some borders
And I will receive my orders
On the day when my new friends come

The rooftops and the sidewalks
Will all melt like plastic
And oh friends, old friends, dear friends
I'm gonna look fantastic

There won't be any reason left to cry
'Cause there won't be any people left to cry for
My memory's gonna vaporize itself
And my Italian shoes, well they will be to die for
I believe I can fly
Might you look up at me and wave goodbye
On the day when my new friends come

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This was on the vinyl edition of The Sunset Tree...It's a song about how sometimes you find yourself living in a house and you think 'I have to get out of here', but maybe you're too young to get out of there, or you don't have any money, or you don't have any means or anywhere to go, and yet, you cling firmly to the idea that someday you will escape through some means, maybe Batman will show up in his car outside or something, and other people might laugh and say 'Man, John, Batman's not coming to save you', and you think 'Look, man, between me and Batman and you, I'll take Batman.'" -- 2010-06-15 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
  • "This is, like, my favorite song to play. It's about escaping from a place that you really desperately need to escape from, and having to invent fantastic scenarios that allow you to escape through your mind. It's called 'Hawaiian Feeling,' or 'The Day the Aliens Came.'" -- 2012-01-31 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC

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