40 Years
Adam Duritz Lyrics


Well I was born in the jungle, the sickening smell of cinnamon in the air,
Born in a white hole and I can't believe the colors here today,
Stalk on a circle, I've never been blessed with elephant's memory,
Riding a red line nowhere.

If it takes 40 years for the gun to be paid for,
If it takes 40 years I'll put the money away,
If it takes 40 years to get the things that I need sir,
If it takes 40 years I'll walk the thunder and the rain.
I was born in a good home, where the rising cost of raising children,
Is not a factor and I can't believe the things it does to me,
I'm filled with the white noise, well I never did much of anything anyway,
Jump on a big train nowhere.

If it takes 40 years for the gun to be paid for,
If it takes 40 years I'll put the money away,
If it takes 40 years to get the things that I need sir,
If it takes 40 years I'll walk the thunder and the rain.

I wanna buy me a good heart, and a conscience, and maybe raise some children,
I wanna get me a good wife, and a garden, garden, garden, garden,
I'll start me a new life with a six foot color television,
I wanna start me a new life somewhere.

Well I was born on a warm night on the right coast of south-eastern America,
Dead on arrival, but you can't believe the things you hear today,
I'll fly me a white plane over water over blue and green,
And land in the ocean somewhere.

If it takes 40 years for the gun to be paid for,
If it takes 40 years I'll put the money away,
If it takes 40 years to get the things that I need sir,
If it takes 40 years well I'll walk that thunder,
Yeah and I'll walk that rain, yeah I'll walk that rain,
Oh come on now, now gimme the thunder, gimme the thunder,
Gimme the rain, yeah I'll walk that rain,
I'll walk the thunder and the rain.

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TedLeBeau

Duritz totally supports downloading his music online, because he's possibly the coolest person. Ever.

Jenny Kennedy

This is a really great song! I don’t really have any idea what it’s about, but it sure is great to listen to… Can’t find it any damn where many moons ago I had a copy of it I downloaded off of Napster or similar but nowadays… I have looked for it not on Spotify nor Apple Music nor anything… Thankfully I can download it off of the YouTube now hooray!

Saintv69

I first heard this song off of their bootlegs in the 90's they have so many songs not put on nothing but a live album. I've loved Counting Crows since they came out in the 90's Rock on!!!

annied318

This song evokes so much emotion in me. Every. Single. Time.

Cory W

the sickening smell of cinnamon in the air

Carl Granieri

One of my favorites in their entire catalog.

Scoots M'Goots

This here. This is a fucking good song.

Nailyboy1970

What a song!

Diane the Dinosaur

Nice song, good message, GREAT band.

Claire Kooyman

this is one of my favorite songs by them,

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