Al's War is a song off of Less than Jake
's album Hello Rockview
. It is the last song on the album, and arguably the best.
This has to be my favorite song of all time. It's been my anthem for all these years I've been wandering out of pure restlessness, and at times extreme loneliness. It started when I left Los Angeles, thinking i hated the place more than anything, left my family and my friends and every single person i knew to start over 400 miles away. No one at the time understood me or knew why i had to go. So I just left. This song is something i would have written.. the way i would have summed up my life if i had the talent to write that well. Adding to that, the vocals and instrumentals are just amazing. This is the song for anyone who's just up and left, left a place they were supposed to be happy but never really were, turned and drove, or ran, with the wind at their back, and started something new, just because they couldnt stand being still for so many years.
Al said goodbye to his mom and dad for the first time in his life
tonight left the house and walked out to the waiting car outside
and somehow he thought they'd never understand that nothing lasts
and he just knows that time is just spinning by
and life is passing him by so fast
And sometimes I think I'm the only one
that feels like going nowhere is like giving up
Al said to me a few days ago
that he just thought for the first time in his life
he feels the last 10 years were only a waste of time
and that it was only a compromise of what he always felt inside
his declaration of independence
said to me under the orange street lights
he was the one
who always did the right thing
he was the one that listened to everything they'd say
but today he's never going back
And nobody said there'd be days like these...