I’m convinced the Grateful Dead song “Touch of Grey” is at least
partly about Daylight Saving Time:
Must be getting early, clocks are running late
Paint by number morning sky looks so phony
Dawn is breaking everywhere, light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains, I don’t care ’cause… it’s all right.
Because DST pushes sunrise forward, the clocks do appear to be running
late, and the sky does look “phony” (unusually dark compared to normal
The phrase “dawn is breaking” is a pun. Usually, “dawn breaks” means
that twilight has started. In this case, dawn is literally “broken”
because it doesn’t occur when the clock says it should.
Since it’s so dark, we have to “light a candle”, and sarcastically
“curse the glare” of the minimal light the candle provides.
“Draw the curtains” so that we don’t have to look outside and see darkness.