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The Gaslight Anthem – The '59 Sound lyrics

Well, I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go.
I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.
When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms,
I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life.
'Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on Grandmama's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See, I was playing a show down the road
When your spirit left your body.
And they told me on the front lawn.
I'm sorry I couldn't go
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang.


Young boys, young girls, ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night.


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    This is taking from my 2nd explanation in this song so if you've read that there's no point in reading this. The story behind the song is about Brian's passing on to the next life (or heaven or anything else you believe in) because while Brian was "Playing a show down the road" his friend had gotten into a fatal car accident killing him almost immediately, Brian couldn't make it to the funeral because of another show he had planned which is where the line "I'm sorry I couldn't go" comes from. Added on- The reason He had gotten into the accident was because he was having a fight with his girlfriend over the phone and couldn't pay attention to the road.
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