"Then She Did..." as written by Perry Farrell, David Michael Navarro, Stephen Andrew Perkins and Eric Adam Avery....
Now her paints are dry
And I looked outside
At the corner boys

Ayh, oh, where did you go?
I don't know.

I went to see your pictures
I spread them across the floor
So this is where they are shown
Now they're probably saying to you,
If you keep it up you'll be born.

But you won't ever listen,
I'll bet

Burnt out, grass scorched by the sun.
The buildings remain.

We will beat them all to dust,
I'll bet

Pulled from a headless shell
That blinked on and off, Hotel.
Now the nameless dwell.

They hold your key and turn your knob,
I'll bet

Will you say hello to my ma?
Will you pay a visit to her?
She was an artist, just as you were.
I'd have introduced you to her.

She would take me out on Sundays.
We'd go laughing through the garbage.
She repaired legs like a doctor
On the kitchen chairs we sat on.

She was unhappy, just as you were.
Unhappy, just as you were.
Unhappy, just as you were.
Unhappy, just as you were


Lyrics submitted by juvenilecokefiend

"Then She Did" as written by Lou Reed

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  • +1
    General CommentBest Jane's song ever, bar none...about a girl who died, presumably (all that "say hello to my ma" stuff). I'm not sure about the burnt out bit...ain't worked that out yet. Submit your corrections...
    juvenilecokefiendon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is soo good. You are right this is a bit of a tear jerker, but isnt a sad mopey song...just so much emotion!
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBurnt out grass, Scorched by the sun

    this song is just incredible... Listening to this puts me back to a good place in my life.. when i first discovered janes addiction. Perry is truly one of the greatest artists of all time.... on every level. i love the fact that flee was able to join them in the 90's. He seems like he would fit in so well!
    drfunkon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWonderfully moving tearjerking Jane's song about his mother dying and his reaction and feelings towards that. About her being depressed and unhappy causing her suicide.
    Fred39on July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is actually out of Perry's own mouth about his former lover Xiola Bleu. She overdosed on Herion. She was creative and exentric just like he was. It's just about his bottled up feelings towards her shocking death.
    beckah Gon May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song ties Xiola's death to Perry's mother's suicide. The "you" in this song is Xiola. The outro part is self-explanatory when you look at it that way. A very powerful song.
    suckmykisson September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs everyone else has already pointed out, it is about Xiola Bleu who O.Ded on heroin and Perry's mom who killed herself when he was little. He felt that had they both lived, they would have been good friends, because they were both artists.

    The original title of this song was "then she died", I think "then she did" is better.
    quiffpornon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea "then she did..." sounds like its part of a conversation from perry, presumably to xiola bleu. the song is him talking to her about his mum again like he did when she was alive, and yea about how much they would have liked each other.
    minimacason December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike every else said about perrys mom and xiola...The guitar is just amazing along with the bass lines, the piano, and violin lines...It just comes together to make a perfect peice of art. This song is the most artful song of all time
    boozer11on June 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about Perry Farrels mother who killed herself when he was only 3.
    robomonon April 28, 2012   Link

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