"People Who Died" as written by and B. Linsley J. Carroll....
Teddy sniffing glue he was 12 years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Drano on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
Two more friends that died / I miss 'em--they died

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein
And Eddie, I miss you more than all the others,
And I salute you brother/ This song is for you my brother

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

Herbie pushed Tony from the Boys' Club roof
Tony thought that his rage was just some goof
But Herbie sure gave Tony some bitchen proof
"Hey," Herbie said, "Tony, can you fly?"
But Tony couldn't fly, Tony died

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

Brian got busted on a narco rap
He beat the rap by rattin' on some bikers
He said, hey, I know it's dangerous,
But it sure beats Riker's
But the next day he got offed
By the very same bikers

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died


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"People Who Died" as written by B. Linsley J. Carroll

Lyrics © EARL MC GRATH D/B/A EARL MCGRATH MUSIC , EARL MCGRATH D/B/A MISSING FINGER MUSIC

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is pretty ironic now.
    gothic_hobbiton October 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA very excellent song. It's about people who Jim Carroll knew who died and he's known a lot of people who have died. The Basketball Diaries is a wicked movie but it is extremely different from his real life. I highly recommend this song and the movie.
    River Wolfon May 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs"
    The Tombs is the nickname of the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC) If you get arrested in Manhattan, you will spend the night in this jail. (the largest receiving area in the country)
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    Michael Imperioli (Christopher from Sopranos) played *Bobby in the Basketball Diaries.
    (*Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
    He looked like 65 when he died
    He was a friend of mine
    JeffKaos71on April 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fucking brilliant.
    Though..it drags on a little too long.
    bobcat12on January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a chapter about the song in Tom Reynold's "I Hate Myself And I Want To Die - The 52 most depressing songs in the world."
    It sure is... Depressing. But good, though.
    borderline.ladyon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI love this song so damn much.
    I don't really think it's depressing, but that's just the way I feel about it.
    Screwyouregoon May 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjim carroll knows quite a few dead people...
    roger wilcoon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst punk song I ever loved. We used to clog-dance to it. Ahhhhh....memories.
    Zoltaron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a sad song....well not really and i love it, as much as the movie but i dont feel bad for Jim Carrol in a way because if you read these 2 books "my bloody life" and "once a king, always a king" it's nonfiction and really powerful probably more than the book "a child called it" and because of that book i keep thinking Jim Carrol was offered help, so i dont know but i definitely respect him now.
    femmefatale1990on April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto hell with the lousy movie, its trash compared to the book. get the book "basketball diaries" in a more perfect world, it would be required reading in schools.
    hangwire13on November 23, 2006   Link

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