"Sad Lisa" as written by and Yusuf Islam....
She hangs her head and cries on my shirt.
She must be hurt very badly.
Tell me what's making you sad, Li?
Open your door, don't hide in the dark.
You're lost in the dark, you can trust me.
Cause you know that's how it must be.

Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.

Her eyes like windows, trickle in rain
Upon the pain getting deeper.
Though my love wants to relieve her.
She walks alone from wall to wall.
Lost in her hall, she can't hear me.
Though I know she likes to be near me.

Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.

She sits in a corner by the door.
There must be more I can tell her.
If she really wants me to help her.
I'll do what I can to show her the way.
And maybe one day I will free her.
Though I know no one can see her.
Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.


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"Sad Lisa" as written by Stevens

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the lyric is "sad, Li" and not "sadly". The first is an affectionate short name for Lisa and the second is just messed up English.
    snowie0wlon May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoggs are powerful.dawg
    xsteadyxasxyouxgoxon January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about and autistic girl, his sister.
    No one sees her, means everyone lese has stopped trying.
    She is locked in an institutuion. Only he comes to visit any more. She know he is all she has left, but cant reach out to him.
    jojopennyon January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose are lots of interesting interpretations to ponder. I remember when this song first came out. I thought it was about a girl in an institution struggling with depression for the first 95% of the song. The twist at the end "I know nobody can see her" made me believe that she was actually all in his mind. Kind of like a struggling imaginary friend that made me believe it was he who was struggling. No matter how you interpret this song it strikes me as being a beautiful combination of tenderness, sadness, hope, while being haunting.
    LIT4EVERon March 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first time i heard it i almost cried, reminds me so much of a girl i know
    pabloon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first 30 times I heard it I found it such a sad but in the mean time oh so beautiful song. I wished someone would sing those words to me, I wished I had such a friend. Now I have what I wanted then but I still recognize myself in Lisa from time to time...
    juttefruton July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like to me that he feels bad for this girl. He wants to help her but there is no way to help her unless he was dead his self. To me it sounds like she had done something to where she is stuck in purgatory for a sin that she has committed ... maybe suicide. The part in the song where he says
    "I'll do what I can to show her the way,
    and maybe one day I will free her,
    'though I know no one can see her."
    That gives me hint that she is not alive and he is the only one that can see her either because she is a ghost or she is just in his mind. Either way the song is very sad and the meaning is unclear. you can only interpret what you think it is and that is what I hear when I listen to this song.
    AshenCharmon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like to me that he feels bad for this girl. He wants to help her but there is no way to help her unless he was dead his self. To me it sounds like she had done something to where she is stuck in purgatory for a sin that she has committed ... maybe suicide. The part in the song where he says
    "I'll do what I can to show her the way,
    and maybe one day I will free her,
    'though I know no one can see her."
    That gives me hint that she is not alive and he is the only one that can see her either because she is a ghost or she is just in his mind. Either way the song is very sad and the meaning is unclear. you can only interpret what you think it is and that is what I hear when I listen to this song.
    AshenCharmon April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavorite Line: "She Must Be Hurt very Badly, Tell Me What's Making You Sadly"
    pabloon June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is SUCH a beautiful song. This song reminds me of when I was depressed, which I was for years and years, and everytime I'm sad again, or someone's wronged me I listen to this and brings back memories of old pain, and I know it may seem a little odd but it feels good to remember times like those, just cos I got through them. But now I'm just rambling :p lol. I love the way he uses a kind of pun...dunno if anyone else noticed it. "Her eyes like windows, trickling rain, upon her pain getting deeper", pain could also be seen as window PANE.

    Anyway, this song makes me cry. My mom played it to me when..well something really bad had happened to me, something I couldn't tell ANYONE about, and I kept holding it back and then one night I just sat with her and cryed on her shoulder. I still couldn't tell her, but I think she could relate this song perfectly then. "Open the door, don't hide in the dark" "Tell me what's making you Sadly"

    This is just the ultimate song for deep and beautiful sadness. If you could call it that.
    gypsy-roseon August 07, 2005   Link

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