"Dead Man's Party" as written by and Danny Elfman....
I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder

Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin' to a party where no one's still alive

CHORUS
I was struck by lighting
Walkin' down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep
It's a dead man's party
Who could ask for more
Everybody's comin', leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door . . .
(Don't run away it's only me)

All dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man
Waitin' for an invitation to arrive
With a dead man . . . Dead Man . . .

Got my best suit and my tie
Shiny silver dollar on either eye
I hear the chauffeur comin' to the door
Says there's room for maybe just one more . . .

CHORUS

Don't run away it's only me
Don't be afraid of what you can't see
Don't run away it's only me . . .


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"Dead Man's Party" as written by Elfman

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  • +1
    General CommentIf only this were the afterlife afterparty! I've always loved Oingo Boingo's dark sense of fun with their mortality. If you have to die, you may as well take the reaper by the hand and do a little jig.
    cannibaloxon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEverybody is going to die that's part of life. Don't sit around and fret about it letting it eat away at you and don't go around thinking you're some sort of Duncan MacLeod who can avoid it. Just remember that and enjoy your life for what it is
    Elftekon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI HAVE to listen to this every halloween, or I feel like something is missing. I think it has that jaunty kinda style that most all of Danny's non-lyrical compositions end up having, which makes it endlessly charming to me. I think it ended up on the soundtrack to a rodney dangerfield movie, but I think it was on the album of it's namesake first. That said I still can't wrap my brain around how one is supposed to enter someplace without their body and soul.
    Polecaton March 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Don't run away it's only me
    Don't be afraid of what you can't see"
    I love when he sings that bit, Danny Elfman just puts so much into every word he sings. What a total genius is all I can say.
    coolbluereasonon August 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is totally going to be played at my funeral.

    Or I will have some -serious- haunting to do.
    soulphoxon January 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Rodney Dangerfield movie is "Back to School", for which Danny Elfman also wrote the score. In the film, Oingo Boingo can be seen performing the song.
    PursuitofLifeon May 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOingo Boingo is such fun!
    luisazavichon June 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about drugs, a seemingly well-to-do person who has a hidden drug problem and who goes to a crack house to score.

    (I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go/Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder) Someone is trying to live a normal life, but they are feeling their addiction pulling at them.

    (Waiting for an invitation to arrive/Goin' to a party where no one's still alive) Now they are waiting for a dealer to call or knock on the door with a location of a crack house where they can score. Crack houses are often occupied by crack whores on the edge of death.

    (I was struck by lighting/Walkin' down the street/I was hit by something last night in my sleep) They are reminiscing about being high on chrystal meth. Lighting is a slang term for amphetamines. Drug use causes insomnia, which often leads back to getting high.

    (It's a dead man's party/Who could ask for more) Everyone at the crack house is strung out and high, but at least they feel good.

    (Everybody's comin'...Leave your body and soul at the door) This implies peer pressure and looking forward to walking up to the edge of death.

    (Got my best suit and my tie/Shiny silver dollar on either eye) Someone has a normal life, but drugs have gotten a hold of them and they are hopelessly addicted.

    (I hear the chauffeur comin' to the door/Says there's room for maybe just one more) The chauffer is the Grim Reaper and the addict has lost the battle and their life to drugs.
    Ideux2on August 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. i heard these guys on the radio a few times.. and I must say.. they sound soo.. Odd. Different. Makes me pay attention. i like 'em... I think.
    anna118kon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Don't run away it's only me
    Don't be afraid of what you can't see" sounds like something one would imagine a ghost to say, doesn't it?
    AquilaCaton April 23, 2006   Link

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