"Suicide Alley" as written by and Shawn/leventhal Colvin....
Wait for me by the banshee tree
Let me be your wailing companion
Pass 'em on by don't look 'em in the eye
Suicide Alley is callin'
You thought you were dreaming
You could wake up dead
And you'll never know what's real
All this damage is runnin' loose in your head
And it really matters to me

Oh no baby don't go
Walkin' down Suicide Alley

Downtown baby it's a million to one
You might as well name your poison
And stand in line by the exit sign
Suicide Alley is waiting

You're a loose cannonball on a sinking ship
From the belly of the beast, shot from the hip
But you don't have to be going down the dark hall
You're not tied to the chair, you're not nailed to the wall

Oh, no, baby don't go
Walkin' down Suicide Alley

Sitting naked by the window in the middle of the night
I can see you wearing your halo
If only in the daybreak of the dirty street light
I know baby wasn't born to follow

You know I wasn't born I was spat out at a wall
And nobody even knew my name
The sun hatched me out, cradle and all
On the corner of First and Insane

For the souls of the departed and the renegades of love
You and me we gotta be all we dreamed of
In the ruins of mischief through the ravages of time
You got a place in this world of mine

Oh, no, baby don't go
Walkin' down Suicide Alley


Lyrics submitted by lockett

"Suicide Alley" as written by Shawn Colvin John Leventhal

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing

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    General Commenti can't believe people aren't talking about this one! .. she really is underappreciated. a few this song used to give me the creeps so much that i would usually skip it.. that was when i was 11 or 12. now it intrigues me so much, although it's still scary. i'd like opinions on hidden meanings, though.
    music_obsessedon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment** "a few years ago this song"..., not just "a few this song"
    music_obsessedon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree - I think Shawn Colvin is an underappreciated musician and that this is a really underappreciated track. It's a magnificent song, almost the highlight of a magnificent album. Now to the meaning...

    I don't know much about Shawn Colvin. I believe she suffered or suffers from depression. To me the song seems to be about support, her support for another sufferer who's in a worse place than her. The "you" in the song seems to be someone contemplating or at risk of suicide, and the singer is trying to encourage him or her not to do it. Lines like -

    'let me be your wailing companion'

    'You thought you were dreaming
    But you could wake up dead
    And you'll never know what's real
    All this damage is runnin' loose in your head
    And it really matters to me'

    'But you don't have to be going down the dark hall
    You're not tied to the chair, you're not nailed to the wall'

    And of course the chorus -

    'Oh, no, baby don't go
    Walking down suicide alley'

    seem to back up this interpretation.

    As for the last verse, I think the singer is saying, "Look, I'm doing it tough too, just like you (ie I'm not preaching to you from outside, I'm in here with you) and we can survive this".

    Not a very subtle reading of the song, but I think it might do for a start?
    neiledwardon March 03, 2008   Link

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