"The Shadowlands" as written by and Ryan Adams....
God, please bring the rain
Yeah, and bring it soon
Let it flood right through the houses
Into Judy's room
With a father on amphetamines
Her mother hides the pearls
Reach out into the darkness
And find my little girl
Because she's angry like a salesman
Who just couldn't make a sale
Threw her wedding ring in the sewer
And damned them all to Hell

Please lead her to the mountain
That you fashioned out of sand
While the roaches climb the walls
From the hotel where he calls
Most people never find a love
Most people never find a love
Sometimes you just can be a man
Sometimes you just can be a man
When you're living in the darkness
of the shadowlands
The shadowlands

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"The Shadowlands" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General Commenti think the shadowlands would be that place you go to after loss. where everything is just a shadow to your eyes, like its always on the periphery. the first verse just says that she had a rough life. then she's gone, and he's asking god to take care of her, and saying while he takes care of her he'll be forsaken in a hotel room with roaches. he recognizes that "some people never find a love" and he knows that he did, so he "just can be a man" while he mourns in the shadowlands. at least thats my take.
    swallowedtheflyon November 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexcept, i disagree with the lyrics somewhat -

    'cause she's angry like a salesman
    who just couldn't make a sale
    threw the wedding rings in the sewer
    and damns them all to hell


    sometimes you just can't be a man
    sometimes you just can't be a man
    when you're living in the darkness
    of the shadowlands

    just a few words different...
    nandecaturon December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of his best songs.
    I'm in awe, I can't even begin to comment. just simple and wonderful, anyone who thinks Ryan can't write should listen to this. if they still don't get it I don't think we are bound to agree on much else.
    dorareeveron April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. This song is just amazing. I love when the guitars come in at the end of the song and it keeps building up. Beautiful lyrics as well.
    Sum1LsesChpstckon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe there are only two comments on this song. By far Adams's best song yet.

    I don't know where he gets the inspiration for this stuff. The lyrics for this one are real; they're coming from somewhere.

    It conveys the strains of a relationship (looks like a marriage to me) that's going nowhere fast.
    kattalassoon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, yes, yes. Single-handedly makes the price of Love is Hell Volume 1 more than worth it. I'm not sure on the meaning, but the emotion seems to combine frustration and apathy. Marriage and heartbreak seem to be the focus. I maintain that rain is a metaphor for tears of God, as if to ask for pity.

    Then again, this song could have left out the lyrics entirely and I still would have felt it. It's that brilliant.
    davidecoyoteon November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim not sure what it's really about.. but it makes me feel something big.
    lauraleyeon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally beautiful song. Love it.

    Little fact if you didn't know, this is the song that Ryan Adams fell off stage in Liverpool to.
    Nightfreakon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. so perfect. when i come home after a horrible night, this always helps keep me sane
    nandecaturon December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're wrong nandecatur.
    modest matton June 03, 2005   Link

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