"Starting to Hurt" as written by and Ryan Adams....
It's a long way down, but I feel alright
It's a long way down, but I feel alright
And the cops get in, and the crowd gets tight
Take your tomorrow, pain and your sorrow and teach it how to fly
It's starting to hurt
Starting to hurt
Starting to hurt
Starting to hurt

It's a long way down, but I feel alright
It's a long way down, but I feel alright
And I hope you're here, when I hit the ground
'Cause I'm high on forever, always together, and I'm coming down
It's starting to hurt
Starting to hurt


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"Starting to Hurt" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentIt's not about drugs. This is from Ryan himself...

    "It was recorded in Nashville with The Pink Hearts. Billy Mercer had told me this story about a woman jumping off a building. We were out in Nashville having a few beers because that's all there is to do there and Billy said "That's the building." She'd gone up to the top, handed someone her baby
    and jumped. I had the riff but no words to the song, so I tried to put
    myself into her character. You can't begin to imagine how she must have been feeling but I tried."
    leew62on June 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about someone getting off drugs and how its really tough, but they're doing good. and im sure there's something to do with a girl in there too.... as usual
    inlovewithmusicon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I recall correctly it's about some woman jumping off a building while he was in Nashville. That's from the Uncut mag if I remember rightly.
    xdvron August 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentXdvr is right.

    There's one thing I can't understand, though. "I'm high on forever and always together" – what does it mean?
    Diego8978on February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I'm high on forever and always together"

    This part is comparing a relationship to a drug. The good parts of a relationship (thinking about being with someone forever) are like the high, and when a relationship goes bad, it's like coming down from a drug. So, he's saying that everything was good, but it's going bad.
    Tom Selleckon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've never heard him sing like this. Absoloute raw emotion. It's clearly about coming off the drugs as RA is an ex-addict. The line 'high on forever and always together' refers to those around him who are proud that he's cleaning himself up and his acting like he has it all together although the comedown 'is starting to hurt'
    Newk_84on May 28, 2008   Link

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