"Song For Adam" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Though Adam was a friend of mine
I did not know him well
He was alone into his distance
He was deep into his well
I could guess what he was laughing at
But I couldn't really tell
Now the story's told that Adam jumped
But I've been thinking that he fell

Together we went traveling
As we received the call
His destination India
And I had none at all
Well, I still remember laughing
With our backs against the wall
So free of fear, we never thought
That one of us might fall

I sit before my only candle
But it's so little light to find my way
Now this story unfolds before my candle
Which is shorter every hour
As it reaches for the day
But I feel just like a candle in the way
I guess I'll get there
But I wouldn't say for sure

When we parted we were laughing still
As our goodbyes were said
And I never heard from him again
As each our lives we led
Except for once in someone else's
Letter that I read
Until I heard the sudden word
That a friend of mine was dead

I sit before my only candle
Like a pilgrim sits beside the way
Now this journey appears before my candle
As a song that's growing fainter
The harder I play
That I fear before I end I'll fade away
But I guess I'll get there
Though I wouldn't say for sure

Though Adam was a friend of mine,
I did not know him long
And when I stood myself beside him,
I never though I was as strong
Still it seems he stopped his singing
In the middle of his song
Well I'm not the one to say I know
But I'm hoping he was wrong

I'm holding out my only candle
Though it's so little light to find my way
Now this story's been laid beneath my candle
And it's shorter every hour
As it reaches for the day
Yes, I feel just like a candle in the way
I hope I'll get there
But I never pray


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"Song for Adam" as written by Jackson Browne

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    General CommentIt is about some one who commited suicide. I don't think he was the kid everyone lokked up too he was the one that was your friend and all your friends friend but no one knew him. He was an enigma and a ghost at the same time.
    oldstyle816on June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the suicide of a friend.

    Adam seems to be a strong, charismatic, jovial type guy. The kind of guy everyone loves, and the singer really looked up to, so it's unbelievable that Adam would just commit suicide, so he realizes that it wasn't as simple as everyone makes it out to be. It wasn't that Adam just decided to kill himself, it was that he fell under the weight of life and pain. And it's leaving everyone else to try to figure out if they can make it.
    Brando1138on September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti discovered this song yesterday, but didnt really listen to it that closely. and today i found out a friend of mine had committed suicide just 2 days ago. sadly i never got to know his that well...
    then i listened to this song and listened closely and it speaks to me so much. it exactly describes my feelings right now.
    xstillsearchingxon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment*sorry i meant "i never got to know hiM that well.
    xstillsearchingxon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is very hard when you hear a friend from your youth commits suicide...i always liked this song but didn't really give it due respect until i got a call from my parents one day at college (several years back now) and was told that the first boy i ever slow danced with had taken his own life...that was one of the darkest days of my life not because we had been so close but because we had been so much alike...it really hit home and this song has never been the same for me since
    ltienkeon November 13, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwhy hasn't anyone commented on this song?

    anyways, people said that adam committed suicide, but the speaker thinks it was really society that made adam 'fall'. and now the speaker is wondering if he is loosing his way in life too. a very beautiful, sad song.
    findsomepeaceon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthanks for the analysis. I wasn't sure if by "fell" they meant he either accidentely killed himslef or someone else made him fall, but society making him fall sound right.
    Tmo2199on May 06, 2006   Link

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