"Tony" as written by and Merv Griffin....
Does anyone remember Tony
A quiet boy, little over weight
He had breasts like a girl
When I wasn't too busy feeling lonely
I'd stare over his shoulder
At a map of the world
He always finished all his homework
Raised his hand in homeroom
He called the morning attendance
With the pledge allegiance to the (gloom) ?

Hey Tony, what's so good about dying
He said I think I might do a little dying today
He looked in the mirror and saw
A little fagot starin' back at him
Pulled out a gun and blew himself away

I hated every day of high school
It's funny, I guess you did too
Its funny how I never knew
There I was sitting right behind you
They wrote it in the local rag
Death comes to the local fag
I guess you finally stopped believing
That any hope would ever find you
Well I know that story,
I was sitting right behind you

Hey Tony, what's so good about dying
He said I think I might do a little dying today
He looked in the mirror and saw
A little fagot starin' back at him
Pulled out a gun and blew himself away

Hey Tony what's so good about dying, dying
Hey Tony what's so good about dying, dying
Hey Tony, what's so good about dying
He said I think I might do a little dying today
He looked in the mirror and saw
A little fagot starin' back at him
Pulled out a gun and blew himself away
Pulled out a gun and blew himself away
Pulled out a gun and blew himself away
Tony


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"Tony" as written by Merv Griffin

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  • +2
    General CommentThe opening of the second verse always gets to me: "I hated every day of high school/It's funny I guess you did too/Funny how I never knew"

    It makes me think about how I was so miserable during my high school years I didn't even consider how many people around me were probably just as miserable, if not moreso.
    bokononiston October 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwow, I'd sure have to disagree with that first comment. A remarkable and sympathetic song, uses a slur to illustrate how guys like Tony are treated when they are young. Patty is just about the best
    cmckinleyon November 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt a concert I attended, Patty Griffin said the following about the song Tony:

    "This is song about a kid I went to high school with, kind-of. It's loosely based on him."
    lbgfanon January 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentack, sorry about the double post
    bokononiston October 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrics chilled my spine, but I think they deserve a better song. it's way too 'poppy' for my liking.
    Zuuzon February 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKind of a horrible song ain't it?
    ReptileKingon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know whether this is refering to a real incident or not?
    LousyGuitariston April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very sad song, but I think it's written to draw attention to the way people isolate themselevs, for feeing different, especially as children. Weather Tony is real or just an example - Only Patty knows.
    ''Hey tony, whats so good about dying''. I think the person in this song who remembers Tony, is still feeling very lonely, just like Tony was.
    My favourite lines =
    I guess you finally stopped believing,
    Any hope would ever find you
    I knew that story,
    I was sitting right behind you.
    that_sullen_girlon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe opening of the second verse always gets to me: "I hated every day of high school/It's funny I guess you did too/Funny how I never knew"

    It makes me think about how I was so miserable during my high school years I didn't even consider how many people around me were probably just as miserable, if not moreso.
    bokononiston October 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI loved patty's first couple of albums, thereafter not so much.
    foofoo22on August 01, 2009   Link

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