"Jackie" as written by and Sinead O'connor....
Jackie left on a cold, dark night
Telling me he'd be home
Sailed the seas for a hundred years
And left me all alone

Now I've been dead for twenty years
I've been washing the sand with my ghostly tears
Searching the shores for my Jackie-oh

And I remember the day that the young man came
Said, your Jackie's gone, he is lost in the rain
And I ran to the beach
And laid me down

You're all wrong, I said
And they stared to the sand
That man knows the sea like the back of his hand
He'll be back some time
Laughing at you

And I've been waiting all this time
For my man to come, take his hand in mine
And lead me away
To unseen shores

I've been washing the sand with my salty tears
Searching the shore these long years
And I'll walk the sea forever more
'til I find my Jackie-oh
Jackie-oh
Jackie-oh
Jackie-oh


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"Jackie" as written by Sinead O'connor

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    General CommentThis song basically, This guy Jackie went out on a boat and doesnt return, leaving behind his lover, who retells what happened when the guy came to tell about what had happened.Now at the end i get confussed, i think the lover walks out into sea to be with jackie and dies, alothough im not sure.
    flammablefairyon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's actually a Sinead O'Connor cover
    HateSaikoon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment^ What a fantastic cover it was.
    Kittycollartighton March 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is an amazing song!!!

    the lyrics are so haunting.
    zodinon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think, in the end it's.. well... like the girl walks along the bayside every day... like to "find" her lover, who never came back.
    pain_is_arton May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it might be about this girl who died waiting on her lover to return from being out at sea, he died out there and she still waits for him to come and take her away to heaven i suppose :S idk if thats right just a guess coz it says:
    now i've been dead for twenty years.
    i suppose that could be metaphorical meaning his absence has left her kind of dead inside for twenty years while she refused to believe that he wasnt coming back.
    3infactappleson January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell, it`s pretty clear that the song is about a girl waiting 'for her man' and the pain she was put through because of his loss. but I think that the sea thing could mean something else too :
    And lead me away
    To unseen shores
    The lyrics manage to give a very powerful feeling of love and devotion, in the Placebo distinctive way xD
    "And I'll walk the sea forever more
    'til I find my Jackie-oh "...
    beautiful/sad song..
    alecsssandraon June 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the single most beautiful thing I have heard in my entire life.
    teaguelovestheworldon June 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthough I know it probably has nothing to do with what it really means, this song reminds me of The Odyssey.
    zombitch227on August 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe a female voice will suit more with the meaning!
    RedBlueGreenon July 18, 2010   Link

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