"Don't Go Down" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
I met a girl
Snowball in hell
She's as hard
And as cracked as a liberty bell
And I got her to
Come on and move in with me
And I said I'll find a better place
Where we can spend eternity
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Her mother called me a thief
And her dad
Was a total commander and chief
I fall in love with my love
But I knew the kind of worthlessness we have to raise above
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
She had a dream
Woke up in shock
She had seen
Her own body outlined in chalk
No fingerprints were found on the gun
And her ghost leaned down to kiss me
With a message from the sun
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay


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"Don't Go Down" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentI really don't think it's about craddle-robbing. I'm not sure where you came up with that. Not saying that you're wrong, I would just like to know your explanation.

    Anyway, my interpretation is that of a failed relationship. He falls in love with this girl, whose parents hate him, but she moves in with him anyway. She finally realizes that this relationship isn't doing her any good, but 'he' keeps asking her to 'stay with me, baby stay.'
    I Am Not Amusedon November 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think...he's a heroin addict, meets a girl and the girl gets introduced to the scene. It happens, she has low self-esteem and he's fun and interesting and she falls in love. The parents aren't stupid, they see who he is and know his game. The mom says he's a 'thief' - very, very common amongst heroin users. So the girl takes the guy's side and runs off - moves in - with him. She's struggling with where she is and what she's become, and he's saying 'don't go down - stay (high) with me' It's always more fun as well as justifiable when you have a partner. So then her conflicts come out in a dream, where she envisions herself overdosing 'her body outlined in chalk'. He takes off (the globe has been spun - it happened and there's nothing he can do about it) and she see's this. So her ghosts comes down to kiss him to let him know that this is what happens, this is the end result of where their life is going. And all he cares about is doing the drug, not wanting to 'go down' - mortality isn't a worry to him. And she knows this, and wants to do something about it but can't. So she has to let him go.
    weezyglasseson November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe music is kinda un-elliott smith-like, I guess I'm just used to the more acoustic sound, but man...the lyrics are so creepy and good.

    I think it's kind of self-explanatory - an older guy craddle-robbing, making the girl think he loves her when he really is just abusive and all, and realises that he could kill her with his temperment, but everytime she thinks about it, he tells her that he loves her.
    oneiros lykoson November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song bc of his voice and the guitars and flutes....its just sounds kick ass all put together. The lyrics are pretty catchy too!!
    Curlequ02on December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree. i think it's about a guy who just wants to be with this girl. he believes he can help her. i don't think he's trying to harm her, he just wants to make her happy
    roach133on December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus really reminds me of the Beatles. Hm.

    Anyway, I like this song. It has a very different sound. The whole album is really great, and there are better songs, but this one isn't bad at all.
    suckmuhpeenizon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also think some of these lyrics are wrong...
    aydiosmioon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, some of the lyrics ARE wrong.

    "I fall in love with my love" should be "I fought them all with my love."

    it makes more sense that way.
    chapfalleneyeson December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe doesn't say anything about fingerprints on a gun....*insert eye roll*
    Statbucksbabe28on January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol yeah i was reading that and i thought, wtf??
    lisalynnon January 12, 2005   Link

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