"Stage Fright" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
Now deep in the heart of a lonely kid
Who suffered so much for what he did,
They gave this ploughboy his fortune and fame,
Since that day he ain't been the same.

See the man with the stage fright
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
And he got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again.

I've got fire water right on my breath
And the doctor warned me I might catch a death.
Said, "You can make it in your disguise,
Just never show the fear that's in your eyes."

See the man with the stage fright,
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
He got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again.

Now if he says that he's afraid,
Take him at his word.
And for the price that the poor boy has paid,
He gets to sing just like a bird, oh, ooh ooh ooh.

Your brow is sweatin' and your mouth gets dry,
Fancy people go driftin' by.
The moment of truth is right at hand,
Just one more nightmare you can stand.

See the man with the stage fright
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
And he got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again, hmm hmm,

You wanna try it once again, hmm hmm,
Please don't make him stop, hmm hmm,
Let him take it from the top, hmm hmm,
Let him start all over again.


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"Stagefright" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General Commentany and everytime me and my friend frightfully take the stage at the shitty little bar we've play/ed in topeka this song is always in the back of my head. richard and rick will always be remembered and listened to in my book.
    fuckedupdogon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song!
    bazketkazeon January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song was about the Band's experience touring with Bob Dylan when he was transitioning from folk to electric. Dylan's hardcore fans were not very receptive to the change and he was booed and heckled. (The Band were the ones playng in that infamous recording of "Like a Rolling Stone" when an audience member calls Bob Dylan "Judas" and Dylan responds by turning to the Band and saying "play it fucking loud!")
    I'm not sure if this song is really about that, but it is interesting to think of Bob Dylan as having stage fright.

    Btw I effing love this song
    dylanhopeon April 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is not just about singing infront of crowds its about being araid to ask a girl out thats wheir the opening lines come from now deep in the heart of a lonely kid suffering so much for what he did. what else can that mean without the lonely it could mean music but not with that simple word
    joe walsh ruleson August 02, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationAs a combat veteran, I have a little different take on this song. He is a "kid" just like the many 18-yr olds who join the military, but this fellow is quite successful in the military (awards, kudos, ect...). Anyway, he eventually does things during war (e.g. Vietnam) which he is trained to do but overwhelmed with guilt of his actions. Now, as a returning veteran, he has PTSD, which manifest with symptoms of overwhelming fear just like that experienced in battle (e.g. flash backs). This leads to an ever-expanding cycle of personal fear. He drinks alcohol (fire water) to deal with his emotional instability, but knows he can never share his real feelings. His freind who is telling the story knows him quite well and even warns about the importance of believeing him when he says he is afraid, as he has faced death and survived...he knows genuine fear. I believe the end of the song is about simply giving up..."just one more nightmare"...which is also a symptom of PTSD.
    Springmanon December 26, 2010   Link

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