While you were out...
the message says
You left a number
and I tried to call
But they wrote it down
in a perfect Spanish scrawl
in a perfect Spanish scrawl

Yet again
I'm missing you
King size bed
(in a) hotel someplace
I hear your name
I see your face
I see your face

(The) back street dolls
and the side door johnnies
The wide eyed boys with their bags full of
Back in the alley
going bang to the wall
Tied to the tail
of a midnight crawl
Heaven wouldn't be
so high I know
if the times gone by
hadn't been so low
The best laid plans
come apart at the seams
and shatter all my dreams

Sometimes I feel like...
close my eyes
It's times like this
my head goes down
and the only thing I know
is the name of this town
is the name of this town

Yet again
I'm missing you
won't be long
O' coming home
Until that distant time
I'll be moving on
I'll be moving on

Lyrics submitted by Spiderbio

Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentI feel and think this is perfect description of how does it feel when on tour. Your loved ones are far away at home, you travel from hotel room to hotel room and they are all the same, only thing changing is name of the town they are playing.
    When not playing in gig there are just back-street dolls and side door johnnies but not one real person who you would like to know. And they are not helping your longing of family.
    Spanish scrawl thing is quite literal, hotel desk-clerk (?) has taken message from girlfriend but written it in such handwriting that you cannot comprehense it.
    trotroon May 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG, Why isn't anyone commenting this fantastic song? This is my personal favorite song of Deep Purple. It has such great atmosphere and guitar. Even though I didn't quite understand the lyrics, At least I think I didn't. I believe the song is about two lovers who were in some town spending night in the hotel but then she left and wrote a message and a number possibly somewhere where there are spanish maids? He is traped in that town and their memories. He sleps in the same room and remembers her all the time. He tries to escape but The best laid plans come apart at the seams and shatter all his dreams. He expiriences hard despair and curses everything while his soul wants to scream at the town and at the woman. He probabaly believes as hard as he can that she is dead so he can finally escape this cursed place and come back home to her... My speculations...
    .:Shelter:.on March 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGood explaination (Shelter).. this is exactly what i think of every time i listen to this song. Truly.. a magnificent song. This is a proof that Deep Purple is more than capable of writing ballads. Cant believe no body commented on this one.
    The best Morse-era DP song ever !!!!!!!
    MMM88on January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I have been trying to pick it up and I really feel it is about losing someone too, but i think she might have died. Actually the lyrics do not really point to death but its more like the writer has no idea how or where but she is lost, probably kidnapped. The kidnappers left a note in her name that said, "While you were out ...." the note also had a number and he tried to call but there was no answer. The only clue is that whoever "they" are they wrote it in a perfect Spanish scrawl.
    The chorus , "Back street dolls and the side door johnnies and the wide eyed boys with their bags full of money,
    Back in the alley going bang to the wall
    Tied to the tail of a midnight crawl.
    Heaven wouldn't be so high I know
    If the times gone by hadn't been so low....." makes me believe my theory more.

    What do you guys think?
    I might be completely off!!!
    cephas1237on October 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the greatest R+R songs I ever heard. It's not well known because mediocrity knows only mediocrity. Some people just don't recognize excellence. It's intense, creative and highly passionate. They came a long way to become one of the most sophisticated R+R bands in existence. The solo at the end of it reminds me of Clapton's at the end of White Room. It just keeps coming on.
    larry10815on September 03, 2016   Link
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    General CommentBlackmore was technically proficient, and an innovator, but Steve Morse is on his own planet.
    larry10815on September 03, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI am sick of people describing song meanings as about life on tour, drugs, or simple stuff like that. That's an insult to the band practically, to belittle their deepest songs with false meanings.
    RunOfTheMillon May 20, 2009   Link

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