"Dead Man's Ballet" as written by and James Michael....
Oh no, how could this happen to
Such an amazing young boy
I had my whole life ahead of me

Oh God, how could you have let this
Happen to such a lovely young child
I was their only son and I tried,
Tried, tried

Come on,
Come on get out of the way
Get out of the way man
You're going to have to let go of his arm
You have to let go sir
We've got about two minutes here
We've got about two minutes and we're going to lose him

Yeah, you, you miserable father
The one who ignored me for half of my life
Now I, I can't even look at you
Why? Why? Why?

Don't abandon me now
I don't want to die!

You can lead him to the ambulance
But you cannot make him live
No, you cannot make me live!
You can lead him to the ambulance
Lead me home!
But you cannot make him live

Would, could I have done differently
You never said there was anything wrong
Now the drugs, they give me encouragement
Why? Why? Why?

Oh God, tell me I'll make it
I'll give you my blood if that's all you need
Just don't tell me that I'm gonna die,
Die, die!

Don't abandon me now
I don't want to die
Alone

You can lead him to the ambulance
But you cannot make him live
No you cannot make me live!
You can lead him to the ambulance
Why can't we celebrate? Lead me home!
But you cannot make him live


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"Dead Man's Ballet" as written by James Michael

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    General CommentThis song is about Nikki's childhood and what caused him to go down the spiral. His father had abandoned him at very early age and his mother and abusive boyfriend raised him. The lack of parental guidance caused him to steal, lie, and do and sell drugs.

    The second part of the song is about when Nikki overdosed after a show and died for a few minutes before being revived by a paramedic on the ambulance. "You can lead him to the ambulance, But you cannot make him live"
    digitalbladeon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExcept he did live...lol.
    xXRavenxTressesXxon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd thank God he did too, because I love Nikki Sixx.
    xXRavenxTressesXxon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought he was raised by his grandma... who was 'stealing him away' or something... That's what I got from the book anyway.
    DJgifon August 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song off the CD. and the songs mean so much more after you read the book. because you know EXACTLY what hes talking about and how hes feeling.
    oXguitarchickXoon March 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSuch an amazing song. This is one of my favorites off of it. But then again they are all so great, so it's hard to pick just one that's a favorite. lol

    I too am so glad Nikki lived b/c he is fucking awesome! He has made such a turn around and is now using his experiences to help others. He's just the best...and he doesn't look too bad either. ;)
    Dark Angel 35on April 13, 2009   Link

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