"The '59 Sound" as written by and Brian Fallon....
Well, I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go.
I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.
When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms,
I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life.

'Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life,
The chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the fifty-nine Sound coming through on grandmother's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See, I was playing a show down the road
When your spirit left your body.
And they told me on the front lawn.
I'm sorry I couldn't go,
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang
I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang

Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandmother's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,

Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,

Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandfather's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls.


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"The '59 Sound" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +4
    General CommentCptAwesome:

    "Marley's Chains," to be precise. The reference is to A Christmas Carol. Marley was Scrooge's partner, a ghost who was doomed to wander the Earth carrying behind him the heavy chains of his wickedness during life.
    Nightclub Dwighton October 15, 2008   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningOn February 3rd, 1959, three of the world's greatest musicians died in a plane crash. that day has gone down in history as "the day the music died". it has been written about in songs and books for 50 years. while some lines in the song relate to more personal issues, the song is titled after this even as buddy holly, ritchie valens and the big bopper were the 59 sound.
    donthatekateon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNightclub Dwight is completly right about the Marleys chain reference, the song was written about a friend that died in a car accident on the way back from asbury lanes, hence the line:

    I was playing a show down the road when your spirit left your
    body
    And they told me on the front lawn, I’m sorry I couldn’t go
    But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
    haccex91on October 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song tears me up i had a friend pass away this past august he was 22 and it was a saturday night he passed away and everytime it never fails
    dougipheron December 31, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti feel like he's asking his friend, "what's it like to die?"- as most people have a lot of anxiety over the thought-

    "did you hear the '59 sound" = was it like being a kid again?
    "did you hear the rattling chains" = were you burdened by and judged on everything you did wrong?
    "did you hear the old gospel choir" = was it a generic white light and 'hallelujah' moment?
    "did you hear your favorite song" = was it comfortable and everything you knew if would be?


    for some reason the line "did you hear your favorite song one last time" always breaks my heart
    reginaldcranmeron August 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese are the correct lyrics, off of the bands myspace:

    Well I wonder which song they’re gonna play when we go
    I hope it’s something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow
    When we float out into the ether, into the everlasting arms
    I hope we don’t hear Marley’s chains we forged in life


    ‘Cause the chains I’ve been hearing now for most of my life
    The chains I’ve been hearing now for most of my life


    Did you hear the ’59 sound coming through on Grandmama’s radio?
    Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
    Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
    Did you hear your favorite song one last time?


    And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
    See, I was playing a show down the road when your spirit left your
    body
    And they told me on the front lawn, I’m sorry I couldn’t go
    But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons


    And I know ‘cause we were kids and we used to hang
    I know ‘cause we were kids and we used to hang


    Did you hear the ’59 sound coming through on Grandmama’s radio?
    Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
    Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
    Did you hear your favorite song one last time?


    Young boys, young girls
    Ain’t supposed to die on a Saturday night.


    Did you hear the ’59 sound coming through on Grandmama’s radio?
    Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
    Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
    Did you hear your favorite song one last time?


    Young boys, young girls.
    Medicationson July 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe meaning is fairly self explanatory, great song.

    young boys, young girls, aint supposed to die on a saturday night

    posibly the most heart-wrenching lyric ever written
    SamuelHWon October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen he sings the line in the chorus 'did you hear your favourite song one last time', i get goosebumps.
    cfer50on April 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love when the distorted guitar kicks in on "The chains I've been hearing now for most of my life."
    L-Kyneon May 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always heard "crap office radio" instead of Grandmama's radio. And "hospital wards." Doesn't matter though, the message still gets across.

    A kid I used to be friends with when we were 8 years old just died in a car crash. He was 17. This is such a perfect song for everything I feel for him, and I wish I knew him better before this. We grew apart and now he's gone. I feel so bad for the driver, she wasn't drunk or anything, just messing around on the road. Fucking pointless.
    Aquarius121on May 20, 2011   Link

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