"Blue Dahlia" as written by and Brian Fallon....
On a hot self tree summer, steam just lies above them trees
You gotta stay inside and wait for the night and then come on over to see me
And there’s a poetry about these streets and skips through the skin, goes right underneath
And momma always knew I need a girl like you, to me I never believed

'Cause I’ve been so lonely, I can’t imagine not come and stay with me
'Cause I’ve been so lonely, I can’t imagine not come and stay with me
Where did you get them scars? How blue is your heart?
Is it sad enough to break? She said it's sad enough to break
How long was your life?
Was it cold and strange like mine? Are you man enough to lay here?
She said I’m man enough, my baby, come see about me

Had a dream about you once, I can barely see your form
And I met you between the wax and the needle and the words of my favorite song
And your black hair was like a raven to your tanned skin over the beach
And your back drop with your rollers and my side kick was all discrete

And I’ve been so locked down, I’ve been long lost level on the ground
Where did you get them scars? How blue is your heart?
Is it sad enough to break? She said it's sad enough to break
How long was your life?
Was it cold and strange like mine? Are you man enough to lay here?
She said I’m man enough, my baby, come see about me

Did it take you to the carnival to get locked up on the line?
Me, I got caught up with the fortune tellers and the ladies with the sleepy eyes
It took years, my baby, just to come clean, every street light a reminder
And all those apologies and the night was lonely next to mean
Even the night was lonely next to me

Where did you get them scars? How blue is your heart?
Is it sad enough to break? She said it's sad enough to break
How long was your life?
Was it cold and strange like mine? Are you man enough to lay here?
She said I’m man enough, my baby, come see about me

Come see about me, come see about me, come see about me, come see about me, come see about me
Whenever you’re lonely


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"Blue Dahlia" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +7
    General CommentThose lyrics are...impressively wrong.

    What a hot and sultry summer,
    The steam just slides up off them streets
    You got to stay inside and wait for the night,
    And then come on over and see me
    There's a poetry about these streets,
    It just slips from your skin and goes right underneath
    And mama always knew I'd meet a girl like you,
    But me, I never believed

    Cuz I've been so lonely I can't imagine that kind of sympathy [x2]

    Where'd you get them scars?
    How blue is your heart?
    Is it sad enough to break?
    She said, "it's sad enough to break"
    How long was your life?
    Was it cold and strange like mine?
    Are you man enough to lay here?
    She said, "I'm man enough my baby, come see about me"

    I had a dream about you once, and I could barely see your form
    And I met you between the wax and the needle,
    In the words of my favorite song
    Your black hair was like a raven with your tan skin on the beach
    Your backdrop were the auroras and my sidekick was all this grief
    I've been so low down, I'm almost level with the ground

    Where'd you get them scars?
    How blue is your heart?
    Is it sad enough to break?
    She said "it's sad enough to break"
    How long was your life?
    Was it cold and strange like mine?
    Are you man enough to lay here?
    She said, "I'm man enough my baby, come see about me"

    Did they take you to the carnival to get locked up on a ride?
    Me, I got caught up with the fortuen tellers
    And the ladies with the sleepy eyes
    It took years my baby just to come clean,
    Every streetlight a reminder
    And all those apologies
    And the night was lonely next to me
    Even the night was lonely next to me

    Where'd you get them scars?
    How blue is your heart?
    Is it sad enough to break?
    She said "it's sad enough to break"
    How long was your life?
    Was it cold and strange like mine?
    Are you man enough to lay here?
    She said, "I'm man enough my baby, come see about me"
    Come see about me, ah-ah
    Come see about me,
    Come see about me,
    Come see about me, ah-ah
    Come see about me, ah-ah
    Whenever you're lonely


    Anyways, this is the best song on the album and it's a damned bonus track. How's that happen. Album of the year.
    RJLon August 03, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't think it's about a break-up at all. To me, it reads as being about two broken, lonely people trying to shake off their pasts and be together. The compare scars, hurts, and broken hearts. He is honest with himself about his feelings for the first time ("took years, my baby, just to come clean") and they agree to try a relationship. ("Come see about me whenever you're lonely")
    ALexiconon July 30, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe "Your black hair was like a raven" brings us back to Great Expectations where "her hair was raven and her heart was like a tomb."
    DarthWaderon September 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think the song's set up can confuse people. How I hear it:

    [her asking] "Where'd you get them scars?
    How blue is your heart?
    Is it sad enough to break?" She said

    [him responding] "it's sad enough to break"

    [her asking] How long was your life?
    Was it cold and strange like mine?
    Are you man enough to lay here?
    She said, "I'm man enough my baby, come see about me"

    I had a dream about you once, and I could barely see your form
    And I met you between the wax and the needle,
    In the words of my favorite song
    Your black hair was like a raven with your tan skin on the beach
    Your backdrop were the auroras and my sidekick was all this grief
    I've been so low down, I'm almost level with the ground

    "Where'd you get them scars?
    How blue is your heart?
    Is it sad enough to break?", She said

    [him responding] "it's sad enough to break"

    [her asking] "How long was your life?
    Was it cold and strange like mine?
    Are you man enough to lay here?", She said,

    [him reponding] "I'm man enough my baby, come see about me"

    [him recalling] Did they take you to the carnival to get locked up on a ride?
    Me, I got caught up with the fortune tellers
    And the ladies with the sleepy eyes
    It took years my baby just to come clean,
    Every streetlight a reminder
    And all those apologies
    And the night was lonely next to me
    Even the night was lonely next to me


    Does everyone agree with this formatting? I was talking to a friend who was confused about the singer asking the girl if she was "man enough", so this is how I explained it to him.
    liesarelieson October 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. Whenever I hear it I think of the episode of Degrassi: TNG when Sean and Ellie are laying next to each other on the roof of the school when they get detention (that episode is pretty much Degrassi's take on The Breakfast Club) and Sean sees the cuts all over Ellie's arms from when she cuts herself, and they end up holding hands.

    Knowing how often Brian Fallon drops illusions to other songs and artists into songs, I'm pretty sure "Come see about me" is a reference to the song by The Supremes, and not just a coincidence of him using the line. I'm pretty sure he did it on purpose.
    paperbackwriter1993on December 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure it's "are you mad enough to lay here?" and "Come sing about me." in the chorus.

    And also, I believe this song is about when a relationship is dying, it's in those final moments. and you go "are you hurting?" and they go "Yup." and confirm your fears. Yup, she's upset and her hearts breaking. So is yours. Everything is going to shit, and they might be explaining it, but you are pissed. and all you hear is them asking you to write a song about how pissed you are at them.
    jrhop364on July 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the whole song is about moving on to someone new after an old relationship ended badly, the line 'are you man enoughto lay here' just means are you brave enough to try again. this song is write at the end of the album and because the rest of the album deals mainly with heartbreak this is a ray of hope at the end, saying that things can get better
    (also this is gaslights best song ever!!)
    Gaslight45on September 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe singer asking her, "are you man enough to lay here?" makes me think about Pearl Jam's 'Hail Hail', which contains the line "are you woman enough to be my man?" Brian has cited Pearl Jam, the No Code album in particular, as a major, major influence on him and his songwriting, and he's referenced other bands and musicians through his lyrics in the past, so it wouldnt surprise me if that line was a bit of a shout out to Seattle's finest.
    Tig45on January 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrian said at a recent gig that this song is about "Blue Dalhia" the movie.
    killuglypopon June 15, 2015   Link

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