"Death of a Party" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
The death of the party
Came as no surprise
Why did we bother?
Should have stayed away
Another night
And I thought "Well, well"
Go to another party and hang myself
Gently on the shelf
The death of the teenager
Standing on his own
Why did he bother?
Should have slept alone
Another night
And I thought "Well, well"
Go to another party and hang myself
Gently on the shelf
Another night
And I thought "Well, well"
Go to another party and hang myself
Gently on the shelf


Lyrics submitted by sawg, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Death of a Party" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is obviously about AIDS. People who go to parties and have unprotected sex with strangers. Eventually it's going to catch up with you, bite you in the arse and your party will be over.

    I don't think Damon was ever into singing songs about moody teenagers feeling unloved at a party.
    Miko_Gon December 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's about aids. they said that in one of the band's biographies.
    mellow23on December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYep, this was Blur basically saying that Britpop was a waste of time (despite having predicted it with Popscene). Being one of the originators of the genre, and lets admit, basically the godfathers of Britpop, when they say that Britpop (the party) is over, it simply is.
    dougievileon September 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can see all of those theories working for this song. However, as most songs with lyrics go, it's about how YOU interpret it. I agree with the wallflower posts, but at the end he ends up sleeping with someone he shouldn't have and it just ruins everything. I get this feeling that it's ultimately about how parties are just a way of being someone you aren't especially if you aren't really a partier... you just feel like you're degrading your integrity. The death of a teenager lyric, i think, stands for losing the last piece of his innocence and integrity. Anyway, that's how I see it and associate with it. Excessive partying can disintegrate your soul.
    tjrcashon February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy the hell hasn't anyone posted on this yet? In fact, why the hell are there so few posts on this section in general? I love blur. Amazing band.

    Anyway... this is one of my absolute favorite songs. I love how it starts out slow and soft, and in chorus speeds up just slightly.. it's beautiful. The lyrics are amazing. It sounds like Damon's thinking about past mistakes, or a teenager regretting something he did - at a party, maybe.
    Mizerable_Vanillaon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm going to have to agree with Mizerable here. WHy the hell are we the only Blur fans? Personally, the self titled blur CD is my third favorite album of all time, and every single song (with the exception of chinese bombs) is good enough to be made a single.
    letmebeon May 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah im with u guys, blur are the most coolist thing ever, saw them at leeds 2003 absolutly amazing, got to the front row and ive seen them at wolverhampton too, really really good. more ppl should listen to the not so well known songs by blur, look inside america and strange news from another star are amazing. there are some gems on blur albums that ppl dont listen to, listen out 4 them, there all very impresive.
    Darth_woodyon June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect again Dougievile. Anyone heard the fan club released version of Death of a Party? Its acoustic and, as much as i like the album version, is a far better track.
    StickDogon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, I've heard the accoustic version. The lyrics are a little different to what's posted here too.

    Brilliantly haunting.
    Fictionon June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm...I heard this was about AIDS, but both interpretations seem to make sense.
    neinfrauleinon July 20, 2005   Link

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