"Shadow Of A Doubt" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Met a stranger on a train
He bumped right into me
I swear I didn't mean it
I swear it wasn't meant to be
Must a been a dream
From a thousand years ago
I swear I didn't mean it
I swear it wasn't meant to be
From the bottom of my heart
He was looking all over me
Together ever after
He said
"You take me & I'll be you"
"You kill him & I'll kill her"
Kiss me
I swear it wasn't meant to be
I swear I didn't mean it
Kiss me
Kiss me in the shadow of
Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt
Kiss me
Kiss me in the shadow
Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt
It's just a dream
It's just a dream I had
Nononoooooh
Swear it's just a dream
Just a dream
Dream I've had
No
No
No
No
Take me to it
Take me to her
Maybe
Maybe it's just a dream
It's a dream
It's just a
Just a
No

Met a stranger on a train
Bumped right into me
Swear I didn't mean it
Swear it wasn't meant to be
Must've been a dream
From a thousand years ago
Kiss me
Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt
Kiss me


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"Shadow of a Doubt" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +4
    General CommentThe Hitchcock movie is based on the book Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith, where two strangers meet on a train, one talking about his cheating wife and the other talking about his dad. one of the men says he'll kill the others wife if he kills his dad, and they go through with it.

    anyways, does it sound to anyone else like instead of "take me to it, take me to her, maybe, maybe its just a dream" its "didn't do it, didn't do it, made me, made me, its just a dream"? this part isnt in the booklet in the cd
    Penguin8972on July 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti just saw strangers on a train tonight and my sister and i came to the realization!!! throughout the whole movie she was telling us what happened....

    a man meets a stranger on a train, bumps into him, the stranger tells him of a dream, where he kills someone for somebody and in turn the other guy kills his dad. then he kills the guys wife.

    it's really intense. like this song.
    slinkstersarson August 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, i'm definitely going with the hitchcock film reference here. the lines 'met a stranger on a train' and 'you kill him and i'll kill her' definitely elude to it.
    but without prior knowledge of the film, the other ideas (infidelity, etc) are very plausible.

    this is my favourite song of all time. i am not sure why, either. it is just so intense and beautiful, distant and intimate at the same time. it is unlike anything i've heard before, and i never ever get sick of it.
    kim's voice is amazing. her whisper holds so much emotion and power, just the right amount for this kind of song. and the instrumention is so minimal, but i adore it, there's atmosphere, intensity, urgency and desperation.
    meg;on April 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm i think its about how kim met a guy (no the train, obviously) and a one night stand that she regrets looking back on it.

    ryan adams lists this song in his top 10 saddest songs of all time, thats how i found out about this song. it has a very sad feel to it but its not as sad as some songs i know.
    sean7711on April 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought that this song was about getting married,
    about living your life with another person ("You take me and i'll take you") but first "leaving" your other life, or your life before the wedding ("you kill him and i'll kill her")
    The "Kiss me in the shadow of a doubt" refers to the uncertainty of everything and the love and strenght you get from your man/wife
    Athoiaon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. not bad sean, i think you might be right
    sonicseaon June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is like the most depressing song ever. But great.
    Maddockon June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd agree that there's an element of infidelity of here, but I sense more ambivilence. It seems like a dream now, a thousand years ago, she says, seemingly distancing herself from it, as if speaking to her love (Thurston?), but at the same time she sounds perhaps more erotic here than on almost any other Sonic Youth recording. "Kiss me," he whisper playfully, repeatedly, while shouts of "No," also echo in the background. In some sense, it's the basic plot of Eyes Wide Shut reified.
    conetoaster11on November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song refers to hitchcock's movies shadow of a doubt and strangers on a train.
    mybaboonheart_on August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYour interpretations make more sense than mine, considering the specific phrases connected to a movie. Yet I always thought of this song as kim bumping into a man on a train, falling in love, and without words she communicated "You'll kill him and I'll kill her" (as in each others spouses), then loosing eye contact and realizing it was all just her imagination. Regardless of interpretation, this is a very good song.
    Lacertaon August 29, 2006   Link

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