"Ronnie" as written by and Bob Gaudio Bob Crewe....
Story starts, quiet town
Small-town boy, big-time frown
Never talks, never plays
Different path, lost his way

Then streets of red... red, I’m afraid...
There’s no confetti, no parade
Nothing happens in this boring place
But, oh my God, how it all did change

Now they all pray,
“Blood stain, wash away”

He said,
“Lost my way
This bloody day
Lost my way”

I heard him
He said,
“Lost my way
This bloody day
Lost my way”
Oh, please wash away
But blood stained the sun red today

I always said something’s wrong
With little, strange Ronnie Long
Never laughed, never smiled
Talked alone for miles and miles and miles

“Gallow calls, son,” I say
Keep your smile and laugh all day
Think once again in this boring place
For little boys, how they soon change

Now they all pray,
“Blood stain, wash away”

He said,
“I lost my way
This bloody day
Lost my way”

I heard him
He said,
“I lost my way
This bloody day
I lost my way”
Oh, please wash away
But blood stained the sun red today

Well, all the green things died when Ronnie moved to this place
He said, “Don’t you dare ask why I’m cursed to wear this face”
Now we all know why the children called him Ronnie Frown
When he pulled that gun from his pocket and they all fall down, down, down

He said,
“Lost my way
This bloody day
Lost my way”

Yeah, yeah
I heard him
He screamed,
“Lost my way
This bloody day
Lost my way”

Oh, please wash away
But blood stained the sun red today

All things wash away
And they all fall down
But blood stained the sun today

All things wash away
And they all fall down
But blood stained the sun today


Lyrics submitted by fennsk, edited by Ashram

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  • +3
    General CommentI don't think I ever heard a song that's so flippant and serious at the same time. On the one hand, the lyrics show a great deal of understanding for how deeply disturbed the perpetrator felt, and on the other hand, when all is said and done, it just laughs it all off. It reminds me of No Leaf Clover, which has a similar intonation. The underlying message to me is that the whole of life is just a big joke anyway, and even its tragedies have a comical side to them.
    Oneiromanceron June 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlways thought this was an amazing song with great riffs and awesome lyrics. But today with this awful shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, these lyrics are more true and relevant than ever. The words in this song depict what happened in real life so well that it looks as if James were telling Adam Lanza's story 16 years ago.
    And the part where he writes:
    "Now we all know why the children called him Ronnie frown
    When he pulled that gun from his pocket
    They all fall down, down and down" is particularly scary given the current situation we're hearing about on the news. It sends shivers to my spine.
    Incredible tune by the boys, as usual.
    mateuspaeson December 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentronnie defeo?
    amityville?
    Dusktrooperon July 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a school shooting in about 1995, I think. The shooter's name was Ron Brown a.k.a. Ronnie Frown.
    King Nothingon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it a coincidence that this song sounds uncannily like Rainbow, whose original - and best - vocalist was the legendary Ronnie James Dio?
    Songmeaningsuseron November 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes it is ^
    Burtoniteon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, it sounds nothing like any of their other songs, and it is about a school shooting, ronnie frown, can't point out the exact date, but still a "stand alone song."
    iWannahateItallAwayon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason I really love this song. Weird, especially when compared to the fact that I really prefer older Metallica to any of their new stuff. Maybe I'm just crazy. I'm okay with that.
    Tusked_Chimpon March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason I really love this song. Weird, especially when compared to the fact that I really prefer older Metallica to any of their new stuff. Maybe I'm just crazy. I'm okay with that.
    Tusked_Chimpon March 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGuitar sounds really cool. I think Kirk used a Fender Tricaster and its hard to get the same sound using any other guitar
    flanklon November 23, 2007   Link

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