And what do you do when
Your man kills himself and
How do I make friends now
And where is my mom
I need to show her that
She taught me
And please let me
Die an instant death

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Instant Death Lyrics as written by Adam Nathaniel Yauch Adam Horovitz

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is actually a song about a freind of theirs who over dosed.
    i read that after that incident they became straight, or used less drugs or something.
    rudeyon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very beautiful song. According to wikipedia this song was written about the death of one of their friends in 1991 as a result of drug overdose, as well as the death of Adam Horovitz' mother in 1986 due to alcoholism. The lyrics "what do you do when your man kills himself? / Where's my mom?" refer to each respective incident. The speaker is obviously devastated by each incident and is at a loss for what to do with himself. The process/pain caused by these two incidents make the speaker desire his own instant death, probably asap seeing as how he has a bleak outlook on life and wants to rejoin these people rather than, when he does die in the future to die instantly... blah blah blah whatever.
    p4rano1d4ndro1don March 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYep. Ad Rock's Mom & a close friend of his. I don't believe he is contemplating suicide in this song.
    kanoe13on June 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe person's father has committed suicide, so they feel alone. They've probably lost their mother, but still wish they could show her their accomplishments. There is no comfort of home to return to. Death seems too ominous now, and so he hopes that when his own death comes, it comes fast.
    tedium13on February 06, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this is about killing yourself to see people who have died before you in the afterlife. I like the mellowness of it, up to the crazy last minute, but maybe that is where the person kills themselves.
    redtigeron September 28, 2006   Link

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