To wallow in pain
Used to make me feel like I wasn't the same
I thought I was special cause it hurt so much to be part of the game
Well the earth took me in and he swallowed me whole and made me
Feel warm
He said
‘Man, the cold days are coming and your worry is the uniform'

How I wish I would die
How I wish I would die today

So he showed me a picture of a boy he had known with a beautiful face
And no one had loved him
But the earth took the picture to its hearts secret place
He forgot the boy and he gave up his soul and the image was all
He said
‘Man, this is perfect beauty and it lives on beyond your last fall'

The fear, the fear will keep me alive
The fear in my proud and envious eyes
That I might be the same, I cannot let go of my chair
My lungs push hard against my ribs to keep the truth in the air

Lyrics submitted by U2takemehigher

"I Wish I Would Die" as written by Robert Allan Palmer

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Fintage House Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis is an interesting song. It seems like the narrator discovers that everyone else is in pain, but unlike a lot of other themes, where the character is uplifted by this discovery, he falls into a rut because he thought it made him unique. The son of Sting scores yet again.
    Avianrueon June 06, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationLike in Soldier Machismo, it could be like a WW1 situation. He's just having so much pain in this war that he want to die.
    "Man, the cold days are coming and your worry is the uniform"
    "The fear, the fear will keep me alive"

    At least it's does not stick with a suicide situation
    jackflyeron February 24, 2020   Link

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