"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" as written by and Shel Silverstein....
The morning sun touched lightly on
The eyes of Lucy Jordan
In a white suburban bedroom
In a white suburban town

And she lay there 'neath the covers
Dreaming of a thousand lovers
'Til the world turned to orange
And the room went spinning round

At the age of thirty seven
She realized she'd never ride
Through Paris in a sports car
With the warm wind in her hair

So she let the phone keep ringing
And she sat there softly singing
Little nursery rhymes she'd memorized
In her Daddy's easy chair

Her husband, he's off to work
And the kids are off to school
And there were oh so many ways
For her to spend her days

She could clean the house for hours
Or rearrange the flowers
Or run naked through the shady street
Screaming all the way

At the age of thirty seven
She realized she'd never ride
Through Paris in a sports car
With the warm wind in her hair

So she let the phone keep ringing
As she sat there softly singing
Pretty nursery rhymes she'd memorized
In her Daddy's easy chair

The evening sun touched gently on
The eyes of Lucy Jordan
On the rooftop where she climbed
When all the laughter grew too loud

And she bowed and curtsied to the man
Who reached and offered her his hand
And he led her down to the long white car that waited past the crowd

At the age of thirty seven
She knew she'd found forever
As she rode along through Paris
With the warm wind in her hair


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"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" as written by Shel Silverstein

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    General CommentIts about a woman comitting suicide because she realizes she will never live her dreams.
    werummon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom Wikipedia:
    In an interview on ITV's South Bank Show aired on 24 June 2007, Faithfull herself said that the story she intended to put across was that Lucy climbs to the roof top but gets taken away by "the man who reached and offered her his hand" in an ambulance ("long white car") to a mental hospital, and that the final lines: "At the age of thirty-seven she knew she'd found forever / As she rode along through Paris with the warm wind in her hair ..." are actually in her imagination at the hospital.

    Well... WHY she climbed the roof is still unclear. Maybe because of the laughter because she ran naked trough the streets, maybe because she wanted to commit suicide...
    orngrimmon March 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a house wife how gets bored with her life or think her life is going nowhere so she kills herself.
    white_china_dollon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is not about a suicide... She is a house wife who realize that "this is her life" So she goes nuts and runs out in the streets. When people start laughing she climbs up on a roof, and then a man from the mental hospital comes to get her down to the mental car. There is nothing in the text that impliese a suicide
    Ompaon September 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShe is suffering depression and as a result she feels she can't cope any more. She dreams of a life she realises she can't have, and climbs onto the roof. The man who offers he his hand is the fireman coming up to rescue her and the long white car waiting beyond the crowd is an ambulance.

    Recurring memories of childhood and blocking out the present, i.e. ignoring the telephone is a distinct symptom of depression, along with dreams of better things. Suicide is not mentioned, but it is hinted. Altogether a very cleverly worded song.
    Firestopperon November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think she’s gone to pieces because she realises that life has passed her by and she’ll never achieve the things she always thought would happen “one day”. She’s given her life to her husband and children, they don’t need her any more and she can’t go back to being a young girl having fun. Sadly, she breaks down at the realisation of this and has to be taken away for her own safety.
    laserlady7on January 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@orngrimm. How could Faithfull reference the "meaning she meant to put across"? She didn't write the song. It was written by Shel Silverstein. And also recorded by Dr. Hook before Faithfull did her version.
    roaddog73on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song could have been written about my ex-wife. She too was mentally unstable, and used to run to the upstairs room when she was upset, and lie in a foetal position on the floor, rocking back and forth for hours, while singing softly to herself. She did actually run naked through the street, many times, although laughing, not screaming.

    Than she had an affair with a friend of mine, so I kicked her out, and after a short while, when he realised what she was really like, so did he. She tried desperately to come back. Her depression worsened.

    One day she called me, sounding so blissfully happy, and saying that I should call her tomorrow. When I finally realised what that all meant, the long white car had already been and gone. She had already seen Paris though. Oh, and, she was 37 (not joking).
    EccoQuaon April 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentGod, you lot are a bit depressing. I'm always unfortunately taking things literally.... why can't she just go off and live her dreams?

    Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems to be a typical wife that's done her duty and has missed out on other great things in her life.

    Just sayin'
    shockdelicaon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA mom and wife jumps off her roof in suicide because she relizes that her dreams will never come true and she may never be happy, or young again...and in death she hopes her dreams will come true.

    morikahjoon June 26, 2009   Link

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