Down in Jamaica
They go lots of pretty women
Steal your money
Then they break your heart
Lonesome sue, she's in love with ol'Sam
Take him from the fire into the frying pan

On and on
She just keeps on trying
And she smiles when she feels like crying
On and on, On and on, On and on

Poor ol'Jimmy
Sits alone in the moonlight
Saw his woman kiss another man
So he takes a ladder
Steals the stars from the sky
Puts on Sinatra and starts to cry

On and on
He just keeps on trying
And he smiles when he feels like crying
On and on, On and on, On and on

When the first time is the last time
It can make you feel so bad
But if you know it, show it
Hold on tight
Don't let her say: Goodnight

Got the sun on my shoulders
And my toes in the sand
My woman's left me for some other man
Aw, but I don't care
I'll just dream and stay tan
Toss up my heart to see where it lands

On and on
I just keep on trying
And I smile when I feel like dying
On and on (9x)


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  • +1
    My OpinionStephen Bishop can take a sorry sucker's life sound sweet with his voice... sort of the way Maroon 5 can sing about heartbreak and misery nd you are happy to sing along.
    Windywordson May 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, I cant beleive it wasn't even on this site until I added it. This is one of the most amazing songs I have ever heard i love it.
    pistolero983on August 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the great melancholy classics of all-time. A real cry into your pina coloda tune. Great listin for those lonely summer nights.
    friscoon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the great melancholy classics of all-time. A real cry into your pina coloda tune. Great listen for those lonely summer nights.
    friscoon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the worst part of the song was when the man saw his woman kissing another man. he just suck it up and accepted the fact that she is not for him
    sylenion May 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason when I listen to this song I am reminded of the Tom Cruise movie "Born on the Fourth of July". I imagine he's singing of the vets who went to the south to recover from war and hired prostitues not only for sex but to feel some sort of connection to another human being.
    Jettagirlon December 19, 2016   Link
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    General CommentCould someone PLEASE answer a question I've had for almost 43 years?????Not that it really ever bothered me,but the song just came to my mind the other day,so I played it with the same 43 year-old question.....what does "so he takes a ladder,steals the stars from the sky,puts on Sinatra and starts to cry"mean??????????
    comesailawayon April 17, 2020   Link

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