I saw your name, baby
In a telephone booth
And it told all about you, mama
Boy, I hope it was the truth

I took down your number
Looked up your address, Sue
And I was hopin' that maybe
You could love me, too

I'm gonna wait in the shadows
For you to come by
I'm gonna wait in the shadows
For you to come by

And then I'll jump from the shadows
And try and catch your eye
Gonna run my fingers through your hair
And love you everywhere

Now I don't want to get too romantic
That's just not my way
But when I get my arms around you
I'm gonna rock you all the night

Gonna rock you all the day
Suzanne, you won't know it but I'll be behind you
Don't try and run away from me, little girl
Wherever you go I'll find you

And when you go to the pictures
And I know you do
Don't take no one with you
'Cause I'll be there, too

Suzanne


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Suzanne Lyrics as written by Randy Newman

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    While I’ve seen this song alternately referred to as a “gorgeous ballad...a tale of heartbreak and longing” (Allmusic.com) and a retort to Leonard Cohen’s song of the same name, it is clearly neither. Like most of the songs on Newman’s brilliant 12 Songs LP, Suzanne is an unsettling portrait of a dysfunctional loner, in this case a narrator who comes across the title character’s name in a telephone booth and begins stalking her. The song builds to its quietly terrifying climax where the narrator proclaims “You won't know it but I'll be behind you/ Don't try and run away from me, little girl/Wherever you go I'll find you”. A love song in the most demented sense, but more bone-chilling than heartbreaking, infused with the songwriter’s typically warped black humour. Apart from In Germany Before the War and Bad News from Home, this is probably his most unnerving song.

    imperial.bedroomon December 16, 2007   Link
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    ^^^ Really..?

    It sounds nothing like Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne', musically or lyrically...

    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on August 13, 2010   Link

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