Listen close and don't be stoned
I'll be here in the morning
'Cause I'm just floating
Your cigarette still burns
Your messed-up world will thrill me

Alison, I'm lost

"Alison," I said, "We're sinking"
There's nothing here but that's okay
Outside your room, your sister's spinning
But she lies, tells me she's just fine
I guess she's out there somewhere

And the sailors, they strike poses
TV covered walls
End so slowly
With your talking and your pills
Your messed-up life still thrills me

Alison, I'm lost

Alison, I'll drink your wine
I'll wear your clothes when we're both high
"Alison," I said, "We're sinking"
But she laughs and tells me it's just fine
I guess she's out there somewhere


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  • +9
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    Have you ever tried to reason with or have a serious conversation with someone whos constantly drunk or stoned? What if its someone who means alot to you, but where you have placed them in high importance they place a drug. I think its about trying to reach out to a lover who drowns everything with drugs and doesnt take a single thing seriously. Its not so much a whiny song as it is sort of a bittersweet observance of the loss of communication and how a person who cares so little for you leaves such a lasting impression.

    Turkishgoldcamson September 19, 2010   Link
  • +8
    General Comment

    i just put this song on a mix cd for a girl i love named allison and it's great and she's great

    HyperGlitteron June 28, 2006   Link
  • +7
    General Comment

    It isn't "the covered walls." I have the song playing right now.

    it is supposed to be "TV covered walls"

    mafiachuckon September 26, 2004   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correction

    ""Alison" as written by Elvis Costello"

    lol. nope.

    kittenchowmeinon February 07, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I agree with aphix lewis. This song is so beautiful! And it's obviusly about being high with someone you love, and that person is way more experienced than you... "Allison, I said, were sinking. But she laughs and tells me it's just fine I guess she's out there somewhere" that's so real... brings me memories. And I also agree with Aljosha, it's quite amazing.

    Marissa Brightsideon September 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This song is obviously about putting a cat to sleep

    3ricon December 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    I think the guy who wrote the lyrics had a dream in which he fell in love with a drug addict, and when he woke up the dream stuck in his mind. He wished the woman in his dream was real but believes in soul mates and thinks positively, so he writes the line "I guess she's out there somewhere". The dream like imagery is so dream like because he took the imagery from his dream.

    UltimateToaston March 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    When I listen to this song I ALWAYS love to think this about a love for somebody. Anyway when I hear the name "Alison" in the way the singer pronounce it in my mind I think of LSD, if you think of it they sound really similar except for "son" and "D". The more I hear of it, the more I think to a drug addiction. As I said at first, I prefer seeing this as a love proof. The singer makes a comparison between the love for the girl and the addiction to a drug. In a few words, He's deeply fallen in love with her, she's his drug.

    Xabbalon April 05, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    This song is about a boy and a girl named Alison spending some time together and doing psychedelics most like it, L.S.D. Is about a thrilling experience at a small party, and the feelings described are powerful. Sensations like floating, being lost, fear scares the guy but Alison seems a most experienced user, since she is reassuring his presuming boyfriend everything would be fine. Is not about a love story, because the promises made at the beginning of the song indicates a not serious sentimental involvement.Is a fresco of a trip with some friends.

    WhenIsDarkIsDarkon June 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
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    It's one of the greatest shoegaze songs ever

    aphix lewison July 24, 2007   Link

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