There will be no consolation prize
This time the bone is broken clean
No baptism, no reprise
And no sweet taste of victory

All the stars have fallen from the sky
And everything else in between
Satellites have closed their eyes
The moon has gone to sleep

Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved

Here I am inside a hotel
Choking on a million words I said
Cigarettes have burned a hole
And dreams are drunk and penniless

Here I am inside my father's arms
All jagged-bone and whiskey-dry
Whisper to me sweetly now
And tell me I will never die

Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved

Here I am an empty hallway
Broken window, rainy night
I am nineteen sixty-two
And I am ready for a fight

People crying hallelujah
While the bullet leaves the gun
People falling, falling, falling
And I don't know where they're falling from
Are they

Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved

Hoping that the kindness
Will lead us past the blindness
And not another living soul
Will ever have to feel

Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved, unloved
Unloved


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    it sounds to me like this is coming from the heart of someone who has been jilted many times, and has slipped into a deep dispair. unfortunately, they have accepted that they are destined to be 'unloved' and they are doomed to remain in this state...i hope i never feel the feeling that is conveyed in this song!

    Miss Darkkon January 16, 2005   Link
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    I think this song is about war. I'm not that history-savvy, but w/e was happening in 1962 (I am nineteen sixty-two), she wrote about in the second to last paragraph. Take a look. I won't copy it here, b/c you have it right up there. dot dot dot...

    lauraboo438on January 17, 2005   Link
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    I love this song. One of my favourite Jann songs.

    The only thing that struck me was the significance of 1962 and being ready for a fight. The Vietnam War was in effect from 1959 until 1975 (I think). But I don't think that's what she was talking about.

    Jann herself was born in March of 1962, in Canada. Canada had a very small role in the Vietnam War, and Jann would have been very young while it was waging.

    Shades_Of_Greyon July 19, 2008   Link
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    I think this song has a more general meaning about alienation and those who are forgotten and fall through the cracks of life, no matter the circumstances (love, war, or ??), from 1962 to 2022 and beyond. I think it is one of most beautiful, albeit sad songs, I have ever heard. It has been a part of my life for decades. What an accomplishment to write a song that touches people so.

    david10392on February 01, 2022   Link
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    This song reminds me of what it feels like to be unloved, not just by a friend or a lover but to have had experience and experience of having people turn their back on you. Everyone. Your family, your children, institutions that you seek help from be it psychological, spiritual or medical. They treat you as someone they want to be rid of. At some point there is a final event that breaks the bone and leaves you falling away. You can’t think of a single person who cares about you. You don’t even resemble a human anymore that can hope for help or redemption. There will be no healing.

    Forestdwelleron April 20, 2022   Link

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