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The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem Lyrics


Well, I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go.
I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.
When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms,
I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life.

'Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life,
The chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the fifty-nine Sound coming through on grandmother's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass?
See, I was playing a show down the road
When your spirit left your body.
And they told me on the front lawn.
I'm sorry I couldn't go,
But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.
And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang
I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang

Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandmother's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls,

Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,
Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night,

Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandfather's radio?
Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls?
Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over?
Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls,
Young boys, young girls.

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BRIAN FALLON

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Joel Pritchard

My son's mom was killed in a car/train accident in January. We had been split up since before we knew she was pregnant. We co-parented, but we stayed apart because we didn't get along. We were total fire and gasoline. She had struggled with a lot of things, but in the last few months before her death, she had really balanced out, and was the best I'd ever seen her. The last Sunday I dropped my son off to her, I almost told her that I was proud of her, but I chickened out, because we seldom said nice things to each other. I never knew she'd be dead the next day.

I am now a single dad to our amazing little boy. He is the best parts of both his mom and I, and none of our bullshit. I have always loved this song, but now when I hear it, I think of her, gone at just 26, way too young, and I hope that she knew love and peace in her final moments.

No matter what you're history or drama with someone, don't withhold love or praise from them if they really deserve it. You might think you have forever to tell someone the things that matter, but you may not. The last time you saw them, might really be the last time you ever see them. It might the last time they see you. Tell them you love them. Tell them you're proud. Speak your heart when the moment is there, because trust me, you'll spend your life wishing you had. Much love <3

Carfire77

@WeAreAirborne We are doing pretty good. My son is almost 12 now. Crazy how fast time goes.

Jason Bornonthe Fourthofjuly

Great post….

Kristy deBoer

And now I'm crying. Thanks for the reminder

GMSirLawrence

Thank for this inspiring story and condolences for your loss.
Praying for you, her and your family.

WeAreAirborne

hey just wanted to let you know ive been thinking abt this comment for like 4 years now every time i hear this song. hope you and yours are doing all right.

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YNR

11 years later and this entire album is still a goddamn masterpiece.

Nathan Camp

@Tom T Songs don't change; our perception of them tends to. Most of the songs I labeled "masterpiece" when I was sixteen no longer get that label from me. So it's nice to come back to songs and realize, "Hey, this time around my judgement held up okay!"

Life Advice

@hrotha how can you tell the reverb? I don’t notice that I think

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