Jackie down the line
Fontaines D.C. Lyrics


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Do do do
La la la

My friend Sally says she knows ya
Got a funny point of view
Says you got away with murder
Maybe one time, maybe two
Something happens in the morning
When I can't see those failing eyes
I can't find a good word for ya
Does it come as a surprise?

I don't think we'd rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt you, I'll desert you
I am Jackie down the line

Said did Sally 'bout a future
Before you bored of her as well
If all you want is entertainment
If you can't have it you make hell

Don't make no odds for you
To be told, yeah
Don't make no odds for you
To be told, yeah

I don't think we'd rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt you, I'll desert you
I am Jackie down the line
I don't think we'd rhyme
I will make your secrets mine
I will hate you, I'll debase you
I am Jackie down the line

Do do do
La la la

So come on down to Sally's boneyard
See her spirit in decline
See the handsome mourners crying
They hawked a beating heart for a sturdy spine, yeah

What good is happiness to me
If I've to wield it carefully?
For care I'll always come up short
It's only right

I don't think we'd rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt you, I'll desert you
I'm one Jackeen of a line
I don't think we'd rhyme
I will take up all your time
I will chew you, I'll go through you
I am Jackie down the line

I don't think we'd rhyme
I will make your secrets mine
I will hate you, I'll debase you
I am Jackie down the line
And I will stone you, I'll alone you
I am Jackie down the line
If I can make you, I can break you
I am Jackie down the line
I am Jackie down the line





Do do do
La la la

Overall Meaning

Fontaines D.C.'s "Jackie Down the Line" outlines the complex relationship between the singer and a person named Jackie. My friend Sally appears to have a background with Jackie and describes him as someone who has "gotten away with murder." Sally's description raises suspicion about Jackie's past, yet the singer is drawn to him. However, something happens in the morning which makes it difficult for the singer to find good words for Jackie. The line "I am Jackie down the line" suggests that the singer sees a piece of themselves in him or sees themselves becoming like him.


The second verse seems to suggest that Sally warned Jackie about his future but he became bored with her. Additionally, if Jackie cannot obtain entertainment, he makes hell for himself and others, suggesting his possessive nature. The chorus reiterates the singer's questionable loyalties to Jackie, that they will eventually hurt and possibly desert him. The lines "I don't think we'd rhyme" and "I will make your secrets mine" suggest that the singer does not truly know Jackie and will attempt to find out more about him.


The final verse describes Sally's death and the mourning that occurs. The singer contemplates what good happiness is to them if they have to "wield it carefully." The chorus repeats but with added lines suggesting the singer will stone and alone Jackie and make and break him. Overall, the lyrics suggest a dangerous and unstable relationship where the singer is pulled to the dark side of Jackie's personality.


Line by Line Meaning

My friend Sally says she knows ya
Someone Sally claims to know you


Got a funny point of view
Has a quirky way of looking at things


Says you got away with murder
Suggesting they've gotten out of trouble with wrongdoing


Maybe one time, maybe two
Possibly more than once


Something happens in the morning
A change of feeling in the morning


When I can't see those failing eyes
When the eyes don't seem quite right


I can't find a good word for ya
Struggling to think of anything positive to say about them


Does it come as a surprise?
Asking if this is unexpected


I don't think we'd rhyme
I don't think we're compatible


I will wear you down in time
I will break you down slowly


I will hurt you, I'll desert you
I will cause you emotional pain and then leave you


I am Jackie down the line
I am someone who will seek revenge in the future


Said did Sally 'bout a future
Did Sally mention something about the future?


Before you bored of her as well
Before getting tired of her company too


If all you want is entertainment
If all you're after is amusement


If you can't have it you make hell
If you can't get it you cause trouble


Don't make no odds for you
It doesn't matter to you


To be told, yeah
To hear the truth


So come on down to Sally's boneyard
Inviting to visit Sally's place


See her spirit in decline
Observing her deteriorating spirit


See the handsome mourners crying
Witnessing attractive mourners in tears


They hawked a beating heart for a sturdy spine, yeah
They sacrificed passion for toughness


What good is happiness to me
What's the point of being happy for me


If I've to wield it carefully?
If I have to use it cautiously


For care I'll always come up short
I'm never quite good enough at taking care of things


I'm one Jackeen of a line
I am a one-of-a-kind Jackeen


I will take up all your time
I will monopolize all your time


I will chew you, I'll go through you
I will consume you, get through to the core


I am Jackie down the line
I am someone who will seek revenge in the future


And I will stone you, I'll alone you
I will isolate and attack you


If I can make you, I can break you
If I can manipulate you, I can destroy you


I am Jackie down the line
I am someone who will seek revenge in the future




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
Written by: Carlos O'Connell, Conor Curley, Conor Deegan III, Grian Chatten, Tom Coll

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Do do do
La la la

My friend Sally says she knows ya
got a funny point of you
Says you got away with murder
Maybe one time maybe two

Something happens in the morning
When I can’t see those failing eyes
I can’t find a good word for ya
Does it come as a surprise? I

Don’t think
We’d rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt you
I’ll desert you
I am Jackie down the line
Said did Sally ‘bout a future
Before you bored of her as well
If all you want is entertainment
If you can’t have it you make hell

Don’t make no odds for ye
To be told yeah
Don’t make no odds for ye
To be told
yeah

I don’t think
We’d rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt you, I’ll desert you
I am Jackie down the line
I don’t think
We’d rhyme
I will make your secrets mine
I will hate ye
I’ll debase ye
I am Jackie down the line

Do do do
La la la

So come on down to Sally’s boneyard
See her spirit in decline
See the handsome mourners crying
They hawked a beating heart for a sturdy spine, yeah

What good is happiness to me
if I’ve to wield it carefully?
For care I’ll always come up short
It’s only right

I don’t think we’d rhyme
I will wear you down in time
I will hurt ye
I’ll desert ye
I’m one Jackeen of a line
I don’t think we’d rhyme
I will take up all your time
I will chew ye
I’ll go through ye
I am Jackie down the line
I don’t think we’d rhyme
I will make your secrets mine
I will hate ye
I’ll debase ye
I am Jackie down the line
And I will stone ye
I’ll alone ye
I am Jackie down the line
If I can make you
I can break you
I am Jackie down the line
I am Jackie down the line
(ooh shalala)

Do do do
La la la



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