Damn it Rose

Album: Inside Job (2000)

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Henley and his producer Stan Lynch, this is a haunting song of suicide. The lyrics take us on a trip through a "life" and the tragic loss suffered, giving pain, when maybe a good nights sleep could have changed a troubled mind. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daniel - Hamilton, New Zealand
  • In an interview with Billboard from April 8, 2000, Henley revealed that this song had "bubbled up from my subconscious, but it's about suicide, and specifically a suicide of someone I knew, and I almost took it off the album when I realized what I'd done. Yet it's important to point out that suicide is an incredibly hostile, selfish act." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ekristheh - Halath, United States

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