Coma

Album: Use Your Illusion I (1991)
  • you've caught me in a coma
    And I don't think I wanna
    Ever come back to this
    World again
    Kinda like it in a coma
    'Cause no one's ever gonna
    Oh make me come back to this
    World again

    Now, I feel as if I'm floating away
    I can't feel all the pressure, and I like it this way
    But my body's calling
    My body's calling

    Won't you come back to this world again?

    Suspended deep in a sea of black
    I've got the light at the end, I've got the bones on the mast
    Well, I've gone sailing
    I've gone sailing

    I could leave so easily
    My friends are calling back to me, I said, they're
    They're leavin' it all up to me
    When all I needed was clarity, and
    Someone to tell me what the fuck is going on
    Goddamn it

    Slipping farther and farther away
    It's a miracle how long we can stay
    In a world our minds created
    In a world that's full of shit

    (Help me)
    Okay, let's get this guy in the program please, we're losing him (start an IV Please)
    Come on, his airways someone's got to protect his airways I want two
    Where's the defibrillator?
    Two IV's over here please, that's two more now, we're losing him (let's go) (help me)
    Okay, respond, we're losing this guy (help me)
    Where's the, where's the crash- what's going on? anyways, in protective two IV's
    (Bastard) slow motion here (let's get him in ER)
    Going out on us
    Who's got the defibrillator?

    Please understand me

    I'm climbing through the wreckage of all my twisted dreams
    But this cheap investigation just can't stifle all my screams
    And I'm waiting at the crossroads, waiting for you
    Waiting for you
    Where are you?

    No one's going to bother me anymore
    No one's going to mess with my head no more
    I can't understand what all the fightin's for
    But it's so nice here, down off the shore
    I wish you could see this, 'cause there's nothing to see
    It's peaceful here and it's fine with me
    Not like the world where I used to live
    I never really wanted to live

    Ah
    Okay, we're starting to lose this guy
    I want that IV and his airway protected (let's get some people in here)
    Get the crash cart please, we're losing this guy, he's going under (give me an airway please)
    Clear
    Zap him again
    How about an IV, stat?
    Okay you better protect the airway, you're starting to lose him (clear)
    Zap the son of a bitch again

    Listen to me
    Axl, are you listening to me?
    No, don't walk away from me "Get back over here
    ('You are such a fucking prick, I am so pissed with you)
    All I hear is bullshit, all the time
    All you ever wanna do is have sex, sex sex
    I just don't give a shit anymore

    (I love you)

    You live your life like it's a coma
    Won't you tell me why we'd wanna?
    With all the reasons you give, it's
    It's kinda hard to believe
    But who am I to tell you that I've seen
    Any reason why you should stay?
    Maybe we'd be better off without you, anyway

    You got a one way ticket, on your last chance ride
    Got a one way ticket to your suicide
    Got a one way ticket, and there's no way out alive

    An' all this crass communication that has left you in the cold
    Isn't much for consolation when you feel so weak and old
    But if home is where the heart is, then there's stories to be told
    No, you don't need a doctor, no one else can heal your soul

    Got your mind in submission, got your life on the line
    But nobody pulled the trigger, they just stepped aside
    They be down by the water
    While you watch 'em waving goodbye

    They be calling in the morning, they be hanging on the phone
    They be waiting for an answer, but you know nobody's home
    When the bell's stopped ringing
    It was nobody's fault, but your own

    There were always ample warnings
    There were always subtle signs
    And you would have seen it coming
    But we gave you too much time
    And when you said that no one's listening
    Why'd your best friend drop a dime?
    Sometimes, we get so tired of waiting for a way to spend our time

    An' it's so easy to be social
    It's so easy to be cool
    Yeah, it's easy to be hungry, when you ain't got shit to lose
    And I wish that I could help you with what you hope to find

    But I'm still out here, waiting
    Watching reruns of my life
    When you reach the point of breaking
    Know it's gonna take some time
    To heal the broken memories
    That another man would need just to survive Writer/s: Saul Hudson, Izzy Stradlin, Duff Mc Kagan, Darren A Reed, Matt Sorum, W. Axl Rose
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Liv from St. Louis, MoIn my opinion, one of Guns n' Roses best songs. They really have authentic sound that I've really never heard been quite replicated. Axl's voice really supports the song, but we all know that is far from the center from attention in this piece. Let's take a moment for Slash! Hell, that song was even hard for Axl to make lyrics. That's undoubtedly what makes Coma sound so pleasing. The overall drums and piano are of course awesome as usual, but that guitar! Slash's choice of notes, and placement, it's what makes Guns n' Roses, Guns n' Roses. I don't think Axl was joking when he said it was Slash's baby. That man carried that song on his back. Used to think it was about Axl's notorious overdose but I've come to believe that it's really about Slash. While back, he actually was dead for a little while. Scary shit. It explains the lines of a doctor describing losing a patient. Really tells a story. You don't even have to listen to the lyrics to feel the emotion. Remains to this day one of my favorite songs.
  • Bri from Hartford, CtGotta love a song using all 12 keys and not chromatically.
  • T from Honolulu, Hihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSFRCX6z1g

    Axl wrote "Coma." Explanation by Axl starts at about 30 seconds in. Its slash's "baby" because its a long song so it was challenging to figure out the guitar parts. It's about when Axl overdosed. Watch and learn.
  • Matt from Jackson, NjI absolutely love this song. It has been, and will always be my favorite song of all time. Not even just by guns... just anyone. Axl....... such an amazing artist. Slash too. When he says "I'm climbing through the wreckage of all my twisted dreams, but this cheeap investigation just cant stifle all my screams"..... i am reborn everytime i hear it. And the end of the song? Pssshhh.... forget about it. This song is nothing short of perfect. Lyrically and musically. Everything about this song is 100% completely perfect.
  • Kenny from Remsenburg, NyAxl struggled to write the lyrics to this Slash compsition...At 1 point passing out before finishing..
  • Julie from Sacramento, CaBest. Song. EVER !!!!! Absolutely unbelievable. It boggles my mind how Axl's mind works. I don't try to understand it, I just am a grateful G'n'R freak. Glad to be among fellow freaks.
  • Marisa from Littleton, CoComa is an amazing song i love the end after his girlfriend talks that part is amazing...stop with the interpratations...they wrote the song and it rocks who cares what its about i love GnR
  • Rubygirl from Brooklyn, NjFirst, I think all opinions are valid, and yes the song is epic. BUT, in an interview about the illusion albums Axl himself says that Coma was "Slash's baby" and he wrote just about the whole thing. This disappointed me because I naturally assumed this was an insight into Axl much like is talked about here. However, this statement in the interview makes much sense looking back on it, it is echoed by Slash in his biography, and in the song creds Slash appears BEFORE Axl, which is telling. Also, Slash had a notorious overdose where he died for 8 or 9 minutes, so that lifts some of the mystery about the obvious themes of the song. Who knew Slash was so deep and eloquent, wish we could give this epic achievement to Axl, but credit where credit is due people.
  • Jason from State Of Fitz, Njgreat song. great lyrics. Izzy helped write the song(not credited on the album though), big surprise. Axl, Slash and Izzy wrote some of the gretaest hard rocks ever.
  • Robert from London, EnglandI thought this was about Axl's own destruction, and wanting peace, but never ever getting it, due to him feeling isolated, out of the loop, yet called upon at the same time from a world that he could no longer set foot in, so I guessed, that this song was his only way to ever show that, THAT'S WHY I RATE AXL FOR DOING THIS SONG, AND REALEASING IT... It's always rocked! :D.
  • Robert from London, Englandthis is PURE...
    (standing ovation required here)
    but, this is PURE! PURE! PURE! PURE!
    genius from Axl.
    I wonder what his IQ is...
    how creative yet honest, I LOVE THIS SONG!
    it deff apeals to me... wow!
  • Bill from Allentown, PaGreat dark tune to jam to. Estranged still takes the title though this one is up there. Slash is amazing. too bad we'll never see an Illusion 3..
  • Pascal from Hilversum, NetherlandsAbsolutely one of the best songs ever, deserved to be a hit but sadly (gladly), written and composed for G'nR insiders and people who appreciate almost monumental Rock ballads I guess.
    This song takes you through all aspects of music and Rock and Roll in particular. Leaves you with a mixed feeling of being used and refreshed at the same time, after listening. Screaming, almost crying, guitar parts from Slash and heartbreaking lyrics from Axl. A piece of very rare quality. Way to go Guns..!
  • Danny from Des Moines, IaThis song is so great. I love the transitions to different parts of the song. I especially love the part right after all of the comments by Axl's girlfriend(s) when the song goes back to the original stucture of the song. This is a great song to listen to when you feel like some deeper Guns songs rather than the straightforward good timery on "Appetite." Oh, and quit the interpretations. The song means whatever you want it to mean.
  • Rochel from Paris, FranceAxl has said in an interview it was about something happened to him. Slash had composed these awesome guitar lines and made him listen to it, Axl thougth about this experience he went through when he used to take drugs and wrote these lyrics.
  • Aaron from Tigard, OrThe ending part of this song is awesome. This song is killer. Lets keep the interps simple: how about it actually being about a guy in a coma and not wanting to come back?
  • Derek from Sarnia, CanadaThis is guns n roses only song over 10 minutes long...it's an all right song but nowhere near as good as their other epics like November Rain and Estranged
  • Maich from Toronto, CanadaThis is by far my favorite GnR song. Having said that, these interpretations suck. It is definatly not about some guy looking back on his life; Axl never had a near-fatal overdose-- Slash did; but it could likely be about Adler. More likely, however, it's one of those songs that every band eventually makes about how bad their drug life was.
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