I TRIED TO DIE YOUNG
Lyrics by Melanie Safka
Music by Melanie Safka and Beau Jarred Schekeryk
Publishers: Songs of Melanie (ASCAP)
Original version from the album PALED BY DIMMER LIGHT (2004)
New recording 2010 from the album EVER SINCE YOU NEVER HEARD OF ME

I tried to die young
Really I tried
But the voice deep inside would not let me succumb
I laugh at the things Iíve done
When I tried to die young

I took a plane through the dawn
Threw myself on the tracks
But the train didnít come and I had to walk back
I jumped into the whirlpool thought I get sucked in
I just kept spinning around Ďtil I learned how to swim

I tried to die young
Boy, did I tried
But the voice deep inside would not let me succumb
And I laugh at the things that Iíve done
When I tried to die young

My heart kept on breaking
And the crack sought the edge
Where the hand of a shadow grabbed the hand in my head
There where demons, I know them
And they still come by
But weíve become friends, my demons and I

I tried to die young
Really I tried
But the voice deep inside would not let me succumb
And I laugh at the things that Iíve done
When I tried to die young

I took a razor to the wrist of reality
Hell bent on my way toward futility
I got a reason to believe that it wonít go on forever
But reason to the heart is a message undelivered

I tried to die young
Really, really I tried
But the voice deep inside would not let me succumb
And I laugh at the things Iíve done
When I tried to die young

Now Iím the old girl I never thought Iíd become
Does it get any better asks the little girl in my song
Iím still learning the answers so I make up things, you see
She laughs, youíre still the same and you never kill me

I tried to die young
Really I tried
But the voice deep inside would not let me succumb
And I laugh at the things Iíve done
When I tried to die young

Oh, I laugh at the things Iíve done
Oh, I laugh at the things Iíve done
I laugh at the things Iíve done
When I tried to die young

I tried to die youngÖ