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Living in an Island

This song is by The Boomtown Rats and appears on the album A Tonic for the Troops (1978).

Oh, night fell fast, like it did in the past
When the phone rang twice
And a voice said "I think I'm alone"
I gave my advice and the voice said "Nice
But suicide leaves
Such a bad aftertaste on the soul"

Oh, ain't you glad that you live on an island
You can choose your own way of being killed
You can jump off a cliff and get drowned in the sea
Or be dashed 'gainst a rock and get split
And it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
Yeah, it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
And it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
And if it do, then you're a true blue sui-

Side by side they walked into the tide
Till it rose to their nose
Then they kissed with their eyes "goodbye"
They were seen to smile just before they dived
Dead lovers don't have much
Except a certain desperate sense of style

But ain't you glad that you live on an island
You can choose your own way of being killed
You can jump off a cliff and get drowned in the sea
Or be dashed 'gainst a rock and get split
And it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
Oh, it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
It could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
And if it do, then you're a true blue suicide

They had a lot of crazy problems that they couldn't resolve
A lot of tricky questions which they just couldn't solve
The main problem was of course he couldn't say "no"
On your marks, get ready, steady here we go

In a fifth floor lift a man slit his wrist
His head ticked over
And it suddenly slipped away
And the girl in the mac at the back of the shack
Put her head on the track
And said "I think maybe it's better this way"

Oh, ain't you glad that we live on an island
You can choose your own way of being killed
You can jump off a cliff and get drowned in the sea
Or be dashed 'gainst a rock and get split
And it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
Yeah, it could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
It could happen to you (no it won't happen to me)
And if it do, then you're a true blue suicide

We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island
We are living, living in an island...

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