Words of Others | The '59 Sound

I've written before about about my best friend in high school, Chris Jones, who was killed in  a car accident in 2003 when he was 19. Today is his birthday; he would have been 27. I've heard, and appreciated, a lot of songs about losing friends since then. But the best is by The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound. I just found a quiet, acoustic version on YouTube that's appropriate for today. The lyrics and the original video are below that.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8YDJkPSTXQ?rel=0&w=560&h=349]

Well, I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go. I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow. When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms, I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life.

'Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life, The chains I been hearing now for most of my life.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on grandmother's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

And I wonder, were you scared, when the metal hit the glass? See, I was playing a show down the road When your spirit left your body. And they told me on the front lawn, I'm sorry I couldn't go, But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons.

And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on grandmother's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on grandfather's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time?

Young boys, young girls,Young boys, young girls.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOBb13yDnzo?rel=0&w=480&h=390]