Who Sang People Who Died? The Jim Carroll Band

The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1980
producer: Earl McGrath
Some other versions of "People Who Died"

Lyrics
Teddy sniffing glue he was 12 years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine
Refrain:
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Drano on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
Two more friends that died / I miss 'em--they died
Repeat Refrain

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein
And Eddie, I miss you more than all the others,
And I salute you brother/ This song is for you my brother

Repeat Refrain
Herbie pushed Tony from the Boys' Club roof
Tony thought that his rage was just some goof
But Herbie sure gave Tony some b****en proof
"Hey," Herbie said, "Tony, can you fly?"
But Tony couldn't fly . . . Tony died

Repeat Refrain:

Brian got busted on a narco rap
He beat the rap by rattin' on some bikers
He said, "Hey, I know it's dangerous,
but it sure beats Riker's"
But the next day he got offed
by the very same bikers

Repeat Refrain; repeat song to Eddie

Tracklist
  • 1 Wicked Gravity
  • 2 Three Sisters
  • 3 Day and Night
  • 4 Nothing Is True
  • 5 People Who Died
  • 6 City Drops Into the Night
  • 7 Crow
  • 8 It's Too Late
  • 9 I Want the Angel
  • 10 Catholic Boy

  • Release information
    label: ATCO Records
    country(area): United States
    barcode: 7567904232
    script: Latin