Guns N' Roses

About Coma

"Coma" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses. It appears on the 1991 album Use Your Illusion I. At 10 minutes, 13 seconds it is the longest track released by the band, even though it lacks choruses.


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See you've caught me in a coma
And I don't think I want to 
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 the pressure 
And I like it this way
But my body's calling, my body's calling
Want me to come back to this
World again

Suspended deep in a sea of black
I got the light at the end
I 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 yeah,
They're leaving it all up to me when
All I needed was clarity
And someone to tell me what the f*ck is going on

Slippin' 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

Please understand me
I'm climbin' through the wreckage 
Of all my twisted dreams
And 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 gonna bother me anymore
No one's gonna 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 its fine with me
Not like the world where I used to live
I never really wanted to live...

Zap him again...
Zap the son of a bitch again

Live your life like it's a coma
Won't you tell me why we'd want to
With all the reasons you give
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
I 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

And 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'll be down by the water
While you watch 'em wavin' goodbye

They'll be callin' in the morning
They'll be hanging on the phone
They'll be waitin' for an answer
But you know nobody's home
And when the bells stop ringing
It was nobody's fault but your own

There were always ample warning
There were always subtle signs
And you would have seen them 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

And it's so easy to be social
It's so easy to be cool
Yeah, its easy to get 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 those broken memories
That another man would need
Just to survive

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Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band who formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, lead and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band released six studio albums, accumulating sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States. more »

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Written by: Saul Hudson, Izzy Stradlin, Duff Mc Kagan, Darren A Reed, Matt Sorum, W. Axl Rose

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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11 facts about this song

Album Classification
"Coma" is one of the songs from the album "Use Your Illusion I" by Guns N' Roses.
Song Length
Boasting a runtime of 10 minutes and 16 seconds, "Coma" is the longest song in the Guns N' Roses discography.
Writing Credits
The song was written by Axl Rose and Slash (Saul Hudson). It's one of the rare songs credited to both of them.
Thematic Content
The lyrics for "Coma" were inspired by Axl Rose's own experience of overdosing on pills and slipping into a near-death coma.
Musical Structure
Unique to its design, "Coma" does not have a chorus. This defies standard song structure, which usually includes a repeatable chorus.
Narrator Voice-Over
In the middle of the song, there is a spoken word piece performed by Axl Rose. This segment portrays the thoughts going through someone's mind during a medical intervention.
Live Performances
Despite its popularity, "Coma" was not performed live very often due to its complex arrangement and length. The band first performed it onstage in 1993, 2 years after the album's release.
Band’s Favourite
Slash, the lead guitarist of the band, has often stated that "Coma" is his favorite Guns N' Roses song.
Spotlight Moment
The song is notable for its numerous changes in tempo and volume, giving each member of the band a chance to shine during the sprawling epic.
Album Position
"Coma" is the last track on the album "Use Your Illusion I". Putting such a long and intense track at the end was an unusual choice, demonstrating the band's inventive approach to album structure.
The song was produced by Mike Clink along with the band members. Clink was the band's trusted producer who had worked on multiple tracks with them.

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