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Valley Of The Dolls Lyrics

Artist: Dionne Warwick

Gotta get off, gonna get
Have to get off from this ride
Gotta get hold, gonna get
Need to get hold of my pride

When did I get, where did I
How was I caught in this game
When will I know, where will I
How will I think of my name

When did I stop feeling sure, feeling safe
And start wondering why, wondering why
Is this a dream, am I here, where are you
What's in back of the sky, why do we cry

Gotta get off, gonna get
Out of this merry-go-round
Gotta get off, gonna get
Need to get on where I'm bound

When did I get, where did I
Why am I lost as a lamb
When will I know, where will I
How will I learn who I am

Is this a dream, am I here, where are you
Tell me, when will I know, how will I know
When will I know why?


by girly girl on 5/29/2008 3:31pm
Wow we can all relate to this
by BeauDean/Palm SpringsCA on 11/12/2008 3:15am
Still such a beautiful song even after all these years.
by googie on 1/3/2009 8:44pm
by Alan on 1/11/2009 12:45am
haughtingly beautiful
by candybuddah on 2/28/2009 10:06am
One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking songs ever written!!!
by Karen on 3/1/2009 12:40am
If you've never seen the movie, and most commenteries are to young to know, then choose your words wisely. Post on something you may be educated in.
by Whizzr48 on 3/3/2009 9:35pm
Written by Dory Previn - ex wife of Andre Previn, orchestra leader - after he had affair with Mia Farrow and left Dory - she has written many movie scores and has fantastic albums
by Ellen on 3/4/2009 6:55pm
Great song. Thanks for sharing one of life's best.
by Ric in Philly on 3/24/2009 2:01pm
I was a child when this was wriiten and the words mean more now. Dionne talk to your cousin, Whitney
by jane on 5/23/2009 7:34pm
sends shivers down my spine. wonderful lyrics and melody.
by birdhead on 6/9/2009 7:35pm
boy is this a tearjerker of a it and now that Nurse Jackie on Showtime Theme Song.
by mac on 7/25/2009 9:15pm
!5th line should be :
gotta get ON

It's about pill abuse
by Rich on 10/20/2009 10:36pm
Wow, yes, tearjerker, in touch with the dark side of the 50s-60s: pill abuse...Wasn't there some suicide in the story too? "Dolls" was a word for barbiturates, wasn't it? The cover of the grocery store paperback had images of drug capsules scattered on the cover...certainly the song sounds like the singer was quite depressed...substance induced, most likely...very frightening and sad...I used to cry when I listened to an 8-track recording of DW singing it. I was 7 y/o Cub Scout...whew...
by mario from fresno califorina on 5/26/2010 1:41pm
part two: all these programs dont work. he has been kicked out of all of them. now he is on parole. and still on this crap. we argue with him about these pills he takes, that he is going to get in trouble. he says how can he if their " perscribed" to me. so when i saw neelys character in the end all by herself screaming her name, that is going to happen to my roomates son, Richard Vines. I accepted that we cannot change him, its if he himself wants to change. thanks for listening.
by Mapczar/Wichita KS on 11/2/2010 2:52pm
Its more than just about substance abuse. Anyone who has been, is or near rock bottom will understand.
by ruth in georgia on 1/9/2011 12:37pm
I loved this movie! my favorite however is the beautiful theme song.
by Cali on 2/22/2011 6:53pm
Beautiful song, beautiful movie..even after all this time!!!
by micky ashby on 3/4/2011 2:24pm
I love the songs
by Hershey on 7/19/2011 6:43pm
I was born in '69, so I had never heard of the movie until googling info on one of the actresses. I stumbled onto it earlier this year and this song blew me away. It was a sad story, but the theme song was amazingly rendered so well by Ms. Warwick!!! My daughter hopes to view it soon after hearing the music.
by Holly on 11/26/2011 6:23pm
The movie was about pills, but the lyrics are more about Ann and Lionel's on again, off again relationship and how Ann finally finds the strength to realize what it is doing to her. The song does not play with lyrics until the end of the movie when she walks out on Lionel and down a snow covered path to her new life. It also plays in the beginning of the movie without the lyrics as she takes the train ride into New York to start her new life.
by Phil on 2/13/2012 2:40pm
This song belongs to Whitney, her Aunt knew long ago the devastion drugs / pills can cause, its all in this song
by Todd on 2/16/2012 9:25pm
I agree with you, Phil. I'm so sure that she wanted to escape the trap she was in. Her spirit is free now!
by Farhat Zubair on 2/23/2012 11:05pm
The song is mystical

Life's a puzzle it proposes

Like blindmen we grope in darkness

In the process we loose our souls, our pride

We almost forget what beautiful potential we had

Did W H Auden say the same thing or is it my imagination in these lines:

"Time and fevers burn away

individual beauty from thoughtful children"

Thank you for posting a gem from the past
by Noah Gipson on 12/31/2012 9:32pm
That is such a fantastic song and it was beautifully written by Andre & Dory Previn.Dionne Warwick did an amazing job with singing this song and this song set a path on her career. The guy who wrote that poem knows how to write. Keep writing, Farhat!
by Charles Teague on 1/24/2013 3:30pm
As a student of mind control and all it's permatations, I would like to add this is a lament of someone who has been conditioned to perform as a mind control slave. Taking drugs,sexual promiscuity, and other behaviors are part and parcel to this type of control. Read the meaning behind the words and you will gleam the hopelessness of someone who has lost total control over their lives.
by Katie on 12/31/2013 11:28am
Still too relevant--in my 50's---husband and Dr. say I MUST take these for anxiety disorder. All I am is a zombie with masked anxiety. Therapy is a joke. Been there done that...
by jeff on 1/28/2014 2:50pm
This song brings me back to the jungles of Vietnam. Going in circles like a deadly merry go round, not knowing when or where it will stop. W
by jeff on 1/28/2014 2:51pm
by jeff on 1/28/2014 2:53pm
This song always brings me back to the jungles of Vietnam, as an infantry soldier going in circles and trying to stay alive.
by Reka on 2/17/2014 5:55pm
I remember the song and the movie. I've always thought it was a fantastic song. Now that I'm a widow, the words take on a whole new meaning.
by grace kalmus on 2/19/2014 1:06pm
love the song!
by Rags on 12/11/2015 1:03pm
I have always loved this song. Watched the movie in my youth, probably the first time at a movie theatre w/o family present. Movie beautifully shot, a bit weak on plot, beautiful actresses and theme an awakening for a prepubescent male virgin, but from that day, that song has haunted me. I've always felt that the song had a life of its own, apart from the movie. I don't believe the song originally was written about drugs. It's about wrestling with personal demons, identity in crisis, taking responsibility for one's self, charting a path rather than letting life happen to us, rather than allowing others to define us. A previous post-er stated that Dorie wrote this during or after her breakup w/Andre Previn. I don't know how accurate that statement is, but it would certainly explain a lot.

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