Alicia Keys – Perfect Way To Die (Audio, Lyrics)

Alicia Keys - Perfect Way To Die (prod. Sebastian Kole & Alicia Keys)

Listen, stream, buy, mp3 download, read the lyrics to “Perfect Way To Die” by Alicia Keys. The song was co-produced by Sebastian Kole & Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys Perfect Way To Die
Alicia Keys Perfect Way To Die

In March, fans were all set to receive Alicia Key’s anticipated project ALICIA. The singer shared the cover art to the project and teased us with bits about what we could expect from the record, but as the COVID-19 pandemic rolled forward, Alicia Keys delayed ALICIA‘s release. As the album sits on the shelf indefinitely, the songstress decided that Juneteeth (June 19) would be the perfect time to share “Perfect Way to Die,” a ballad produced by Sebastian Kole.

Alicia pulled inspiration from headlines to pen “Perfect Way to Die.” She opened with a verse about a boy shot to death while taking a trip to the store, a tale that could be attributed to Trayvon Martin, among others. In another, she speaks of a woman who was pulled over by the police and arrested, but somehow her “whole life’s over”—a mention that could be Sandra Bland.

Alicia Keys – Perfect Way To Die (prod. Sebastian Kole & Alicia Keys)

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Simple walk to the corner store
Mama never thought she would be gettin’ a call from the coroner
Said her son’s been gunned down, been gunned down
“Can you come now?”
Tears in her eyes, “Can you calm down?
Please, ma’am, can you calm down?”

[Pre-Chorus]
But it rained fire in the city that day, they say
A river of blood in the streets
No love in the streets
And then came silence in the city that day, they say
Just another one gone
And they tell her move on

[Chorus]
And she’s stuck there, singing
“Baby, don’t you close your eyes
‘Cause this could be our final time
And you know I’m horrible at saying goodbye
And I think of all you could have done
At least you’ll stay forever young
I guess you picked the perfect way to die
Oh, I guess you picked the perfect way to die”

[Verse 2]
New job, new city, new her
Bright-eyed, you would have been proud if you knew her
Flashing lights in the mirror, pull over, pull over
A couple nights in detention and it’s over, a whole life’s over

[Pre-Chorus]
They came marching in the city that day, they say
Carryin’ signs in the street
Cryin’ eyes in the streets
But they heard nothing from the city that day, they say
Just another one gone
And the city moved on

[Chorus]
We’re stuck here singing
“Baby, don’t you close your eyes
‘Cause this could be our final time
And you know I’m horrible at saying goodbye
I’ll think of all you coulda done
At least you’ll stay forever young
I guess you picked the perfect way to die
Oh, I guess you picked the perfect way to die”

[Bridge]
Another dream lost
Another king and queen lost
Another broken promise they refuse to make right
Oh, another night to live in fear
Oh, another night that you’re not here
Another reason to get out there and fight

[Chorus]
But I said, “Baby, don’t you close your eyes
‘Cause this could be our final time
And you know I’m horrible at saying goodbye
But I’ll think of all you coulda done
At least you’ll stay forever young
I guess you picked the perfect way to die
Oh, I guess you picked the perfect way…”

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