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These are the lyrics to the songs heard in Donnie Darko. Most them were obtained from E-lyrics.net, a site that contains thousands of free lyrics from numerous singers and bands. The text in red are the lyrics that can be heard in the movie.

Furthermore, some of the information, particularly the songwriters, were taken off IMDB or from various pages off Wikipedia.


From the original version:


Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" (Written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson and Pete De Freitas.)

under blue moon I saw you /so soon you'll take me /up in your arms /too late to beg you /or cancel it though /I know it must be /the killing time /unwillingly mine

fate up against your will /through the thick and thin /you will wait until /you give yourself to him

in scarlet nights I saw you /so cruelly you kissed me /your lips and magic world /your sky all hung with jewels /the killing moon /will come too soon

fate up against your will /through the thick and thin /you will wait until /you give yourself to him

under blue moon I saw you /so soon you'll take me /up in your arms too late to beg you /or cancel it though /I know it must be /the killing time /unwillingly mine fate up against your will /through the thick and thin /you will wait until /you give yourself to him (original text can be found here)

Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels" (Written by Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal)

I wanted to be with you alone/And talk about the weather/But traditions I can trace against the child in your face/Won't escape my attention

You keep your distance with a system of touch/And gentle persuasion I'm lost in admiration could I need you this much/Oh, you're wasting my time/You're just wasting time

Something happens and I'm head over heels/I never find out till I'm head over heels/Something happens and I'm head over heels/Ah don't take my heart/Don't break my heart/Don't throw it away

I made a fire and watching it burn/Thought of your future/With one foot in the past now just how long will it last/No no no have you no ambition

My mother and my brothers used to breathe in clean in air And dreaming I'm a doctor/It's hard to be a man when there's a gun in your hand/Oh I feel so

Something happens and I'm head over heels...

And this my four leaf clover/I'm on the line, one open mind/This is my four leaf clover/la-la-la.../in my mind's eye/one little boy one little man/funny how time flies (original text can be found here)


Duran Duran's "Notorious" (Written by Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor)

No no notorious, notorious no no notrious/I can't read about it /burns the skin from your eyes/I'll do fine without it /here's one you don't compromise/Lies come hardly disguised/ betting me to fight it out/ not wild about it/Spare your seedy judgements who says they're part of our lives

You own the money you /control the witness /I'll leave you lonely/Don't monkey with my business /you've paid the profits to justify your reasons/ I've heard you promise but I don't belive it /that's why I done it again/ No no notrious

Girls will keep the secrets /so alone the boys making noise/Fools run rings to break up/ something they'll never destroy/Grand notorious slam (bam) /and who really gives a damn for a flaky bandit/Don't ask me to bleed about it /I need this blood to survive

You own the money /you control the witness /I'll leave you lonely/Don't monkey with my business /you've paid the profits to justify your reasons I've heard you promise but I don't believe it /that's why I done it again/ No no notorious, notorious, notorious

You own the money you /control the witness /I'll leave you lonely/Don't monkey with my business /you've paid the profits /to justify your reasons/ I've heard you promise but I don't believe it

You own the money /you control the witness I'll leave you lonely/Don't monkey with my business /you've paid the profits to justify your reasons/I've heard you promise but I don't believe it that's why I done it again

No, no no That's why I done it again no notorious/Yeah that's why I done it again no no notorious/Yeah that's why I done it again /no notorious no no (yeah that's why I done it again)/Notorious No notorious no no notorious (original text can be found here)


Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Written by Joy Division)

When routine bites hard/And ambitions are low/And resentments ride high/But emotions won't grow/And we're changing our ways/ taking different roads.

Then love, love will tear us apart again/Love, love will tear us apart again.

You cry out in your sleep/All my failings exposed/And there's a taste in my mouth/As desperation takes hold/Just that something so good just can't function no more.

But love, love will tear us apart again/Love, love will tear us apart again/Love, love will tear us apart again/Love, love will tear us apart again. (These lyrics weren't available at elyrics.net, so I got them here.)


The Church's "Under the Milky Way" (Written by Steven Kilbey and Karin Jansson)

Sometimes when this place gets kinda empty /the sound of the breath fades with the light /I think about the loveless fascination under the milky way tonight

lower the curtain down on Memphis /lower the curtain down on me I got no time for private consultation /under the milky way tonight

wish I knew what you were looking for /might have known what you would find

and it's something quite peculiar /something shimmering and white it leads you here, despite your destination /under the milky way tonight

wish I knew what you were looking for /might have known what you would find /wish I knew what you were looking for /might have known what you would find

and it's something quite peculiar /something shimmering and white leads you here, despite your destination /under the milky way tonight

wish I knew what you were looking for /might have known what you would find /wish I knew what you were looking for /might have known what you would find

under the milky way tonight /under the milky way tonight /under the milky way tonight (original text can be found here)


Gary Jules' "Mad World" (Written by Roland Orzabal)

All around me are familiar faces/Worn out places, worn out faces/Bright and early for their daily races/Going nowhere, going nowhere/Their tears are filling up their glasses/No expression, no expression/Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow/No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny/I find it kinda sad/The dreams in which I'm dying/Are the best I've ever had/I find it hard to tell you/I find it hard to take/When people run in circles/It's a very, very mad world mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good/Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday/Made to feel the way that every child should/Sit and listen, sit and listen/Went to school and I was very nervous/No one knew me, no one knew me/Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson/Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny/I find it kinda sad/The dreams in which I'm dying/Are the best I've ever had/I find it hard to tell you/I find it hard to take/When people run in circles/It's a very, very mad world ... world/Enlarge your world/Mad world (original text can be found here)


From the Director's Cut:


INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" (Music by Michael Hutchence, Lyrics by Andrew Farriss)

Don't ask me / What you know is true / Don't have to tell you / I love your precious heart

I / I was standing / You were there / Two worlds collided / And they could never tear us apart

We could live / For a thousand years / But if I hurt you / I'd make wine from your tears

I told you / That we could fly / 'Cause we all have wings / But some of us don't know why

I / I was standing / You were there / Two worlds collided / And they could never ever tear us apart (original text can be found here)


Oingo Boingo's "Stay" (Written by Danny Elfman)

This is not the first time / You tried to get away / This is not a party / Where people know your name / This is not a classroom / With teacher at the board This is not a catshow / With prizes at the door

Go / Don't you go / Won't you stay with me one more day / If we get through one more night / If we get through one more night

This is not a horse race / Where winners beat the time / This is not a funeral / With mourners in a line / This is not a sitcom / Where everything's alright / This is not a prison / With terror through the night.

Go / Don't you go / Won't you stay with me one more day / If we get through one more night / If we get through one more night (These lyrics weren't available at elyrics.net, but they were found here.)


Other Songs:


Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" (Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe)

Sometimes you're better off dead / There's gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head / You think you're mad, too unstable / Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables / In a restaurant in a West End town / Call the police, there's a madman around / Running down underground to a dive bar / In a West End town

In a West End town, a dead end world / The East End boys and West End girls / In a West End town, a dead end world / East End boys and West End girls / West End girls

Too many shadows, whispering voices / Faces on posters, too many choices / If, when, why, what? / How much have you got? / Have you got it, do you get it, if so, how often? / And which do you choose, a hard or soft option?

In a West End town, a dead end world / The East End boys and West End girls / A West End town, a dead end world / East End boys, West End girls / West End girls

You've got a heart of glass or a heart of stone / Just you wait 'till I get you home / We've got no future, we've got no past / Here today, built to last / In every city, in every nation / From Lake Geneva to the Finland station

And a West End town, a dead end world / The East End boys and West End girls / Ooh West End town, a dead end world / East End boys, West End Girls / West End girls

West End girls (the original text can be found here)


U2's "MLK" (Written by U2)

Sleep / Sleep tonight / And may your dreams / Be realized / If the thunder cloud / Passes rain / So let it rain / Rain down on him / So let it be / So let it be

Sleep / Sleep tonight / And may your dreams / Be realized / If the thundercloud / Passes rain / So let it rain / Let it rain / Rain on him(the original text can be found here)


With the exception of the last two songs listed and Gary Jules' "Mad World," which can also be found in the US version, these tracks can be found on the UK release of the soundtrack. Visit The Store for more information.


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