Alice Cooper: Ballad of Dwight Fry Meaning
Ballad of Dwight Fry Lyrics
Do you think he'll ever come home?
I was gone for fourteen days
I coulda been gone for more
Held up in the intensive care ward
lyin on the floor
I was gone for all those days
but I, was not all...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 20th 2012 report
This interpretation about the meaning of The Ballad of Dwight Fry is so so so wrong! This was released on 1971's LOVE IT TO DEATH album. Alice had never been to rehab til the late 70s. The song is the Alice Cooper Band's (original band) interpretation of the life of one of his favorite actors, Dwight Frye (note the difference in spelling), a bit part player in horror movies (which Alice loves) of the 30's and 40's, notably "Dracula," "Frankenstein," and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." I will say that the lyrics are almost a fortelling of Alice's life to come. But the album "FROM THE INSIDE" is the album written after his stay in the mental hospital to dry out and was released long after he became a solo artist in 1978. Please correct this terribly incorrect information.
anonymous Apr 3rd 2022 report
I’m not so sure that this is about the actual actor, as a previous interpreter stated. The Alice Cooper band often delved into american films/culture in lyrical concept. West Side Story good example. I think this song is about the slow descent of a man into madness and possibly suicide. The Dwight Fry(e) reference in the title is, I believe, simply a nod to the classic horror actor.
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