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Ray Peterson: Tell Laura I Love Her Meaning

Song Released: 1960

Tell Laura I Love Her Lyrics

Laura and Tommy were lovers
He wanted to give her everything
Flowers, presents,
But most of all, a wedding ring

He saw a sign for a stock car race
A thousand dollar prize it read
He couldn't get Laura on the phone
So to her mother,...


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    Apr 21st, 2013 4:58pm report

    I also think that the song doesn't implies suicide. instead, it is a song that expresses a true feeling of a person for another that whatever happens the one will do everything only to give her the world. Unfortunately, his story needs to pay a prize. It is according to the lyrics that he is gonna be late coz he needs to do something important, but surely in that sense he will be there and not planning to kill himself. its just this unfortunate thing happened. I love the song even though it is tragic.


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    Dec 29th, 2010 12:31pm report

    "Tell Laura I may be late, I have something to do that cannot wait"

    I don't see how the above line has anything to do with suicide. To me that line means he has to go win the money for her ring. If he was going to kill himself, why would he say he was going to be late? Late implies that he will be there at some point. If you are going to kill yourself you wouldn't be late...you would just never be there.


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    Jun 14th, 2008 6:23am report

    Wikipedia says the following about this song:
    ""Tell Laura I Love Her" is the tragic story of a teenage boy named Tommy who is desperately in love with a girl named Laura. Although they are only teenagers, he wants to marry her, so he enters a racing car championship, planning to use the prize money to buy Laura a wedding ring if he wins. The last verse tells the mysterious story of how the boy's car overturned and burst into flames - no-one knows why - and the boy was killed, his last words being "Tell Laura I love her...my love for her will never die".

    Personally I think it's actually more about suicide, that the boy entered to race to take his own life,
    this is partly based on a line in the beginning of the song witch reads "Tell Laura I may be late, I have something to do that cannot wait"

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