Lot #9017
Daniel Rey Handwritten Lyrics for 'I Wanna Live,' with Pencil Notations by Joey Ramone


Handwritten lyrics by producer Daniel Rey for the Ramones song ‘I Wanna Live,’ unsigned, penned in black ballpoint on an off-white 8.5 x 11 sheet, which is accompanied by a photocopy of the lyrics, both of which feature pencil notations by Joey Ramone, who used the latter as his singing copy. The lyrics read: “Ive been thinkin it over, and I know just what to do, Ive been thinkin it over, and I know I just cant trust myself / I'm a gypsy prince, covered in diamonds and pearls, But when my love exposes me, I know I'm just a damn fool / I give what I gotta give, I give what I need to live, I give what I gotta give, It's important if I wanna live / I wanna live, I wanna live my life, I wanna live, I wanna live my life / As I load my pistol, fine German steel, never thought I'd be down & out, having my last meal, but I know I can do it, It just took a few years, As I exicute my killers, The morning is near.” In fine condition. Co-written by Dee Dee Ramone and producer Daniel Rey, ‘I Wanna Live’ was the first song and second single from the Ramones’ tenth studio album, 1987’s Halfway to Sanity.

From the Ramones and Punk Collection of Daniel Rey, and accompanied by a letter of provenance.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Ramones collection of Daniel Rey
  • Dates: #626 - Ended September 25, 2021

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