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Song Released: 2000


The Days Of The Phoenix Lyrics

I remember when I was told of story of crushed velvet,candle wax, and dried up flowers
The figure on the bed all dressed up in roses, calling
Beckoning to sleep,
Offering a dream

words were as mystical as purring animals
The circle of...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2013 6:36am report


    The song is about the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA. I was one of those "teenage death girls." At the Phoenix, nothing mattered but the music. The Phoenix was, and still is, very important to the music scene in The Bay Area.

    As someone stated above:
    "Teenage death boys, teenage death girls" - The punk rock kids at the shows."Everyone was dancing, nothing could touch us then" - every one moshing and having fun at the show, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment.

    Couldn't be truer.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 23rd, 2010 7:46pm report


    This song is about the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, Ca. The chorus refers to a ghost, nicknamed Big Chris by the theater employees, which has been heard walking around on the stage, knocking over equipment in the middle of the night. The lower tunnels below the theater are also believed to be haunted by numerous ghosts. "The girl on the wall always waited for me" is believed to refer to a mural of a girl painted on the back wall facing the stage, however it could also refer to another ghost which haunts one of the bathrooms, who is frequently seen in the mirror when there is only one person in the room.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 12th, 2010 4:06pm report


    I think this song is talking about being so engrossed in stories and fiction that they forgot the real world and fell into fantasy with all the other people who did the same thing.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2010 3:30pm report


    This song is about the Phoenix theater in the bay area of California, where AFI played most of their shows when they were starting off as a band. At one point early in their career, AFI was considering breaking up, but after playing a show at the Phoenix, they decided to continue as a band.

    Some lyric analysis:
    "The circle of rage" = Mosh pit.
    "The ghost on the stage" = The singer of the band. someone who is there, but you can't touch.
    "Ghost stories handed down, reach secret tunnels below" - The Phoenix theater is believed to be haunted, particularly the basement. It is said there is secret tunnels under the club.
    "No one can see me" - Because is is such a part of the music and the moment he blends into everything, he doesn't stick out.
    "Our dreams seemed not far away, I want to stay" - AFI realizing that they shouldn't break up, they should stay a band.
    "I fell into fantasy" - Davey has been quoted as saying that in life all he has ever wanted to do was be in a band. his fantasy is a reality.
    "The girl on the wall is always waiting for me, she was always smiling" - in the phoenix theater, there is a girl who is smiling, painted on the wall. It can be seen from stage.
    "Teenage death boys, teenage death girls" - The punk rock kids at the shows."Everyone was dancing, nothing could touch us then" - every one moshing and having fun at the show, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment.



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    AFIfanNo1
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    Jan 8th, 2009 1:02am report


    Ok I found this on the requests list. It is a tough one to interpret, but I think it's about a loss of childhood and a loss of innocence that comes with it. "Oh, I fell into yesterday, oh, our dreams seem not far awayh..." as a kid anything seems possible, but as we grow up we lose that magic, and start to realize limitation. another line comes to mind "the time was so tangible I'll never let it go"- one should always hold memories dear, without them, the happy times just don't count. "the words were as mystical as purring animals"- every story, everything seems happy, and full of mystery but as an adult, everything is cut and dry, and the title alone "days of the phoenix" so many people want to believe in a phoenix, and in the days of childhood, its easier.

    In a way, this song is very sad, we lose the magic, the ability to believe in every magical story we hear, but as we grow we lose that magic to "Logic", and The Days Of The Pheonix fade into dusk...




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