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Stranded in this spooky town,
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Floor is crackling cold,
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run,
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Drivin' by the strangle of...

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    nlr1984
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    Nov 29th, 2009 11:24pm report


    I belive this song is written about a struggle with addiction, a clue is in ever paragraph. When he talks about "she" i think this is him reffering to the drug. He wants out, he hates being stuck in addiction and he can see the end coming closer, possibly death but he cannot help himself he'll keep on doing it "Drivin' by the strangle of vain Showin' no mercy I'll do it again"

    He says certain words throughout the song that link to drug use bleed, bubbling, crackling, vain, chasing.

    I think he is singing a love song about his love for the drug, but the destruction that it has caused his life.
    Feels so good when i'm home, possibly meaning when he's clean. 2000 years of chasing taking it's toll, possibly meaning that it feels like a hell of a long time that he has been chasing drugs and it's taking it's toll on him.
    you shock my bones...made me feel amazing but feels alone in his love for the drug now when he says leaving me stranded all in love on my own.
    what do you think of me?...feels judged due to drug use.
    where am i now baby where do i sleep..often impacts on a person becoming homeless. This song came out when someone i knew died of a heroin overdose and the words just spoke to me and helped me understand in a way how he might of felt. The beginning of the song is spooky and you get a great feeling of lonliness and unhappiness that the person feels.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 7:40am report


    Do you guys think maybe you're all taking this interpretation a little too far? lol It sounds pretty straight forward to me. The spooky town is the mind state the guys been left in. You know, like the one you're in after the girl who rips your heart out leaves you? It's an empty place with no hope.)

    With the moon I run Far from the carnage from the fiery sun. You can interpret this to mean a million things but essentially what he's saying is he's hiding. Whether that's from reality, her, the world whatever.

    The second part of the first verse is a little more mysterious. I think he might be singing from the perspective of the person who sucks you dry and leaves you hanging.

    The third verse, like the first half of the first verse, is pretty self explanatory. She rattled him and left him behind alone with love in his heart but nobody to share it with. "Do you think of me. Where am I know baby where do I sleep? This is text book, person who has been dumped, thought process lol you're always wondering if the other person is thinking about you."2000 years of chasing....." I have no idea what this line is referring to nor will I try and guess..



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    anonymous
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    Feb 9th, 2014 2:21pm report


    A vampire who's addicted to sucking blood? Idk this song scares me



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    twinflame06
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    Dec 9th, 2013 12:12pm report


    Even though the songwriter may have written about his own experience, my interpretation is similar to when a guy feeling trapped in his own feelings from a love of a special girl in his life Twin flames are that way...they can't live without eah other and if they are disconnected the pain is excruciating. A rare type of love. Music is one way to express it. And that excruciating pain of loss is beautifully and artistically described in this song.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 9th, 2013 11:11pm report


    This song is about vampires, but he is taking the vampire story as a metaphor for how he is living his life

    "Stranded in this spooky town
    Stoplight is swaying and the phone lines are down"

    Here he is describing how he feels now, and how hes scenario looks like.

    "This floor is crackling cold, she took my heart, I think she took my soul"

    This is how he mentions he becomes a vampire... technically a girl turned him into a vampire by taking his soul and heart

    "With the moon I run far from the carnage of the fiery sun"

    This is when he actually confirms he is a vampire... technically he lives in the night and when the sun comes up he goes back to his home no matter if hes with another girl or just alone.

    Driven by the strangle of vein showing no mercy I do it again,
    Open up your eye, you keep on crying baby, Ill bleed you dry

    Here he is saying that he knows its wrong but its the only keeping him going and he forgets about the girl vampire by doing the same to other girls


    Skies they blink at me, I see a storm bubbling up from the sea

    something feels off.. he feels something is gonna come and change his life

    And it's coming closer
    And it's coming closer

    You shimmy shook my bones leaving me stranded all in love on my own

    He has been affected and has turned into something that dictates his loneliness

    Do you think of me? Where am I now? Baby where do I sleep?

    He is thinking about the girl vampire and is asking if she is making those questions about him

    Feel so good but I'm old, 2000 years of chasing taking its toll

    Feels good to be free and technically do whatever he wants without being hurt, but its been a ridiculous amount of time chasing after the girl vampire and feels that it has started to take a hit on his life and future

    This is my interpretation of the lyrics. He has turned into a "vampire" because a girl vampire turned him into one.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2013 4:26pm report


    it's about dealing with an awful-fitting pair of shoes, that's it.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2012 12:05am report


    Going over the lyrics I would have to go with the Vampire theory. someone stated this is what he meant by it? Drug addiction maybe, but they are not typical drug references.
    "Driven by the strangle of vein
    showing no mercy I'd do it again
    Open up your eyes
    you keep on crying
    baby I'll bleed you dry"
    He's talking about someone else, and while you may reference a drug to "she". in the context he uses it in, it doesn't make sense for drug use. As for the coming storm it could be literal, or maybe he's just tired of hiding from what he is.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2012 10:15am report


    I think he faces 2 situations, the main one being mental illness and the other is the drug use as a result to hide the effects of the illness, he end by says and I paraphrase; he's come the end, he feels ease but he's old and what seems to be several life times dealing with the pain he ends 2000 years has just finally taken its toll. People fail to realize that people who use drugs or abuse the bottle, are maybe hiding from pain, the song is feeled with gut wrenching pain, from the haunting guitar licks in the beggining.....an invitation to listen to his pain. Lastly, when he says he'll do it again! Its not that he's addicted, he has no choice, mental illness doesn't give you the luxury of choosing, every hand you'll receive is pre dealt. Thx for listening, the song touches me coz I be mentally challenged, the song feels like a blanket to an already cold existance.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2011 7:16am report


    i think its about all the conflict that religion causes. and by coming closer maybe he means a end to religion as we know it.

    or maybe:
    its post nuclear apocalypse.
    the whole first part sounds really apocalyptic, and maybe the "fiery sun" was refering to nukes.
    and then this part:
    You sh-sh-shock my bones (radiation)
    Leavin' me stranded all in love on my own (cause everyone died)
    What do you think of me?
    Where am I now, baby where do I sleep? (everything is destroyed, unrecognizable)
    Feels so good when I'm home
    2000 years of chasing takin' it's toll(maybe its a religous war??)

    thats just my thoughts let me know what you think.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 2011 6:54pm report


    This is simple-ville folks: What exactly do you think he is referring to with bits like 'tangle of veins', 'keep on crying, I'll bleed you dry', 'storm bubbling up from the sea' AND 'IT IS COMING CLOSER' He is singing about whacking off.



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    anonymous
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    May 20th, 2011 5:37pm report


    I think the song speaks of a lost love ... perhaps because of the problems that brought his drug addiction and maybe the drug is a pain reliever to pain of lost love.
    "Drivin' by the strangle of vain" suggests drug addiction. The verze:
    "Stranded in this spooky town,
    Stop lights are swayin
    And the phone lines are down
    Snow is crackling cold,
    She took my heart, I think she took my soul" describe the deep sorrow of his lost love.




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    anonymous
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    May 1st, 2011 5:05pm report


    Absolutely he meant to be in the POV of vampire. Second and third verses are pretty obvious. He may have meant to use it as a metaphor to tie into drug use but I doubt it. As a musician and songwriter myself I can tell you 99% of the time what is written is literal and that it's usually the fans/interpreters who create the metaphors so that the lyrics have some sort of relation and relevance in their own way.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 26th, 2011 4:31pm report


    It's the drugs.... live the life, you'll understand. This song impeccably captures the emotions invoked by the disease.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 18th, 2011 3:35pm report


    The line that everyone is linking to the vampire theme

    with the moon I run, far from the carnage of the fiery sun

    I think this could also be linked to the drugs theme because these type of people tend to be more active and some drugs can cause the eyes to dilate so when going outside causing that person to be blinded by the light

    just my opinion but I can also see the connection of the vampire scene, it could go either way.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 16th, 2011 2:18pm report


    I agree with nir guy.. I think he's metaphorically linking his drug abuse to the life of a vampire. A misunderstood monster.

    "Stranded in this spooky town
    stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
    snow is crackling cold"
    The aftermathed, drug crazed enviroment that was once alive and bright, now dull, broken and lost.

    "Driven by the strangle of vein
    showing no mercy I'd do it again
    Open up your eyes
    you keep on crying
    baby I'll bleed you dry"

    I'm thinkin he is refering to "her" and "she" as the drug. as what nir had stated. Can't help what he is cause he's driven by the power of the disease.

    I think the "2000 years of chasing taking it's toll" part was indicating that vampires never die, and their "thirst" is ever longing. Seems that his abuse has gone on for more time than it has and now it feels too late and there's no other options.

    "...and its coming closer." refering to the withdrawls. His urges are taking over.

    Anyways, brilliantly, eerie sounding song. The music captured what I think he was interpreting.




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    anonymous
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    Oct 31st, 2010 10:41pm report


    It actually could be about being a vampire.. because they don't die.. ''feel so good but I'm old, 2000 years have taken its tole'' could mean that he's waitin 2000 years for... Something. I just thought id add my bit in.
    i love kings of leon <3



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