AFI: 37mm Meaning
Just give me your hands,
And I'll let you feel the wounds.
They put in me.
If you believe in me,
How can I be dissolving?
If you'd believe me,
I'd tell you everything.
Do you fall too?
anonymous Jun 5th 2023 !⃝
TL;DR 37mm is the anthem of the scapegoated child in a narcissistic & religious family.
I read an interview with Davey probably 17ish years ago. He told a story about how he really connected to a particular song, it held deep meaning to him. Then the artist of that song came out and talked about the true meaning of it, which looked nothing like Davey’s interpretation. He was devastated. He swore that he’d never do that to his fans. He never wanted to take away our personal meanings and interpretations. I appreciate that deeply about him. But one thing we do know, is he doesn’t write love songs. Songs of hurt, betrayal and disappointment in a lover, yes. But not love.
This is song could be called Silver and Cold part 2
To me, my personal interpretation of 37mm is it’s the anthem of the Scapegoated child, particularly in a religious family. Something Davey and I have in common is growing up in a high demand religious environment and rejecting it entirely. This made me the scapegoat in my toxic, very religious, and spiritually abusive family. Even at 40 years old, all family problems are still blamed on me. My mother commits cruel acts, and somehow makes her actions my fault. Her behavior is excused while the fingers point my way. As though I’m absolving her sins. For scapegoated children the pattern is typically recreated in adulthood in their romantic partnerships. This was the case for me too. I had an ex once tell me that he only cheated on me because I got angry with him when he cheated, and if only I didn’t get angry when cheated on he wouldn’t be forced to cheat. “Baby, I would never l need to get attention from other girls if you didn’t have these anger issues, they are tearing is apart.” So his wrongful acts are absolved simply because they hurt me and made me feel anger, which I expressed by crying and yelling at him. That was wrong to yell and so it justified his actions. It blurred the line between where his sins end and where mine begin. It feels as though you lose your identity entirely and it’s replaced with the false image they project upon you, as they persuade everyone around you to their view of who you are. -We are one, We are no one.
Anyone who’s experienced narcissistic spiritual abuse will be able to relate.
anonymous Oct 29th 2021 !⃝
This song seems to be directed at the parents of their fanbase and how the band is willing to shoulder the toxicity.
anonymous May 27th 2017 !⃝
The song is about one sympathetic/empathetic person being able to feel others wounds, pains, and struggles, nothing to do with Jesus... Stfu
anonymous Jun 11th 2016 !⃝
I vision an intimate couple up until these lines:
Parents can you hear me?
Press me to your lips and Ill suck the poison out
Who will heal me? Me
If you keep killing me
How can I keep absolving your sins into me?
Begin the poisoning
And then I'm stuck..
Maybe it turns into a toxic relationship.. But what about the "parents"??? I love this song a lot but have a really hard time figuring it out..
anonymous Oct 23rd 2010 !⃝
This song is about Jesus if one takes into account the words and the religious symbolism along with the title 37 mm you'll find that this in fact is about Him. To truly understand this song look up the significance of the number 37.
anonymous Feb 28th 2010 !⃝
I think there is a few messages here. One important one being.. They are killing us all.. We are no one. We are pacified every time we fall. "We are no one we are no one we are no one" - A:we do not matter to them.
"If you keep killing me how can I keep absolving?" Well here it suggests you would not pardon someone if they were killing you. The song uses the word 'we' a lot that is the song speaks for everyone. (The whole song, it is a little inconspicuous)
Within a few close versus it speaks of being silenced, pacified, poisoned, ect. All are elements of control.
More messages that seem broken - but they are there..
Trust me = fall into me..
There is an expression of hopelessness.. as the word'We'has been used.. We fall = or fall to our knees, we trust..
Impatience: time time time were not waiting... Again it suggests that we are no one. We simply don't matter.
anonymous Apr 21st 2009 !⃝
I believe that AFI is still enjoying their music it's just that they have realized that their lives have passed by so fast and realized that they have not been as successful as they wished so they signed to interscope. the one thing is that interscope is a label that manipulates it musicians into something they aren't so they sell better. They did this by focusing AFI around davey and making them do this whole thing where davey's lyrics can be interpreted in multiple ways. yet I feel that this is just another way that musicians express themselves. For example a well trained musician can play a song in way that people can think its played multiple ways therefore no one person will ever play it exact except for the one who wrote it. I vfeel this is what davey does with his lyrics so no one person can no exactly what the song is about except him. perhaps he wrote 37 mm meaning for it to be about him not wanting to get hurt and some symbolism about the anti-christ just for the hell of it. I mean perhaps davey does consider himself the anti-christ, not literally but containing some characteristics of the anti-christ. I meann if you look at the song davey calls himself the human blasfomy and seems to be refering to himself as the anti-christ or some kind of dark being. he says I left the world tonight as in maybe he sold his soul at one point hoping for success and some feeling of love yet he never received it and now feels like he lost a part of himself he can't get back, but honestly no one knows. this is all what drives AFI fans to become OBSESSED and fall into the band. This is what gets AFI its popularity and large fan base. The point is AFI is interesting and mysterious yet the only who one who knows what to take literally and what not to is the members of AFI mainly davey and jade.
anonymous Jan 19th 2009 !⃝
The song is about intimacy...really loving someone for everything they are....good and evil. Just like a fairy dissolves every time someone says they do not believe in them....Love does too.
anonymous Jan 12th 2009 !⃝
You kids are embarrassing and you know nothing but what you read on wikipedia (with your facts about individuals). Who gives a fuck if Davey went to catholic school until 8th grade? Almost everyone did who was a teenager born in the 70's... So what? The band has been around longer than 3/4 of your lives. They've gone from trying to have fun, to pissing people off, to confusing and misleading ignorant fucks! so shut the fuck up about the 666 and everything else. you do nothing but confuse stupid people even more. It's music they get paid to make. a business. Davey writes crazy lyrics so people do this shit. That's why he's good. They want to be the biggest rock band ever. They are entertainers. Its a show. This is the unfortunate truth. If you see older people at an afi show, stay outta their way and don't act like you belong there! when you're still supporting them in another 15 years, then run your mouth. until then shut the fuck up and quit adding fuel to the fire. don't force your interpretations of songs on other people.
anonymous Oct 16th 2008 !⃝
I think this song really goes out to all AFI fans. We all look at Davey and think he's perfect, and nothing ever goes wrong. But Davey Havok is just his stage persona. There are things going on in David Marchand's life that we don't know about, so I think the song is him saying that yes, he falls too, just like all of us.
anonymous Nov 24th 2007 !⃝
Okay, this song has a lot to say, so lets start with the title. There are several different interpretations of this, and some people have already stated several of them. To explain my own, I'm going to look at the EP "336". The idea was that it came before STS, making STS 337. At this time, they put up several links on their site to sites about esoteric astrology and Chinese astrology. In STS booklet there is along the lines of "Rabbits are roadkill on Rt. 37". There is also a B-side by that title. Now here is where it gets really confusing. If you are a rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, it means that you will not be reborn and that this is your last chance on earth. Davey, being a rabbit, became death obsessed when he heard this. The numbers 3 and 7 have special meanings that have something to do with divine perfection and other stuff that I can't remember. So now there is some big mystery thing that Davey and the rest of the band have set up. As you can tell, I really have very little idea what I am talking about, but it also has to do with Clandestine, AFI's video. That relates to this song in particular because in several scenes the words "we are no one" appear. If you want to know more about this (which I would suggest, as it is incredibly interesting) you can look at the Despair Faction forums. Okay, back to the song. I believe it has to do with the feeling of being insubstantial, "We are no one", as if you are fading away."If you believe in me, how can I be dissolving". You also might want take into account that this was originally a song for Blaqk Audio and their entire first album is about being invisible or not really there. Yeah, so that's my interpretation. It still leaves a lot of things unsaid, but that's all I got.
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