AFI: Miss Murder Meaning
Song Released: 2006
Miss Murder Lyrics
Hey Miss Murder can I?
Make beauty stay if I,
Take my life?
With just a look they shook
And heavens bowed before him.
Simply a look can break your heart.
The stars that pierce the sky;
He left them...
anonymous Aug 31st 2006 report
Someone had said that rabbits symbolize death. I hadn't heard that before so I looked into it, and it seems that they symbolize a variety of characteristics, ranging from birth to death and from purity to promiscuity. These connotations conflict because of the myriad of cultures that find rabbits (and hares) meaningful.
So what's the deal with rabbits and "miss murder"?
It all depends on the context / culture with which you associate the rabbit.
For more info etc., I suggest...
^ particularly interesting in relation to decemberunderground's cover art
all for now,
anonymous Aug 29th 2006 report
Ok.... To add on to the very first one I made about the whole idea.... First of all if you want to have a review of hitlers end, watch the movie "downfall" and you will understand y this song is about hitler. And also miss murder could represent america, because america came at the very end of the war and might of decided the whole outcome of the war. Or if you watched the directors cut version of "miss murder", some guy named goebbels and his wife at the same bunker as hitler who were so loyal to hitler they decided to kill their own kids with poison capsules,
anonymous Aug 21st 2006 report
This could very well be a reference to yukio mishima, as previously mentioned.
He was a japanese author who committed ritual suicide (seppuku/harikari - slicing up/open one's stomach?) the year he was expected to win the noble prize. He and a group of 3 or 4 (either 4 or 5 total - corresponds with number of band members) men held a military leader (yukio and the others were also in the military, making access easy) hostage, tied to a chair, inside the tokyo headquarters of a branch of the japanese military. While he was being held, yukio mishima made a pre-prepared speech on the balcony calling for the restoration (this is post world-war ii) of the japanese emperor and of japan as a nation. He then went inside, sliced his stomach open, and was also ritually decapitated. Some of the others in his group did the same. This all occured on november 25th, 1970 - meaning mishima would have "spent december underground," having been buried by then - though to be fair, a think the japanese traditionally cremate... Regardless, this ties into album title: "decemberunderground."
the wikipedia article (http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/yukio_mishima) on mishima includes a photo of mishima giving his speech before he killed himself. He is making a dramatic gesture and wearing a military suit/uniform of striking similarity to that worn by the band (afi) in the video.
Someone else posted mentioning old fashioned merry go rounds. They would have golden rings (or so this person said) which, if the rider grabbed them, could be redeemed for a prize. However, trying to grab them could cause the rider to fall/be injured. This may somehow tie in with the circle of black rabbitts on the album cover and on the letter in the video. Not sure how though.
anonymous Aug 21st 2006 report
Miss Murder is the princess of darkness but it also has a lot to do with Hitler killing himslef read the lyrics you'll understand :)
anonymous Aug 20th 2006 report
Well, for starters, unless anyone has consulted afi on the real meaning behind miss murder (which wasn't clearly discussed in the making of the video), I think it's just slightly pretentious to assume one has the correct answer.
Secondly, the fascist references in miss murder are undeniable. Lets not forget, however, that hitler was not the only dictator of the 20th century. I think it was a wise decision not to make specific reference to hitler or nazi symbols/ideology in the video itself because it very well may have been disastrous for afi's reputation.
Instead, the end product remains open to several interpretations. Perhaps davey intended the lyrical duality of religion and ideology, or perhaps the uncanny picture of milton's lucifer in paradise lost was just a fluke. Eitherway, the lyrics are certainly a very realistic portrayal of humanity's "mortal coil."
i think the real beauty and effect of the song lies in davey not clearly pinning down a description of jesus, hitler or cobain. It makes for a more empathetic view of the narrator/singer in the video. Here we see a distraught, but the nonetheless flawed, man of questionable political and personal agenda torn in a struggle of maintaining his power of the masses and over his own soul. The beauty of it is that davey's character can be representational of any celebrity, political or historical figure who has undergone internal struggle in trying to achieve something truly unntainable and who's only escape is figurative or literal and perhaps inevitable suicide (the lyrics really do capture the rise and fall from public grace, and the unending loyalty of die-hard fans very well...Not to mention the rabbits, which were referenced by afi as a warning of impending destruction and disaster).
Eitherway, whatever afi's intent behind miss murder, cudos to them for conjuring up so many clever images for us to interpret. There's definately something to be said for a band who's music makes us wander into more existential thought, in a time where one doesn't have to look far to be spoon-fed musical gibberish from the likes of jessica simpson or paris hilton.
anonymous Aug 16th 2006 report
anonymous Aug 12th 2006 report
Why don't you all go buy the CD and add on other interpretations?!? And for the 1242537459th time this song has nothing I tell ya nothing to do with Hitler. Besides, who even likes history? Who would sit around and make a song about Hitler? No one, duh!!!
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