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Devil Town Lyrics

Life's alright in devil town
Yeah, right, no one's gonna catch us now
Dad has bought a new car now
We're fine, no one's gonna catch us now
You said something dumb again
She's mad, at least that's what they say
Mum and daddy aren't in...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th report

    Just adding along to the folks that said it’s about divorce, “I forgot my name again, I think that’s something worth remembering”. I think that represents how Because of the divorce maybe because of his parents splitting they changed his last name and he keeps forgetting what his last name is?

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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st 2020 report

    I think that this song is about two siblings that went through their parents divorce. They were very close and were always there for each other. One of them committed suicide or died for another reason. The other sibling is left on Earth and is talking to his/her deceased sibling. They are conversing about the after life and how the parents are doing. The sibling that’s still alive is having suicidal thoughts and wants to go to devil town with his sibling. Idk that’s what i think but the holocaust theory is interesting as well.

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    anonymous
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    May 16th 2021 report


    TW:divorce


    i guess its about a child being affected by their parents divorce. The child has a close friend who has dealt with their parents divorce,"falling doesnt feel so bad when i know youve fallen this way to"could show this.

    other things ive noticed in the song is the line "devil town is colder in the summertime" ,to me this could mean that everything that normally seems happy and bright,has become dark.

    once again, another line that caught my eye is "how do you feel so proud" , this could indicate that the parents beleve that the child will get over the divorce quickly, but its not easy to get over it.

    one last thing i want to point out is the line "i forgot my name again" ,memory loss is one of the symptoms of depression, which is understandable considering everything that is going on.

  4. anonymous
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    May 5th report

    I believe that this is mostly, as most of this has shown, 2 sibling that have gone through a divorce, and abusive parents. The line “you said something dumb again” is evidence of such as well as the kids going through suicidal thoughts.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 27th report

    Has anyone ever noticed that when you listen to something, you stay to it because you relate to it? Personally, my dad has always shown more love to me. I've recently noticed this through looking at the things my parents do and say to and around me. So my interpretation is kind of off that. That the Dad has a new car so they can move away and the parents are splitting(For me sadly it was the opposite). They forgot their name because they are building a new world and if the characters are anything like me, you don't want your real name in your fake, escape home(I even made plans to try and be happier and to look like the imaginary future self I had created). They probably have a sibling that they were very close to but they are slowly drifting apart as time goes by(Again, something I sadly am going through with my sister). They are hoping to hold on to the memories of their happiness so that they can be that again(..you already can piece this together).
    Though this is only my take on it and everyone's take on it is different. Lots of them are going to be from their experiences or their dreams and hopes, but they all are different because humans are different. Anyway, TED Talk over.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 16th report

    Cave Town (singer-songwriter of Devil Town) came out as transgender in September 2020, and now goes by he/they pronouns. Personally I believe he is talking about both his parents divorce and him coming out as trans.
    “you said something dumb again” could signify someone misgendering him. “SHE’S mad - at least that’s what they say” could be describing how some people may still use feminine pronouns with him.
    As a fellow trans person many people still misgender me and call me “mad” for transitioning.
    Later in the song Cavetown says “I forgot my name again”. I often forget my deadname, and when I first transitioned I changed my name several times until I eventually found the right one. Due to the fact my name was constantly changing, I did forget my name and I felt ashamed as my parents spent months choosing my deadname and I should at least honour the name by remembering it “i think that’s something worth remembering”

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 7th report

    When I hear this song I think of a duo, any gender and any close relationship between the two, facing something together. The divorce is clearly the issue here, so I believe it's about two siblings who are suffering through their parents' divorce. "You said something dumb again" makes me think the parents are arguing and have turned to abuse or violence as a way of coping through the divorce.

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 4th report

    Adding to a line here: I feel like “Devil Town is colder in the summertime” could mean that in summertime there is no school and they spend more time at home where the problems are so its “colder.” Since at school they are away from everything but at home they are reminded of the divorce.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 20th report

    I think that Devil Town is about someone with an inferiority complex that's parents are getting a divorce or someone with amnesia (from 'I forgot my name again'

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 9th report

    I believe this is about a boy (or girl) that is transgender, and when they came out his/her parents got in a fight and divorced.

    The devil town is where all the Dead Genders go, the line "i forgot my name again" comes from forgetting your new name being a different gender.

    "devil Town gets colder in the summertime'' i like to believe this line is suggesting Pride Month, being in summer, and all the haters that come during it.

    when he says, "falling does not feel so bad when i know you have fallen this way to" suggests to me hanging out with other Transgenders and relating to them
    just my opinion about it!

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 28th report

    I personally think this is a song about someone who went through a rough childhood which caused them to go through depression but they still had a friend or family member to go through it all with.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 24th report

    Definitely seems to be about a kid living through their parent's divorce. "Mum and Daddy aren't in love, that's fine I'll settle for two birthdays." I also get connotations that the song is about a child being confused with their sense of identity and nothing feeling real anymore. The childhood that they've always known is ultimately fake. At the start of the song the artist repeats the lyrics "We're alright" and "We're fine" which quite clearly shows their is something deeper going on and that everything isn't ok.

  13. Crow76
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    Dec 30th report

    I feel like this song could be the theme for my dark lol town where’d everyone knows everyone the sheriff gets killed every 10 years the FBI have shoot outs with the xonarables the detectives have gone missing and everyone is murderer but me good thing i got a degee in counseling lol

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  14. anonymous
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    Nov 28th report

    I relate to Devil Town a lot. In my opinion, it's about a little kid who is struggling with many things. Like problems at home, their parents fighting and separating. But the child is also struggling with their gender identity. One of the ways this child copes with what is happening is their made up place, Devil Town. Lot's of children have an imaginary friend and that is who the song is referring to.

    'Mum and daddy aren't in love, that's fine. I'll settle for two birthdays.'

    referring to having to go to two different houses for holidays / birthdays.

    'I still get a little scared of something new, But I feel a little safer when I'm with you'

    This goes into having an imaginary friend, who is there by the child's side. living somewhere new, your parents having a divorce is a scary thing for a kid.

    Devil Town is their made up place, their place of comfort. Somewhere they would feel safe.

    'Everyone is dead in devil town, that's fine cause nothings gonna scare us now'

    Is talking about how in their world everyone would be dead, no one to inflict more pain and heart ache on them. It would be them and their friend.

    'I forgot my name again, I think that's something worth remembering'

    I think it's referring to being trans, with a chosen name. Talking about forgetting their birth name, because they go by their chosen name in devil town.

    - A trans person who has experienced something similar. I love writing, that was my escape, making people and places where their lives were what I wanted for myself.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2021 report

    I heard it's about someone who doesn't know they're dead. The feeling of falling and being cold in summer. Almost like everyone in devil town is robotic or fake.

  16. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2021 report

    My interpretation of the song "Devil Town" is about a dysfunctional family and a friend/sibling. (Maybe even both as the same person.) Being somebody who over-analyzes everything this is what I hear in the song's lyrics:
    "Life's alright in Devil Town. Yeah, right, no one's gonna catch us now," Maybe the protagonist of the song has an imaginary space in their head, and they may have named it "Devil Town."
    "Dad has bought a new car now. We're fine, no one's gonna catch us now," Could mean that the protagonist has moved to a place like Devil Town and their life there so far could have been nice.
    "You said something dumb again. She's mad, at least that's what they say," That means maybe that maybe the mother of the protagonist could have said something regretable to a sibling, causing that sibling to get angry.
    "Mum and daddy aren't in love. That's fine, I'll settle for two birthdays," Could be about how the father got upset at the mother for upsetting the sibling of the protagonist, causing the father to leave with his kids. The kids might visit both families every once in a while, changing biweekly.
    "Devil Town is colder in the summertime; I'll lose my mind at least another thousand times," It May well mean that the place they moved to isn't filled with as many lively people like they had thought. The children aren't taking the moving and divorce well, and they could have gotten depression.
    "Hold my hand tight, we'll make it another night," Could mean that the siblings stuck together and believe that if they stay like that they'll make it through life.
    "I still get a little scared of something new, but I feel a little safer when I'm with you," Might mean that the protagonist might get scared of change like maybe the moving or the divorce. They feel better about how their sibling is there to guide them and the sibling feels the same.
    "Falling doesn't feel so bad when I know you've fallen this way too," Probably means that they've fallen into this pit of despair but they and their sibling still guide each other through the darkness, which could be interpreted as depression.
    "We're all dead in Devil Town. That's fine, 'cause nothing's gonna scare us now," May mean that nobody in 'Devil Town' is very happy, and dead inside. When saying nothing would scare them is nothing could get worse from there, it's bad enough already.
    "We're all in our dressing gowns, mine's white and stripey, yours is green and brown," Could mean that the sibling saw more good in the world than the protagonist; the white and stripey line sounds like a type of prison wear, while green and brown could symbolize that they're free, with the whole world to roam.
    " I forgot my name again; I think that's something worth remembering," Might symbolize another sign of depression, memory loss. The protagonist might have forgotten who they truly are and they had been tainted by the darkness of life.
    "Spiders in your favourite shoes; Just leave them be 'cause they're more scared of you," Probably means they have locked themselves away from the rest of the world, and their shoes age from not being worn.
    "Devil Town is colder in the summertime
    I'll lose my mind at least another thousand times
    Hold my hand tight, we'll make it another night
    I still get a little scared of something new
    But I feel a little safer when I'm with you
    Falling doesn't feel so bad when I know you've fallen this way too
    Devil Town is colder in the summertime
    I'll lose my mind at least another thousand times
    Hold my hand tight, we'll make it another night
    I still get a little scared of something new
    But I feel a little safer when I'm with you
    Falling doesn't feel so bad when I know you've fallen this way too," Is the ending of the song. Need I say more?

    I can see that people also listen to V2 of the song. I'll save writing about that for another day.

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2021 report

    It's about dissociation, mixed with the theory of a divorce, "Devil Town" is a headspace, where no one will get you, it's "colder" because summer is when memories flood back, "I forgot my name again" is something that can occur with dissociation, just my interpretation on it :)

  18. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2021 report

    Deviltown is about being trans. The artist is trans and uses metaphor to express their feelings about their identity. Deviltown is a metaphor for being trapped in a life and body that you don't like and confused you. The lyric "I forgot my name again" is an awesome example of this.

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