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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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    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.

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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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    Jun 30th report

    I really related to this song so I wanted to tell my interpretation.
    I feel like this song is about a child who is struggling mentally in a "perfect family". I think devil town is something in their mind, I'm not sure what, but I'll elaborate why later.

    "You said something dumb again. She's mad, at least that's what they say. Mum and daddy aren't in love.That's fine, I'll settle for two birthdays", I think this means the child's parents are considering divorce, this is because it seems like they're still together but still arguing.

    "Devil town is colder in the summertime", this line may mean the more the child tries to act happy/warm, the more they start to feel emptier/colder.

    When the song references to the other person, I think they mean a person in the world in their head. Personally, the people in my head have genuinely helped me get through some times in my life, like an escape.

    "We're all dead in devil town. That's fine, 'cause nothing's gonna scare us now" may mean no one's real in devil town, it's all in the child's imagination. This would also mean the child has control over what's happening so they aren't scared anymore.

    "We're all in our dressing gowns, mine's white and stripey, yours is green and brown", I think this means the child feels caged, but they think their friend in his other world is free. I think this because white and stripey gowns sound a lot like how prison gowns look. Green and brown sound like earth/natural colours.

    "I forgot my name again. I think that's something worth remembering", the child may not use their real name in their other world, so they start to forget an important part of their identity. I think this because I've experienced this and I started to realize how the other world has took so much from the real me, yet I didn't regret any of it.

    "How do you feel so proud? Every time I close my eyes, the colours fade and change inside my mouth", I think this verse was directed to the child's parents feeling so proud for looking perfect in other's eyes while destroying their kid. The child is questioning that because their other world is starting to become a little to real (meaning, they've ruined them to the point to losing touch with reality.)

    Sorry if my wording is really repetitive, I just really wanted to put my input because this is my comfort song <3.

  4. 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.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 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.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 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.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 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 :)

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 11th 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.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 5th report

    I think it’s about a child and there parents are fighting all the time but not divorced and they lyric “we will make it another night” is about how they are suicidal and when they say “I feel safer when I’m with you” is like there imaginary friend. Idk I just relate to this song so much oof

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 11th report

    This song could be about a divorce and somebody going to a christian summer camp. What if This is Home and Devil Town are related? I know for a fact that This is home is about a transgender aromantic man

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd report

    honestly, before reading these comments I thought the song was about two people being in LGBT+ community, "falling doesn't feel so bad when I know your falling this way too" I thought this part was about them both thinking LGBT is a sin so they both know they are falling into hell, but they're happy that they're falling together.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd report

    when I first heard this song all I could think of is my life. Let me elaborate. A child whos parents divorced at a young age but still remanined a happy child but as they grew up they realises life isnt all what it seems. When it says where all dead in devil town thats right cause nothings gonna scare us now that reminds me of suicide and suicidal thoughts the devil town is the place/emotion you feel when you are eg: self harming. And when it says nothings gonna scare us now it means that nothing can scare them anymore. The spiders in the shoes part also reminds me of how you always used to go outside in your favorite shoes and be happy but you have cut yourself off from the world and your shoes are now building up dust. And then the i forget my name again part just means that you have forgotten who you are and what you are even alive for.
    This song pretty much just gives me vibes of a teenager who is going through depression and anxiety and trauma but goes to devil town ofte to find happiness

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 9th 2021 report

    i think it's about sibilings who are abused by one of their parents and are both planning suicide.the suicide attept wouuld probaly be jumping off a roof

  14. anonymous
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    May 24th 2021 report

    I think it’s about a family who grew apart
    The parents getting a divorce and a child who is conflicted with what to do, the child may have come up with a coping mechanism such as talking to themselves as the line in the song “I feel a little safer when I’m with you” suggests the child has someone as there comfort, and maybe devil town is a place they made to deal with the stress that there under, they don’t fully understand why there mum and dad don’t love each other anymore, the child may also have short term memory loss as the line “I forgot my name again” suggests this, it may also suggest that the child is slowly losing themselves forgetting who they are, losing all sense of why there here...

    What do you think?

  15. anonymous
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    May 5th 2021 report

    I personally interoperate this song as a family falling apart (a mom, dad and a 9/10 year old). I think that the child has an imaginary friend to cope with his family issues and 'Devil Town' is just a made up place they imagined, like when it say "Devil town gets colder in the summertime' that could mean they imagined devil town to be a cold place. Also when it says "I still get a little scared of something new" could mean they are so used to this imaginary world they made up to where they get scared and overwhelmed by the new world.

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 11th 2021 report

    Two siblings (One other then the other, perhaps )
    who are confused why their Mother & Father are not talking anymore. and my they must switch houses every week ("I'll settle for a two day birthday~") they are ALSO confused why they're mother and father don't love eachother ("Mum and Daddy arent in love~")



  17. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2020 report

    Many people have said this, but it's about a family that's falling apart. At first, the child who id guess is around 10/11 because they know what's happening but don't know how hard it will be, hence the more optimistic tone for some things. The chorus describes how they are learning it's harder then they thought, the line "We're all dead" might describe a family member's death. They eventually can't handle it and commit suicide.

  18. anonymous
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    Oct 13th 2020 report

    I think that the "how do you feel so proud?" is about how the parents think they went through the divorce really well and think the kids will "get over it" and move on. And i feel like the singer is incredulous on how they've disregarded him and his siblings.

    I dunno that's just how I imagine it :P

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