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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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 10th 2021 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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    May 16th 2021 report


    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.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 18th report

    TW: divorce, poverty, violence, spiders

    My interpretation isn't that much different than much others in the aspect- the overall idea is divorce. Anyways, remember that line about the white striped outfit and the green and brown one? Well, I think the song is about a kid who has a parent in the military (green and brown meaning a military uniform). I think the kid was placed with his/her father, which is why the song references what the dad did more than the mom. I think they were poor/loved in poverty because of the whole spider thing. The spiders were in the shoes, so you can assume the house has many bugs. I can assume it's because the family is more on the poor side and they can't afford to fix the issue. I think the other person they mention in the parts where it references somebody who is going though/went through the same thing is their sibling.

    I also think the kid's parents were abusive. I have a very close friend who is being abused because CPS temporarily placed her with her father. She is still there and her mom is fighting for her back. Summer was difficult for her since she couldn't go to my house (30 minute walk), her mom's, or school. I think the kid in the story went through something similar, and that's why is says "devil town was colder in the summertime". It said it because the rest of the year was sunny and happy for the most part, but summer was rainy and depressing. I personally think when it says "devil town", it means this person's hometown. It could also mean their neighborhood or even their home. Any of those make sense in my opinion.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 28th report

    TW: Suicide, Divorce

    This is just my opinion :)

    This is about a child who's parents are going through a divorce, saying their 'fine' with having two birthday celebrations. The child develops depression and ends up 'seeing thing that aren't real'. They meet a deceased child who tells them all about the afterlife and comforts them. On the day the child dies they are wearing a white and stripy dress while their deceased friend is wearing a green and brown dress. As they put on their shoes the child finds spiders in them. Her deceased friend tells her that their more scared of her. As the two are falling the child gets scared but then says that they feel better because their deceased friend did this too. I assume they reach devil town and live a happy life their and keep their friendship strong.


  6. anonymous
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    Jul 28th report

    The part where it says "Devil town is colder in the summertime", for me, when things were hard at home summertime was the worst because there was no escape to school or support from friends. So it could be referring to something like that.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 11th report

    Ok I just wanted to say theirs a line we’re their talking about clothes and he says “mine is white and stripy yours is green and brown” are they talk about the jail grown and military uniform?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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”

  11. 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.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2022 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2022 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'

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2022 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!

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2022 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2022 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.

  17. Crow76
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    Dec 30th 2021 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
  18. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2021 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.

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