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Song Released: 2006


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Nine Crimes Lyrics

Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I do
It's the wrong kind of place
To be thinking of you
It's the wrong time
For somebody new
It's a small crime
And I've got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it's loaded
Is...

  1. lars
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    Dec 9th 2009 report

    i believe the gun reference pertains to her love. To give my gun away when its loaded, loaded could be the pent up frustration of having love to give that is not accepted or reciprocated. It appears obvious (to me) because, If you wont shoot it how am i supposed to hold it? refers to the fact that she needs her love to be taken and for the person that wont shoot it to reciprocate. she is trying to explain her justification of her actions. Only my perception, thats what so great about this site. As soon as I have some lyrics figuredout in my mind, another persons perception leads me to question my own.

  2. nlr1984
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    Nov 29th 2009 report

    I think that the girl has been cheated on and it trying to explore her feelings about forgiving him and although he feels like crap for cheatng on her and is trying to get forgivness from her he continues to cheat on her with the same girl as he feels he cant let go of his mistress as she is giving him comfort when his partner is being so cold with him as she is struggling with forgiving him. "It's the wrong time she's pulling me through"
    The gun represents her defence. if she forgives him, will he do it again? "Give my gun away when it's loaded" He is struggling because she wont blow up at him and get angry which would only make him feel better and less guilt "If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it"
    Just one perspective folks! x

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2009 report

    This song is about a woman who has found out that her man has cheated on her and is debating over forgiving him. He wants her to take him back.

    First, she sings:

    "Leave me out with the waste" - she's been cheated on and now she feels worthless

    "This is not what I do" - she usually has more self respect than to consider getting back together with a cheater

    "It's a small crime and I got no excuse" - she trivializes the problem in order to justify forgiving him

    "Is that alright with you?" - she is asking herself this question.

    "Give my gun away when it's loaded" - a loaded gun represents her self-respect which would help her to end the relationship, but she debates giving this up.

    "If you don't shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it" - if she decides not to exercise the power given to her by her self-respect (ending the relationship), she wonders if she'll be able to keep her self-respect.

    The man struggles with his guilt.

    He sings:

    "She's pulling me through" - he speaks of his woman, saying that being with her is the only reason he can live with himself at this time.

    "Give my gun away when it's loaded" - the loaded gun represents his guilty conscience, which he cannot cleanse himself.

    "If you don't shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it?" - he tells her that she must release him of his guilt and forgive him (discharge the gun) before he can forgive himself.

    The "No" at the end is her final decision to keep her dignity and end the relationship, which means that the man must live with his guilt.

  4. nb007
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    Oct 5th 2009 report

    it's def about cheating as said in the song. The gun part is interesting. I think the loaded gun is his lust and wanker. He's horny and they're not having sex. "If you don't shoot it" and he can't hold it or hold it in. he's giving in. It applies to her too minus the wanker. Also, as with most great tunes, there's different levels of meaning,the loaded gun is bottled emotion too. The gun could also be a metaphor for the heart and it's loaded or taken but I think it's more about loaded sexual needs.

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2008 report

    The "interpretation" by anonymous on NOV 6 is just bull since the "interpreter" starts off by claiming
    "My interpretation of this song seems different from others I've read." which is simply untrue. He pretty much gleaned the same stuff from the song's lyrics (betrayal in a relationship) as everyone else but because he changed a few words he thinks "HIS" interpretation is somehow fresh and different. The old "I Changed Happy to Glad!" syndrome. LOL

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  6. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2008 report

    My interpretation of this song seems different from others I've read. Obviously what I'm going to say is all my opinion. Fair warning.

    When I heard this song and watched the video my first thought was that the male is remembering how much he messed up a relationship by cheating.

    It starts with the girl singing.

    Leave me out with the waste
    This is not what I do
    It's the wrong kind of place
    To be thinking of you

    Here I think the women is singing during the breakup. She feels like he has left her out with the trash and even though he has cheated on her and left her she is still thinking of him hence "its the wrong time to be thinking of you". I think these lines also express that she feels she is supposed to be better than this. She feels she is better than to still care for someone who has blatantly hurt her. Thats what I get from the line "this is not what I do".

    It's the wrong time
    For somebody new
    It's a small crime
    And I got no excuse

    These lines to me from the girl express she is still in love with him and is not ready to move on and that she feels its a crime to herself and she has no excuse to do it, but she is feeling raw emotion from rejection.

    Then the lines by the girl.

    And is that alright? Yeah
    Give my gun away when its loaded
    That alright? Yeah
    If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it.

    To me these lines by the girl express that she has given him her heart ( loaded gun )and that if he didn't want to be with her (shoot it) then how is she supposed to live with this loaded gun. To me this line means she is considering suicide because its not possible for her to hold this "loaded gun" aka her broken heart with he has rejected.

    The next line of the song by the guy.

    Leave me out with the waste
    This is not what I do
    It's the wrong kind of place
    To be cheating on you

    I believe he is saying he feels like trash for what he is doing. "This is not what I do" reflects that this is not his normal self to cheat and leave someone he cared about if not loved for a new fling.

    The next lines of the song by the guy which I believe he is speaking well after the breakup and I believe after the girls suicide which drove him crazy and to become a bum. The video reflects this by him digging through trash and picking up coins when he imagines seeing her head on a balloon string.

    Its the wrong time
    She's pulling me through
    It's a small crime
    And I got no excuse

    Here I believe he is saying after her suicide and his guilt he realized he really loved her and that her memory is the only thing pulling him though this bad time. The video shows him as a bum holding a balloon sting with her head floating at the top which I interpreted the balloon as something of a toy, but it is the memory of the girl he drove to suicide that he realized he loved too late. As the bum is walking down the street with this memory on a string some kids come and pop the balloon with a slingshot. I took this as a creative way of saying maybe he was imagining he was speaking to her and she was with him again and some kids came up and said "hey mister, who are you talking to". And these kids "popped his balloon" and ruined his hallucination of her hence why the video makes this kids seem cruel by popping the balloon with a slingshot, as they took this bum out of his memory of happiness.

    The end of the song to me express that he has now given his heart (loaded gun) to her just like she gave to him only she is not around to accept it so he is left having to live with it himself. He is facing the same thing she did before her suicide. If she is not around to accept his love ( shoot it) then how is he supposed to live with it ( hold it).

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2008 report

    Leave me out with the waste
    This is not what I do (She has been flirting with danger, she understands that.... She has invested her emotions in a married man. And she faced with the proposition of entering an affair)

    It's the wrong kind of place
    To be thinking of you (The wrong place in her life, and obviosly his... )

    It's the wrong time
    For somebody new (Its possible she has just ended a relationship, or is going through a low period in her life... one she knows would absolutely worsen if she were to submit to the affair thus 'somebody new')

    It's a small crime
    And I've got no excuse
    (its a small crime, in her position, being the single person in the affair, she has less to lose and less people to directly hurt, she is not initiating the affair, but she has thought about it, and would have a relationship with him if the circumstances were different, however they are not. and she has moral fibre and intellegence therefore she wont.)

    Is that alright? (said with sarcasim... when posing the question, because despite her love for the man, his willingness to have an affair would pose a whole new set of questions in relation to his morals... despite his love for her... would you want to have a relationship with someone you now KNOW would do the wrong thing by an innocent party.)

    Give my gun away when it's loaded (interpreted to be two things, firstly her heart...
    secondly... giving her loaded gun away- to his wife.. His children... Taking the easy way out which would result in them having an affair, and being happy, but that would mean the devastation of his family. Or she keeps the loaded gun and has the pain of unrequited love)

    Is that alright?
    If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it

    Leave me out with the waste
    This is not what I do (As above... He feels guilty like trash for wanting to be unfaithful)
    It's the wrong kind of place
    To be cheating on you
    (I feel represents that the wife is not doing anything wrong... He has just fallen out of full blown love with her.. He still loves her, but not IN love.. not like he is with the other woman)
    It's the wrong time
    she's pulling me through
    (he is depreesed also, in a passionless marriage... They have children... He has been working the same job for 20 years... He is trapped in the life he has set up for himself.. He has no one else to blame for his situation, but he loves another woman, and the thought of seeing her... being with her- it pulls him through the mundane. He feels alive again)

    It's a small crime
    And I've got no excuse
    (once again the word CRIME is used... as it is not a crime to love another person, however the reprecusions of the situation would result in that of a criminal level... He would be hated, ostracized by his family... His friends... gossiped about at work. People who respect him, may no longer.)

    Is that alright?
    Give my gun away when it's loaded
    Is that alright?
    If you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it
    Is that alright?
    Give my gun away when it's loaded
    Is that alright
    Is that alright with you?

    (Is the argument between the two people... YOU choose to do it... but think about the consequences. If you feel we could do it, should do it, then we should do it together... right? BUT its also the argument within their own minds... "do I want to risk losing my family".. "do I really WANT you to leave your family? that's a big ask when I can not guarentee we will live happily ever after" Its possible it could go from bad to worse....

    Or do you want to keep things how they are, and forever wonder if it was really meant to be. Unrequited lovers.

    so is that alright with you....

    NO.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  8. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2008 report

    Ignore all the other interpretations on this page. The one submitted by anonymous in Oct07 that starts "The song is a tragedy" is exactly right. The rest are off the mark.

  9. PLAYTASTIC
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    May 21st 2008 report

    I think that in this song there are two interpretations to be made - the woman and the man.
    the girl can't stop thinking of this guy, even though she knows she shouldnt. She shouldnt because this guy is completely unavailable thus the "if you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it". How are you supposed to take love unless you can physically feel it from another. It's quite obvious she's given her heart away but ... what about him?

    The guy on the other hand knows that he once loved this girl but whats the freaking point? so life moves on and so does he, and he wants so bad to heal her pain to get over his own guilt of ever hurting her. His lines are more like saying "im sorry that this happened but I'm not going to pretend to feel like I did... but whats happening to you is tearing me up." so inside his mind there are two conflicting forces - the side that wants to love her and the side that knows he doesn't... and its making him terribly lonely..

    This is what the two parts have in common. over all this song is about loneliness and the unavailability of another. what ever is going on between these two people is not love - its the inability to love ...
    because like the wind you can't see love. you can feel it - but unless you feel the bullet where it stings its obviously not there.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 10th 2008 report

    I think some of the interpretations above are correct.

    This is not what I do - meaning this is not something she normally does. Same thing when he says it, so its a girl and guy both cheating...and they have no excuse for it...

    The only thing I see differently is the "is that alright? give my gun away when its loaded, but if you don't shoot it how am I supposed to hold it?" Meaning....the gun is her love....how can she give her love away when its already been given to someone else (loaded) but if he's not going to shoot it (take her love? appreciate her? etc?) then how is she supposed to hold on...
    It took me a while to figure out what I thought about those lyrics until someone wasnt shooting my loaded gun and then, I finally realized it...

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2008 report

    It's mostly about temptation.

    Here's the analysis:

    "Leave me out with the waste, this is not what I do" - she feels like trash, she doesn't normally consider cheating.

    "It's the wrong kind of place to be thinking of you" - the wrong place in her life to be thinking of another lover.

    "It's the wrong time for somebody new" - she's already in a relationship.

    "It's a small crime, and I've got no excuse" - her relationship is good, there's no reason she should be considering this.

    "Is that alright with you" - in this segment, the "you" switches meaning, referring to her conscience... She's calling upon conscience to solve this for her.

    "Give my gun away when it's loaded" - a loaded gun is a defense mechanism. giving away a loaded gun is putting down your defenses, and in this case putting aside morality and giving into temptation.

    "If you don't shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it?" - if her conscience isn't going to shoot down temptation, what's the point in even resisting it.

    ...and the same for Damien's part.

    and at the end:
    "Is that alright with you? No." - their conscience finally answered the question, but only after the duet climax of the song (i.e. The crime's been committed). The soft ending of the song coupled with declared "no" is guilt.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 25th 2007 report

    The song is a tragedy.

    The song is describing the breakup of a couple. The woman is cheating on him, at some bar or "Lonely Hearts" No-tell motel. He's found someone to "pull him through" the hard times during the breakup.

    The real tragedy is that the love has slowly melted away; there is no fiery confrontation or breakup, and neither has really let go -- "Is that alright with you?" Both of them keep asking, keep hoping that the answer is a resounding "NO!"; something, anything to trigger a reaction from the other.

    To "give away a gun while it's loaded" -- is there not enough passion left even to feel bitter, to feel anger, to pull the trigger? "If you don't shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it" -- if you won't protest me leaving, does that mean I have to quietly watch you walk away too?

    The final word says it all -- No. It's not alright, but she doesn't think there's anything left to fight for. He's already gone.

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2007 report

    I think it's about a guy that's cheating and his girlfriend who finds out and starts thinking about leaving him for someone else but can't bring herself to do it because she loves him so much and hates herself for not having the strength to move on.

    The give my gun away when its loaded bit could be meaning that both the guy and girl are putting themselves in dangerous situations cause they are handing each other a loaded gun. I think the shoot it bit is like saying that if something doesn't change, like if the girl doesn't leave or the guy doesn't stop cheating then both of them are gonna break down cause of all the guilt and regret that's going on.

    At the end the guy is like no it's not okay cause he decides he doesn't want to lose her and see her with someone new.

  14. marymary
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    Jul 26th 2007 report

    When the lyrics say "give my gun away when it's loaded,is that alright" I think the gun represents her heart.she's with some1 she loves, yet there's this other guy she wants to give it to,and for what reason I wouldn't know. It's so hard to decide when choosing which of the two you love more. and it's true, there's no excuse for cheating, and she get's so confused, that's why she keeps seeking comfort in asking if it's ok to do it. This song makes me cry,every single time.

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2007 report

    It's about adultery/cheating on or being tempted to cheat on a partner. Basically being with someone and thinking about being with someone else.

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