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Stranded in this spooky town,
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Floor is crackling cold,
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run,
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Drivin' by the strangle of...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2011 report

    This is simple-ville folks: What exactly do you think he is referring to with bits like 'tangle of veins', 'keep on crying, I'll bleed you dry', 'storm bubbling up from the sea' AND 'IT IS COMING CLOSER' He is singing about whacking off.

  2. anonymous
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    May 20th 2011 report

    I think the song speaks of a lost love ... perhaps because of the problems that brought his drug addiction and maybe the drug is a pain reliever to pain of lost love.
    "Drivin' by the strangle of vain" suggests drug addiction. The verze:
    "Stranded in this spooky town,
    Stop lights are swayin
    And the phone lines are down
    Snow is crackling cold,
    She took my heart, I think she took my soul" describe the deep sorrow of his lost love.

  3. anonymous
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    May 1st 2011 report

    Absolutely he meant to be in the POV of vampire. Second and third verses are pretty obvious. He may have meant to use it as a metaphor to tie into drug use but I doubt it. As a musician and songwriter myself I can tell you 99% of the time what is written is literal and that it's usually the fans/interpreters who create the metaphors so that the lyrics have some sort of relation and relevance in their own way.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2011 report

    It's the drugs.... live the life, you'll understand. This song impeccably captures the emotions invoked by the disease.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2011 report

    The line that everyone is linking to the vampire theme

    with the moon I run, far from the carnage of the fiery sun

    I think this could also be linked to the drugs theme because these type of people tend to be more active and some drugs can cause the eyes to dilate so when going outside causing that person to be blinded by the light

    just my opinion but I can also see the connection of the vampire scene, it could go either way.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 16th 2011 report

    I agree with nir guy.. I think he's metaphorically linking his drug abuse to the life of a vampire. A misunderstood monster.

    "Stranded in this spooky town
    stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
    snow is crackling cold"
    The aftermathed, drug crazed enviroment that was once alive and bright, now dull, broken and lost.

    "Driven by the strangle of vein
    showing no mercy I'd do it again
    Open up your eyes
    you keep on crying
    baby I'll bleed you dry"

    I'm thinkin he is refering to "her" and "she" as the drug. as what nir had stated. Can't help what he is cause he's driven by the power of the disease.

    I think the "2000 years of chasing taking it's toll" part was indicating that vampires never die, and their "thirst" is ever longing. Seems that his abuse has gone on for more time than it has and now it feels too late and there's no other options.

    "...and its coming closer." refering to the withdrawls. His urges are taking over.

    Anyways, brilliantly, eerie sounding song. The music captured what I think he was interpreting.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 31st 2010 report

    It actually could be about being a vampire.. because they don't die.. ''feel so good but I'm old, 2000 years have taken its tole'' could mean that he's waitin 2000 years for... Something. I just thought id add my bit in.
    i love kings of leon <3

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2010 report

    I have to agree with "nir1984". This is definately about drug addiction & the struggle to get clean. I'm guessing the vampire references are how he must of felt whilst trying to do so. It is a very clever song, in that it can have different meanings for others.
    This is a great opener for the album.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2010 report

    I recon it's about Jesus, they're a Christian family. How else can you explain the '2,000 years' part, that is how long it's been since Jesus was on earth. The chorus says '& it's coming closer' I think he is talking about the 2nd coming of Christ!!!

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2010 report

    Although it literally is speaking of being a vampire with the sun and all, I tend to look deeper. I think this song can be taken very religiously. "Driven by the strangle of vain", the death of Jesus and the his resurrection was in vain because of "The carnage of the Sun", how the world is becoming afraid of the light or good side of things, and people have started to run with the moon. "You, shimmy shook my bone
    Leaving me stranded all in love on my own
    What do you think of me
    Where am I now? Baby where do I sleep
    Feel so good but I'm old,
    2000 years of chasing taking its toll" Caleb is singing from Jesus' perspective, "Where has everyone gone? Where can I go to feel safe? After 2,000 years I'm getting tired." I don't know, just my opinion.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2010 report

    Good call on the vampire part, since that's what Caleb actually said it was about. :)

  12. ToolFan36
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    Jun 27th 2009 report

    I think it's more about love, about the loss of it. I love the first part of the song oozes with anxiety. Words paint you a view, of when the hurricane is about to hit, the lines about the storm bubbling up on the sea kinda hint this out, and those swaying stop signs, plus phone lines being down.

    So with all that unrest, you feel that something bad is about to happen, loneliness possibly? It's coming. So what do you do in that situation? you doubt. You doubt in love, the worst part of it that you'll feel like that many times, because that's life: "driven by the strangle of veins". So you loose your will to live, yet biologically you still go on. That means you gotta go forward and look for something new. The idea of looking for ideal love, looks familliar to christianity doesn't it? where you struggle for faith for your entire life. That's why the two thousand might be the key to the song.
    Also I heard that there's a possible vampire theme, which after reading the lyrics seems like a plausible theme, which is pretty cool

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