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Late dawns and early sunsets
Just like my favorite scenes
Then holding hands and life was perfect
Just like up on the screen
And the whole time while always giving
Counting your face among the living

Up and down escalators
Pennies...

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    naturepants9
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    Apr 9th, 2006 4:05pm report


    I think it's about her symbolically being dead. He had thought that his girl is different from everyone else. He had thought she's not just a conformist clone like everyone else. He had been thinking she had genuine deep thoughts, but then he realizes that she's just a shallow, hateful person like everyone else. Too different from him.

    "And the whole time, while always giving, counting your face among the living"-- he is remembering when he thought she was actually alive, when he thought she was like him.

    "Running away and hiding with you, I never thought they'd get me here. Not knowing you'd change from just one bite, I fought them all off just to hold you close and tight."-- He thought that they could just run away from the world, and they'd be safe from being warped by the way the world is, but they changed his girl and made her just like the masses. She changes after just one taste of what the world is like.

    "But does anyone notice? But does anyone care?"-- here he's realizing that no one notices any difference in her except him

    "Should I be shocked now by the last thing you said?" She's been this way all along, so why should he be shocked she's this way?

    "And if I had the guts to put this to your head, would anything matter if you're already dead?" she's been figuratively dead for so long, so why would it matter if he just shot her?

    I think I'm not being very specific here, but it makes sense to me... In summary, it's not about her being an actual zombie, but being a figurative zombie. Sort of a "But though you're still with me, I've been alone all along" concept.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 1st, 2015 2:35am report


    I really think people are overlooking this one a lot. It's different for everyone, but I kinda sounds like this girl is so depressed and "already dead" inside, seemingly because of the general world and all of the agony and sadness it places on her. It changes her personality. ("not knowing you'd change from just one bite, I fought them all off just to hold you close and tight."so she wants her best friend/maybe boyfriend to kill her. It's really hard for the boy. He goes back and forth from thinking it's the best thing for her ("there's no room in this hell"), to finding it harder to do this because she says she loves him and they both think of all the good memories they shared ("our memories defeat us, I'll end this direst") He finally does it ("these words changing nothing. As your body remains.")and wonders if anyone else will care or even notice.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 15th, 2011 6:08pm report


    I think it would be good for everyone to read this interview with Gerard

    http://hotguitargirl.tripod.com/welovemychemicalromance/id6.html

    As Gerard said, it's nice to leave songs up to interpertation! :) And everyones is different.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2011 6:42pm report


    its about the movie dawn of the dead the original because they hide out in monroeville mall and its two lovers one of them gets bitten and the other one has to kill them before they completely turn into a zombie but the one that gets bitten says that she loves him which makes it harder to shoot her also the mention of escalotors elevators, fountains half price sales shows they are in the mall hense the connection to monroeville mall <----like in the movie



    your eyes vacant and stained
    (zombies eyes dont actually look and are normally off colour)

    and in sayin you love me made things harder at best
    (she said she loves him which made it harder to kill her)

    and these words changing nothing
    (it doesnt matter what she said, he still has to do it)

    and theres no room in this hell theres no room in the next
    (the conception of zombies spilling out of hell and onto earth but earth is getting overloaded)

    but does anyone notice but does anyone care
    (a cry for hel basically can anyone help does anyone notice this can anyone see what is going on?)

    would anything matter if your already dead
    (your dead so does it matter if i kill you after you have changed)

    sorry if its the wrong order



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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 2010 11:19am report


    I'm with naturepants9. His/hers Sounds so much more realistic than the dawn of the dead thing that's going on. Or maybe it's just that I can relate to that interpretation more.
    May I just ask why Vampires have to be evil? Why are the vampires always the bad guys? Mythical creatures aren't the ones fucking up the planet.



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    jlml14
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    Jun 16th, 2010 6:27am report


    i strongly agree with naturepants and anonymous. as if they were lovers but the girl is very diffrent since she was bitten as what naturepants said. and the songs are connected as to which ever albums they make. i love mcr! their minds are extremely great!



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    pretty.odd
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    Nov 17th, 2009 11:22pm report


    uh im confused people keep saying vampire the last time i checked dawn of the dead had zombies....dont say its about some evil thing getting you like a vampire just say its about zombies getting u...



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    pretty.odd
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    Nov 17th, 2009 11:22pm report


    uh im confused people keep saying vampire the last time i checked dawn of the dead had zombies....dont say its about some evil thing getting you like a vampire just say its about zombies getting u...



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    anonymous
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    Nov 17th, 2009 11:27pm report


    The way I see it, This girl he loves is a Vampire. At the start of the song, he's saying how everythin was perfect for her, with her boyfriend and the sunsets and holding hands and all, but then it went wrong. He (the vampire) wanted her too much. He thought "well, one bite can't change her," but it does. He has to take her away from the town and hide with her, but put her back in the town as soon as she can handle being near people. But when he has a loo, no-one seems to notice or care that she's gone. She'd be a threat if he put her back with the people of the town, so he decides that she can't live any longer, can't threaten any more lives. He spends the rest of the song trying to convince himself it's the right thing to do to kill this girl he loves. Her eyes are vacant because she can't think of anything except the blood she needs and stained because she obviously wants to live. He sayis "Would it even matter if I killed you, because technically you're already dead, so i shouldn't feel guilty." She tries to stop him, by telling him she loves him too, but he still has to do it. He says she can't go to hell, because there's no room, so what will she do? But he still has to shoot her. There's now a corpse in their bed.



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    pretty.odd
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    Sep 28th, 2009 9:46am report


    Okay I'm going to this based on zombies:

    LATE DAWNS ON EARLY SUNSETS JUST LIKE MY FAVORITE SCENE
    THEN HOLDING HANDS AND LIFE WAS PERFECT
    JUST LIKE UP ON THE SCREAM

    (here I think that the couples life is perfect like there in a movie or somthing)

    AND THE WHOLE TIME WHILE ALWAYS GIVING
    COUNTING YOUR FACE AMONG THE LIVING

    (the narrater had know idea that she will end up getting infected or losing her soon)

    UP AND DOWN ESCALATERS PENNIES AND COLDER FOUNTAINS
    ELAVATERS AND HALF PRICE SALES
    TRAPPED IN BY ALL THESE MOUNTAINS

    (and now they are trapped inside the mall surrounded by zombies with no where to go)

    RUNNING AWAY AND HIDING WITH YOU
    I NEVER THOUGHT THEY'D GET ME HERE
    NOT KNOWING YOU CHANGED FROM JUST ONE BITE
    I FOUGHT THEM ALL OFf JUST TO HOLD U CLOSE AND TIGHT

    (here they tried to run from the zombies as much as he tried to keep them away from his lover and protect her they bit her)

    BUT DOES ANYONE NOTICE?
    BUT DOES ANYONE CARE?
    AND IF I HAD THE GUTS
    TO PUT THIS TO YOUR HEAD

    (since she's infected there telling him that he needs to shoot her but they don't understand how much he loves her and doesn't want to)

    but would anything matter if your already dead?
    and should I be shocked know by the last thing you said?
    before I pull this trigger
    your eyes vacant and staind

    (here he's thinking even if I shoot you would it matter becuz your going to die anyways and he sees that she starts to look more zombieish when her eyes change color and stare at nothing)

    and in saying you loved me made things harder at best
    and your words changing nothing as your body remains

    (he can't shoot her because she loves him and he loves her but there's her body starting to not be her anymore)

    and there's no room in this hell there's no room in the next
    and our memories defeat us
    and ill end this direst

    (honestly I can't quite make this part out rite here)

    at the end of the song when he says "does anyone notice there's a corpse in this bed" he shoots her and there's her lifeless body right in front of him, and he can't beleave he did it.



    ok that's what I think this song kind of interpruts to BASED ON BEING ATTACKED BY ZOMBIES!



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    anonymous
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    Jun 6th, 2009 6:25am report


    If anyone knows anything about the writers Truman Capote and Harper Lee, they will know they both lived in Monroeville, Alabama - where they were neighbours. Read 'In Cold Blood' (Capote), and let me know if you're as intrigued as I am by the potential allusions to Capote and the ideas of social conflict and challenging the status quo; particularly, direct reference to the family of four slain in Kansas in 'In Cold Blood'.

    'But does anyone notice there's a corpse in this bed? '

    I'm intrigued to know what you all think. Could this inadvertently provide an interpretation of social expectations and the challenges we face to conform unquestioningly?



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2008 10:10pm report


    Dude, I've been to the Monroeville Mall. I've seen the movie. They're pretty much the same.

    HOWEVER, that has NOTHING to do with the fact that YOU ARE ALL RIGHT. It's about Dawn of the Dead, but also about losing a loved one, and the dangers of society, and zombies and vampires and the living dead and everything else you mentioned. YOU'RE ALL RIGHT, but bringing up the Monroeville Mall as your "proof" is stupid because It presents NO PROOF about what the song is about. Believe what you want, people.

    Maybe they meant it to be one of those things where you have to take your own meaning, Like John Steinbeck's "the Pearl".

    "If this story is a parable, let each one take from it his own meaning" or something like that.

    You get what I'm saying?



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    hayxapple
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    Aug 27th, 2008 8:06am report


    Alright. one of the first anonymous people, you have no idea what you are talking about. just because you met them, doesn't mean you know. gerard has confirmed it multiple times, that it's about one of his favorite movies Dawn of The Dead.



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    janesgenes
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    Aug 22nd, 2007 8:42pm report


    It is about "Dawn of the Dead." Monroeville Mall is a half-hour from me. The movie was shot there, in fact if you go there (Monroeville, PA) you can check it out--it still looks pretty much the same-escalators and all!



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    .ladyofsorrows.
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    May 6th, 2007 5:23pm report


    This song is a sweet song about the dawn of the dead movie. Gee has said so himself. I don't care if you know them or have met them. That's what it s. It may have some other tings slapped together in it. but it mainly based on the dawn of the dead movie (hehe this song shall be my wedding song) lol.



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    GibsonGirl64
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    May 6th, 2007 5:00pm report


    I do think that yes, it has references to dawn of the dead. But I don't think it's ABOUT it. I think it's more along the lines of, she did something to hurt him, and he gets really mad. And he wants to kill her. And she says she loves him, blah blah blah. And then in the end he shoots himself cause he can't take the pain (but does anyone notice, there's a corpse in this bed). That line suggests he thinks no one notices his death, and that he's not really loved, like she told him he was. That's just what I've always thought though.



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