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(spoken) I, your name,
Do solemnly swear
Not to off myself, think about offing myself or continue thinking about offing myself without reaching out for help
After listening to this song

Sometimes I see her on the sidewalk
Biking on the...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 17th, 22:43 report

    I think it's about suicide, (pretty obvious) but also with some other elements like people making death/abuse romantic.. this lyric is a example: "you like em' better dead?" etc. The suicide part is mostly at the start of the song, I think it's the perspective of a girl. "sometimes I see her on the sidewalk, biking on the wet chalk ,spelling out their names, and I feel insane 'cause I know it's just a game that I'm playing with my brain. I don't see her but I see her and I know it isn't real but I fake it anyway." So, basically, I think that the girl is guilty because a girl she knew committed suicide and this is her seeing the girl. Sorry, that was confusing. But the one that's still alive blames herself for the other girls death, leading the main one to be suicidal herself: "I wanna be a dead girl with my friends, dead girl, home again." that's just my interpretation of the first part though

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 14th report

    To me, dead girls is about quite a few different subjects pulled from different places. There's the romanticization of suicide and self harm in places like media as can be seen in lines such as "thats why they're on every show", the death of celebrities/public figures being idolized and spread on social media (there's did girls/kids in my phone, it'd be wrong to say I miss them I didn't really know them, I know it isn't real but I fake it anyway), and repressing your own suicidal feelings behind the mentioned public figures and celebrities. With lines like "I wanna be a dead kid like my friends" it's safe to assume these feelings are being reciprocated by penelope. Lines like "maybe it's about you, the living need attention too, you like em better dead, when all you ever see are dead girls and all you hear are terrible things " also tie into the social media and general public normalization of these concepts. When the lines between genuine support and media content are blurred the motive behind the support becomes unclear.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 26th report

    I feel like it's about romanticising death. She reads about all the girls who die too young and thinks about them and misses them despite her not even knowing them, but then she realises that the dead girls get to escape all their problems and get to be seen in this perfect life and she becomes almost jealous, which obviously has suicidal implecations but I believe its more like wanting to escape and grief.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 9th report

    I think the song might be the early stages of grief. If that makes any sense. The 'dead girl' the singer keeps referring too might be a close friend and/or relative. and might be haunted by their death or experiencing severe hallucinations from it.

  5. anonymous
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    May 13th report

    I saw this as a song about starting to struggle with your mental health, and not wanting to accept it yet, but suddenly being acutely aware of all the unaliving going on around you

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 25th report

    to me its about suicide particularly in girls. young girls. maybe trying to discuss how common suicide is. feeling symapathy for them too.

    "Sometimes I see them on the sidewalk
    Biking on the wet chalk
    Spelling out their names
    And I feel insane
    Cause I know it's just a game
    That I'm playing with my brain
    I don't see her but I see her and I know it isn't real but I fake it anyway"

    to me its dicussing how normal girls could potentially be suicidal. its a real thing, she believes, but is trying to forget it, you know like how society usually does and maybe thats the point exactly.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2021 report

    I think it could be about being paranoid and wanting to commit unalive. She says I wanna be a dead girl in the song so.. that could mean she wants to be unalive.

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