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Miss Murder
AFI Lyrics


Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Make (hey) beauty stay if I
Take my life?

With just a look they shook
And heavens bowed before him
Simply a look can break your heart

The stars that pierced the sky
He left them all behind
We're left to wonder why
He left us all behind

Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Make (hey) beauty stay if I
Take my life?

Dreams of his crash won't pass
Or how they all adored him
Beauty will last when spiraled down

The stars that mistify
He left them all behind
And now his children cry
He left us all behind

Hey, Miss Murder can I
Hey, Miss Murder can I
Make beauty stay if I
Take my life?

What's the rift that twists within this furthest mystery?
I would gladly bet my life upon it
At the cost of love your ray of light will fizzle out
Without hope
When the empty sand just flowing through our empty skin
And we're searching for what we were promised
Reaching for the cold and rain we never let go
They won't ever let us blow our filthy hands apart

Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Make (hey) beauty stay if I
Take my life?

Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Hey (hey), Miss Murder can I
Make (hey) beauty stay if I
Take my life?

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Margaret Randy

Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Make beauty stay if I
Take my life?

With just a look, they shook
And heavens bowed before him
Simply a look can break your heart

The stars that pierce the sky
He left them all behind
We're left to wonder why
He left us all behind

Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Make beauty stay if I
Take my life?

Dreams of his crash won't pass
Oh, how they all adored him
Beauty will last when spiraled down

The stars that mystified
He left them all behind
And how his children cried
He left us all behind

Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Make beauty stay if I
Take my life?

What's the hook, the twist within this verbose mystery?
I would gladly bet my life upon it
That the ghost you love, your ray of light will fizzle out
Without hope

We're the empty set just floating through, wrapped in skin
Ever searching for what we were promised
Reaching for that golden ring, we'd never let go
Who would ever let us put our filthy hands upon it?

Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Hey Miss Murder, can I?
Make beauty stay if I
Take my life?



Rodrigo Oliveira

PRELUDE:

This is what I brought you, this you can keep
This is what I brought, you may forget me
I promise to depart, just promise one thing
Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep

This is what I brought you, this you can keep
This is what I brought, you may forget me
I promised you my heart, just promise to sing
Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep
Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep

This is what I thought, I thought you need me
This is what I thought, so think me naïve
I promise you a heart, you promised to keep
Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep
Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep



Kirara's Mom

Miss Murder" is about lead singer Davey Havok and his internal struggle with fame and adoration. One side of him fears the fall from grace that is sure to come and yet another part wishes to walk away from it all.

Some lyric interpretation:

"Hey Miss Murder can I make beauty stay if I take my life?" - The song opens with this line which also doubles as the chorus. This is an inner dialog where he is trying to broker a deal with "Miss Murder," which is a representation of the reaper. He is asking Miss Murder to allow his persona to remain immortalized when his time comes to face her. In exchange for everlasting grace he will surrender his life to her willingly.

"With just a look they shook, And heavens bowed before him. Simply a look can break your heart." - This part describes his position as an adored idol in the first person perspective. Not only is the crowd amazed by him, he is also amazed by them. Its all about how the crowd reacts to him when he first appears on stage creating a frenzy of excited cheers filling the room and his heart with an energy that overwhelms him. The feeling of thousands of fans calling his name uplifts him and he believes he can do anything.

"The stars that pierce the sky, he left them all behind. We're left to wonder why he left us all behind." - This part reverts to the point of view of the fans in the third person. Davey imagines the effect of his sudden suicide has on his fans just when the band is reaching new heights in fame and success. He imagines a great feeling of loss and grasps on to it.

"Dreams of his crash won't pass, oh, how they all adored him beauty will last when spiraled down." - This is now a third person perspective on himself. He is entertaining himself with thoughts of being immortalized in the minds of his fans. Its also exactly what he bargained for with Miss Murder. He is getting more excited about the prospect of dying while his star is shining brightly.

"The stars that mystified he left them all behind, and how his children cry, he left us all behind." - Again we are back with the fans but this time he carries a more self important view of himself as he is quite delighted with how it could all work out. He will be able to rest secure in the knowledge that he will never be forgotten.

"What's the hook, the twist, within this verbose mystery? I would gladly bet my life upon it that the ghost you love, your ray of light will fizzle out without hope we're the empty set, just flowing through, wrapped in skin ever searching for what we were promised reaching for that golden ring we'd never let go but who would ever let us put our filthy hands upon it?" - Snap! Back to reality this time Davey is speaking directly to the listener, no more nihilistic fantasies. He comes to grips with the fact that achieving immortality is impossible and that should he carry through with his plan he's going to get forgotten about anyway. Either way he is resigned to the fact that some day his shining star will fade and his fame, his youth and his prospects will go along with it. He goes on to say that we are all devoid of completion and spend our lives chasing some dream or goal that's going to fulfill us. He sees this as a futile cause as fulfillment always seems just out of reach or just around the next corner. But what else is there for him or anybody else but to keep trying. >>

More lyric interpretation:

"With just a look, they shook and heavens bowed before him" - This could be about God, and how he instills fear and respect everywhere he looks.

"The stars that pierced the sky, he left them all behind. We're left to wonder why he left us all behind!" - God abandoned the people and the planets.

"Dreams of his crash won't pass or how they all adored him" - This could be God regretting how he left everybody behind, because now they have forgotten him. He's also missing the adoration the people had for him.

"What's the hook, the twist within this verbose mystery? I would gladly bet my life upon it. That the ghost you love, your ray of light will fizzle out without hope." - This may be telling the listener that God will just fizzle out and die without the hope and belief that they once held for him.

"We're the empty set just floating through, wrapped in skin, ever searching for what we were promised. Reaching for the golden ring we never let go, who would ever let us put our filthy hands upon it." - A golden ring could refer to the golden halo an angel receives upon getting to heaven. >>

This was used as the closing song in the 2009 MTV movie My Super Psycho Sweet 16.

The hook was not the one that Davey Havok intended for the track. He told Kerrang: "We beat this song down. We reworked the chorus over and over again, and in some abyss I sang the melody of the chorus with a scratched lyric that went, 'Hey, miss murder, can I?'"

When AFI's label told Havok he should keep that hook he wondered if they were serious. He said: "I wanted to write a proper chorus and they were like 'Please keep it like that.'"



Elastic Reality

It''s a song about James Dean.

It's also a nod to a two centuries old slogan that has persisted thru the ages in quotes, and various counter cultures: "live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse". It came to popular attention again when it was associated with James Dean and his untimely death. These themes of death, the transience of physical beauty, the morbid fascination with living fully and freely so the body left behind when you die is one at the peak of its beauty, gone in a flash, rather than slowly given away and forgotten with age, were all themes that resonated very strongly in us as Gen Xers. And thus, James Dean became a sort of iconic symbol of what it was like to live a truly punk life, with no expectation to see a world beyond the age of 30. It was a license to debauchery and carelessness, a "live while we can live" sort of call to arms for a group of teenagers who had come of age at a time when the Cold War was ramping up, then quickly ending, the Berlin Wall coming down, and other historical milestones. The Home Computer was a common item to see in every home, internet, technological gains, Gen X were the first kids to grow up with a computer. There was fascination with dystopic futures, we were living in the actual age of 1984, once thought merely a future too far out of reach to consider. Everything was happening at faster and faster rates of speed. And now near my 50's, I can tell you that these thoughts are artistic and beautiful when you are young and pretty, and when your attitude is all spoiled brat and defiance. But they don't age well, thankfully. At least the fascination with death and the transience of physical beauty, yet, unwillingness to become ugly and bald and old. We didn't want to grow old. But...we did. :)

And it feels really good to embrace the narcissistic yet nihilist sort of mindset from the perspective of art, and of political activism, and cultural revolution. I love that kids have persisted in carving out these qualities in their own counter culture movements. They are still looking for meaning, and they are still painfully aware that our world is not ideal and requires a revolution of thought and priorities. But, inevitably you find many more things to see beauty in. Obscuring your face with long skater bangs and mascara, and putting on an attitude of nonconformity, flipping a finger to authority, dressing like a 50s greaser, seeking any avenue you can find to achieve some sort of individuality, is an exercise in how, even in diversity, we are all very much the same, no matter how hard we fight it, and how the kids today you call "emo" aren't so different. The band wanted to prove it to you. And there's a beauty in borrowing themes of the past, and giving them new life. And that's exactly what Davey was doing here, ironically as they closed the door on the more imitative period of the band, and focused on moving forward into their musical adulthood. We want to all be unique, but at some point we have to decide whether we want to stand out and isolate ourselves, and whether its even necessary while taking our place in a world that seems so messed up by our parents. Or do we embrace the future and customize it for a new generation? And is it a useful thing to do, when we clearly need to come together and enact change. Even as an adult I marvel at how royally screwed it is that old people, stale and rigid and convinced their day was "better", continue to try to stop our movement forward rather than understanding the future is not for them. It's for their kids, and we trust YOU to decide how the world should look. The kids of today are going to be the greatest generation on Earth. And we'll help you take it there.

You might need to have been there to get any of that from the song. Fairly easy to pick up when you are a kid from that age. James Dean was everywhere.

AFI were a very punk band in their early years, doing covers of The Misfits, one of their heaviest influences, and originals which paid homage to clear influences like Black Flag, Dag Nasty, etc. You'll find a lot of nods in their earlier music to the cultural themes we were exploring then. But its a much heavier style, bordering on skate punk.



Jilly Doom

My. Therapist. Nearly. 20 Years. Ago:
Don't listen to this type of music, it's unhealthy...
-I find another therapist-
My Parents: You're 20 years old, grow up and get out of this hellish phase

Me: Y'all don't pay my bills and what's a phase?

Me today:
Still Emo

My nine year old: I love AFI more than Billie Eilish 😍😍😍



All comments from YouTube:

Pablo Estrada

Who else just randomly started listening to old music during quarantine??????? :)
&
October 24, i'm still listening to 00s music in quarantine😂

Levi Lemke

i just hit the 2000s

TheJesterOAO

Well... "old" :D

Oblitus Unum

Nov 9th and been rocking all my favorites of this time

Daan Bakker

Wait, why is October 24th a indication of which year your watching this? Don't you know each your got a October 24th?

Dark Threads

I been into afi for awhile now same with mcr grew up with both of them

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shawty death

Ah yes the two genders,
Miss Murder long version and Miss Murder short version

Rachel L

Long version is my gender AND sexual preference

Dragonofblu Productions

@angelusbichi the singer of course xD

Dark Threads

I actually like this lol

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