You Burn First
Alexisonfire Lyrics


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I said, "Cover me, if there is a fire
'Cause I want you to burn first"

She screamed at me, "I want to be desired"
I said, "Easy girl, I know it hurts

Let's all give thanks that I am a liar
'Cause I got a feeling I just might get worse

Now there's nothing wrong with you, I'm just tired
And I'm in a mood for a brand new curse"

You burn first
You burn first
You burn first
You burn first

"Cover me, if there is a fire
'Cause I want you to burn first"

She screamed at me, "I want to be desired"
"Easy girl, I know it hurts

Let's all give thanks that I am a liar
'Cause I got a feeling I just might get worse





Now there's nothing wrong with you, I've just grown tired
And I'm in a mood for a brand new curse"

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Alexisonfire's "You Burn First" are intense and emotive, dealing with themes of desire, deception and power struggles in relationships. The singer assumes a dominant position, telling their partner to cover them in case of a fire, but with a sinister twist - they want their partner to burn first. The partner responds with a plea for validation and acknowledgment of their own feelings, but the singer dismisses them as easy and tries to reassure them with a lie. However, they also hint at their own darkness and volatility, suggesting that their partner may not be safe with them in the long run.


The chorus repeats the provocative statement of the singer, emphasizing their desire to see their partner suffer before them. The repetition creates a sense of obsession and determination, as if the singer is fixated on this idea and willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve it. The second verse follows a similar pattern, with the partner expressing their vulnerability and the singer brushing it off with a mix of flattery and menace. The song ends with the chorus once more, cutting off abruptly and leaving the listener with an unresolved tension.


Overall, "You Burn First" is a haunting and unsettling song that explores the darker aspects of human relationships. It suggests that desire can easily turn into manipulation and that power imbalances can lead to destructive outcomes. The lyrics are open to interpretation, but they seem to reflect a situation where one partner is more dominant and abusive, while the other is struggling to maintain their sense of self-worth and agency.


Line by Line Meaning

I said, "Cover me, if there is a fire 'Cause I want you to burn first"
The singer manipulatively requests the other person to protect them from danger while secretly hoping that they'll be the one to suffer the consequences first.


She screamed at me, "I want to be desired" I said, "Easy girl, I know it hurts
The singer dismisses the other person's emotional needs, invalidating their desire for affection.


Let's all give thanks that I am a liar 'Cause I got a feeling I just might get worse
The singer acknowledges their deceitful nature and suggests that their actions may escalate in the future.


Now there's nothing wrong with you, I'm just tired And I'm in the mood for a brand new curse"
The artist blames their lack of interest on exhaustion rather than taking responsibility for their emotional detachment, and hints at the possibility of inflicting harm on the other person.


You burn first You burn first You burn first You burn first
The repeated chorus emphasizes the artist's selfish intentions and desire to harm the other person.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Dallas Green, Wade Macneil, Jordan Hastings, Chris Steele, George Pettit

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Comments from YouTube:

@YaKnightmareHeHehe

Man this is a great tune🍺🍺🍺

@liambell1811

Ah yes, I would listen to this on the bus in grade 4. Good times.

@pattyboy9183

R.I.P GARRED O'DONNEL

@crosbyedmonds1808

Rest in Power to Garred O’Donnell

@JoshRange

Still one of my favorite AOF songs.

@In4Th3Kill

Legit my least liked AOF song. George was born to scream

@YaKnightmareHeHehe

Good tune

@drewantinuk4634

such a good song

@albertmctorre4789

Agreed.

@gloriaklassen1887

This song is straight up HAUNTING.

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