Bastards of Bodom
Children of Bodom Lyrics


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The slayings at Bodom from so long ago
Still carry a secret, of which nobody knows
A seed that was planted as the night turned to dawn
Will now bring me to life as the Reaper's spawn

I'm a bastard of Bodom and I walk alone
As I follow the Reaper, to lead me back home
My victims shall perish on the shores of this lake
As they look upon me, to stare death in the face

I don't need a reason, and I won't tell you why
I'll just take you to hell by the edge of my scythe!

I was born to end life, I can take any form
A shape shifting demon, killing for sport
Like father, like son, this is my fate
Taking your lives and breeding the hate!





I don't need a reason, and I won't tell you why
I'll just take you to hell by the edge of my scythe!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Children of Bodom's song "Bastards of Bodom" refer to a real-life event that took place in Finland in 1960. The "slayings at Bodom" refer to the murders of three teenagers while they were camping at Lake Bodom. The murders have never been fully solved, and the perpetrator has never been identified. The first verse of the song suggests that there is still a mystery surrounding the murders, with a "secret of which nobody knows."


The second verse introduces the character of the "Reaper's spawn," who claims to be a "bastard of Bodom." He is destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, who is presumably the perpetrator of the murders. The Reaper's spawn is a shape-shifting demon who takes pleasure in killing for sport, and he has no qualms about taking his victims to "hell by the edge of [his] scythe."


Overall, the lyrics to "Bastards of Bodom" paint a dark and violent picture of a character who is driven by a seemingly insatiable urge to kill. The connection to the real-life murders adds an extra level of horror and intrigue to the song.


Line by Line Meaning

The slayings at Bodom from so long ago
Referring to the real-life unsolved murder case in which four teenagers were killed while camping near Lake Bodom in Finland in 1960.


Still carry a secret, of which nobody knows
The truth behind the murders remains a mystery to this day.


A seed that was planted as the night turned to dawn
The tragedy that occurred that night has had a profound impact on the area and its inhabitants.


Will now bring me to life as the Reaper's spawn
The legacy of the Bodom murders has inspired the artist to embrace a dark, violent persona, akin to the personification of death known as the Reaper.


I'm a bastard of Bodom and I walk alone
The artist identifies himself as a product of the traumatic events that took place at Bodom, and sees himself as fundamentally isolated from others.


As I follow the Reaper, to lead me back home
The singer sees death as his ultimate destination, and the Grim Reaper as his guide towards that end.


My victims shall perish on the shores of this lake
The singer foresees himself carrying out gruesome acts of violence against others in the vicinity of Lake Bodom.


As they look upon me, to stare death in the face
The artist revels in the power and fear he elicits from his victims in these violent encounters.


I don't need a reason, and I won't tell you why
The artist feels no obligation to justify his actions or explain his motives to others.


I'll just take you to hell by the edge of my scythe!
The artist relishes the opportunity to cause pain and suffering to those who cross his path, and sees himself as an agent of hellish retribution.


I was born to end life, I can take any form
The singer sees himself as innately predisposed towards violence and destruction, and able to adapt his methods to any given situation.


A shape shifting demon, killing for sport
The artist revels in the freedom and power that his violent impulses afford him, seeing his killing sprees as akin to a sport or game.


Like father, like son, this is my fate
The singer sees his behavior as a natural extension of the legacy of violence and trauma that has characterized the area surrounding Lake Bodom for years.


Taking your lives and breeding the hate!
The singer sees himself as not only causing physical harm to his victims, but also instilling fear and animosity in those who survive his attacks.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KIMBERLY ANN (NCB) GOSS, MARKKU UULA ALEKSI LAIHO, ROOPE JUHANI LATVALA

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