Red
Combichrist Lyrics


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Nothing ever happens in this dirty hick town
The bar is always closed and all the hookers are long gone
The church is entertaiment and prozac is the drug
I'm going out of my mind, start changing it around

I got gallons of blood
Can't remember where it's from
Just clippings on the wall
I guess it's stuff that I have done

I've gotta paint this town red!

Autoerotic, I'm bored and all neurotic
Just sitting around all day just planning how to die
Wasting time, cracking fingers
My body gets thinner by the minute
Sometimes I feel that I am dead
Distant memories haunt me
It really seems like a dream
Like a dead man's song
A machine with no conscience

I've gotta paint this town red!

Like a dead man's song
I'm just a souped-up machine with no conscience
Like a dead man's song
Living in a dirty hick town





I've gotta paint this town red!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Combichrist's "Red" talk about the frustration and boredom of living in a small town where nothing ever happens. The town's bar is always closed, and the prostitutes have disappeared. The church has turned into mere entertainment, while the drug of choice is Prozac. The singer of the song is going out of his mind, and he wants to change things around. However, the only way he knows how to do it is by painting the town red.


The second verse talks about the singer's current state, which is an autoerotic, bored, and neurotic one. He spends his days planning how to die and cracking his fingers while wasting away. The memories that haunt him feel like a distant dream, and he likens himself to a machine with no conscience. The chorus repeats the idea of him needing to paint the town red to make a change.


The song's lyrics are cryptic, and their interpretation could be open to multiple meanings. Some listeners believe that the song is about an artist who has lost his inspiration and is trying to find it by causing chaos. Others believe it is about a person struggling with mental illness, and the "painting the town red" is a metaphor for bloodshed.


Line by Line Meaning

Nothing ever happens in this dirty hick town
The town is boring and uneventful, with nothing exciting going on.


The bar is always closed and all the hookers are long gone
The local bar is never open and the prostitutes have all left town, leaving the singer frustrated and bored.


The church is entertainment and prozac is the drug
The church provides no real spiritual fulfillment and the people rely on antidepressants to cope with their meaningless existence.


I'm going out of my mind, start changing it around
The artist is fed up with the monotony and is determined to make a change in their life.


I got gallons of blood
The artist has shed a lot of blood in their life, likely from violence.


Can't remember where it's from
The singer has committed so much violence that they can't keep track of where all the blood is from.


Just clippings on the wall
The singer keeps visual reminders of their violent acts.


I guess it's stuff that I have done
The artist acknowledges that the clippings on the wall are evidence of their own wrongdoing.


I've gotta paint this town red!
The artist is driven to bring violence and chaos to the town, hoping to shake things up and satisfy their own need for excitement.


Autoerotic, I'm bored and all neurotic
The artist is sexually frustrated and mentally unstable.


Just sitting around all day just planning how to die
The singer is preoccupied with thoughts of death and actively planning their own demise.


Wasting time, cracking fingers
The artist is doing nothing productive or meaningful, just fidgeting and passing time.


My body gets thinner by the minute
The singer is in a state of physical and mental decay, deteriorating rapidly.


Sometimes I feel that I am dead
The singer feels disconnected from life, as if they are already dead.


Distant memories haunt me
The singer is tormented by their past.


It really seems like a dream
The artist's memories feel surreal and disconnected from reality.


Like a dead man's song
The artist's life feels like a tragic song about death and decay.


A machine with no conscience
The singer feels like an emotionless, robotic being, incapable of feeling empathy or remorse.


Living in a dirty hick town
The singer is trapped in a small, boring town with no way out.




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