Auto-Erotica
The Alter Boys Lyrics


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I'm all alone and hanging by leather
With a loaded gun pointed at your head
I'm choking inches from climax
There's nothing for us to fear naked and bleeding

Sex and lies -- (Better) Organize your alibis
Tabloid eyes -- Scrutinize these shattered lives
Thrilled to death hanging by a thread
Breathless -- Turning blue dying in excess




Deviant -- Unzip your eyelids
Is it what you need begging to molest me

Overall Meaning

The Alter Boys's song "Auto-Erotica" is a dark and intense portrayal of self-destructive behavior and sexual desire, held together by a menacing and hypnotic melody. The chorus, "Sex and lies -- (Better) Organize your alibis; Tabloid eyes -- Scrutinize these shattered lives," is a warning against the dangers of obsession and addiction, and the insidious ways in which they can lurk beneath the surface of normalcy. The verses paint a disturbing picture of a voyeuristic and sadomasochistic relationship, with the singer hanging by leather and pointing a gun at their partner's head. Despite the violent imagery, there is a sense of vulnerability and desperation in the lyrics, as if the singer is asking for permission or trying to justify their actions.


The second half of the song takes a more introspective turn, with lines like "Thrilled to death hanging by a thread; Breathless -- Turning blue dying in excess" suggesting a reckoning with the consequences of one's actions. However, there is still an element of seduction and temptation present, as the chorus is repeated and the singer seems to be both repulsed and attracted to their own destructive tendencies. In the final lines, "Is it what you need begging to molest me," there is a suggestion of a power dynamic that is not fully explored, leaving the listener to imagine the twisted psychology behind the actions depicted in the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm all alone and hanging by leather
I'm in a state of sexual arousal while being restrained by leather


With a loaded gun pointed at your head
My sexual fantasies involve a potentially dangerous or lethal element


I'm choking inches from climax
I am experiencing breath play during sexual activity, which heightens my pleasure


There's nothing for us to fear naked and bleeding
I am willing to embrace the extreme and potentially dangerous aspects of sexual exploration, including blood play


Sex and lies -- (Better) Organize your alibis
This sexual relationship involves deception and potential infidelity, requiring careful planning and cover stories


Tabloid eyes -- Scrutinize these shattered lives
Our actions and behaviors may attract media attention and scrutiny, potentially leading to public embarrassment


Thrilled to death hanging by a thread
I am willing to engage in risky sexual behavior that could lead to injury or death


Breathless -- Turning blue dying in excess
I enjoy asphyxiation during sex and am willing to push the limits of safety and bodily harm


Deviant -- Unzip your eyelids
I find pleasure in pushing boundaries of traditional sexual behavior and wish for my partner to be open to experimentation


Is it what you need begging to molest me
I am willing to engage in non-consensual sexual behavior with my partner if that is what they desire




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