"12 Black Rainbows" as written by and Peter Thomas Steele....
Idle hands may be the devil's work

Unbridled minds you see are so much worse

Too much pity spent and wasting time

Irresponsibility not my only crime


Obsessive thinking, depressed drinking

The person I once was, he's dead

Exhume the past this time or be my last

This is my final quest to remove my mask


Don't be afraid as she pulled down the shade

Said there's nothing to fear but the monster is here

So just tell me the time, be it quarter of nine

Since the sun's gone away, now the creature will play

Ice blue eyes follow me everywhere I go

Making my heart appear as lead

I hate to wish it but I'll tell you though

That I'm quite ready 'cause I'm already dead


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"12 Black Rainbows" as written by Peter Thomas Steele

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    General CommentOne of my favorites by far
    philo187on June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhys it called 13 black rainbows?
    supagirlieon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General Comment13s for bad luck
    the dongs about his childhood scares so theres the black for fear and the rainbows for youth, or at least beign a wee kid
    you know wat i mean :P

    The Jambo
    Jamboon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsong is*
    Jamboon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^But it's called *12* Black Rainbows...
    And, I believe in the second line it is supposed to be "but idle" not "unbridled", as the term "idle hands" was used in the previous line...at any rate, this song seems to be about someone who is depressed and suicidal because of some past experience that is vaguely explained. "She" seems like a mother who is addressing a child (the narrator), and the line "there's nothing to fear but the monster is here" might be referring to the mother comforting the child, saying that there are no monsters to get you at night, yet the narrator knows that what will hurt him is inside, either the house (family trauma) or inside himself. The person speaking in the other verses is, I believe, the narrator grown up and fully consumed by that darkness.
    freakishfaeon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe freakishfae...maybe...and jambo might be right too (except for the '13' part, its 12 lol) good song though, good song...
    xscorpio303xon April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like the narrator died and now is involved with a demon woman. The creature and monster from the chorus are both the woman that is saying the lines, and same for the icy blue eyes from the last verse. He's already dead so it makes sense. Maybe she's the devil, and he's her playground?
    pakistanimanon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhere can I find this song? I MUST KNOW!
    ImpossibleRealityon December 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI like the line about the time being quater of nine. On a clock face that would make the O Negative symbol.
    Negative13reactionon February 04, 2011   Link

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