"Murder 101" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Never thought that I knew too much
I always thought I knew enough
I didn't want to learn this stuff
I didn't ever want to be that tough
But love was just implied
And everything else died
This class has now begun
In murder 101

You can learn it in the first degree
You could even make yourself believe
That you'll never even think of me
When you're packing up your things to leave
Now my intuition failed
I can't graduate unskilled
They don't excuse the young
This is murder 101

Find yourself another heart that needs a rest
Tie a hook onto a single thread
Drop it down beneath the chest
There's the first part of this test
They'll grade you on a curve
They're including everyone
No matter what you've heard
You know this class has now begun
Drop out before they come
To murder one by one

Just look what we've done
In murder 101

Just look what we've done
In murder 101

Just look what we've done
This is murder 101

Just look what we've done
To murder one by one


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"Murder 101" as written by Jakob Dylan

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    General CommentSo I think this song has to do with love and inexperience. In other words, how badly you mess things up when you're young and new to relationships, how it's practically murder the mistakes you make.

    But that's just my cursory take on it. Anyone else?
    therealsvendenon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwoow. no comments for three and a half years!
    i really had no idea what this song is about, actually i was looking for someone else to tell me, but there's only one comment....
    in which case i agree with therealsvenden
    awkward...on May 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always interpreted this song (for myself) as a commentary on education & society, although I could be taking his metaphor too literally. I actually really like therealsvenden's interpretation and think it fills in gaps that mine doesn't.

    I had the idea that we live in a culture in which we are constantly bombarded by information (I always thought I knew enough/I didn't want to learn this stuff) and we're expected to go through years upon years of schooling before we can secure an income (I can't graduate unskilled/They don't excuse the young/This is Murder 101).

    Everyone is evaluated against massive standards (They'll grade you on a curve/They're including everyone) and life has taken on a quicker pace (Find yourself another heart that needs a rest).

    Anyone else have other interpretations?
    museschildon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI tend to agree with the first comment on this song

    "I always thought I knew enough/I didn't want to learn this stuff/I didn't ever want to be that tough/But love was just implied/And everything else died"

    Here the subject is claiming that he thought he knew enough about love, but what he knew was the romantic view of it. He didnt want to learn the bad side of love. This might be a little bit of a blind stab, but to me "Murder 101" is a metaphor for learning of heartache, breakup, and despair when it comes to love.

    "You can learn it in the first degree/You could even make yourself believe/That you'll never even think of me/When you're packing up your things to leave"

    Here he seems to be talking about a previous lover who left him, and that this person is learning some of the material for "Murder 101"

    "Find yourself another heart that needs a rest/Tie a hook onto a single thread/Drop it down beneath the chest/There's the first part of this test"

    Here the author seems to be explaining to his former lover how to continue to be a better heart breaker and pass "Murder 101." By finding another heart that has been battered, and becoming attached to that new person just as the author was attached to this person.

    "Drop out before they come/To Murder one by one"

    All I can figure from this is that he is telling me people to avoid these people while you can. If you do not these heart-breakers will "murder" one's idea of love one-by-one.
    uhcougaron May 04, 2009   Link

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