It was November 4th
I last held your hand
It seemed our time would last forever
You said don't ever leave
I thought you'd never go
I wish I could just remember your name...

You're just a memory now
Like all the ones before
But with your pain I've had to suffer
Your eyes alight with flame
As the picture burns
I hear the screams from long ago

They cry remember, blood-red streaks on
velvet throats at night
The streetlights fanned our trail of fame
through

London London
The memories will never leave me
London London
All I see is you
London London
The cries in the night
Keep bringing me to
London London
They keep calling out to me

Oh there's some things in life I could never face
The worst is being alone
Sometimes I wish I could have taken your
place my love
You know I don't want to live forever

Oh let me see you standing in the
shadows once again
We'll walk the streets like long ago in

London London
The fire in your eyes will be bringing me to
London London
All I need is you
The cries in the night keep ringing on in
London London
Calling out to you


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by digitalmanMKII

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  • +1
    General CommentI've always seen this as a repentant Jack the Ripper song.
    AdrianDangerouson January 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with AdrianDangerous, except the words are not those of Jack the Ripper himself. The last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was murdered on 9th November [1888] and the song mentions the last time being the 4th.
    Bearing all that in mind, this is my interpretation [in a historical fiction sense]:
    a man had a relationship with Kelly, possibly in spite of her being a prostitute, and he is remembering the last time he saw her before her murder; "the blood red streaks on velvet throats" may be a reference to the fact a lot of Ripper victims had their throats slit. The man is also mourning Kelly - her death was by far the worst of the Ripper murders, as she was practically unidentifiable after the discovery of her body. I believe "I wish I could just remember your name", is a reflection of the 'putting a name to a face' thing; metaphorically speaking of course, after her death she had no face to put a name to.
    But a part of this man wishes it had been him instead - "you know I don't want to live forever" and of course, "the worst [thing] is being alone" and now he is.
    As for "the streetlights fanned our trail of fame through London", I can only assume that the streetlights that lead the way through the night did not help the police identify Jack the Ripper, who gained fame through these events.
    alimayneon January 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely. A classic and still one of my fav QR songs.
    TemplarNineon November 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMmm Jack the Ripper. yeah nice idea - I had never envisioned that myself. I always saw the song as a lone figure walking through a desolate/deserted devastated future London.
    This guy is immortal - I presume a vampire
    "they cry remember - blood red streaks on velvet throats at night"
    Who is incredibly old and tired, cursed with immortality
    "you know I don't want to live forever"
    Who had actually loved one of his victims in Victorian London - but who had no choice but consume her life force OR who had to watch as old age/death took her
    "sometimes I wish I could have taken your place my love".
    That is how I always picture it.
    Thanks for reading :)
    PeteJ2013on February 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I recall from an old interview this is actually the continuation from walk in the shadows from the same rage for order album, back in the day the band was really into the Anne Rice books, Interview with the Vampire and Lestat, it seems for a moment to be talking about Jack the ripper but it's actually about the vampire who killed the girl he was convincing to join him.

    "They cry remember, blood-red streaks on
    velvet throats at night"

    "Sometimes I wish I could have taken your
    place my love / You know I don't want to live forever"
    jakoblangleyon December 05, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionI think this song is awsome!!I love Geoffs voice in this!
    Oobifan12on October 22, 2009   Link

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