"Russian Roulette" as written by and Edwin Cole Mc Cain....
She lives like Russian roulette
Barrel up to the head
Where every sweet young move is
Belonging to a sickness
Now enter special things
To detour all the pain
Like a brand-new, solid mess
But nothing seems to last...
It strikes when you've thought you won
It's self-destruction
It strikes when you've thought you've won
And the delicate balance
Won't survive the turbulence
Now, enter the escape
From every thing you've made
'Cause something wrong inside
Won't let you live your life
It strikes when you've thought you won
It's self-destruction
It strikes when you've thought you won
And down you will go
With a tail of flames stretched out behind you
The cold wind will blind you
And in all the you can't see?
The simplicity is beautiful

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"Russian Roulette" as written by Edwin Cole Mc Cain

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    General Commentwow whee!! im the first to sign this one ^_^ i love this song!! it describes me like how i was b4 i found myself... cuz who i was b4 was tearing me up inside and i guess being who i intentionally wanted to be "strikes wen uVE thought u won and down u will go" those words could never have been so right... this is one of my fave songs by this group but this is getting over you is my absloute fave!!! Aubby (me) luvs Alk. Trio ^_^ :D
    HawaiianBluPunkon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a good song. But its not Alkaline Trio. Its Hot Water Music, another good band.
    JetTooBrazilon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI suppose HWM is a good band. Although, I just wish that his voice didn't get so old so fast. That's all right though. Yeah, this song is pretty darn good, but Rooftops, they sound quite a bit better on that song. To tell you the truth, I never listened to a song by HWM before them. Alk3 will still be quite the band though.. hands down
    AlkalineKidon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentya why is this under alkaline trio? i know it was on the Jade Split album with Alk and HWM, but that doesn't mean it should be in here, i suggest it gets taken out, so people won't confuse it.
    TheShowerSceneon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalkkid, what are you talking about? Hot water music IS the old voice.....i dunno if you heard "radio" and "bleeder" on that split....but that voice makes those songs 1000 times better. that's the voice that comes with years of screaming, drinking and smoking, prolly in that order. chuck's (and christ's) voices are pure emotion, and some of the best in the genre.
    Blackjawon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoops, i ment to type "chris's" not "christ's" voice....sorry about that. that could cause some real problems....
    Blackjawon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentagreed theshowerscene. this has nothin to do with the trio other than being on the same EP. HWM rock ass tho
    Alk3minionon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey, good song yeah!
    i am not sure exactly what if my opinion on it is what it is about but hey, here goes . .

    I know a rather popular subject for bands to write/sing about is the manson family led by charles manson. (Charles Milles Manson is a person with an unusual ability to dominate others. He assembled a destructive, doomsday cult around himself, which the media later called The Family. At one time, it numbered in excess of 100 individuals at the Spahn Ranch some 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles CA. Manson was referred to both as "God" and "Satan" by his followers. As the family's guru, he claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. ) Of which artist like the beatles and alkaline trio have wrote and released songs about certain members(sadie by alkaline trio . . .check it out). I think this song may be reffering to a particular incodent involving family member John Philip Haught (AKA Zero).

    On November 5, 1969, Haught allegedly killed himself playing Russian roulette. When police arrived, family members Catherine Gillies, Bruce Davis, Sue Bartell, and Little Patty were present. According to Little Patty (who's true name was Madaline Joan Cottage), she and Zero were in bed, when he picked up a .22 Caliber Iver & Johnson revolver. After Patty told Zero that there was only one bullet in the gun, he spun the cylinder, placed the muzzle against his head, and shot himself(She lives like Russian Roulette. Barrel up to the head.). The police ruled the death a suicide, however there are certain facts indicting that Haught might have been murdered. Not only had the revolver and the holster been wiped clean of fingerprints, but also the gun had been fully loaded.

    I am not going to apply the whole song to the situation because it is pretty self explanitory. It is a good incodent to write about, i am not weirdo but it is pretty interesting too. I also have no idea if i am right and just going of and inclinng along with my intrest in them matter. Any ideas? xx
    alkaline_olivia777on July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a nice thought olivia777, but i'm not so sure that I'd agree with you on this. the Alkaline trio wrote their song about the Manson murders: "Sadie" aka Susan Atkins, a pretty hard core member of Charles Manson's cult; the Family. However, having said this, I don't really think HWM wrote "Russian Roulette" about this same topic... Zero was found dead and the Family members present did say that he was playing Russian Roulette (with a fully loaded gun) but I think you may have read a little bit too far into it.

    I think the meaning behind this song may be a little more simple: A girl ("She lives like Russian Roulette") who lives like there's no tommorrow. She has a drug problem or something ("the delicate balance Won't survive the turbulance") and it leads to her "self-destruction. It strikes when you've thought you won. And down you will go". Apart from the words "Russian Roulette" and the idea of suicide, I can't really see any more links to Zero's death.

    Just my thoughts. A
    Paper Wingson August 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShe lives like Russian Roulette
    barrel up to the head

    I think this is a fairly self-reflective song in which Chris is singing about himself in the way of his anima--defined as one's "true self" as well as the feminine side of a man's unconscious mind.

    Where every sweet young move is
    belonging to a sickness....
    ichibanobsoon March 08, 2008   Link

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