"All On Black" as written by and Derek R Grant Daniel Michael Andriano....
I put it all on black, no color you're all dressed in
And a stab in the back left you bleeding on the floor
And I'm mourning the death, the recent passing of your insides
I smile in regret every time I think of how I spoke to you

I put it all in back of my mind where I hold you
I'm just trying to keep track how far back it really goes
And I'm living in lack of the blood sent from the heavens
I'm just trying to relax as the killer's waiting right outside my door

What's black and white?
What's read all over?
This tired book, organ donor

Sweet blasphemy, my giving tree
It hasn't rained in years
I bring you this sacrificial offering of virgin ears
Leave it to me, I remain free from all the comforts of home
And where that is, I'm pleased as piss to say, I'll never really know

I put them all in black, the four walls of my bedroom
And I trimmed them in red, peeled your picture off the wall
And I'm living in lack of the blood sent from your heartbeat
That arrived in your neck every time I salivated over you

What's upside down?
What's coated in silver?
This crucifix, my four leaf clover

Sweet blasphemy, my giving tree
It hasn't rained in years
I bring to you this sacrificial offering of virgin ears
Leave it to me, I remain free from all the comforts of home
And where that is, I'm pleased as piss to say, I'll never really know

One of these days, it's gonna catch up to you
Throwing looks like those around
One of these nights, I promise to you
I'll soon be sleeping sound
As soon as I leave town


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"All on Black" as written by Derek R. Grant Daniel Michael Andriano

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    General CommentMatt Skiba quoted on the official website in an interview "I don’t actually believe that there is a Satan or a hell or all that kind of stuff, but the imagery more than anything is exciting and challenging. But if it’s gonna piss somebody off for me to say I’m a Satanist, I’d be happy about that."
    Obviously Matt and the gang gets a kick out of the imagery of satanism and witchcraft. To go as far as saying they are satanists themselves is a little to much but in a Christianity sense you could definately pin point who's side their on (God/Satan so to speak). When it comes to the song itself I seem to think it's not as much of a death but more of a break up. I don't know his personal love life and what not but the impression I get from the meaning is much more hidden then it seems. It seems like the whole song is telling about his life and aspects in it including a probably pretty important relationship to him gone bad. Here's what I got...

    I put it all on black,
    no color you're all dressed in

    (Well when it comes to good and evil it deals with black and white and he seems to want to 'put it all on black' Also black is not a color it's the lack of color so to speak, a play on words when he says 'no color your all dressed in')

    And a stab in the back
    left you bleeding on the floor
    And I'm mourning the death,
    the recent passing of your insides
    I smile in regret
    every time I think of how I spoke to you

    (The stabbing the back might be a reference to something he did to her after their break up ('passing of your insides') to hurt her. Also saying he regrets ever speaking to her like he did maybe in the sense of saying something wrong or of spilling his heart to her etc.)

    I put it all in back
    of my mind where I hold you
    I'm just trying to keep track,
    how far back it really goes

    (He has put her in the back of his mind and it's hard because he doesn't want to put her to far back to forget her. Obviously meaning she meant alot to him.)

    And I'm living in lack
    of the blood sent from the heavens
    I'm just trying to relax
    as the killer's waiting right outside my door

    (He's living in lack of the blood (or 'blessings') sent from the heavens. He trying to relax because the killer (or 'Satan') is waiting outside his door (or 'by his side')

    What's black and white?
    What's read all over?
    This tired book
    This organ donor

    (This line has to be referring to the Satanic Bible which (according to a website source) explains Satanism in 'black and white' and he referres the book to be read all over (pun off red, as in evil so to speak) And the organ donor I'm not quite sure about but I'de like your thoughts and opinions on it.)

    Sweet blasphemy, my giving tree
    It hasn't rained in years
    I bring to you this sacrificial offering
    of virgin ears
    Leave it to me, I remain free from all the comforts of home
    And where that is, I'm pleased as piss to say, "I'll never really know"

    (Well this chorus is full of the evil imagery such as him saying 'Sweet Blasphemy my giving tree' Blasphemy reffering to the act of claiming he rights or attributes of God, since one other person commented somewhere else he believes in ones self being their own God. Also he says he brings a sacrificial offering of virgin ears almost like a sacrifice of the listener in my opinion o_o And he speaks of remaining free of the comforts of home. (heaven?)

    I put 'em all in black,
    the four walls of my bedroom
    And I trimmed them in red,
    peeled your picture off the wall
    And I'm living in lack
    of the blood sent from your heartbeat
    that arrived in your neck
    every time I salivated over you

    (Once again more about the girl basically saying he tore her picture off his black and red trimmed walls and he's in lack of the warm blood in her neck when he salivated or 'kissed or whatever' her neck etc.)

    What's upside down?
    What's coated in silver?
    This crucifix is
    my four leaf clover

    (An upside down cross or crucifix is the symbol of satanism and obviously it's his lucky charm)

    One of these days
    it's gonna catch up to you
    Throwing looks like those around
    One of these nights
    I promise to you
    I'll soon be sleeping sound,
    as soon as I leave town

    (This is probably the most obvious reason to think this is about a girl breaking up and not a death. He says 'One of these days It's going to catch up to you throwing looks like those around." Obviously meaning one of these days it's all going to catch up to her if she throws looks and flirts around all the time. And 'One of these nights I promise to you I'll soon be sleeping sound as soon as I leave town" this could be reffering to him dying and sleeping for good or him leaving his awful small town (Which is where I think he grew up) and finally sleeping without having to think about this girl.

    This is just my complete self opinion about this all just my two cents hopefully it shines some light on some of the parts for you. Some of it is far stretched but it seems to make sense please extend on it or add to it...
    MechSpikeon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentohhhhhh, yay! go me im the first one to write for this song. i cant believe no one else has its one of the best on the new album. i just love the way matt skiba sings
    'What's upside down? (what's updide down, what...?)
    What's coated in silver?
    This crucifix is (this crucifix is)
    my four leaf clover '
    Fallen_pooon June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHah -- I can't believe I'm going to agree with a person who calls him/herself "Fallen Poo". Hah, kidding, I think, but yeah, that's my favorite part as well. I just saw Alkaline 2 days ago and they were absolutely wonderful. My friend, Zach, even got to kiss Matt. Cool or what? *YAY Alkaline*
    BryteEyeson June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat is my favorite part also, but i am having trouble figuring out what it means. "this crucifix, my four leaf clover." someone help me. thanks i am seeing ALK in 2 days, giddy up!
    nagollon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentupside down silver cross is a symbol of satanism (or whatever you call it) apparently, and they have one in their practice space. love this song, apparently its Matt's most personal song, the mans evil, like me really, but a frickin genius.
    All-StarMeon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent song, I still don't understand why you guys (or girls) didn't understand the upside down crucifix part. If you know Matt he has a different approach on religion. Check out the song "Hell Yes" for a deeper view on his opinion....
    emo mourningson June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i smile in regret every time i think of how i spoke to you" this is an awsome song, one of my favorites off the new album. amazing lyrics... Matt's a genious, along with Dan. Ahhh how i love alkaline trio...
    FungusAmunguson June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i smile in regret every time i think of how i spoke to you" this is an awsome song, one of my favorites off the new album. amazing lyrics... Matt's a genious, along with Dan. Ahhh how i love alkaline trio...
    FungusAmunguson June 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa know, in interviews, Matt is a self-admitted athiest. Now, if you subscribe to any sort of idea of spiritual belief, it is not possible to be an athiest AND a satanist at the same time. He also admits to enjoying getting a rise out of people however he can...and satanic imagery is a pretty simple way of doing that.
    BadCaseofMurderon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, exactly, BadCaseofMurder. Matt is a fan of Anton LaVey's artwork (he's a known Satanist); that doesn't make him a satanist, though. This song has the recurrent theme of the death of a loved one (not too present, in this form, on Good Mourning) which I suppose all stems from the same experience. This song to me sounds like it's Skiba's girlfriend (or ex) who died.
    Dancing Potatoon June 22, 2003   Link

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