"Well, I'll take two shots," said the Devil to the man
And laid a little book on the bar
Well lord knows the Devil, he only talks shit
And only drinks whiskey from the jar

And his hands were raw
And his eyes were cold
And his breath was pure alcohol
And the sound of his voice, it never got old

And he talked and talked and talked through the night
Kept sipping his shine until the morning light
Tumbled in through the shades and as he started to go
I put three bullets in his back

Well, the Devil's bleeding crude oil from a hole in his chest
And it's panging on the bedpan, dripping through the bedsheets
And all the businessmen are putting pails beneath his wounds
And pawning the oil at the market

Well, his heart ain't made of nothing but piss and vinegar
And his boots have trampled more than you would know
And his breath has split open the thermometer on the sill
It's so fucking cold in here since you brought in the snow

Black heart leaking oil in the pan
Dealing insults with his free hand
In this hospital bed bleeding
Black heart, you shot the plan to hell
And the apathy ate you up inside

Black heart leaking oil in the pan
Dealing insults with his free hand
In this hospital bed bleeding
Black heart, you shot the plan to hell
And the apathy ate you up inside

Like slivers of lead inside your food, he's the poison inside you
And you eat until you're full and you eat until you're full
He lit the fires inside your belly full of medicine and whiskey
The aspirin, Valium, codeine pills, and silver rum

Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out
Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out
Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out
Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out
Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out
Someone say a Hail Mary for this house
Bless the corners and burn the Devil out


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    General CommentMurder By Death is one of the greatest bands out there. Their music is really intelligent and beautiful. I would say this is my favorite song on the album.
    driftwood21on May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrom the site:

    "OK, this song is the set-up for the whole album. The intro tells the general story; The Devil is drinking away the night at a local bar and he is talking up a shitstorm, lying his face off and being the cocky bastard he is. Basically, before the sun comes up, some local has had enough so he pumps him full of lead. The song kicks in and begins with The Devil dying in a hospital bed. He is physically bleeding crude oil from his wounds, and some greedy people in the town have begun to put pails beneath him to collect the oil to sell. So, like a chick getting naked in a horror movie, they're pretty much fucked. Ol Satan vows to wipe out the town where he got shot. He lays there in bed, still talking shit, making threats, empty promises, feeling sorry for himself. He is very bitter. There are tiny hints that the guy who shot him was actually in league with the Devil, but he betrays him and "shoots the plan to Hell". The part about the slivers of lead in the food is a reference to a bizzare situation of a poisoning that we read about. The Judas character who betrays Satan starts to realize that even though he has turned to the light, he isn't going to make it out alive, and starts to drink and overdose himself to death. The end of the song, the part that goes "Someone say a Hail Mary for this house" is about the shit hitting the fan. The line "Bless the corners and burn devil out" is actually from a Mexican chant used to keep witches and demons out of the homes of those who utter it. It goes, "Cuatro esquinas tiene mi casa Cuatro angeles que la adoran, Lucas, Marcos, Juan, y Mateo. Ni brujas, ni hechiceras, Ni hombre malchechor. En el Nombre del Padre, Y del Hijo, y del Espiritu Santo." Or, in English, "Four corners has my house. Four angels adore it, Luke, Mark, John, and Matthew. Neither witches, nor charmers, Nor maleficent man can harm me. In the Name of the Father, And of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." "
    prayingmantis84on May 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing.
    badsrx7on May 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely. I can't get enough of it.
    SoakedinMercuryon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAwesome... Such a great opener to a great album.
    colonel schwartzon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgenius.
    Loveisbriefon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso on wikipedia it says Gerard from MCR is featured in this song, but i can't make out him at any point in the song! can anyone else hear him?!
    bertskarzi196on September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGerard Way is at the end of the song you can hear his voice as the screaming one thats behind the lead singer.
    xander27on November 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah its actually not Gerard Way in the end screaming but Geoff Rickley from Thursday. Geoff actually "discovered" MBD years ago i believe after they had released "Like the Exeorcist..." and helped some with production on "who will survive" (thats why he appears in this song).

    murder by death ended up playing some shows with thursday because of this connection and appeared on various tours with them as well
    AlexKuykendallon November 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso if anyone has read I Am Legend (Richard Matheson), i have drawn many connections between this book and, really the entire "Who Will Survive..." album but especially this song and "Masters In Reverse Psycology"

    anyone else who read the book notice how similar the stories between the two?
    AlexKuykendallon November 15, 2007   Link

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