I have been in this line of work for a long time
And I have never seen anything so strange and so peculiar
Its all so deranged
see for yourself
Ladies and gentelmen of the jury
step right up and see the freak
we caught him red handed down by the morgue
where he sleeps
and if you think that "That's disgusting"
wait til you hear this
I never can do it justice

Dead girls like me
Dead girls like me
Can't you see?

I don't expect you to understand me
I'm not an ordinary man
and I have seen things with these eyes
you'd never comprehend
see for yourself now
take those living women
they have never shown me any kindness of any kind
its not my fault i look this way
I try to talk to them
they look at me and walk away
so really is it so strange that

dead girls like me
can't you see?
only dead girls like me
oh, dead girls like me
can't you see?
only dead girls don't walk away from me
sad as it seems

have you ever tasted love like this?
cool and smooth have you ever been accepted unconditionaly?
have you ever loved someone who didn't hurt you, didn't harm you?

There's no pain and there's no pressure
no humiliation
there's no fear and there's no shame
there's no pulse now is it so strange?

dead girls like me
can't you see?
only dead girls like me
oh, dead girls like me
can't you see?
only dead girls don't walk away from me
sad as it seems



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    General Commentquite obviously, this song is about a necrophiliac.

    its sung from a changing point of view, but overall it sort of defends necrophiliacs...

    personally, i think that sex with dead people is disgusting, but i still love the song
    Yttriumon November 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure this is tongue-in-cheek although the subject matter IS disgusting. Very cool song, though. Like if Tim Burton met Morrissey they'd make something along these lines..
    ThatKidSteveon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdanny elfman and morrissey are two of voltaires influences. My mates think he sounds like jack skellington.
    a girl and i actually had a debate with someone over this song, we came to the conclusion that i would be complimented if someone wanted to desicrate my corpse in such a manner.... twas a good partay.
    Azraeldrahon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is simply about a necrophiliac.
    I think it's more of a joke song.

    Dead girls seem to accept the narrator because, well, they're dead.
    VictorianRomanticon August 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't actually a joke, or even about necrophilia. It obviously uses sex with dead girls as a theme to be provocative, but there is a deeper, more serious meaning to it.

    Basically, the song isn't defending necrophilia, it's criticizing humanity. Voltaire is pointing out how cruel we are to each other, and how much it hurts to be rejected by people. From the perspective of the man on trial, "living women" are a source of pain, alienation, and desperation, all of which are rectified by death. In essence, the only good lover is a dead one. The dead girl isn't hurtful, judgmental, or cruel, but instead she is the closest he will ever come to unconditional acceptance.

    The line "Sad as it seems" isn't meant to make us pity the man, but make us ashamed of ourselves.
    Makison June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure, Makis. It just seems to me that if that was the point of the song, Voltaire's doing it a little too subtley. But meh, who knows.

    I think this was the first song I ever heard by Voltaire - and to this day it remains my favourite.
    Yadarfynon October 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh the joys of necrophilia...the character in the story slept by a morgue, was arrested for lewd acts against a corpse (aka necrophilia), and the judge is telling the jury how sick he thinks it is. the character is making excuses as to why he prefers the dead. it's really quite a look at the sad view points of necrophilic individuals. many find that they can't acquire a living woman. (Most have mental problems stemming from the mother or an overly religious (usually christian) household.) many think themselves unattractive. others have been rejected and have never gotten over the rejection

    "have you ever tasted love like this?
    cool and smooth have you ever been accepted unconditionaly?
    have you ever loved someone who didn't hurt you, didn't harm you?

    There's no pain and there's no pressure
    no humiliation
    there's no fear and there's no shame
    there's no pulse now is it so strange?"

    and find it easier to have sex with the dead rather than face rejection again.

    There are various cases of female necrophiliacs, but they are rare.

    Some necrophiliacs can't be fully explained. Ted Bundy was a serial killer and sadist, but he often times would have sex with the bodies of those he killed. Other serial killers have done the same.
    Most necrophiliacs are reasonably peaceful individuals. Serial killers seem to be the exception.

    sorry i started rambling off there...just wanted give a little info on the subject.
    AquilusDominion May 27, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationVoltaire has other songs with similar themes, like "The Headless Waltz". This song basically sings about a necrophiliac trying to justify his actions rationally. He's felt so rejected that even girls that can't resist him are comforting emotionally.

    The message of the song could be summed up as "I'm so unlikable, only a corpse could bear to be near me." The necrophiliac feels this way, and is extolling the virtues of this relationship.

    "The Headless Waltz", toward the middle, similarly claims the benefits of not having a head and how the singer prefers being headless. Both songs take something obviously bad and claiming the virtues.
    Gatonomon June 07, 2014   Link

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