"Devil Town" as written by and Johnston....
I was livin' in a devil town
Didn't know it was a devil town
Oh lord it really brings me down
About the devil town
And all my friends were vampires
Didn't know they were vampires

Turns out I was a vampire myself
In the devil town
I was livin' in a devil town
Didn't know it was a devil town
Oh lord it really brings me down
About the devil town


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"Devil Town" as written by Johnston

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    General CommentIf you've seen The Devil and Daniel Johnston, a documentary about his life, it talks about his problems. He was Manic Depressive (Bi Polar) and had delusions of Gradiose. He also suffered the paranioa that comes with such disorders and he believed that the devil was out to get him, that the devil was in the city of Austin, where he spent much time performing. He also was only able to write songs when he was not on medication, thus I take this song very literally. He believed demons were in everyone but him. Thus we have the vampires.
    xoxo
    cartoon_cat3on February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentive got a really good cover of this song that i like much more than the orginal but dan's lyrics say it all. i think its about realizing that drugs and your drug friends arent the best sort of people and that theres consequences to such hedonism.
    SaladFingerson May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^saladfingers^ u said it all.
    but are you talking about the bright eyes cover?
    i love them both. but u could never ever beat daniels vocals and the soul that he puts in his music
    devil_town77on January 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentRight. Everyone but him. Exactly why he says "turns out I was a vampire myself." He wasn't being paranoid of everyone else, he was being paranoid of everything equally. I think. Maybe. I think.
    Fayon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat film also speaks of an incident in which daniel ran into a woman's house, and was arrested. He believed Satan had possesed him.

    This is a beautiful song. Personally, i far prefer it to the bright eyes cover. Another of my very favourite songs.
    shut up hannah.on July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentusing and taking from each other for our own evil benefit
    wholeconcepton August 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"All this automatic writing, I have tried to understand..." I love Bright Eyes' cover of Devil Town. I believe Conner is a fan of that style of writing (as reflected in his own writing). To be honest it means a different thing for evey person. Every town is a Devil Town, for its own unique fucked up reason. And all of us and all our friends are "vampires" with our secret agendas and secret lives. We all have our secrets, every town every person. --- Trisha Lynn
    trisha.everydayon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcartoon cat's got it right on.
    agreed.
    the only reason i can think to why he'd say "turns out i was a vampire myself" is, i don't know. realization of things that hes done, i mean he slammed a lead pipe on his best friends head. he certainly could feel guilty and as he'd say "possessed" from doing these things.
    dillingeron December 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Daniel was trying to reflect on a mixed bipolar episode he had experienced. I don't know that for sure, but that is how I connect with this song. For me, "They Live" was for real, the world was dark, and everyone was soulless. It wasn't a political statement, it was just an altered state of spiritual perception, that eerily still fit reality.
    LogicalDreameron March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the bloodgroup Rhesus Negative, he was RH-, so were all his friends.

    for more info and an insight into what Daniel is talking about goto wakeup.to/…
    EvilTwinon April 30, 2008   Link

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