"Blackout" as written by and Michael L. Shepard....
Lights out, punching your lights out, punching your, hello, they call me, I am on the prowl (he's on the prowl) hello, they call me, I am hailing a cab (he puts his hand to the air) what kind of verman are creeping on the streets tonight.

I'll save my life for something good, oh yeah, for something good, oh yeah, for something good, and when you're punching her skull on the bathroom floor, oh yeah, does it get you, oh yeah, does it get you off to know that sometimes we all blackout.

Lights out, poor thing that I am, all along (he's standing cold in the rain) hello, they call me, I am raging lightning (he puts his hand to the air) what kind of verman are swimming on the street tonight. It's 4 am and I am coming after you tonight.

She'll save her life for something good, oh yeah, for something good, oh yeah, for something good. and when he's punching her skull on the bathroom floor does it get him off, oh yeah, does it get him off, oh yeah does it get him off to know that sometimes we all blackout.

Suck it up, dry your tears, I'll lift you up, says the angel here, little girl, feel the rage, turn your head, walk down that hall and put yourself to bed.


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"Blackout" as written by Michael L. Shepard

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    My InterpretationI've read all the comments here and I have to disagree. I'm not saying I'm correct, but if you look at the lyrics as they are written, I can only draw one conclusion: He is indeed referring to the God of the Bible in this song (I Am) and He (God, I Am) is the one going around tormenting people.

    The lyrics start out with "punching your lights out" and then directly to "hello they call me, I am on the prowl" At the end of the first chorus "does it get you off to know that sometimes we all blackout" and then directly to "Lights out, poor thing that i am, all alone" implying that he's done what he's done to that person, they've blacked out, and he's moving on to his next "victim" "it's 4 am and I am is coming after you tonight"

    My take on the song is that it's about the supremacy and sovereignty of God. If He is the cause of ALL things, then by logic, He is the direct cause of all evil and suffering in the world. Just to make it known, I'm a Christian and I don't believe this (free will and sovereignty intertwine throughout scripture), but I do believe this is what the song is about. Shepard seems to have a really negative view of God in this song "what kinds of vermin are creeping on the streets tonight, It's 4am and I am, is creeping on the streets tonight"

    The angel part at the end confuses me a little. Although I think the "blackout" is referring to sleep. In other words, we're all creatures who get tired and have to sleep. God even commanded us to do it (sabbath day of rest). So I think Shepard is implying that this somehow gets God off to know that we have to rest and he doesn't (after all He's 'prowling' around during the wee hours of the morning when most are sleeping) and maybe the angel is commanding the girl to do what God has already commanded, conforting her, while almost apologizing for his (God's) wrathful ways.

    Thoughts?

    Shepard has said in interviews that the lyrics on this record were brutal and that "Spiders" was about Voyeurism, so this song meaning wouldn't surprise me, but curious what everyone else thinks..
    CodyDon May 25, 2012   Link
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    General Commentan amazing, eerie song.
    knowthyselfon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyes, amazing, i love it.
    Hailey_Janeon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the acoustic guitar in this song, very melodic.

    whats up with that whole 'punching skulls' thing?
    DarkerShadeofWinteron February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe punching skulls is about some sort of domestic violence .. i'm just not sure if its him doing it to a girl, or he knows a girl who is being abused. things change from first person to 2nd person to 3rd person so its somewhat confusing. can anyone clarify?
    crimsonimpacton April 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentamazing song.
    ibrokeupon August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt could be about domestic violence on a surface level, but I get the feeling that they're aiming a little deeper. I think of it being written about a judgmental person, as a judgmental person would get off to pointing out when other people "blackout," and even "getting off" to it.
    And that maybe the very pointing out of other people's shortcomings would be what they mean by "punching skulls on the bathroom floor."
    I would think that the 2nd person to 3rd person switch has to do with the lyricist's moving from pointing out the general skull punching habits of individual this song is written about or to, to a specific instance in which the judgmental person beats on the "little girl" they sing to at the end of the song.
    I saw them play this live, and it was the awesome.
    MyUnderstatedAngeron December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy does he keep using "I am" as if that were the name of a person? I AM is a title for the Christian God, but the confusion comes in because he portrays this figure in a creepy light, and sometimes it's almost like he's calling himself "I am."
    monochromaticartiston January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think "I Am" refers to God because they are a christian band.

    Also, it might be a reach... but i think

    "hello, they call me, I am
    raging lightning (he puts his hand to the air)
    what kind of verman are
    swimming on the street tonight.
    It's 4 am and i am coming after you tonight."

    is all about the flood. like "I Am" saw how much bad was going on in the world, so he raged lighting and then all the verman were swimming in the streets. who knows, just a thought.
    ossieon January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think "I am" refers to God.
    "what kind of verman are
    creeping on the streets tonight.
    It's 4 am and i am creeping on the streets tonight."
    Is God a verman???

    For me, its about two people ("I'm" and "she") that saving their lives for something good.
    "Suck it up,
    dry your tears,
    i'll lift you up,
    says the angel here,
    little girl,
    feel the rage,
    turn your head,
    walk down that hall and put yourself to bed." = go to sleep and start you life again tomorrow.
    i don't know...
    Narayanon January 29, 2006   Link

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