"Play Dead" as written by Sara Taylor, Michael Hanmer and Michael Rainbow....
And boys are so cold
They speak without meaning
The only time they talk is in their sleep
And girls are a bore
They touch without feeling
Their secrets always far too grim to keep
And up until now
You've lived in their shadows
Trying hard to please them
But they'll never change
As long as they're breathing

[Chorus]
Thinking hurts and thoughts don't rhyme
To those of us who've never tried
To find a face behind our lipstick smiles
And as our pretty faces die
Our broken hearts will wonder why
The make-up just won't hide
The scars of time

And boys are so cruel
So don't let them find you tonight
And girls are so vain
So put them behind you tonight
I'll cast you a spell
A magic where everyone
Plays dead forever
And after tonight
They'll never remind you

[Chorus]


Lyrics submitted by LadyLucifer

"Play Dead" as written by Jasper John Nielson Stainthorpe Alex Mungo

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General Commentthis line is wrong "But they'll never see
    And they'll never hear you...tonight " the correct lyrics's are

    And boys are so cold
    They speak without meaning
    The only time they talk is in their sleep
    And girls are a bore
    Their touch Without feeling
    Their secrets always far too grim to keep
    And Up until now
    You've lived in their shadows trying hard to please them
    But they’ll never change
    As long as they’re breathing

    Thinking hurts and thoughts don't rhyme
    To those of us who've never tried
    To find a face behind our lipstick smiles
    And as our pretty faces die
    Our broken hearts will wonder why
    The make-up just won't hide The scars of time

    And boys are so cruel
    So don't let Them find you...tonight
    And girls are so vain
    So put Them behind you...tonight
    I'll cast you a spell
    A magic Where everyone plays dead forever
    And after tonight they’ll never remind you

    Thinking hurts And thoughts don't rhyme
    To those of us who've never tried
    To find a face behind our lipstick smiles
    And as our pretty faces die
    Our broken Hearts will wonder why
    The make-up just won't hide the scars of time
    Blinko-Magicianon March 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thinks it basically about a girl who hates the world based on the bully's at school. She is bullied until she finds a girl. That tells her she could just kill them and then they won't be bothering her. Underneath the pressure she kills the bully's and the girl is telling her "now there's no one to tell you your wrong"... Or maybe even she castes a spell to make them okay dead so they'll be out of the way. But it's about bullying and a girl who basically goes crazy from all the bully's.. It tells you a story you just gave to listen close. <3
    Kittylovers28on December 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs is about the games both guys and girls play hence; "Boys are so cruel.." "Girls are so vain.."

    The Song is also about how society masks themself and it gets so bad that some of us don't know who we are anymore, and don't even try to find out, hence; "To those of us who never try to find a face behind our lipstick smiles.."

    Chibi the lead singer in this case is suppose to be the mediator, and messianic figure who can save you from girls,boys, and yourself. Hence; "I'll cast you a spell, magic where everyone plays dead forever..."

    Well this is what I got from the song anyway, I Love These guys!!!
    Remy LeBlueon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI saw these guys live a couple weeks ago and it was absolutely wonderful. I really love this song, and I have to agree with Remy LeBlue as to the meaning of the lyrics-- the chorus is really where the message shines through.

    "Thinking hurts and thoughts don't rhyme
    to those of us who've never tried
    to find a face behind our lipstick smiles.
    And as our pretty faces die,
    our broken hearts will wonder why
    the make-up just won't hide the scars of time."

    To those plastic-hearted, fake, made-up people, thinking hurts-- they don't think, it's too much trouble for them. And, having invested all meaning in their worthless appearances, when said appearances begin to fail, they are lost.

    It also seems to provide commentary on the nature of the formulated behaviors; how boys are cruel and cold, thoughtless and vulgar; how girls are vain, dull, and heartless.

    "And up until now you've lived in their shadows, trying hard to please them.
    But they'll never change as long as they're breathing."

    I don't know about other people, but for me, this part of the song [and the whole thing, really] rings uncomfortably true to the people I used to be surrounded by. But, as the song suggests, I've left them behind.
    CandyFlipon March 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely wonderful, and I agree with what everyone said so far above in reference to its meaning...it's amazing because it perfectly describes the facades that people put on society---people try and act as if everything is ok....and too many seem to bee to narrow-minded to accept anything real:

    ""Thinking hurts and thoughts don't rhyme
    to those of us who've never tried
    to find a face behind our lipstick smiles."
    And as our pretty faces die,
    our broken hearts will wonder why
    the make-up just won't hide the scars of time."

    perfect...
    Syllieon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Remy on the aspect but I wish to add more to it.
    Indeed it is about society, but more of the stereotypical ways we view girls and guys. Which, sadly for this stereotype, IS true. Girls will touch people without feeling or emotion, especially in teenage years. They act as if the world revolves around them. "Their secrets always far too grim to keep" which is the strive for attention by attracting sympathy. They don't care otherwise as long as they get attention.
    As for boys, they don't talk about much things such as emotions or their feelings on something. But in their sleep, they dream and "talk" their true feelings and so on.
    It's like a poem a I wrote named "Humanity's Masquerade Ball". Everyone hides behind some sort of mask and thinks that they're in a comfortable "bubble" and everything is fine. They don't show their feelings because they're busy manipulating or caring more about what they will do the next day.

    And as our pretty faces die
    Our broken Hearts will wonder why
    The make-up just won't hide the scars of time

    So they grow up and become adults now. Their little masks they wore as teenagers are destroyed and they feel broken hearted because now people are treating them the same way they treated others. And as much as they try to put on makeup, it won't hide their past intentions and way they were, cause even then, they continue not to "care" for others' problems. To them, thinking about such things hurts them and thoughts dont rhyme to them because they never TRIED seeing through another perspective. The song is simply about the Narcissism humanity possesses about itself.
    Cole_Rakuenon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment.it's broken hearts not plastic..
    Goth_Squirrelon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've been wondering about the part where it says "I'll cast you a spell
    A magic where everyone plays dead forever
    And you'll never smile
    There's nothing inside you...tonight."
    It seems sort of adjacent to the meanings found in the rest of the lyrics, of teenage masks and fake smiles.
    Playing dead-which can be taken to mean apathy-seem like it would make things worse.
    Freewheeleron December 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfreewheeler- maybe its to teach them a lesson...?
    dustybreezeon May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentive always thought there was something evil about the lyrics.

    "and up until now, youve lived in their shadows trying hard to please them" is said almost accusingly.

    "but they'll never change, as long as theyre breathing" which sounds like the person speaking is hinting that he/she does not like people and lots of experiencehas lead her to this conclusion. almost like she/he was an aged serial killer or something.

    to me it sounds like the speaker is subtly persuating the innocent and -probably broken and scarred by his/her messed up life- victim to suicide or letting her kill him/her " ill cast you a spell, a magic where everyone plays dead forever."

    thats what it makes me think of, probably not the purpose of the song though. remember ,,, im just a dumbass compared to u guys
    mylifeisinterneton August 22, 2008   Link

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