"Suicide Trees" as written by Greg Wells and Otep Shamaya....
[1]

I spent my whole life
In love with despair

Kept my lungs full
With the breath of their
Mute atmosphere

... I became what I hate.

And thus shall I remain
To give birth to a mighty assassin
Armed with a weapon of words

To defy the lies
To never compromise

No.
Today, my name .... is pain.

[2]

I stood
Beyond the world

Whispering secret syllables
In the eyeless dark

Dancing wildly
Round and round on the rotting ground

Surrounded by the dead dusts of Hell ...

This is how I delete myself
& this is how I corrupt everyone else

Obey
Obey
Betray
Betray

You are not unique.
You do not need to think.
Take it, take it!

I will,
I will ... I will.

You succumb, so nicely.

[like an insect staring back, like a dying dove]
My love ..... [no] ..... my love.

[song]

So here we are again
The sheets are stained & bloodied
The animals scratch at my skin

Here we are again
My face is scraped & bloodied
I've nothing left to give

- I wasn't there,
- I'm not involved,
- I'm innocent,
- it's not my fault.

- I wasn't there,
- I'm not involved,
- I'm innocent,
- it's not my fault.

.. here in the suicide trees.
.. here in the suicide trees.

[[no. bloody, bloody, bloody, MURDER!]]
AMONG THE EXCREMENT OF MY SINS!!
It's not happening, it can't be happening, it's not happening.

So here we are again
In secret ceremonies
Changing shape, amen.

Here we are again
Pretending not to notice
The illness sneaking in.

- I wasn't there,
- I'm not involved,
- I'm innocent,
- it's not my fault.

- I wasn't there,
- I'm not involved,
- I'm innocent,
- it's not my fault.

.. here in the suicide trees.
.. here in the suicide trees.

Toil & labor
Hate your neighbor
Faith in favor
Obey!

Toil & labor
Hate your neighbor
Faith in favor
Obey!

OBEY.
OBEY.

HERE, I DO AS I PLEASE!
HERE IN THE SUICIDE TREES!

HERE, I DO AS I PLEASE!
HERE IN THE SUICIDE TREES!!

OBEY!!

HATE YOUR NEIGHBORS!
HATE YOUR NEIGHBORS!!

[the animals scratch at my skin]
It's not happening, it's not happening.


Lyrics submitted by ded_inside1585

"Suicide Trees" as written by Otep Shamaya Greg Wells

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    General Comment"Was inspired by a passage in Dante's Inferno and written during a very dark phase I found myself enduring. But if the mantra from SEVAS TRA is to have any real meaning [art saves] then I must be a living testament of it. And though I again journeyed through the dark wood of despair, the crusade of creativity salvaged me again."
    -- Otep Shamaya
    darkspoton April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti wanna know what the song sounds like
    twilightVampireon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful. one word to describe this song.
    sam__recklessson October 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is bad ass
    redstrikekiller22on February 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"here we are again
    pretending not to notice
    the illness is sinking in"

    it says that the illness is SNEAKING in.

    but this song is just beautiful.
    beautifully written.
    i looovvvveeee the poetic passages but what is the meaning of this song???
    InPerfectRuinon April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWait, Dante's inferno?

    I've read that book, and yes, It does seem like it is explained through that.

    This song is extremely great, but also at the same time, it makes you wonder what type of pain suicidal people go through.

    This reminds me of the part where the people that kill themselves are at, in the levels of hell Dante' explained.
    SaiSaion April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWas listening to this song and couldn't help but think of what drives someone to commit suicide. Is it the daily choices they make? How do choices that other people make influence you and your own decision to kill yourself?

    Taking it one step further, I see a tree as a lifetime of choices. My life could be represented as a tree. Each branch would be some place where someone else has influenced my life. So even though you're not there when my branch ends (aka life ends), you were there when it began. To say "I wasn't there" isn't true, at one point in my life you were there. At one point I could say "it was your fault".

    meliplaon December 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat song, lyrically and instrumentally...it keeps conjuring images right through of vampires...think it would be a great song for a really dark vampire movie...seems like a vampire at conflict between her new-found habit & nature and her residual human feelings...which could relate to the type of conflict a suicidal person experiences, not sure ...

    Btw, i'm not disagree'ng with either Shamaya's intention or the collective interpretation, i'm just sharing my personal emotional response to the song....
    Lemon369on May 26, 2011   Link

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