"The Kill" as written by and Jared Leto....
What if I wanted to break
Laugh it all off in your face
What would you do?
What if I fell to the floor
Couldn't take all this anymore
What would you do, do, do?

Come, break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you

What if I wanted to fight
Beg for the rest of my life
What would you do?
You say you wanted more
What are you waiting for?
I'm not running from you

Come, break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now, this is who I really am inside
I've finally found myself
Fighting for a chance
I know now, this is who I really am

Come, break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you, you, you
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you
Come, break me down
Break me down
Break me down

What if I wanted to break
What if I, what if I, what if I (bury me, bury me)


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"The Kill" as written by Jared Leto

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is about a person's realization that they can not change to be what the other person wanted, no matter how hard they try to be that someone else...that their partner wanted. The person finds it easier to "break and laugh it off" than go through the gut wrenching changes that could have made for the type of relationship that they both envisioned in the beginning. (I'm referring to changes like too much drinking, too much flirting, lack of emotionally connecting...stuff like that). This person decides that he/she knows that this is how they are and they are not ready yet to move to a deeper level of love, it would be too much personal change for the one who has decided to "break" and take the easy way out...and not work on his/her problems that are disturbing to the relationship.
    Does this make sense to anyone else?
    raw1on April 09, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis song is one of my favorite songs...because just like attack i can relate to this song too...i think this is about Leto and how he had a very good realtionship and he feels like he's trying to give this realtionship all his all but she's not doing her part like he's telling her that she can do whatever she wants say whatever she wants but he's done he cant do this to himself anymore..and when he says "look me in my eyes your killing me all i wanted was you" he's telling her look at me look at all ive tried to do for you ive tried to change ive tried to do so much but it just never was pleasing her or whatever..and he's saying he did all of that his changing himself trying to at least...he did it for her..yet still no satisfication.
    capturedenadreamon April 03, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOther than what has already been said,
    If you think about it, this song could also be about him breaking off of his fake him, leaving the fake him behind, killing it and becoming his real self..

    I like to take it both ways because I can connect on both levels. Knowing that trying to be someone you're not isn't going to work neither for your partner nor for you (even if he/she falls in love than, its not you whom he/she loves but the fake you and also you might try to be the one you wanted to be, but you're not that person anyway)..
    matyon May 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is actually (got this from the actual artist) about the process of losing your mind. The video shows intense unrealistic hallucinations that are due to them losing site of reality. The song is about someone who has indeed tried to change but in the process has lost it. And when it comes down to it. The person is battling within his own mind against someone who is not real. The band explains this song to be the process of someone losing all sites of reality and going crazy. The kill explains that the person who cannot differ between what is real and fiction within his own mind and its killing him. Whether it be suicide or just the loss of his mind.
    megmosieron April 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"What if I wanted to break
    Laugh it all off in your face
    What would you do"

    He's wondering how much more can he take and he wants to know how someone would react to him not caring anymore.

    "What if I fell to the floor
    Couldn't take this anymore
    What would you do do do"

    If I lost it, how would you react?

    "Come break me down
    Bury me, bury me
    I am finished with you"

    Try to take me, I don't care what you do anymore.

    "What if I wanted to fight
    Beg for the rest of my life
    What would you do (do do)"

    And if I did this differently, in my way, would you care?

    "You say you wanted more
    What are you waiting for
    I'm not running from you"

    I'd give you anything, dont you see that. I'm HERE NOW for you.

    "Look in my eyes
    You're killing me, killing me
    All I wanted was you"

    You're breaking my heart. And he thinks to himself, How will I go on.

    "I tried to be someone else
    But nothing seemed to change
    I know now this is who I really am inside"

    I couldn't change myself even though for a while I did want to. But not no more.

    "Finally found myself
    Fighting for a chance
    I know now this is who I really am"

    I'm not gonna change for anyone anymore. I will take this world as me.

    I think this is a really good song that reminds you, be who you are and not as others want to shape you.
    Mindset23on September 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningEven though almost everyone interprets this song is about a relationship between two people, is more about the relationship we have with our own mind and soul.
    The song actually means the fight within ourselves. As in the video is shown, it means the transformation we make until we lose our minds; is in that moment when we actually start fighting with our own mind trying to kill the fake person we've constructed in order to change. The song shows us the battle within a real person and the fake one, but, in this case, the real one lost his/her mind and it's unable to perceive the reality (s)he lives in.
    Somehow, the end of this is unknown. It can be wether suicide, losing our minds completely or a rebirth.
    alexandra8on February 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song for sure.
    dtachon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just has a lot of personal meaning to me. It's so freakin' great.
    RainbowTigeron August 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawesome song
    theperfectbreakon September 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can see how what raw1 said would work–good job on that. But what I got from it was, maybe it is a part of himself that he's trying to change because he's unhappy with himself and it's killing him.
    When he says
    "I tried to be someone else
    But nothing seemed to change
    I know now this is who I really am inside
    Falling from myself
    Running for a chance
    I know now this is who I really am."
    he maybe getting discouraged, trying to change for the better or however he wants to change.
    Then when he says
    "Look in my eyes
    You're killing me, killing me
    All that I wanted was you."
    he may be begging himself to change.
    Then when he says
    "Come break me down
    Break me down
    Break me down"
    his hope might be completely gone and he has no more will to try. Also, i think the video shows this explanation, because each of the guys are looking at themselves. When Jared is singing "...This is who I really am," he is grabbing his cloan and screaming it in his face.

    Oh well, that's just what i got from it (and I don't think i explained it clearly enough). Just about trying to fix yourself, or find yourself. Either way, it's a fucking awesome song. Kudos, Jared!
    InOmniaParatuson May 08, 2006   Link

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