"You Should Have Killed Me When You Had the Chance" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon, Joshua Steven Woodard, Neil S Westfall, Thomas H Denney Jr. and Alexander Thomas Shelnutt....
So I say goodbye to a town that has ears and eyes
I can hear you whispering as I walk by
Familiar faces smiling back at me and I knew
This would make them change

The only thing that's going to bother me
Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends

Why can't you look me in the eyes one last time?

The writings on the wall, you've read that I'll be gone, but if you call my name
Just know that I'll come running, for one more night to spare with you
This is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me

I've read these stories a thousand times, and now I'll rewrite them all
You're meddling in an anger you can't control
She means the world to me, so hold your serpent tongue
Is a whores lies worth dying for? I'll just take my time

The only thing that's going to bother me
Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends

Why can't you look me in the eyes one last time?

The writings on the wall, you've read that I'll be gone, but if you call my name
Just know that I'll come running, for one more night to spare with you
This is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me

I walked into your house this morning
I brought the gun from our end table
Your blood was strewn across the walls
They'll find you on your bathroom floor when I'm done
But should I write it all off?

You should have killed me when you had the chance


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"You Should Have Killed Me When You Had the Chance" as written by Jeremy Wade Mckinnon Thomas H Denney Jr.

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  • +4
    Song Meaning"So I say goodbye to a town that has ears and eyes"
    /* saying goodbye to a home town, its actually really poetic what he says here, hes running away, he feels the town hes in see and hears what he does, like its evil or something, usually thats the embodiment you give something that is evil anyways. */

    "I can hear you whispering as I walk by"
    /* this is accually used in poetry to describe that hes thinking of someone, he can hear them in his head */

    Familiar faces smiling back at me and I knew this would make them change
    /* he can see the faces of people he knows smiling at him as he walks/drives, memories */

    "The only thing that's going to bother me
    Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends"
    /* he finds it heartbreaking knowing someone who has hurt him so bad would call them self his friends, obvious who ever hes talking bout has betrayed him in some way */

    "Why can't you look me in the eye one last time?"
    /* it hurts him that he cant be looked in the eyes anymore. ussually when someone has done something harmful to someone, they have a hard time looking at them the same way anymore, i belive thats the case here. */

    "The writings on the wall, you've read that I'll be gone, but if you call my name just know that I'll come running"
    /* hes left something behind, hes leaving, but not his feelings for whom ever hes speaking of. so if they call him he still feels obliged to help, the trouble being of course he doesn't feel they need him */

    for one more night to spare with you this is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me
    /* he still obviously cares for what he left behind but he doesn't feel he belongs there, sp hes saying even though hes gone he doesnt want to lose what he had */

    "I’ve read these stories a thousand times, and I’ll rewrite them all"
    /* hes seen this so many times before, now hes going to change how it ends for once. */

    "You’re meddling in an anger you can’t control
    She means the world to me, so hold your serpent tongue
    Is a whores lies worth dying for? I'll just take my time"
    /* i think this is where the song takes an interesting turn, he seems to be referring for the first time that what he left behind was a girl, i feel that this is actually a conversation he has at one point with someone that had entered her life while she was gone. i believe the line 'is a whores lies worth dying for' is actually something someone said to him when he was talking about the situation and that possibley what had entered this girls life is another guy that hes not getting along with */



    I walked into your house this morning
    I brought the gun from our end table
    Your blood was strewn across the walls
    They'll find you on your bathroom floor when I'm done
    /*this could be referring to the girl or guy, knowing jeremys writing style most likely the girl but i dont think he guy should be ruled out. personally i believe its the guy, but the message regardless of who it is intended for is very clear */

    But should I write it all off?
    /* this is actually a figure of speech, meaning really that, he cant decide if he should let it all go. */

    You should have killed me when you had the chance
    /* referring to the girl or guy, that she/he should have ended it before he had that chance to because it would have ended better */
    ubuntuon November 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou're all kind of wrong. It's about all the familiar people (in Ocala?) that used to ignore them and now "this has made them change" their attitude. They all act like they "all call [them]selves [their] friends" even though they were barely so before they got famous. I'm sure everyone has had people tell them after school is over that they'll keep in touch and it's all just words. It's like that, but now these people come running back to congratulate them and act like they are close.



    However, he's leaving a girl behind and he's "meddling in an anger [he] can't control" (frustration of long distance relationship, jealousy to who he's talking to, etc.) but he's gonna "rewrite" all the stories about them and make it work. And if she needs him to be there, he will be, as fast as he can. When he says "This is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me", he means he belongs on stage but he loves her, so he asks her to bare it. "She means the world to me, so hold your serpent tongue".

    "Why cant you look me in the eye one last time?" Everyone is being fake and can't conjure up enough courage to do so, or probably in the girl's case, she's really upset he's going. She might be cheating, but I don't see too many signs of that.



    The whole "I walked into your house this morning" sequence is probably a metaphor for the fact that when you get famous, it's like a rolling ball of power over other people. Like a monster, it grows and grows and grows til it can't be stopped and everyone is dead. Same with fame, it can change a person and make them do something they normally wouldn't do (such as shoot your pseudo-friends.)

    "You should have killed me when you had the chance" means someone should have stopped them in their tracks before they got all this power and unleashed it.
    Aonyxon September 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe only thing that's going to bother me is that you all call yourselves my friends.
    uh-may-zing line.
    but this one's even better.

    Is a whore's lies worth dying for?

    heehee.

    this song is my current obsession.

    xD
    speech_geek_101on November 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment


    theres nothing to interpret people, its very straight foward.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    I walked into your house this morning
    I brought the gun from our end table
    Your blood was strewn across the walls
    They'll find you on your bathroom floor when I'm done
    But should I write it all off?

    You should have killed me when you had the chance
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    he killed her and is saying that she should have killed him when he was weak... before this happend..
    but should he let it go?
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ...duh.

    basically his girlfriend cheated on him with his friend.








    So I say goodbye to a town that has ears and eyes
    I can hear you whispering as I walk by
    Familiar faces smiling back at me and I knew
    This would make them change

    The only thing that's going to bother me
    Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends

    Why can't you look me in the eye one last time?



    --------------------------------------------------
    hes leaving now, and these people that call themselves his friends make him sick
    hes wondering why they cant look him in the eye after he found out about what was happening.
    -------------------------------------------------------


    The writings on the wall, you've read that I'll be gone, but if you call my name
    Just know that I'll come running, for one more night to spare with you
    This is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me

    I�ve read these stories a thousand times, and I�ll rewrite them all
    You�re meddling in an anger you can�t control
    She means the world to me, so hold your serpent tongue
    Is a whores lies worth dying for? I'll just take my time

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    he still cares about the girl, and wishes she wouldnt of done this and he doesnt want to leave her.

    hes getting very mad and cants believe this happend and is wondering if a whores lies is worth dying for.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



    ilykemewzicon April 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Is a whores lies worth dying for? TRUST ME, I'M DONE" it's not I'll just take my time, not in any of the 3 versions :P. and the "For Those Who Have Heart" version is definitely the best one by far.
    Ragel666on April 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMaybe im reading way to deep into this, but...

    I almost get the impression that the town that he is leaving doesn't know that he killed someone. Its going to bother him that they called him his friends, because they really didn't know him or what he did.

    He talks about "writing" a lot. There is the "writing on the wall" in the chorus, a mention of "rewriting the story told a thousand times" in a second verse, and then at the end when he isnt sure if he should "write off". Im not sure if this right, but he had also said that when he killed whoever the blood was spattered across the wall. That almost makes me think that he manipulated the evidence (bc from blood evidence you can tell how a person was killed, at what angle they were shot etc.)

    The fact that he says "our" end table implies that he was close to the person that he killed... possibly that it was a girlfriend or something. I almost get the impression that she knew he was a psychopath, but didnt do anything about or "kill" him, or metaphorically "kill" the dark side of him. She knew he was dangerous but didnt do anything.

    So basically to me, this tells a story. His girlfriend cheated on him, and he became extremely angry. The town with eyes and ears knew about it. He kills her and makes her death look like a suicide by manipulating the blood ("writing") on the wall. He leaves the town with his dignity as depicted in the first few lines. They think that she killed herself out of guilt, and this makes them not want to be unfairful in relationships ("and i knew this would make them change"). These people didn't really know him, but the girl he killed knew his extreme anger, and didnt stop him when she had the chance.

    Idk if that makes sense lol?
    secretlyinsaneon July 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOkay guys, in general if you're not looking for a deeper meaning, it's about a guy who's girlfriend cheated on him, and before this they get into a really bad arguement, almost to the point of hitting each other, and so begans the song;

    [lyris breakdown]

    So I say goodbye to a town that has ears and eyes
    I can hear you whispering as I walk by
    Familiar faces smiling back at me and I knew
    This would make them change

    (This part is about him, and how he's going to leave because all this time his friends and people around him knew she was cheating on him, but never said anything.)

    The only thing that's going to bother me
    Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends

    (Reference to the top breakdown, where all these people are saying that they're going to miss him, and feel sorry for him, they supposedly call themselves his friends but lied to his face.)

    Why can't you look me in the eye one last time?

    (He can see that they feel ashamed, but still won't tell him what they knew.)

    The writings on the wall, you've read that I'll be gone, but if you call my name
    Just know that I'll come running, for one more night to spare with you
    This is where I'm meant to be, please don't leave me...

    (This section is how he left the message that he's gone, and that he's "killed" his ex girlfriend, {it's kind of a "prequel" before the last verse} but still wouldn't mind an other night to spare with her, and when he's like "please don't leave me," it's sort of a sarcastic line to her.)

    I've read these stories a thousand times, and I�ll rewrite them all
    You�re meddling in an anger you can�t control
    She means the world to me, so hold your serpent tongue
    Is a whores lies worth dying for? I'll just take my time

    (The first line is about how he's read all these stories about husbands killing their cheating girlfriend, and how he'll be an other story in the verse "I'll rewrite them all." & The rest of the verse is when he's debating on whether he should kill himself and die, in thee verse: "Is a whore's lies worth dying for?...I'll just take my time." the last sentence is him deciding he'll just die whenever he's meant to.)

    I walked into your house this morning
    I brought the gun from our end table
    Your blood was strewn across the walls
    They'll find you on your bathroom floor when I'm done
    But should I write it all off?

    (This is the hight point of the song, when he recalls walking into his cheating girlfriend's house, bringing the gun from their end table, and obviously shooting her, and when he's talking about "writing it all off," he means if he should clean up his fingerprints or just leave the evidence.)

    You should have killed me when you had the chance...
    (The last line is about him, telling his girlfriend that she should have killed him when she had the chance in the arguement earlier.)

    Hope that helped!(:
    ddrizzyon December 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the song is about a guy who has to go to school or something and all of these people are acting like they're his friends or acting innocent, when they're talking about him behind his back, and he's starting to get tired of it.
    TexasButterflyGeekon March 31, 2012   Link
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    General Commentomigosh! this song is AWESUM!!
    kandy_kisses627on June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo I say goodbye to a town that has ears and eyes
    I can hear you whispering as I walk by
    Familiar faces smiling back at me and I knew
    This would make them change

    The only thing that's going to bother me
    Is that you'll all call yourselves my friends

    Why can't you look me in the eye one last time


    IT TALKS ABOUT HOW HES LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND HOW HES LEAVING THE PEOPLE WHO HATED HIM AND TRAITORS.HE THINKS THAT BY LEAVING THE PLACE HE LIVED WOULD MAKE ALL THAT CHANGE
    MORETOP10on June 29, 2007   Link

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