"Play Dead" as written by and Ville Hermanni Valo....
A moth into a butterfly
And a lie
Into the sweetest truth
I'm so afraid of life

I try
To call your name but I'm
Silenced by the fear of dying in your heart once again

I see the seasons changing
And in the heart of this autumn I fall
With the leaves from the trees

I play dead
To hide my heart
Until the world gone dark fades away

I cry
Like God cries the rain
And I'm just one step away from the end of today

I see the reasons changing
And in the warmth of the past I crawl
Scorched by the shame

I play dead
To hide my heart
Until the world gone dark fades away

I stay dead
Until you veil my scars and say goodbye to fate
Before it's too late


Lyrics submitted by xOx Razorblade Kiss

"Play Dead" as written by Ville Hermanni Valo Ville Valo

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    General Comment(I'm so afraid of life) i think its about a love for another person yet ur too afraid to tell them, or maybe he once loved the person and still has feelings, afraid to tell them b/c he doesnt want to get hurt (But I'm silenced by the fear of dying in your heart once again) time is just slipping away (I see the seasons changing) he doesnt want to face reality (And in the warmth of the past I crawl
    Scorched by the shame ) he wants to move on with her and shes all caught up in what is suppose to happen ('til you veil my scars and say goodbye to fate) times going faster (Before it's too late) he plays dead to hide himself from reality b/c dreams are better than life/reality


    donno, just an idea... ppl start posting im curious as to what you all think!
    xOx Razorblade Kisson September 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen i first heard this song i nearly cried because it seemed to me (this is just my opinion so please no nasty comments to me or making fun of me) that it explained something that i had felt. when you pretend not to feel anything because thatway you cannot get hurt, or at least show that you're hurting. "i play dead to hide my heart", and you're afriad to show someone you care in case it doesn't work out. Well least thats what i thought, but then thats just me bringing my own context to the song, and probably reading too much into it.
    Bridget_Butterflyon October 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen i first heard this song i nearly cried because it seemed to me (this is just my opinion so please no nasty comments to me or making fun of me) that it explained something that i had felt. when you pretend not to feel anything because thatway you cannot get hurt, or at least show that you're hurting. "i play dead to hide my heart", and you're afriad to show someone you care in case it doesn't work out. Well least thats what i thought, but then thats just me bringing my own context to the song, and probably reading too much into it.
    Bridget_Butterflyon October 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me it seems that its about a friendship more then anything else. Also the realization of how cruel others can be, maybe how others not involved in the relationship can still effect a relationship greatly
    HIMself616on October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat I see in this is that the person in this song is in the most depressing state there is. In the first verse he explains how what is so heartbreaking will forever grow to stronger heartbreak. 2nd verse hes so depressed that he senses the end of his life commencing before his eyes but in the chorus he still holds on that last bit of hope as he remains solitude waiting for love to seek him.
    Dieselrey7on December 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentomggg top 5 best songs HIM. it is a beautfiul song ith amazing lyrics and great vocals.
    ledzepp22on December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this band, this album and this song. it is so beautifully written. he talks about a person wanting to be back in a relationship that had caused emotional scarring, that the person resorts to hiding their heart....sort of closing their heart so they don't get hurt again. they secretly hope that the person that they were with can see beyond the hiding and return to them before the person's heart fully closes.
    its a deep song.
    i love lyrical cleverness of the first two lines. it connects the albums 'Love Metal' with 'Dark Light'. The moth was mentioned in 'Funeral of hearts' (he was the fire, restless and wild and u were like a moth to that flame); the butterfly was from 'rip the wings of a butterfly'. both animals similar, sacrificed for love. the butterfly signifying maturity and transition while the moth signifies innocence and living in the moment.
    beautiful!!!!
    izzybelleon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I cry like God cries the rain"- I love this line... its amazing.. its like, when its raining, it seems like it never stops, you look up and all you see is rain. So beacuse he is broken he cries without stopping, its like he'd cry forever, until she'll come back to him.
    forever_hauntedon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnother boring, plodded out track from the new album. This song just uses mediocre rhymes, like 'Hide my heart til the world gone dark'. One time is enough for this crap-fest. Is it just me or is HIM crap riffs here and there because there out of ideas? All of the songs have those cheap keyboards-Irritating!
    virtualfactoron January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti really like it...best part and melody when villo says:i see the seasons changing.isnt it?
    yesorno?on January 28, 2006   Link

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