"The Kill" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
I am an anarchist
An antichrist
An asterisk
I am an anorak
An acolyte
An accidental
I am eleven feet
Okay, eight
Six foot three
I fought the british and I won
I have a rocket ship
A jet fighter
A paper airplane
Ja ja ja ja ja

Say what you will, I am the kill
The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real

I have a tendency
To exaggerate
Just a little bit
I am a plagiarist
Apologist
A walruscokeheadlizard
I am an optimist
A closeted misogynist
I fought the british and I won
I have a wishing well a living will a magical eight ball
Ja ja ja ja ja

Say what you will, I am the kill
The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real

Put pat sajak back in office
Put pat sajak back in office

But the sun still sets on you
And the retarded party nobody came to but you
And so you drink to all the emptiness until you wake up
And there? s hell to pay again

And the punch lines point at you
And all the comebacks in the world are in your head
And you can? t say them until everybody leaves
And it? s just you and your imaginary friends?


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"The Kill" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +2
    General CommentHi guys =)

    Just wanted to tell u that.. first to lines report Sex Pistols' song "Anarchy in the U. K.".

    For the ones who didn't know that. I read someone thinkin' about Marilyn Manson.
    It's Sex Pistols.

    Grrrreat quote.
    Genious.


    G.
    Erszebeton January 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song...in MY opinion...is kind of a jab at America and our superiority-complex with the world.

    I'd like to add that I have the album on which this song is on ("No, Virginia..."), and this version is...a bit different from the one on the album. So...I'm going to post the version that I have on the album.

    "I am an anarchist
    An anti-christ
    An 'Asterix'"

    "Anarchist" and "anti-christ" probably showing the different ideas that the people of our country have...or maybe how the outside world perceives us. It's my opinion that "Asterix" refers to a character from a series of French comics: a fearless, cunning warrior that is probably one of the sanest, smartest members of the village in which he resides, and is more often than not asked to solve their problems or protect them; he is not as apt to join a fight like everyone else in his village. I think this is kind of a comparison to America in general--where we are often asked to do the most dangerous of missions, and not always up for joining a fight unless the American people can find cause within it to do so.

    "I am an anorak
    An acolyte
    An accidental"

    For those who don't know what "anorak" means, there are two definitions: 1) A heavy jacket, and 2) A British slang for someone with a boring hobby. I'm asuming that Amanda is using the British slang for the word, not the jacket, but both can be acceptable--either that America is like a heavy jacket that acts as a protector, but really crushes the people wearing it, or that it has a boring hobby...possibly our hobby of military spending? "Acolyte"--an assistant to a priest--probably shows our small role as a country who services God...but only to a certain extent.

    "I am eleven feet
    Okay, eight
    Six-foot-three..."

    We change our story a lot...that's what this line signifies.

    "I fought the British and I won"

    Revlutionary War reference, obviously...or it could refer to our fight against the British in Florida, when we wanted the territory.

    "I have a rocket ship
    A jetfighter
    A paper airplane"

    This line shows how we boast about our military achievements, no matter how small they may be.

    "Say what you will
    I am the kill
    The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real"

    The phrase "I am the kill" may once again refer to our strength of military--currently, it's the most powerful in the world. "The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real"...a possible attack on our consumerist way of life?

    "I have a tendency
    To exaggerate
    Just a little bit"

    Obvious--we Americans often blow a lot of things out of proportion, and we exaggerate--not only our history--but everything we see.

    "I am a plagiarist
    Apologist
    A walrus--
    Coke-head--
    Lizard"

    "Plagiarist" is probably referring to how many of the ideas we had for our government came from the ideas of revolutionary thinkers during the Renaissance era in Europe; "apologist" refers to how we often arguement for every cause that comes by us--we thrive on us being right, and people agreeing that we're right; "walrus," "coke-head," and "lizard"...I always thought "walrus" referred to the Beatles song "I Am The Walrus," "coke-head" to our drug-crave, and "lizard" as a Doors reference--"I am the lizard king, and I can do anything." Kind of like when Amanda put in that small Doors reference in "The Perfect Fit"--"I love you, won't you tell me your name? Hello..."

    "I am an optimist
    A closeted
    Misogynist"

    "Optimist" shows that America, despite all of its flaws, is often more optimistic about their future than not. "A closeted misogynist" probably symbolizes how women still have a ways to go to receive complete equality--that there's still a sort of double-standard, where women can't neccessarily do the same things as men, and is still not even paid equally.

    "I fought the British and I won"

    Already explained.

    "I have a wishing well
    A living will
    A magical eight ball"

    I think this line probably refers to how we think we can control everything around us--the "wishing well" meaning luck is on our side, the "living will" meaning we determine how we die and who gets what, and the "magical eight ball" meaning we can foresee the future.

    "Put Pat Sajak back in office
    Put Pat Sajak back in office"

    Possibly an attack on American consumerism and how we've put so much hype into celebrities that they might as well control the world.

    "But the sun still sets on you
    And the retarded party nobody came to but you
    And so you drink to all the emptiness until you wake up
    And there's hell to pay again"

    This part is probably Amanda's honest opinion of the American populace. "The sun still sets on you" meaning we're still at the end of everything; the "party" that only we came to can mean that we're not that popular and that we're still holding onto old traditions that hold us back. When we "drink to all the emptiness," it means that we realize how screwed up we are but don't wanna face it, only so that we may wake up and find "there's hell to pay again," or that we're still responsible for our actions.

    "And the punch lines point at you
    And all the comebacks in the world are in your head
    And you can't say them until everybody leaves
    And it's just you and your imaginary friends"

    "The punch lines point[ing] at [us]" may once again refer to our popularity in the world. We have "all the comebacks in the world" inside "[our] head[s]," but because we're slow, we "can't say them until everybody leaves"--this refers to how, though we can defend ourselves, we usually only do it after it's too late. "It's just you and your imaginary friends"...we're all alone, with a lot of alliances that don't mean anything at all.



    A really great punk song...this is why they call their music "Brechtian Punk Cabaret."
    loverly23on February 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely political...

    I am eleven feet
    Okay, eight
    Six foot three
    ^That's talking about arrogance, like what Rachelragamuffin said.

    I fought the British and I won
    I am a rocket ship
    A jet fighter
    A paper airplane
    ^If this is about America (I think it is) then "I" is kind of ironic- actually, a bunch of rebels a long time ago did, so it's implying a sort of arrogance as well. And rocketship, jet fighter, paper airplane...again, eleven, eight, six foot three. Something extraordinary, not that extraordinary, and something completely and utterly normal, almost petty 'cause you're bragging about it.

    Say what you will, I am the kill.
    ^That sounds pretty confident to me...too confident...again, arrogance...

    The Dresden Dolls have a penchant for heavy sarcasm and I think this matches up pretty well with that- "Put Pat Sajak back in office" is a play on the enormous entertainment the American culture derives from politics, I think. And it's kind of sarcastic and self-degrading- hard to take seriously.

    ZOMG can't wait for the new album, it comes out six days after my birthday C:
    theZOMGkidon April 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe beginning kinda sounds like its about george washington.
    angel0lynneon January 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that this song is about America and that the amount that they exaggerate their accomplishments makes their actual accomplishments look less significant. America has invented and accomplished many great things, no doubt about that, but people tend to view them with a negative attitude due to how much they brag about these accomplishments and try to exaggerate them.
    slytherin360on May 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of people have said that this song is political and refers to America. And yes it probably is and I think it's absolutely wonderful.

    But,

    this song can also mean other things for other people, such as myself. I can relate to this song as a person. Everything she describes I feel like that is me and it reminds me of a friend and I who fight all the time, and how he once called me all these horrible things and I tried to explain that, that's just who I am. And also how one night I called him out on all the things I hated about him...we have one screwed up relationship. But I love him anyway. I am the Kill, the only thing that keeps him real.
    DaniBillyon September 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd like to point out that she opens with "I am an anarchist, an antichrist" which is almost identical to the opening line of Anarchy in the UK by Sex Pistols. She then later says "I am a plagiarist". Not sure if that's on purpose. Good song though.
    brettonkon October 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThese lyrics are off...
    Put Par Sajak is not in this song that many times:

    I am an anarchist
    An antichrist
    An asterisk
    I am an anorak
    An acolyte
    An accidental
    I am eleven feet
    Ok, eight...
    Six foot three...
    I fought the British and I won!!
    (oh, ah, o, oh, oh!)
    I have a rocket ship
    A jetfighter
    A paper airplane!
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ,yeah; UH!

    Say what you will... I am The Kill!
    The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real…

    I have a tendency
    To exaggerate
    Just a little bit…
    I am a plagiarist
    Apologist
    A walrus doctor lizard uh oh
    I am an optimist
    A closeted misogynist
    I fought the British and I won
    (Uh oh oh, oh, uh — oh)
    I have a wishing well a living will a magical eight ball
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah; uh!

    Say what you will - I am The Kill
    The only thing that keeps you really truly safe from being real

    (Put Pat Sajak back in office!)
    Put Pat Sajak back…

    But the sun still sets on you
    And the retarded party nobody came to but you
    And so you drink to all the emptiness until you wake up
    And there's hell to pay again

    And the punch lines point at you
    And all the comebacks in the world are in your head
    And you can't say them until everybody leaves
    And it's just you and your imaginary friends...
    Your imaginary friends
    Your imaginary friends
    ransomthemorbidon February 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really cool song.. pretty cryptic though.. ^^
    Seth17on February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is political.
    "i tend to exaggerate a little bit."
    mr. bush?
    a paper airplane. insignificant?
    rollingoveryouon March 18, 2006   Link

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