"Nightmare" as written by and Andre Davies Peter Charles/jacquemin....
It's second nature for you
But its my first to make you my last one
The last one in my life
The first to make you cry
So let's drink this bottle to the very last drop
Tell me what you find at the bottom
Don't say you forgot what I need
Cause all I need is you

Tonight, tonight I send out apologies
Inside this car I'll fly over the edge
And if I try to say your name I'll just bite my tongue
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care

Aboard this troubled ambulance
The passenger is nowhere to be found
I escaped
What will they think of me?
What will they think of me when, I lock my body in the trunk of your car?
Put all the pressure to the gas
Turn the autopilot on
Let's see if we can fly tonight

Tonight, tonight I send out apologies
Inside this car I'll fly over the edge
And if I try to say your name I'll just bite my tongue
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care

If I'm the cure and she's the disease
Do what you will, just know what this means
If I'm the cure and she's the disease
Do what you will, just know what this means

Tonight, tonight I send out apologies
And if I try to say your name I'll just bite my tongue
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care
It's your nightmare
Make sure to handle it well
Turn up your evil, turn down your care


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"Nightmare" as written by Davies Peter Charles Andre Jacquemin

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    General Commenti think this song is more about suicide.

    like, recently one of my friends was contemplating suicide, seriously. and i had to remind him of all of the people that loved him and how terrible it'd be if he was gone. then i heard this song, and thats just what it reminded me of.

    "It's second nature for you
    But its the first to make you my last one
    The last one in my life
    The first to make you cry
    So lets drink this bottle to the very last drop
    Tell me what you find at the bottom
    Don't say you forgot what I need
    Cause all I need is you"

    ^ this first part is talking about how she's been in love a bunch of times (no big deal)
    but this is the first time she'll be someone's last love.
    the last person in his life, and he'll be the first person to actually make her cry (not just over some random breakup, but over death)
    so lets get drunk (probably get high and just be reckless in general)
    and see what happens (maybe he'll die)
    and all that's keeping him from directly killing himself is her.

    "Tonight, tonight I send out apologies
    The type that's cut off right over the edge
    And if I try to say your name I'll just bite my tongue
    It's your nightmare make sure to handle it well
    Turn up your evil turn down your care"

    ^ he's going to apologize to all of the people who he knows he's going to hurt.
    the short kind that just say "im sorry," because
    if he tries to go deeper into it, he'll feel to guilty and say nothing
    this is her nightmare (he knows its going to hurt her) and she needs to be mature about it (dont be reckless or kill yourself either)
    and then he says to turn up her evil (give him hell, he deserves it for doing this to her) and turn down her care (stop loving me)

    "I point this troubled ambulance
    The passenger is nowhere to be found I escaped
    What will they think of me?
    What will they think of me?
    When I lock my body in the trunk of your car
    With all the pressure to the gas
    Turn the Autopilot on
    Let's see if we can fly tonight"

    ^ he doesn't want help.
    like, people have tried to talk him out of it and he doesn't want to hear it. it makes him feel worse.
    he wonders how people will remember him, and if theyll hate him for killing himself.
    he doesnt want to actually kill himself (by making himself helpless in the back of her car) because he knows itd be wrong of him, but he just really really wants to die.
    so he's going to stop caring, just run on autopilot and hope he dies.


    "If I'm the cure
    She's the disease
    Do what you will
    Just know what this means
    If I'm the cure
    She's the disease
    Do what you will
    Just know what this means"

    ^ if he is what makes her happy,
    then she is sick. (he doesnt get why she loves him so much)
    so keep telling him that she loves him
    as long as she knows that it makes him hate himself more.



    i know a lot of people who think about suicide have these exact same thoughts. ive had them, my friend who i mentioned earlier has had them, and im sure you have at some point too. thats why i love halifax, and this song, because its about something real.
    fairyflosson July 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.
    So many of Halifax's songs seem to be about couples and love..

    I really like this line of the song...
    ''Turn up your evil turn down your care''

    And i think the song basically means
    ''I'm sorry for everything i've done and everything i feel, everybody and because of what i've done, i'm prepared to suffer, so go ahead and be cruel to me and stop caring about me. I don't deserve care, but you do. I'm sorry for everything.''

    Gaawwd this song is amazing.
    AndThenITurnedEmoon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHaha I thought he said turn up your emo :).
    tjwellson June 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha me,too. i thought he said turn up your emo.
    rockfinchpunkon May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing
    its the first song by halifax i heard...

    i love the line

    "Turn the Autopilot on
    Let's see if we can fly tonight"
    strange_as_angelson November 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing, why doesn't it have more comments?!

    okay, so i think this song is about breaking down, not having any other resort than, well, turning the autopilot on and seeing if he can fly tonight with his love.

    yay, halifax!
    making_a_sceneon January 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is love.
    aileen5990on January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI could be reading too much into it, but I believe this song is about a guy who discovers he has AIDS/HIV and has to contact all the women he's slept with. The love interest of the song is with his current lover, to which he presents the choice of either staying with him despite infecting her, or leaving him.
    Semnaeon March 30, 2008   Link

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