"The Interview" as written by Mike Gruszin and Holger Duechting....
Forever waiting for disaster
What David calls servant and master
Will you play it too?

As this displacement begs for water
Swimming, bathing
Drowning in sorrow

Scream with me
I crawl across this cracked expansion
I'll be buried soon
Beneath the sand with pure intentions
Wanting something, someone to follow

For a change I?ll refrain from hiding all of me from you
(Here's my lullaby)
Pray for rain, lose your name
And watch all your dreams fall through
(Hush now don't you cry)

I swoon, upon my knees come crashing
Will you bury me?
Today, this small favor I am asking
Hold me, you may drop me tomorrow

For a change I?ll refrain from hiding all of me from you
(Here's my lullaby)
Pray for rain, lose your name
And watch all your dreams fall through
(Hush now don't you cry)

For a change I?ll refrain from hiding all of me from you
Pray for rain, lose your name
And watch all your dreams fall through

Here's my lullaby
Hush now don't you cry

Come down
Come down cold with us
With me

I flee to Decemberunderground
As you exhale I breathe in
And sink into the water underground
And I grow pale without you


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"The Interview" as written by Adam A Carson Hunter Lawrence Burgan

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    General CommentThis is very clearly a song about religion and one's connection.

    "What david calls servant and Master. Will you play it too?" - Is a reference to God. It is subtle, because one doesn't think of God as a "servant," but think of how many things God is asked to do on behalf of His followers in the Bible. He provides food, He heals and provides both succor and refuge. God is many things in the Bible, including servant to those He leads. This, then, makes sense when he says, "Will you play it, too?" I.E. Will you play God?

    "As this displacement begs for water..." - Displacement means to be moved, or shifted. It also means to be lost. The reference to water indicates the person is in hell...and the water imagery is cleverly continued with the "Swimming, bathing, drowning in sorrow..." Quite possibly this is a hint of a reference to Jonas' "hell." Contrary to belief, the Bible is quite clear that "hell" is individual. It's not a burning, fiery pit (my own personal belief is that life here on earth is "hell").

    The second stanza...where he's crawling across the "cracked expansion" this is a reference to religion and it's teaching altogether...it is the feeling of one who is in a desert of need. Crawling is a form of supplication. The cracked expansion is not just the lack of nurishment that religion feed's its followers, but also the lack of stability and the literal "cracks" in it's reasoning and actions....hence being "buried" by its "sand of pure intentions" those who are desperately "wanting someone to follow."

    The narrator has given religion a chance: "For a change, I'll refrain from hiding all of me from you." The result is less than optimal, "Pray for rain" (remember, he's in a "desert"...maybe of his own pain? "Rain" would be a relief and nourishment) "lose your name" (lose your identity). "And watch all your dreams fall through" (the loss of hope).

    Again, a part of the chance the narrator is giving religion, "I fall upon my knees, come crashing." The fact that he isn't dropping to his knees voluntarily tells you something...he has been brought to this point out of desperation. It is his last resort, the last thing he can think of to get the relief, answers, nourishment, he needs. I personally think it's relief and answers by the last stanza of the song, which is what convinces most the song is about relationships. It is not. It's about religion and death and loss...as most songs on this Album are.

    "I flee to, I flee to decemberunderground.
    As you exhale, I breathe in and sink into,
    The water underground,
    And I grow pale without you."

    December is a desolate time of year, it is the heart of winter when all living, green and growing things have died. This stanza isn't about relationships, it is about the death of a loved one. As s/he exhales (i.e. dies, this is the last breath of a dying person), the narrator "breathes in" (i.e. continues to exist and live...albeit in hell).

    "And I grow pale, without you." - Self explanatory, the narrator, living without a loved one, is a shadow, a ghost of what he/she was. He misses that person and is "pale" (i.e. sick, mourning, despondent) without him/her.
    jbkittion June 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo words to describe... other than astonishing.
    AsItBeganon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, amazing.
    voiceontapeon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreal lyrics:

    Forever waiting for disaster. What David calls servant and master, will you play it too? As
    this displacement begs for water, swimming, bathing, drowning in Sorrow, scream with me.
    I crawl across this cracked expansion. I'll be buried soon beneath the sand with pure
    intentions, wanting something, someone to follow. For a change I'll refrain from hiding all of
    me from you. Here's my lullaby - pray for rain, lose your name and watch all your dreams
    fall through. Hush now don't you cry. I swoon upon my knees come crashing. Will you bury
    me? Today, this small favor I'm asking. I flee to decemberunderground. As you exhale I
    breathe in the waterunderground and I'll grow pale without you.
    thebagelofdeathon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"For a change, I'll refrain, from hiding all of me from you"

    I like this line. I think it represents Decemberunderground; the lyrics are written in a different, less subtle or metaphoric way than AFI's previous albums and I think this kid of sybolises that.

    Also - at the end, it says
    "Calm down come down, cold resides with me.
    with me."
    Which I don't think was added to the corrected lyrics
    19683on June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy gosh, I LOVE that ending!
    I think, it's basically about living life to the fullest, regrets and stuff. As in, today was his funeral. (love the ending!)
    czguitaron June 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's wonderful feeling to listen this song, amazing. But I don't know what does "bendge" mean, maybe someone of you could explain it?
    katewomanon June 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder who is singing at the end. It sound like Jade, but there were an awful lot of guests on this album.
    Imberon June 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is astonishing, there are no words for it...the feeling you get when you hear it...
    i-fell-into-fantasyon June 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this is probably the best throughout the whole album. with davey singing using his soft mellow voice the melodies stick in your head more. and thats not forgetting the end with the organ. that right just screams out amazing. it leaves you with a very haunting feeling as davey sings and from what i think, jade coming in to do backup with him. those 2 are amazing singers and its things like that which make afi stand out above the rest. theyre able to make you feel so much from them, whether it be rage or hate or dissapointment or sadness. its beautiful.
    inevercamesteron June 08, 2006   Link

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