"The Art Of Suicide" as written by and Emilie Autumn....
The art of suicide, nightgowns and hair
Curls flying every which way
The fate to pure to hide
Bridges of Sighs
Meant to conceal lover's lies

Under the arches of moonlight and sky
Suddenly easy to contemplate why, why
Why live a life
That's painted with pity and sadness and strife
Why dream a dream
That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems
Why bother bothering
Just for a poem or another sad song to sing
Why live a lie
Why live a lie

The art of suicide, gritty and clean
Conveys a theatrical scene
Alas, 'I've gone' she cried
Veins displayed
Melodramatically laid

Under the arches of moonlight and sky
Suddenly easy to contemplate why, why
Why live a life
That's painted with pity and sadness and strife
Why dream a dream
That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems
Why bother bothering
Just for a poem or another sad song to sing
Why live a lie
Why live a lie

Why live a life
That's painted with pity and sadness and strife
Why dream a dream
That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems
Why bother bothering
Just for a poem or another sad song to sing
Why live a lie
Why live a lie
Why live a lie
Why live a lie

Life is not like gloomy Sunday
With a second ending where the people are disturbed
Well they should be disturbed
Because there's a story that ought to be heard
Life is not like gloomy Sunday
With a second ending where the people are disturbed
Well they should be disturbed
Because there's a lesson that really ought to be learned

The world is full of poets
We don't need anymore
The world is full of singers
We don't need anymore
The world is full of lovers
We don't need anymore


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"The Art Of Suicide" as written by Emilie Autumn

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    General CommentLife is not like a gloomy Sunday
    With a second ending where the people are disturbed
    Well they should be disturbed
    Because there's a story that ought to be heard

    I didn't really understand this part until I was about to fall asleep with this song playing through my head. Billie Holiday did a cover of "Gloomy Sunday" the song by a Hungarian composer which allegedly made many people commit suicide. Billie Holiday added on to the song with a "second ending" so that people would be less likely to commit suicide:

    Dreaming, I was only dreaming
    I wake and I find you asleep
    In the deep of my heart here
    Darling I hope
    That my dream never haunted you
    My heart is tellin’ you
    How much I wanted you
    Gloomy sunday

    So Emilie Autumn is saying that the second ending of Gloomy Sunday was added because it was disturbing, but that that's not the point, and people in the world need to be disturbed, they need to be upset by the state of things to change them, to understand the world, instead of hiding from them.
    dreamer_boneson December 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "pretty and clean", not "gritty and clean".

    The song is mainly about how suicide has been glamorized and society's view of it is a euphemism. When the word suicide comes to mind, we don't always think of the body's decompostion, or who the person really was. The song is completely sarcastic, especially with the lines-
    "The world is full of poets
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of singers
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of lovers
    We don't need any more"

    This is sarcastic, because Emilie Autumn herself is probably all three of those types of people.
    RIDAL(aur)INon July 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was "bridges of sighs" rather than "ridges of size"..
    xetnetylon July 11, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe art of suicide, nightgowns and hair
    Curls flying every which-where
    The pain too pure to hide
    Bridges of Sighs
    Meant to conceal lovers' lies

    Under the arches of moonlight and sky
    Suddenly easy to contemplate why
    Why
    Why live a life
    That's painted with pity and sadness and strife?
    Why dream a dream
    That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems?
    Why bother bothering
    Just for a poem or another sad song to sing?
    Why live a life?
    Why live a life?

    The art of suicide, pretty and clean
    Conveys a theatrical scene
    "Alas, I've gone," she cried
    Ankles displayed
    Melodramatically laid

    Under the arches of moonlight and sky
    Suddenly easy to contemplate why
    Why
    Why live a life
    That's painted with pity and sadness and strife?
    Why dream a dream
    That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems?
    Why bother bothering
    Just for a poem or another sad song to sing?
    Why live a life?
    Why live a life?

    Why live a life
    That's painted with pity and sadness and strife?
    Why dream a dream
    That's tainted with trouble and less than it seems?
    Why bother bothering
    Just for a poem or another sad song to sing?
    Why live a life?
    Why live a life?
    Why live a life?
    Why live a life?

    Life is not like Gloomy Sunday
    With a second ending when the people are disturbed
    Well, they should be disturbed
    Because there's a story that ought to be heard

    Life is not like a Gloomy Sunday
    With a second ending when the people are disturbed
    Well, they should be disturbed
    Because there's a lesson that really ought to be learned

    The world is full of poets
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of singers
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of lovers
    We don't need any more
    hersoftestsoulon July 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, is about an aristocrat that slits her wrists. She thinks her life and the life of those around her are all lies. All plays put on to impress those they hate.
    Poisoned desireson January 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about how people have embellished the concept of suicide. I also detect hints of distaste towards the clichés surrounding such an act. The "Why live a lie"-part I can either interpret as the reasoning of someone who's lost hope, obviously, but it can also be meant to express confusion towards the teen angst trend where people actually "fakes" depression or convinces themselves that they are depressed.
    Laimelielon March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAfter resignation, disillusion and complaining:

    "Life is not like a gloomy Sunday
    With a second ending where the people are disturbed
    Well they should be disturbed
    Because there's a lesson that really ought to be learned"

    That's what life is about, you need to be disturbed. The bad expieriences just make you stronger, everyone. Considering suicide, it's really helpful to think like that..
    insyon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere is the reference to the song Gloomy Sunday, which Emilie sings in the bathtub in her Rules for Wayward girls on Youtube. Here's a write-up I found.

    "Gloomy Sunday was written by a single Hungarian Composer after a horrible breakup. His Girlfriend wanted him to get a proper job but he continued to chase his dream of becoming a composer. She broke it off and consequently one Sunday, Serres (I think that's how you spell it), wrote this song. Originally it was turned down, the record company saying that it's melancholic sound was beautiful and haunting but it would not be a big seller.

    Eventually, it was taken up by another company. Not long after, a spate of suicides were linked with the song. Some of the deceased were found with Sheet Music of the song, or were found with the Record Player still going on the song.

    Then the body of Serres' girlfriend was found, she had poisoned herself and in her suicide note had written the words of the song. Serres later jumped off a bridge and took his own life.

    Since his death, Gloomy Sunday has been attributed to many suicides, eventually it was banned from the airwaves, except for the instrumental version, when even this version was found playing in the home of a woman who had committed suicide it was also banned.

    The song is obviously about a man who has lost the woman he views as his soul mate, it is an extremely sad song who many people seem to be able to relate to. "
    Evil Dandyon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the sarcasm around Suicide. Emilie says that in one of her interviews.
    YourOpheliacon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it might be about letting dreams die because someone tells you they are stupid: "The world is full of poets
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of singers
    We don't need any more
    The world is full of lovers
    We don't need any more"
    Real Aleon September 19, 2007   Link

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