In the beginning
They had valuable traits
Just don't mention anything to him
All we ask of you
Is to break both his legs
For the troubles
Caused as vampyre

They don't even care about us
In the backs of their cars
It's too hot to handle
Too cold to shovel

In the beginning
They had positive traits
All we ask of you
Is a stake through the heart
For the troubles caused as vampyre

And they don't even care about us
In the backs of their cars
It's too hot to handle
Too cold to shovel

They don't even know about us
In the backs of their cars
It's too hot to handle
Too cold to shovel
Too cold to shovel
Too cold to shovel...


Lyrics submitted by saraheliz4

Vampyre song meanings
Add your thoughts

4 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like whatever the song is about, the "too hot to handle, too cold to shovel" refers to a subject matter or issue that's too hard to face but impossible to bury.

    The rest of it, I'm at a loss. I feel like maybe it's an internal dialogue---maybe the "we" is a Greek chorus "we." But then I think that maybe it's more straightforward---perhaps a crowd judging people they perceive as the authority. Hence, the "They" are the people who don't see or care about them getting into trouble in clear view (backs of cars), and these people are the ones who need the "stake through the heart."
    Mendalusa77on October 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs much as I love Pete Yorn, lyrics have never been his strong suit. But I think Vampyre is the best song off Nightcrawler. It's much darker than anything he's written before, and that's a good thing.
    wuhwuhwolfon December 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's just something about this song that trances me. It's a very mysterious and beautiful song. Pete's voice is phenomenal in this song.

    He said he wrote this song in the basement of his childhood home when his parents were selling it, if I'm correct.
    pinklemonadeon August 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is easily my favorite song off of 'nightcrawler.' not only does it kick off the album in a bang-up style, it is a very unique composition compared to every other track on the album, as well as in relation to everything else in the pete yorn catalog. pete has written quite a few songs that could be classified as rockers--and this song would definitely fit in that category--but there's something about it that makes it stand apart from the rest.
    "vampyre" has such a sinister sound; the song's tone is very apropos of its title and fits nicely into the album title as well. vampires are generally described as dark, sinister creatures that emerge and move about at night. it might, though, just be a coincidence that "vampyre" fits into the framework of the 'nightcrawler' title because i don't see any of the other songs on the album being consistent with that same theme of darkness.

    i've always been really curious as to why the song was titled "vampyre." it's obviously a play on words, but what's the idea behind the combination of vampire and pyre? i'm assuming the "it's too hot to handle" lyric is supposed to provide some clue, but ultimately i'm left clueless.
    i can't draw any conclusions from the lyrics because they make no sense to me. i generally don't buy into the school of thought that most songs are about one particular thing--i see the majority of songs being multifaceted when it comes to interpretation--but i can't make heads or tails out of any part of the lyrics here.

    luckily, having no comprehension of the lyrical content does not act as a deterrent. i love this song anyway. it not only has a unique sound unlike anything else in the pete yorn songbook, but i especially love that the entire song is structured as one giant build. by that i mean that there's no rising and falling action at various points; instead, the duration of the song is spent building to a giant climax, and then it's just over.
    the drums are key here. i don't know how good of a drummer pete yorn is from a technical point of view, but he plays exactly what's needed here in terms of the song. the drums help the song build and then propel it along to its apex. i also really like the simple, yet very effective, synth part (or it might be a programmed percussion loop). it sounds like some sort of glitch-y, mechanic heartbeat, and i think its inclusion is one of the main factors that contribute to this song's uniqueness.

    the aspect of the song that i'm most curious about, though, is whether pete's voice breaking at the very climax of the song was an intentional move or not. i've watched youtube clips of him performing this song live and he replicates that vocal affectation of making his voice crack, but that doesn't answer if it was originally intended to sound that way or not.
    i like to think that it was a happy accident in the studio--his voice broke when he was reaching for that note while laying down a vocal track, and it sounded so much better in the context of the song compared to the "correct" vocal take, so he just opted to use it. and if that's not the exact scenario of how it happened, i still hope he came upon that vocal tic accidentally. i just think it's so cool when a supposed "mistake" actually improves something.
    typicalrecordson January 25, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain