"Dead is the New Alive" as written by and Emilie Autumn....
Dead is the new alive
Despair's the new survival
A pointless point of view
Give in, give in, give in, give in
You play the game
You'll never win

Dead is the new alive
Life's only living rival
A casket built for two
Give in, give in, give in, give in
You play the game
You'll never win

So take me now or take me never
I won't wait
You're already late
So say goodbye or say forever
Choose your fate
How else can we survive?
Dead is the new alive

Dead is the new alive
A gothic play revival
The last act of the show
Give in, give in, give in, give in
You play the game
You'll never win

So take me now or take me never
I won't wait
You're already late
So say goodbye or say forever
Choose your fate
How else can we survive?
Dead is the new alive

What is day without a blessed night?
And what is peace without a blessed fight?
What is the day without a blessed night?
And what is peace without a blessed, blessed, blessed fight?

A quick taste of the poison
A quick twist of the knife
When the obsession with death
The obsession with death becomes a way of life

A quick taste of the poison
A quick twist of the knife
When the obsession with death
The obsession with death becomes a way of life

Alive, alive, alive
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Alive, alive, alive
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Alive, alive, alive
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Alive, alive, alive
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Dead is the new alive
Alive, alive, alive
Dead is the new alive
Alive, alive, alive
Alive
Dead is the new alive
Alive
Dead is the new alive

Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive
Dead is the new alive



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"Dead Is The New Alive" as written by Emilie Autumn

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  • +2
    General CommentI watched an interview with her on YouTube and apparently the meaning comes from her obsession with the Victorian and it's depicting how the women must have felt while in the asylums.
    ladyxpandoraxbrokenon August 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just thought of this-
    But does this song remind ANYONE else of the movies SAWI,II,III, and IV?
    ("You play the game, you never win" / "The obsession with death becomes a way of life") -- those could follow how Jigsaw became obsessed with those things after he was told when he was to die, along when his wife intruded after the death of their baby...
    Just a crazy thought.
    c:
    Miss Lucyon September 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI like all of your interpretations. I'd agree this song is about suicide, but I also think this is a romantically-driven suicide, more specifically the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

    "So take me now or take me never
    I won't wait
    You're already late
    So say goodbye or say forever
    Choose your fate
    How else can we survive?
    Dead is the new alive"

    Romeo was too late to come and save Juliet when he finds her "dead" corpse in the tomb.
    Then she sings:
    "A gothic play revival
    The last act of the show"

    Both suicides occurred at the very last act of the play of Romeo and Juliet..

    Lastly comes the quote that many of you found particular interest in:
    "A quick taste of the poison, a quick twist of the knife
    When the obsession with death
    The obsession with death becomes a way of life"

    Romeo drank poison when he found Juliet "dead" and ends up dying. Juliet wakes up from her fake death only to find her love dead before her. She kisses his lips, which still have a bit of poison left on them and stabs herself with his dagger.

    Because of the romanticism that many of today's society place upon the play, it would seem that Emilie Autumn is drawing parallels to what society perceives as "romantic" and what it SHOULD consider "romantic". I'm actually surprised nobody else imagined the Romeo and Juliet reference.
    nemomanon December 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the lines "When the obsession with death/
    The obsession with death becomes a way of life"
    because it does
    and it did for me.
    :-)
    psycholollyon February 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how this song has a dual meaning; not only can it be commentary on a descent into an obsession with all things Goth as a way of fitting in, but it also paints a good portrait of someone who has lost so much hope that suicide (or thinking about it) "becomes a way of life".
    Ender666999on April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song reflects an eating disorder my friend struggles with:

    "Dead is the new alive, despairs the new survival." Because she's so tiny she looks dead, and to her survival is not eating, being hungry.

    "A pointless point of veiw" Is how she thinks she's fat when she's tiny.

    "You play the game, you never win" No matter how small she gets she's not tiny enough.

    "A casket built for two" Sometimes anorexia is classified by a girl named 'Ana' who many talk about as if she's real.

    "What is peace, without a blessed fight?" The peace she finds on the scale, being a pound lighter, only comes with fighting herself not to eat.

    "A quick taste of the poison, a quick twist of the knife. When the obsessionw ith death, when the obsession with death becomes a way of life" The poison is food, almost as bad as a knife cutting her. The obsession with death, the obsession of looking dead, becomes a way of life. Anorexia.
    lovelieon June 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this is what a suicide victim is thinking about right before they die.

    Dead is the new alive
    Because most people would rather be alive than dead, but a seriously depressed person might have it reversed. To them, dead is the new alive.

    Give in, give in, give in, give in
    Just give in and kick the bucket.

    You play the game, you'll never win
    Do whatever you want with your life, but in the end you'll be dead no matter what.

    A quick taste of the poison, a quick twist of the knife
    It would just be so easy to end your life, it's so tempting.

    That's my perception.

    thatonegirludontknowon November 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I can never get sick of it. =]
    x__Spazzy__xon December 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a great sounding song the vac mix on this song is flawless
    HaTeMeHaTeUon May 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, the remix is great, I lurve it.. this song is the most beautiful from emilie, I think:-p
    Raven-chanon June 12, 2007   Link

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