He had a plan to kill you all along,
The evidence was hidden in this song,
I was a ghost,
I was there at the scene,
As the embers rise, my hands,
Smelled like gasoline,

So, the headlights murdered my thoughts,
I curse this taste that's on my tongue,
This taste will last until I rip it out,
No, I won't need these gloves,
Her bones are withered away, but your ghost will remain.

You're the only one that wore your seatbelt,
We're the only ones that cried,
Catastrophic accidents,
You're the only one that died.

So keep my casket closed,
Your heart beats under the floor,
It haunts me in my dreams,
and nothing's as it seems.

Hallelujah, woah,
So just believe in me,
I'll Never let you down,
This was a curse I can say,
As you lie in your grave

You're the only one that wore your seatbelt,
We're the only ones that cried,
Catastrophic accidents,
You're the only one that died.

So keep my casket closed,
Your heart beats under the floor,
It haunts me in my dreams,
and nothing's as it seems.

(But your ghost will remain, as you lie in your grave)
(But your ghost will remain, as you lie in your grave)

All the choices you've made
And the paths that I take
You're the only one that died
(The evidence was hidden in this song)

All the choices you've made
And the paths that I take
(We're the only ones that cried)
Irrelevant, I knew it all along

All the choices you've made
And the paths that I take
(It was never enough)
(It was never enough)
(It was never enough)
(Now was it?)

So keep my casket closed,
Your heart beats under the floor,
It haunts me in my dreams,
but nothing's as it seems,

So keep my casket closed,
Your heart beats under the floor,
It haunts me in my dreams,
but nothing's as it seems,

So keep my casket closed,
Your heart beats under the floor,
It haunts me in my dreams,
but nothing's as it seems,


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When I Go Out, I Want To Go Out On A Chariot Of Fire song meanings
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    General CommentOk so I think the whole song has two of Edgar Allan Poe's Works of art!!
    Well, as everyone else said, "Your heart beats under the floor" is inspired by Tell-Tale Heart, n I agree.
    But I also saw that, while readin the poem "For Annie", there are many lines that could have been inspired to be rewritten, but I saw 1 that really caught my eye. A line that said "Her tantalized spirit, Here blandly reposes" n I saw that its really similar 2 the line that says "But her ghost will remain"
    Poe also says "As I lie at full length" n its like "As you lie in your grave"

    Finally, Poe says "And oh! of all tortures, That torture the worst, Has abated-the terrible, Torture of thirst, For the naphthaline river Of Passion accurst, I have drunk of a water, That quenches all thirst" Which sounds to me like "So, the headlights murdered my thoughts,
    I curse this taste that's on my tongue,
    This taste will last until I rip it out,

    But that's just a thought! Ronnie Radke 4EVER!!!!!!<3<3<3<3
    MariamMisprizedon August 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOkay. Everyone is pretty much agreeing to the same thing. But I only noticed one person talking about what I really don't understand. The part about his hands. But she only talked about "gasoline being on his hands from when the car blew up." Ronnie also says he doesn't need to "where these gloves" so, does that tie in with the gasoline, or does that mean he doesn't want to feel the guilt?

    But also, most of you are interpreting it like he's the one who killed her. Not necessarily correct. At the beginning of the song, he clearly states he was only a witness.

    I also perceive that "the taste on his tongue" is not from the alcohol. It's from the feeling of guilt of having witnessing this girl who has ironically died in this car accident. Being said, if this song has literal meaning, the story could be:
    (pay attention to the pronouns)

    He had a plan to kill you all along,
    The evidence was hidden in this song,
    I was a ghost,
    I was there at the scene,
    As the embers rise, my hands,
    Smelled like gasoline,

    [I agree with whoever said the driver knew that the drinking and driving was a bad move, but he, of course, wasn't worried about it. He didn't figure anything bad was to happen. He was just being careless. In parts of the song, he says "he" and in other parts he says "I". This is very important when interpreting songs. "He" had a plan to kill you all along." Meaning the narrator was watching all of this going on. Also, he says "I was a ghost, I was there at the scene" indicating he was watching and no one knew he was there.]

    So, the headlights murdered my thoughts,
    I curse this taste that's on my tongue,
    This taste will last until I rip it out,
    No, I won't need these gloves,
    Her bones are withered away, but your ghost will remain.

    [Some of you have said "The headlights murdered my thoughts" means he was the drunk driver and his sense of sight is sensitive to light. I think it means his senses have been simply impaired from everything that's going on, from the tragedy of this innocent girl's death. This verse, to me has a little story behind it: he is a ghost, or could mean simple bystander, who has been watching and admiring the innocent girl. And when she died he couldn't help but feel guilty because he was there and felt he could have helped her or stopped her from dying. The presence of her "ghost" is just the guilt from being there and not able to help her.]

    You're the only one that wore your seatbelt,
    We're the only ones that cried,
    Catastrophic accidents,
    You're the only one that died.

    So keep my casket closed,
    Your heart beats under the floor,
    It haunts me in my dreams,
    and nothing's as it seems.

    [You guys mentioned how you didn't understand why he says "keep MY casket closed". I think it ties back to how he's a ghost. He's so guilty of not being able to help her, that he doesn't want anyone seeing the shame he feels at his funeral.]

    Hallelujah, woah,
    So just believe in me,
    I'll Never let you down,
    This was a curse I can say,
    As you lie in your grave

    [Not really sure what this means. But what I see when I think about it is him wishing he could promise her that he would die for her. Or "lie in HER grave"]

    You're the only one that wore your seatbelt,
    We're the only ones that cried,
    Catastrophic accidents,
    You're the only one that died.

    So keep my casket closed,
    Your heart beats under the floor,
    It haunts me in my dreams,
    and nothing's as it seems.

    (But your ghost will remain, as you lie in your grave)
    (But your ghost will remain, as you lie in your grave)

    All the choices you've made
    And the paths that I take
    You're the only one that died
    (The evidence was hidden in this song)

    [This makes me think that it could possibly be him who was driving and him feeling guilty asking himself or God or whoever "why did SHE have to die? She was so careful and didn't deserve to die. I, on the other hand, have made so many terrible choices in my life and if anyone were to die, it should have been me."]

    All the choices you've made
    And the paths that I take
    (We're the only ones that cried)
    Irrelevant, I knew it all along

    All the choices you've made
    And the paths that I take
    (It was never enough)
    (It was never enough)
    (It was never enough)
    (Now was it?)

    So keep my casket closed,
    Your heart beats under the floor,
    It haunts me in my dreams,
    but nothing's as it seems,

    So keep my casket closed,
    Your heart beats under the floor,
    It haunts me in my dreams,
    but nothing's as it seems,

    So keep my casket closed,
    Your heart beats under the floor,
    It haunts me in my dreams,
    but nothing's as it seems

    The title of this song. "When I Go Out. I Want To Go Out In A Chariot Of Fire" ties into the song by mentioning a "chariot", otherwise viewed as a vehicle, on fire.

    *This interpretation is just me trying to find hidden meanings. So some of it probably sounds stupid and probably isn't right, but I felt like putting forth the thought and effort.
    lyssluvsuon July 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm not absolutley sure but if you look at the title. "When I Go Out I Want To Go Out On A Chariot Of Fire." When I Go Out? Keyword There "I". Aren't the lyrics about an ironic tradgedy of a chick in the car with him? Seems weird but what if it was like about Princess Di? Just throwing that out their. "He Had a Plan To kill You all along?" Or just a deliberate car accident in general. The taste on my tounge doesn't necssicairly mean that it was acohol. That could just be like a metaphor for guilt?
    lachlanmornardon July 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with mostly everyone ideas on here but wanted to add one little thing...

    I think that

    He had a plan to kill you all along,

    relates to both God and the driver and the God part is sort of confirmed by this line

    Hallelujah, woah,
    So just believe in me,
    I'll Never let you down,

    Hallelujah is generally used to praise God, and the p.o.v changes here..he's not saying so just believe in "me" (as in Ronnie) but God. If you believe in God, he'll never let you down, but the girl died when she did do everything right and all that and God seemed to have "let her down."

    I pretty much agree with most of the other explanations though.

    And yeah, ETF kicks ASS. Can't wait till Fallin in Reverse finally comes out. (when Ronnie gets out..)
    wickeddon August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIf it helps, wikipedia says that many of the songs on the album "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion" have Edgar Allan Poe references.

    Personally, I think Ronnie is an amazing lyricist and now that I've found out who he is inspired by, it's no wonder. He actually must be a more intelligent guy than I thought he was. Some people, like my mum, says that he can't use metaphors effectively, but then I was like "Mum! It's abstract!" Besides, it's better than anything a certain replacement lead singer could ever imagine...

    Ronnie Radke forever <3

    p.s. My 16 year old best friend, who is a girl, looks like Craig Mabbitt. Just saying...
    AThingForAstronautson March 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is about fate and how you can't escape it.

    She is dead because God ('He' had a plan to kill you all along) decided so.

    She was a good girl. Taking all the good decisions like wearing her seatbelt.
    He (the singer) considers himself as a relatively bad person in comparison to that girl.

    So he would have liked to exchange his fate with his friend's.

    I think his guilt is based on that matter not whether he was directly responsible for her death. He, the bad one, is still alive whereas the good one is dead.

    Concerning the accident, I think he was really there when it happened. Yes, he talks about being a ghost but only due to his lack of reaction. He felt the embers, smelled gasoline. But he did not have the time to react. Considering that he was caught in that accident, probably ejected from his vehicule, at night. He needs time to recover from this and when he does he is dazzled by the headlights of a already on fire, losing gasoline car. He's no hero but fells guilty for her death anyway. You know, the "I should have done..." part.
    About this taste on his tongue, it could be guilt or maybe it is a reminder of that accident. Like guys with cut arms who feel them itch. Every now and then, he fells that blood taste in his mouth and this accident flashs back along with guilt.

    When he sings : "Hallelujah, woah,
    So just believe in me,
    I'll Never let you down,"
    I can't refrain myself from thinking that he is still refering to God and religion. If you belive in God, you'll be taken care of. But this trust is clearly misplaced as she stands under the Earth not from natural death (as he can still hear her heart beats). He means that it was definitely not her time, she still had plenty things to do and she deserved to live on while bad guys are still walking the Earth unharmed. He is sad to see that fact but it is not new to him ("Irrelevant, I knew it all along").
    He shows empathy for that girl and says that he will keep her in his spirit (even if he does not show that on a daily basis, "and nothing's as it seems.") as long as he lives (as his casket must be kept close since he is not dead - He hopes he would have but can't switch places anyway). He refers to his casket for that reason. It's ironical. How can I be still alive whereas she is dead?

    About the gloves, maybe he talks about forensic ones but I feel it more like the gloves you wear to support the casket juste before the burial. As there is nothing left of her there is no need to bring her to her tomb.

    I don't know what to thing about the multiples appearance of
    "The evidence was hidden in this song,"
    Sangrelon July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor the question mark, it's "Now was it" And it sounds to me like
    "(We're the only ones that cried)
    Irrelevant, I knew it all along"

    Instead of what you wrote... I could be wrong though
    Namdeebon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya i like the Demo version A LOT better.......A LOT better....even his hallelujah was more amazing in the demo version
    hXcSamsXeon October 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't exactly know what its about, but it has some great Edgar Allen Poe refrences.
    drummerman91on March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone that died in a car accident who wore their seatbelt and didnt deserve to die andt he was also involved in. Maybe a drunk driving accident "I curse this taste that's on my tongue,"
    Just a thought...
    megg_youknowon April 19, 2007   Link

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