"I Will Kill Again" as written by and Jarvis Branson Cocker....
Build yourself a castle
Keep your family safe from harm
Get into classical music
Raise rabbits on a farm

Log on in the night time
Drink a half-bottle of wine
Buy a couple of records
Look at naked girls from time to time

And people tell me
What a real nice guy you are
So come on, serenade me
On your acoustic guitar

[Chorus]
And don't believe me
If I claim to be your friend
Cause given half the chance
I know that I will kill again
I will kill again

And wouldn't it be nice
For all the world to live in peace?
And no-one gets ill or ever dies
Or dies of boredom at the very least

And people tell me
What a real nice guy you are
So come on, serenade me
On your acoustic guitar

[Chorus]

I will kill again
I will kill again
I will kill again
I will kill again


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"I Will Kill Again" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker

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    General CommentI think we all feel like this sometimes.
    I like the acoustic guitar lyric, I found that amusing.
    Suzy_Leeon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is Jarvis (post-Darren-Spooner Jarvis) admitting that he's got a bad guy in there too, and it's OK not to just be this perfect person all the time. And that perfection is boring. I love the line "no one gets ill or ever dies, or dies of boredom at the very least."
    xsvsxon September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti really like this song. i think it's about a sociopath. except he's warning people. so is he truly sociopathic?
    onebadjacketon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIm complety agree with xsvsx ;)
    BTW at the begining I didnt paid atention to this song, but hearing carefully i felt in love... :)
    Jarvis is a genius!
    littleladyblueon December 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin an nme interview about two years ago, jarvis gave 16 life lessons, and one was about how perfection is boring, and the only interesting people are the ones who make mistakes
    manic_ashon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has to be approached more abstractly. It's actually a protest (or rather a statement) about Jarvis' feelings about petite bourgeoisie people, seemingly his old friends who have aged into affluence as people so often do. People reach a status and suddenly they think they should "get into classical music", or "drink wine" where before they probably were into rock music and having a nice pint. The songs about people changing themselves to fit into a social status and Jarvis' desire to kill those people (metaphorically of course).

    It should be listened to along with The Jam's 'Mr. Clean' for added context or understanding. I think they're both going on about the same thing. When Jarvis says, that if he's given "half a chance" he'll "kill again" it's similar to when Paul Weller says "if I get the chance I'll f*ck up your life, Mr. Clean..." They're talking about destroying a whole set of values and stupidity that exist within that phoney social class.

    Hope this helps. This is to me one of Jarvis Cocker's most moving and brilliant songs.
    stangable1984on November 01, 2012   Link
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    General Commentjust to emphasize the things stangable1984 wrote (with my interpretation, of course). i believe this song came to expressing a range of feelings \ thoughts \ complete the missing word, concerning to bourgeoisie. but for my opinion, the narrator (Jarvis) actually talk to himself (at least at the stanzas). perhaps guiding himself with some kind of sarcasm, perhaps looking back on his life (maybe, others) cynically : build yourself a castle...get into classical music... and so on. and what is the benefits? "people tell me what a real nice guy you are". we can understand the frustration in light of this nonsignificant benefits. but with or without reference to these seemingly benefits, at the chorus came the confession. and, in my humble opinion, it is not only Jarvis's confession. it is the necessary confession of all the humanity, that trapped in the false lights of the bourgeoisie. to point the option that although we civilized and polite and listening to classical music (wow, what a wonderful creatures we are) with the "half the chance" we "will kill again". when "kill" metaphorically means that we will expose the real faces (and what pretty face we have) behind the mask of the bourgeoisie we all wear.
    sagion January 31, 2014   Link

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