I am ready for my close up today
Too long I’ve let my self-respect stand in my way
Well the prom queen's caught in the high beams
And the strings keen it’s a big scene

But when the house goes up in flames
No one emerges triumphantly from it
When the scum begins to circle the drain
Everybody loves a winner

I spent eight hours in my make-up chair
Waxed my chest and shaved off all my hair
Well the fire's bright and the frame's tight
Try to get right while we’ve still got light

But when the house goes up in flames
No one emerges triumphantly from it
When the scum begins to circle the drain
Everybody loves a winner


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Michael Myers Resplendent song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentFrom the comic: "This song is like Sax Rohmer #1 if the narrator had given up on actually getting home."

    Michael Myers Resplendent is all of the resolve and hopeful defiance of Sax Rohmer #1 transformed into resignation and a calm sense of defeat. The narrator of Sax Rohmer is determined to make his triumphant return home in the midst of inevitable failure - referencing the inescapable fates of all things. Here, the narrator goes willingly to his own demise - patiently waiting for his moment. Suddenly, this mythic villain is so humanized and vulnerable.

    Given the song title, the imagery is fairly obvious. At the end of Halloween II, Michael Myers is (supposedly) killed in a burning hospital. The lines about shaving and waxing are likely referencing stunt procedures for "body burn" effects - hair is incredibly flammable and harder to protect with flame retardant gel. On a side note, the metaphor also reminded me of the end of the Alpha couple in their burning house (Alpha Rat's Nest).

    The title is so fitting. Engulfed in flames, Michael takes his final faltering steps and collapses without a fight.
    shieldyoureyeson April 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's about giving up and realizing you're not the hero of the story anymore (as in Sax Rohmer, fighting with utter determination through a world of monsters trying to get back home). After an album filled with monsters, it's the narrator that's become the monster. All the preparations have been made---strings keen, hours spent getting the make-up just right. and now all that's left for them (and their house) to go up in flames.
    ruthrason October 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI figure you can take it two ways. Either it's all just a movie, or else it's about a murder and arson.
    pumkinhedon February 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn darnielle and jeffery lewis made a comic explaining each song on the new album, you can look at it here:

    thejeffreylewissite.com/…
    Sunset Rubdownon March 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was so sure this was about filming a porno for money.
    GhostPanelon February 11, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe comic really doesn't explain the meaning of this song.

    Personally I think it's about changing yourself for populariity/acceptance.
    Gruberon April 28, 2008   Link
  • -6
    General CommentReally, nobody thinks this is about a gender-reassignment surgery? First time I heard this, I thought it was incredibly vulgar. Delicious, really. The line about the house "going up in flames" was lolworthy
    thamaon July 27, 2010   Link

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