"I Just Had to Die" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
Somebody saw me
Watching schoolgirls on their knees
But I don't know why

I am the schoolgirl's dream
I am under eighteen
But I don't know why
I just had to die

Somebody saw me
Watching schoolgirls on their knees
But I don't know why

I am the schoolgirl's queen
I am under eighteen
And I can't tell you why
I had decided to die

I'm not afraid of the shire
I'm on fire
I'm not afraid of the shire
I'm on fire

Hey little girl, is your daddy home?
I'm not afraid of the shire
I'm on fire


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"I Just Had to Die" as written by Olof Bjorn Dreijer Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

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  • +2
    General CommentI was so pleased when I figured out there were Springsteen lyrics in there.

    The Knife's lyrics are always a bit on the cryptic side though, I guess it means whatever you interpret it to.
    Jessicon March 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionSomebody saw me
    Watching schoolgirls on their knees
    But I don't know why
    I am a schoolgirl's dream
    I am a hunger ready to eat
    But I don't know why

    I just had to die
    (aaaaaaa....)

    Somebody saw me
    Watching schoolgirls on their knees
    But I don't know why
    I am a schoolgirl's dream
    I am a hunger ready to eat
    And I can't tell you why

    I had this urge to die
    (aaaaaa......)

    I got a bad desire
    I'm on fire
    I got a bad desire
    I'm on fire
    Hey little girl is your daddy home?
    Got a bad desire
    I'm on fire
    dreamingmoonon December 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's "I am the school girl's dream/queen
    I am HUNGER READY TO EAT."
    And then at the end it's "I've got a BAD DESIRE"

    But yeah, I fucking love this song. First song I ever heard by the Knife.
    talleqon August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs this song about a paedophile not knowing why he has that bad desire? the 3rd last line is spot on.
    Katatoniaon August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's not "i'm not afraid of the shire" but rather "got a bad desire" in reference to Bruce Springsteen's song, "I’m On Fire" :

    Hey little girl is your daddy home
    Did he go and leave you all alone
    I got a bad desire
    I'm on fire

    the rest of the song doesn't make much sense either, but i would agree it's hard to understand what she is singing. thanks for posting.
    val1919on May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredible song. Possibly their best?
    But I have no clue what it is about...
    badhabiton May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about someone who is pretty much perfect but feels like they want to die, and so kills them self. seems like the literal explaination.
    jamiesmusicmachineon August 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the cryptic nature of this song comes from the muliplicity of meanings. There is the paedophile character. But there are also other characters hinted at. Overall it is about that "bad" feeling or feeling of shame that makes the characters feel like they have to die.

    Before you understand the nature of the desire you feel, you might feel bad about it (like I have a friend who had a rape fantasy and hated herself for it, but when she was able to finally act it out with her husband whom she loves very much she realised it was about the way she was raised, i.e. to feel bad for enjoying sex. So that to enjoy sex she had to pretend she wasn't the one doing it. Which is pretty fucked up but hey at least she worked through those desires and now is totally over both the fantasy and the bad feeling.) Anyway I digress, but I think this song is about those feelings, that "bad desire", some of which cause actual pain to others (paedophilia) and some of which are just confusing.

    It's a beautiful song.
    John25on September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i had this urge to die" - the girl

    "i've got a bad desire" - the voyeur / paedophile(?)


    who is responsible for her death?
    revilodrawon June 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about her committing suicide and wanting to take the schoolgirls with her. She could also be seen as a metaphor for the suicide of young girls, depression, etc. It does seem like she could be a pedophile because of "somebody saw me watching schoolgirls on their knees" and "hey little girl is your daddy home?" but I think it is because she is a metaphor for their suicide.

    "I am a schoolgirl's dream" could mean that schoolgirls want to die, to commit suicide. Because it implies that the narrator committed suicide with "I had this urge to die." And maybe she committed suicide by lighting herself on fire, or maybe that is another metaphor for her "lighting them on fire" aka killing them, or being suicide in itself.

    I don't know but there have been some interesting theories, thought I would share mine.
    taruhxdon November 06, 2013   Link

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