Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins.
As for this face, best it be forgotten.

"Baby, baby, I've got a reason to leave, but I'm not going far.
Baby, baby, come on I'm begging you, please. I'm not the one in chains."

"They call me Jesse James and I own the night life.
I drift from town to town across the nation.
Praise the lord, lock and load boys.
We go down, we go down, we go down together."

"Baby, baby, I've got a reason to leave, but I'm not going far.
Baby, baby, come on I'm begging you, please. I'm not the one in chains."

Your gun's firing blanks.
No way out. (x4)
No way out.
Gun's firing blanks.

Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins.
As for this face, best it be forgotten.
Hells on it's way, no one's gonna stop it.
I wear this suit, on one's gonna top me.


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    General Commenti think this song is just comparing the murderer and his village to an outlaw in an old western town, and how jesse james terrorized the people there.
    eizohon August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love how the guitars sound like spiraling down after he says "Your gun's firing blanks. No way out."
    Adeluzon August 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I'm not the one in chains."
    proves that hes held someone captive
    buliding the town their coffins means he plans on kiilling them all
    and people should forget his face. cuz alot of songs seem to mention forgetting.
    and he's unstoppable. but idk
    devinxdisasteron August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe he thinks he's Jesse James? As for "I own the night life". No one goes out at night because of him, their too scarred. So I get that part. The rest of that doesn't make too much sense. He mentions "we" sometimes so he's either a skitso or theres more than one killer? Possibly a wife type figure.
    here2solveon August 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSticking to my latest theory about having a female accomplice that he got rid of in "45223", and by looking at what appears to be a police badge hanging from the chair on the cover of the album, here's my idea for this one.

    The killer is either a cop, or ex-cop. He knows the business, and he's pretty confident that he's not going to get caught now that he got rid of his partner.

    "Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins.
    As for this face, best it be forgotten."

    He's basically talking to himself. Bragging a bit and deciding to lay low so he won't become a suspect.

    "Baby, baby, I've got a reason to leave, but I'm not going far."

    He's going to leave town so that he'll slip under the radar a bit. But he's going to stay close so he can keep killing.

    "Hells on it's way, no one's gonna stop it.
    I wear this suit, no one's gonna top me."

    Again, bragging. The suit part is a reference to his police uniform. I think...

    The chains and the firing blanks totally stumps me. I don't see what that means. Maybe that all the suspicions of the people in town are wrong, they're "firing blanks" when naming possible killers. Here2solve nailed the night life part I think.

    "I drift from town to town across the nation.
    Praise the lord, lock and load boys.
    We go down, we go down, we go down together."

    No idea. Someone please figure this part out for me.
    CF Rioton August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCF Riot ...wow
    very well done
    as for the last part im not sure but
    i feel that the "lock and load boys" is about being a cop aswell...
    just a gut feeling
    Mikecarrozzaon August 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthat looks like a locket its definitely not a police badge
    Alexboricuakid21on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, first of all, this whole thing about Saylor Lake is a fictional story that Danny Stillman, the lead singer of the band, created. And according to all the articles I read, the rest of the band got super into the idea and created the whole story line. And its the fans job to use the lyrics, and their website worsethanafairytale.com, to figure out the mystery of who the killer is. This website and the songs are like clues. Well, since I have been a dedicated fan for two years, I've analyzed like EVERY song. Haha. I have this theory that the killer is a vampire.

    "They call me Jesse James and I own the night life.
    I drift from town to town across the nation.
    Praise the lord, lock and load boys.
    We go down, we go down, we go down together."

    First of all, he owns the night life. Obviously vampires only come out at night. Yes, I understand serial killers usually do too, but if you read my other ideas about this on other songs, then you might understand.

    And he's using his new found power to get revenge on all the girls that have done him wrong in his life.

    "Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins.
    As for this face, best it be forgotten.
    Hells on it's way, no one's gonna stop it.
    I wear this suit, on one's gonna top me. "

    It just seems fishy. But if he is a vampire, then who bit him? Find out my theory by reading my comment on the last song: "I Want to Master Life and Death".
    dropdeadxbabyon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song's about him leaving the town, the first line "Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins" is basically saying "Don't get too comfortable; I'm leaving but staying closeby to kill."

    I also think "I own the night life" is about people being afraid to go out cuz of him, as others mentioned.

    The line "As for this face, best it be forgotten", to me, means he wants to lay low so as not to get caught. He doesn't want to appear as a suspect so he's leaving town but still committing murders.
    SoldYourSoulon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere is what I think about this song.

    "Go tell this town I've built them all their coffins."
    I think that he's telling a girl that he's captured that he isn't going to kill her but she should go tell the whole town he's going to kill them all. idk thats what i think
    "As for this face, best it be forgotten."
    Here i think he's telling the girl to forget his face and she better not tell anybody who he is or he'll kill her. or mabye he has a mask on so she can't see his face? that would go with the last line in the song about him wearing a suit


    "Baby, baby, I've got a reason to leave, but I'm not going far.
    here he's telling her he's leaving and not going to kill her but he's not going far so he's not gone for good
    "Baby, baby, come on I'm begging you, please. I'm not the one in chains."
    here I have an interesting take on this which goes with a later part and i will explain that in a second. I think that the girl was captured. "i'm not the one in chains" but i think she also has a gun and she's going to shoot him which would be why he's saying baby, baby come on i'm begging you please. and this goes with a part later in the song to that i'll explain


    "They call me Jesse James and I own the night life.
    I drift from town to town across the nation.
    Praise the lord, lock and load boys.
    We go down, we go down, we go down together."
    I think this is just him thinking that he's invincible and no one can stop him now. and also the i own the night is also refering to how people are too scared to go outside at night.


    "Your gun's firing blanks.
    No way out. (x4)
    No way out.
    Gun's firing blanks."
    this is the part that I thought went with the one earlier when I said she had a gun and was going to shoot him. well here I'm thinking she has the gun and she trys to shoot him but it fires blank. and now there's no way out for her. now after this I'm not sure if he still lets her go or if he kills her since he says no way out.. not sure.

    "Hells on it's way, no one's gonna stop it."
    he's leaving some where and when he comes back there's going to be hell
    "I wear this suit, on one's gonna top me. "
    not sure what this means. he's wearing a suit? mabye a mask i think so the girl can't see his face? on one is going to top me.. hmm no idea what that means. a body bag? idk no clue.

    well thats my take on the song... again its just a guess i have no idea.
    Alesana797on December 31, 2007   Link

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