"Chemicals" as written by Ben Jorgensen, Peter James Decicco, Anthony Diionno and Nash Breen....
The lights in your room keep on blinking off
And I'm on my back, on your floor
Tell me how you fooled the world again
I like how you laugh when you tell it

Play dead, 'cause I'll be playing dead with you
I'll play you when you're dead in a year or two

Can you please point me to your chemicals?
I need to feel like I've got rocks in my eyelids
The only superhero I've ever known
Was you about five years ago
It was you about five years ago

The lights outside turn into knives on me
And I forget how to get home
It only feels like it's the summer now
Cause everyone's always wearing the wrong clothes

Play dead, 'cause I'll be playing dead with you
I'll play you when you're dead in a year or two

Can you please point me to your chemicals?
I need to feel like I've got rocks in my eyelids
The only superhero I've ever known
Was you about five years ago
It was you about five years ago

I can picture your coffin in the hallway
And your family standing inside the doorway
They'll point all their fingers at me and say

Where are your drugs?
Today we need them
Where are your drugs?
We need an escape (x2)

Can you please point me to your chemicals?
I need to feel like I've got rocks in my eyelids
The only superhero I've ever known
Was you about five years ago
It was you about five years ago

Where are your drugs?
Today we need them
Where are your drugs?
We need an escape
Where are your drugs?
Today we need them
Where are your drugs?
We need an escape
Where are your drugs?


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    General CommentThis is about someone he admires, but I don't know who... Either way this is a pretty good song. He really rocks shit. Listen to it loud and you will like it more.
    todoublemon October 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get the admiration of an older best friend or friend figure feeling. The person Ben (or the main individual in the song) refers to obviously was addicted to doing drugs and is now in bad shape and/or on their to dying. The simple sentence, "I'll play you when you're dead in a year or two" signifies this and also sheds light on the fact that the individual is following the same path.
    Truly an incredible song/ Definitely stuck out to me the most, but that is basically because this has somewhat happened to me.
    Brandanwithanaon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song stuck out to me the most because the same thing pretty much happened to me...
    For me It's about my brother who was addicted to cocaine... "Play dead, 'coz I'll be playing dead with you, I'll play you, when your dead in a year or two"
    That if he kept on that path he wasn't going to last long... And then me following his path to deal with what he was doing. "Can you please point me to your chemicals? I need to feel like I've got rocks in my eyelids. The only super-hero I've ever known, was you about five years ago." My brother is like my hero... five years before now." "I can picture your coffin in the hallway
    And your family standing inside the doorway
    They'll point all their fingers at me and say
    Where are your drugs?
    Today we need them
    Where are your drugs?
    We need an escape"
    My family going to drugs to cope with the death...
    He never did die, he went to rehab and is better now.
    But this song scares me into thinking what could have happened, which helped me into quiting drugs. =]
    pansyisdabombon March 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion this song is definitely about a person that was addicted to drugs that the singer knew, and how drugs can destroy a person, and from personal experience i know that firsthand. it's a bad ass song with a good message. good stuff. What To Do When Your Dead is a masterpiece but i gotta say this song and the other stuff i've heard from the new album is awesome as well.
    aleibvoxon August 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"The only superhero I've ever known
    Was you about five years ago"

    That does point to someone he admired, at least 5 years ago. (I can relate. I seriously admired my older brother. And, it's been, ironically, about 5 years)

    i get that he follows in his footsteps into the drugs as well though "Play dead cause I'll be playing dead with you" and then asking for the drugs as well.

    It's an amazing song. It really stands out to me and i really love it.
    LiveLoveMusicon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite AFS song.
    I can relate to it so much.
    Actually, one of my favorite songs, period.
    Uncontrollableon February 02, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with what everyone else said, about this song being about someone who the singer admired who was into drugs. I think, though, the refrain at the end ("Where are your drugs? Today we need them. Where are your drugs? We need your escape.") suggests that in a time of strife, such as that person's death, the friends and family members who'd once tried to dissuade them from doing drugs might resort to using them to escape from reality – much like what most people who use drugs use them for.

    It also highlights the destructive and daisy-chain nature of drugs; it takes a disastrous or unstable event in a person's life, IMO, to cause them to begin taking drugs; this may, in turn, lead to instability in someone else's life, which causes them to take drugs, and so forth.
    nachturnalon December 10, 2009   Link

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