How could this happen?
Am I dreaming again?
Her body’s not moving, I’m assuming she’s dead.

This isn’t a fucking game.
There’s somebody’s life at stake.
She’s covered in bruises,
but the truth is that I never committed the crime
'cause I know I could never hurt a fly.
Then how’d she lose her life?
You're in denial.
What you've implied has burned and stripped
the whites of my eyes.
But what went on that night?

“Listen closely as I tell you I’m not who I seem.
I’m gonna touch you 'cause I like it when you scream.
I want to watch you when you’re sleeping and thinking of me.”
And that’s what he told her when he killed her.
That son of a bitch took away my girl.
He’s gonna pay for it right now.

'Cause you might think you're in love,
and he might promise you the world.
Don't believe what he says.
He's not real.
It's murder and this is it.

My God, you better fear me 'cause I'm gonna find you.
'Cause I'll be out in six months
with his address and a shotgun
and a promise for justice that night.
And I’ll be standing at the crime
so they can throw me back in prison for my life.
If that could bring you back to me.

Last night I dreamed we had a future and you were alive.
It was springtime on our wedding day;
there were birds in the sky.
The sun was glowing; it was beautiful and everyone was there.
I still can’t believe that you're gone.
I’m so lost.
I’m sorry, I'm sorry.
Don’t go. Oh please God, no.

'Cause you might think you're in love,
and he might promise you the world.
Don't believe what he says.
He's not real.
He's just a murderer.

I think that I've had enough.
He says, “You're too late.
I’ve got a hole to dig and you think that I’ve over-reacted?
She was just so cute.
I can't resist 'cause I’m a sucker for promiscuous action."
So tell me. Just tell me.
Tell me the truth.

'Cause you might think you're in love,
and he might promise you the world.
Don't believe what he says.
He's not real. He's a murderer.

'Cause I've been lying awake
from this nightmare I feel betrayed.
I gave my life, but you took it away.

Am I dead? Or am I still breathing?

'Cause you’ve stolen the love of my life,
so you’ll be sleeping with the fishes tonight.

Now listen -
I’m not religious, but I’ve learned to pray for her.
I’m not a violent man, but people can change.
So while you’re sleeping,
I’ll slit your throat and drain your blood
and mail it to your mother.
She’ll discover what a mess you become.
I think she might like that, 'cause I fucking do.

'Cause you might think you're in love,
and he might promise you the world.
Don't believe what he says.
He's not real. He's a murderer.

'Cause I've been lying awake
from this nightmare I feel betrayed.
I gave my life, but you took it away.

There's not a day that goes by...


Lyrics submitted by EmilyMann, edited by punkgirl2486

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  • +3
    General CommentWhat do the greatest stories ever told always have?
    Love
    Murder
    And Split Personalities.

    Poor guy's hunting down himself.

    That really is the greatest story ever told.

    And this band is legit.
    Sharksdontsmileon February 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see it as there are two guys: the guy narrating (singing) the song and another guy. The singer is in love with the girl, possibly even having an affair but she's with this other guy who is abusive to her. She doesn't see past it but continues trying to convince herself that she's in love with him (hence the chorus).

    Finally the guy kills her (probably beat her to death). The singer is suspected of the crime but really he didn't do it because he's in love with her and "would never hurt a fly". However, the singer is angry and wants to kill the other guy.

    It's sad because he's still dreaming about the girl and the future they could have had together, which in turn makes him more angry at the guy who killed her.

    It could be that the singer was dating the girl and the other guy was stalking her, but it wouldn't go with the theme of the chorus.
    RAWKINcoaster38on March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThese are definitely the wrong lyrics. The right ones are:

    How could this happen
    Am I dreaming again?
    Her body's not moving I'm assuming she's dead
    This isn't a f**king game
    There's somebody's life at stake
    She's covered in bruises
    But the truth is that I never committed the crime
    Cause I, oh I could never hurt a fly
    Then how'd she lose her life?
    You're IN DENIAL
    Time to burn it DEAD
    The whites of my eyes, I won’t exist for you
    But what went on that night?

    "Listen closely as I tell you I'm not who I seem
    I'm gonna touch you cause I like it when you scream
    I want to watch you when you're sleeping and thinking of me"
    That's what he told her as he killed her
    That son of a bitch took away my girl
    He's gonna pay for it right now.

    Cause you might think you're in love
    And he might promise you the world
    Don't believe what he says
    He's not real, Cause its murder

    I can’t take it until I find you
    This is your last chance
    I'll be out in six months with his address and a shotgun
    And a promise for justice that night
    Oh I'll be standing at the crime
    So they can throw me back in prison for my life
    If it could bring you back to me
    Last night I dreamed we had a future and you were alive
    It was springtime on our wedding day
    There were birds in the sky
    The sun was glowing it was beautiful and everyone was there
    I still can't believe that your gone I'm so lost
    I'm sorry (I'm sorry) don't go
    Oh please God no

    Cause you might think you're in love
    And he might promise you the world
    Don't believe what he says
    He's not real, He's just a murderer
    Come on
    Come
    I think that I've had enough
    He says, "You’re too late
    I got a hole to dig, think I’ve over-reacted
    She was (just) so cute.
    I can't resist cause I'm a sucker for promiscuous action."
    So tell me, Just tell me
    SAY IT RIGHT NOW!

    Cause you might think you're in love
    And he might promise you the world
    Don't believe what he says
    He's not real, he's a murderer
    Cause you've been lying awake
    From this nightmare, you feel betrayed
    I gave my life
    And you took it away

    Am I Dead?
    Or am I just Breathing?
    Cause you've stolen the one that I love
    So you'll be sleeping with the fishes tonight (whoa alright, whoa alright)
    Sleeping with the fishes tonight. Oh yeah
    Now listen
    I'm not religious but I've learned to pray for her
    I'm not a violent man, but people can change
    So when you're sleeping
    I'll slit your throat and drain your blood
    And mail it to your mother
    She'll discover what a mess you become
    I think she might like that
    CAUSE I F**KING DO!

    Cause you might think you're in love
    And he might promise you the world
    Don't believe what he says
    He's not real, He’s a murderer
    Cause you've been lying awake
    From this nightmare, you feel betrayed
    I gave my life
    And you took it away
    There’s not a day that goes by
    But you took it away
    But you took it away

    CandiKissezzon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlmost positive it's an interrogation and "THAT SON OF A BITCH TOOK AWAY MY GIRL" is her father. and "You're in denial" is a cop. Just a guess.
    davidrwallaceivon April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOTDAMN cucci got it like right on i think o_o
    fromxxfirst2laston April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell the narrator knows every single detail of the night the murderer happened and even the exact words the killer told his girl. then he must have been there when the act happened. if he loves her so much then why didnt he get in his way before he could actually kill her?
    simple; because i think he killed her but he is in denial and he is blaming himself or an imaginary someone....
    turmexon August 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you look at this part...


    Prepare for the day I find you
    This is your last chance
    Cause I'll be out in six months with his address and a shotgun
    And a promise for justice that night
    I’ll be standing at the crime
    So they can throw me back in prison for my life
    If it would bring you back to me


    I think the guy that was suppose to be the one who sounded like he killed her, didn't kill her...
    I think it was himself.
    BananaCaton October 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's a song about murdering a mans girlfriend right after he proves he loves her, and wanting to kill the man who actually comminted the crime.
    ac1d1con March 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi think it's about someone who's lover or girlfriend was killed, and then he was blamed for it, even though he is innocent.
    Sondraculaon August 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok well u all take a serious note on it, i take it more metaphorically, like the other guy "killed" the girl she once was, and took her away from him. and he wants revenge, "i'll be out in 6 months with his adress and a shotgun" well obviously 6 months isn't the sentence for murder. i think its' metaphorically saying he will "kill" the other guy as he seems to be and show her that he's not who he claims. that he don't care about her like he does. that she isn't in love and neither is the other guy. that they belong together
    partystarterlogoon November 09, 2009   Link

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