"Dorchester Hotel" as written by and Jesper Anderberg Fredrik Nilsson....
You perhaps heard rumors I'm sure
Obscene disguise despite his new look
I'm meeting him at London's Dorchester Hotel tonight
If you wanna take advantage of him then you know where to go
As long as you bring your bible you're secure

A promise of love brings back the old gun
Undress, decide, make up for lost time
I'm meeting him at London's Dorchester Hotel tonight
If you wanna take advantage of him then you know where to go
As long as you bring your bible you're secure

And we pray
Bless our hearts
Returning to abnormal life

You fall down on to your knees
Stranger, stranger, capture violence, it's almost done
Attached but you're feeling alone
The addiction will never be gone

Lost and down so fragile inside
Today's the last but not the right one
I'm looking at a picture of someone he had become
If you wanna take advantage of him then you know where to go
As long as you bring your bible you're secure

And we pray
Bless our hearts
Returning to abnormal life

You fall down on to your knees
Stranger, stranger, capture violence, it's almost done
Attached but you're feeling alone
The addiction will never be gone

You fall down on to your knees
Stranger, stranger, capture violence, it's almost done
You fall down on to your knees
Stranger, stranger, capture violence, it's almost done
You fall down on to your knees
Stranger, stranger, capture violence, it's almost done
Stranger, stranger
I'm meeting him at London's Dorchester Hotel tonight


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    My InterpretationGoing out on a limb a bit here, I'd say that the song could be interpreted as a metaphor for substance abuse.

    In the first first, she describes how rumors are spreading. People are starting to suspect that something is wrong with her. She's been trying to hide the changes it causes in her, but it's just an "obscene disguise" on the "new look" he (the substance) has given her. Finally, she reveals that she's going to stay at the hotel, and if you want to use with her, you know where to go. However, if you bring your bible, or rather your morals and strength of will, you'll be "secure"

    In the second verse, she's talking about how remembering using gets her excited. She takes off her coat, gets comfortable, decides which substance to use, and gets ready to "make up for lost time".

    Right before she uses, she prays to stop herself, and let her just get back to her life, as abnormal as it was.

    She finally gives in and falls down to her knees. She's a stranger to even herself, and she feels trapped in the pain of it all. Finally, the high starts to wear off. The drugs are still next to her after it's all over, and she feels very alone. She knows now that she's never going to kick the addiction.

    Another day, she's feeling down again and worse than before. She says, "Today's the last but not the right one" meaning that today is going to be her last day alive, but it's not the right day for her to die, implying that she's probably going to overdose. She's looking at a picture of herself and realizing who she used to be and what the drugs have caused her to become.

    Anyway, I actually kind of doubt this is the intended interpretation of the lyrics, but I found that it does kind of fit in a strange way.
    doomcaton May 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girl who had a boyfriend and he changed and maybe got deployed, or left for a while. Her friends or parents don't like him. She told them she's going to meet him at the Dorchester Hotel in London. "If you want to take advantage of him then you know where to go." She's telling them where she is going to be, so if anything happens, they can fix it. This is just me and what I get out of it, though.
    katiebug777on June 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah, thats what i got out of it. but i was confused by the bring your bible, prying part, and abnormal life. and falling on your knees, to pray? to say sorry?

    anyway, i really like the "i'm looking at a picture of someone he had become." so maybe he's a decent, nice guy or he has changed for the good- but maybe theyre not supposed to be together for some reason. to be REALLY crazy the song reminded me of the scarlet letter and edith piaf. like its a forbidden love, but theyre going to go through it anyway.
    imtiltson June 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti see it more like,
    her using him for a one night stand..
    her taking advantage of him
    kinda judging by previous lyrics it seems more like it.

    the bible refrence being like,
    they know what their doing is bad, so they bring the bible to so they dont like feel so badd?

    thats how i see it anywayyyy.
    lulu92on June 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningIt reminds me of an affair.
    Sneaking around to be together, feeling like your taking advantage of someone if you're not free to love them fully.
    And 'falling onto your knees' could be the forgiveness for the situation.
    The same could be said of the bible.
    I suppose that the addiction will never be gone line is said for the fact that there will always be that want, but no matter how much you try
    to break from it, it's still going to be in the back of your head and you'll want it just a badly as the last time.

    That's what I hear.


    ghostsandsilhouetteson August 21, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think of it as an affair, too, but perhaps with an old flame.

    He has moved on and changed his life (perhaps he's religious now), but he still loves her. She knows that and knows that if she leads him to believe they might get back together, that he'll meet up with her, even if it goes against his conscience. She doesn't really want to get back together with him, though, she's just feeling nostalgic and just wants to relive old times for one night. So she's taking advantage of his weakness for her, and maybe is feeling a little guilty about that...

    He knows that it's not a good idea to meet her but tries to convince himself that with his faith he can resist the temptation and just talk to her (as long as you bring your Bible you're secure), even though deep down he knows that's not true. His addiction to her will never be gone.
    candezon August 06, 2010   Link

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