"Beautiful Thieves" as written by and David Paden Marchand Adam A Carson....
My dear there is no danger
Can't you see they turn blind eyes
To we swift and spot lit strangers?
Oh before the rush is over
We will be revered again
While the victims still recover

Oh!
If we run this light
Take a little life
No one will care at all
Oh!
We can burn it and leave
For we are the beautiful thieves
No one suspects at all
No one suspects

Ah

Oh,
Are we running towards death?
I have met him times before
He adores us like the rest
Oh even if we're discovered
Just be sure to wear your best
We will surely make the covers

Oh!
If we run this light
Take a little life
No one will care at all
Oh!
We can burn it and leave
For we are the beautiful thieves
No one suspects at all
No one suspects

Who would run for cover?
Who would run from us?
Who would run for cover?
Who would run from us?

Oh!
If we run this light
Take a little life
No one will care at all
Oh!
We can burn it and leave
For we are the beautiful thieves
No one suspects at all
No one suspects at all
If we run this light
Take a little life
No one will care at all
Oh!
We can burn it and leave
For we are the beautiful thieves
No one suspects at all
No one suspects


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    General CommentI downloaded this song for guitar hero 5...it's friggin gorgeous...

    I think he's talking about people w/ high profiles...celebrities, politicians, etc...how they can do whatevr they want w/ no consequences
    raydaraton September 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Take a little life" as in getting away with murder. I agree with raydarat. It's definitely about the feeling of empowerment and invincibility that comes with fame.
    cocainacoutureon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "beautiful thieves" as Davey says in his KROQ interview with Nicole Alverez at the Roxy, "are the self-entitled who are supported by a lot of culture to maintain that sense of entitlement, and who are given freedom to live in a way that is completely contrary to regular social manners, and not only are they supported but they are also emulated and revered for rather anitsocial behavior."

    Well said Davey!
    Beilaon October 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan I love this song. Crash love is amazing
    Skate4lifekbkon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt get it at all at first but i think raydarat is onto something. i expect a lil more from afi than this song had to offer
    Vailon September 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI know it's not, but it sounds like vampires to me.
    catoutofhellon November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like that I Have to Squeeze My Brain To Find Out What This Means,
    The Main Reason Why I love AFI!
    Not as Simple as Medicate!!! Love it!!
    Regardless of what this song really means, I think most of us can feel related and touched by the
    "Are we running towards death?
    I have met him times before
    He adores us like the rest"... and
    "For we are the beautiful thieves
    No one suspects at all
    No one suspects "
    MCRockerwayAfion March 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song is just beautifying the strength in passing the by-standers, and living your life the fullest while others are blinded by obstacles.
    danaeatsdreamson July 11, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti agree w/ the people who say its about politicians, celebrities, famous people who can get away with anything,, but the first time i actually sat down and listned to the lyrics, i though it was about like a group of people that no one would suspect to do a bad thing, "are we running towards death, ive met him times b4, he adores us like the rest" like someone has faced death and knows what he is like, but also dosnt know what to think of when they're going towards him, but i ♥ AFI cuz of their undersolved lyrics ~also ♥ beautiful thieves music video~
    Iwillsayyes101on August 05, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI generally agree with people posting here, combining everything, here's what I see:

    My dear there is no danger
    Can't you see they turn blind eyes
    To we swift and spot lit strangers?
    Oh before the rush is over
    We will be revered again
    While the victims still recover

    -Famous couple (of power of some sort) enters a party, guy assures the girl that they really aren't risking anything and they'll never be found out. The whole verse also suggests they're doing something dangerous that they really shouldn't be doing.

    Oh!
    If we run this light
    Take a little life
    No one will care at all
    Oh!
    We can burn it and leave
    For we are the beautiful thieves
    No one suspects at all
    No one suspects

    -We're famous, the "Beautiful Thieves" that have such power, we can do what we want and never be found out. By "take a little life," this thing they're doing might hurt people, might cause pain to some, might be interpreted as wasting our own lives, but we can get away with it. We're so important, we won't even be suspected.

    Are we running towards death?
    I have met him times before
    He adores us like the rest
    Oh even if we're discovered
    Just be sure to wear your best
    We will surely make the covers

    -The first line suggests doubt. Maybe we're just shortening our lives. Next line, I've done this so many times, I know death ("met him times before"). Next line, but death will take us the same as it takes anyone else ("he adores us like the rest"). The last three lines seem to say "but so what?" Even if someone finds out we did it, or even if we die, we'll be famous for it! We'll just make the headlines.

    [chorus]

    -We really can get away with it

    Who would run for cover?
    Who would run from us?
    Who would run for cover?
    Who would run from us?

    -Who would suspect us? No one!

    [chorus, repeated]

    -We can risk this, we can take a little life and get away with it. We'll just "burn it and leave."


    In the end, I see people going to a party, drinking way too much, doing various substances, and for what? To "take a little life"? For fun? One user suggested that the song was saying to just have fun regardless of the consequences, but I think it's quite the opposite, especially considering Davey's a straight edge supporter (according to Wikipedia). If that's the case, and by the general sound of the song, I think the lesson to be learned is not to waste your life doing pointless acts that only cause harm to people and yourself. Regardless of whether you're famous or not, it's not worth it.

    That's just my $0.02 and how I interpret it. It is, of course, and AFI song that can be interpreted however you want!
    animapersaon October 13, 2011   Link

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