"Cold Hands" as written by and David Paden Marchand Adam A Carson....
How I regret what I must do
But you've left me no choice
Though I still strain, I can't recall
The beauty of your fey voice.
Now that I've heard come through the walls
A song I've heard many times
I must return all you gave me
In the company of swine.
We had found sacred ground
You burnt down.

I thought you sang so tastefully
But now I see I was wrong
Your serenade turns to filth when I leave
So please, cut the love song.

How I regret what I must do
But you must be replaced
For I cannot go on suffering
such simple and common tastes.
When you met my eyes, you sang to me
Of passion, pain, and will.
When I blinked, you turned away
To kiss the hand of filth
You had found sacred ground
I'll burn down.

Tell me who will hear your voice, your song
When the smoke has cleared and the lights are gone?
Tell me who appears when I'm gone.


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    General CommentI think this song is about someone cheating on their partner, then the partner condemming them.
    RexMcgeeon November 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with ka11itkarma. It seems written from a "fan"s perspective up until the very last line, where he seems to ask the fans, "who's next? You think that nobody evolves?"

    Of course there's the really easy idea of a relationship gone to shit and just wanting to kick the dead weight, but isn't that how the pre-STS fans feel?
    masongreenon April 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOk a lot of people have been saying that Davey Havok has this story that he doesn't want anyone to know, and has been writing about it for a while. I'm pretty sure the ending happened in Crash Love. I wont tell the story out of respect for Dave, but a similar thing happened to me. It involves being introduced to love, before you are mature enough to cope with heartbreak. And this is where I'm going completely off the wall.. I'm study English literature at my university.. and one thing I learned is that a poet must be able to feel things more deeply in order to represent them in the way that they do. This makes a true poet a person with this unique sensitivity. I do believe that this sensitivity to things translates into every aspect of their life. Now.. that being said. I believe that Dave is this way, because his lyrics are that of a poet. This sensitivity to the feelings of heartbreak is what has given him so much success. In a sense his own trauma fuels his lyrics and makes him what we love. The lyrics on the past three albums have shown this. He Sing the Sorrow is essentially about finding the beauty in sorrow and the eloquence that comes from it. He is in a sense stating his case. Decemberunderground seems to be about the way that we feed off of his sorrow and find support in his suffering is actually taking a toll on him. (Just listen to 37 mm) Finally Crash Love is an acknowledgement that the world is going to be the way it is and you don't have to conform to it. Also that sometimes that which we love turns out to be a type of poison to us and we need to break free from our infatuation with whatever it may be in order to move on. I think this song does it. This is Davey finally saying enough is enough. There is closure in admitting that he was wrong and that the object of his affection must be replaced. Though there is the fear at the end. Who will appear when he is gone? If he forgets the things that are killing him.. Who will be there for all of his fans who are still suffering? I believe this to be something the man is facing... and if we are true fans we should just let him go. We should be open to a completely new AFI and not depend on them to comfort us in misery.
    XcrashXhateXon July 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it pretty obvious this song is about swine flu.

    Or just the fact that we've destroyed nature.
    Cloud432on October 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about the betrayal of his so called fans of the past who have washed their hands of AFI because they consider them as sellouts.
    ka11itkarmaon April 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about typic hollywood recording artist most of whom do not write any of there own lyrics or music. I feel its about how they lack substance and, a true following.
    fbm713on November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think he did get the swine flue on tour once, didn't he? He kind of said so in an article...The article has been deleted.

    “Mmm, partially. It’s partially swine and partially lizard sinus infection.”

    SomewhereCaughtBetweenon January 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song had a very personal meaning. I always felt it was about liking or loving a person because they give you an image of themselves that actually turns out to be false.
    It happened to me, at least.
    It hadn't occurred to me that it was about an artist selling out :P
    danieroon February 26, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationthis is about fans not caring for the direction of the band, but clearly from the band's perspective of it. fans usually just blame AFI for "sellingout" or making worse music, but "In the company of swine" and "the hand of filth" is a reference to interscope's control over their music.

    sacred ground is a reference to Church of Havok and the general idea that AFI's music has saved many of their fans from life troubles.

    "tell me who appears when I'm gone" when the fans leave after the shows, interscope is there to hear their songs, and change them.
    agendaon December 22, 2016   Link
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    General Commentwow cant believe nobody has commented on this yet!! one of my favourites off the new album
    LorenzoLorenzion October 09, 2009   Link

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