"Suffocation" as written by Ethan Kath and Alice Glass....
We ignore refused consent
Animals do not repent
Courtesy to intervene
Weathered down my selfish needs

I suffocate
And promise me you won't resuscitate
And when I change my mind it's far too late
I'm wasting my days as I've wasted my nights and I've wasted my youth
You're waiting for something you've waited in vain because there's nothing for you

Suffocation

Humility yet to be seen
Models made of plasticine
Morality disgrace us now
Entertain and take a bow

I suffocate
And promise me you won't resuscitate
And when I change my mind it's far too late
I'm wasting my days as I've wasted my nights and I've wasted my youth
You're waiting for something you've waited in vain because there's nothing for you

Suffocation


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"Suffocation" as written by Ethan Kath Alice Glass

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    My InterpretationIt sounds like it's being said by someone who can only see the impulsive and destructive nature in human beings. To this person, morality and intelligence is a guise we fool ourselves with because we're afraid of what only exists in our minds, not in our nature. If I thought everyone in the world was my enemy, I''d feel suffocated as well.
    Zukenon May 31, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me this song is about the consequences of hedonism and destructive behaviour
    jnoddingon June 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'we ignore refused consent'

    ignoring refused consent = rape.
    hinrodathon September 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol flush me aside with you??? definitely saying "suffocate" or "suffocating" somewhere in that part.
    eizohon April 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwe ignore refused consent
    animals do not repent
    courtesy to intervene
    weathered down my selfish needs

    i suffocate
    and promise me you won't resuscitate
    and if i change my mind it's far too late
    i'm wasting my days as i've wasted my nights and i've wasted my youth
    you're waiting for something you've waited in vain because there's nothing for you

    suffocation

    humility yet to be seen
    models made of plasticene
    morality disgrace us now
    entertain and take a bow

    i suffocate
    and promise me you won't resuscitate
    and if i change my mind it's far too late
    i'm wasting my days as i've wasted my nights and i've wasted my youth
    you're waiting for something you've waited in vain because there's nothing for you

    suffocation
    xxzxcuzxyouon April 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAndy says the first part is

    "We ignore refused consent
    Animals do not repent"
    anausteregentlemanon April 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomeone wants to commit suicide. they have done things so wrong that they can't take being themselves anymore. maybe they've tried to do it already and didnt succeed and now they are asking to be euthanized. the one who cares for them doesnt want to do it. but is told there is nothing good left in them, and never will be.
    InfidelityWeTruston May 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe song is defiantly about people being euthanized when they are brain dead or to be less specific suicide
    GenevieveKuzakon March 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrug addiction, someone who is in recovery i promise you that is what its about
    hsax94on October 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIn the first verse she's clearly talking about rape.

    " Courtesy to intervene
    Weathered down my selfish needs "

    This reminds me the Lars Von Trier's film Dogville, in which the main character is forced to have sex with all the men of the village in exchange for 'protection'.

    It's like she's realizing how cruel we (human beings) can be with each other, and it generated an extreme feeling of oppression. That's why she suffocates, incorporating a character who's gonna be more accepted than her true self.

    " And promise me YOU won't resuscitate "

    The "YOU" in this verse refers to her true self, enhancing the idea that she has created a character to protect herself from evilness. And if she changes her mind (give up on being someone who she isn't) it will be too late because she's already lost her youth being someone who she isn't to live a 'secure life'.

    In the second verse she speaks about arrogance (humility yet to be seen), and maybe authoritarianism (models made of plasticine), the government 'shapes' the people the way they want to satisfy their own needs. And also, the failure of morality, which instead of protect us, disgrace us with all its hypocrites speeches of what society should be.

    "Entertain and take a bow" enhances even more the idea that she's just one more character living in the movie of real life. It also refers to other song of them, Empathy (You must work in symmetry/You must earn their empathy).
    Show the crowd what they expect to see and be acclaimed.
    viníciusolon November 04, 2013   Link

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