"Pins And Needles" as written by Sara Taylor, Michael Hanmer, Matthew O'halloran and Michael Rainbow....
Once a night my bedroom light
Bleeds out from inside my window
Eyes white, I keep out of sight
This city's just not pretty like it used to be

It's always a nightmare, it's never a dream
The promise we made to kill the days between
They live in the heartbeat and sleep til the light is gone

It's been so long
Feels like pins and needles in my heart
So long
I can feel it tearing me apart

To the bed the left unsaid
Crawl in from outside my window
Hands red and cold as the dead
A pity they're not pretty like they used to be

It's always a nightmare, it's never a dream
The promise we made to kill the days between
They live in the heartbeat and sleep til the light is gone

It's been so long
Feels like pins and needles in my heart
So long
I can feel it tearing me apart

It's never a whisper, it's always a scream
The promise we made to kill the time between
They live in the heartbeat and sleep til the light is gone

It's been so long
Feels like pins and needles in my heart
So long
I can feel it tearing me apart


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"Pins and Needles" as written by Michael Hanmer Matthew O'halloran

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    General Commentlol usagi, read up on this album and some interviews, this song has nothing to do with serial killers.
    eizohon November 08, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionThis song kicks ASS. By far the best song on the new album. Beautiful vocals in this.
    tigertour02on September 15, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Once a night my bedroom light
    BLEEDS out from inside my window"

    And I'm pretty sure it's "a promise we make..." even though it's a small error.
    hundredskieson September 23, 2010   Link
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    General Comment^ correct about both
    eizohon September 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a serial killer. Yes, it sounds like a romance song, but I really can't help but think the deeper meaning is a serial killer. Walk with me here.

    "Eyes white, I keep out of sight
    This city's just not pretty like it used to be"
    The serial killer was never caught, but had to stop to keep from getting caught. But, the city they live in isn't as pretty now that the dredges of society - in their eyes, the ones they used to kill - are piled up because no one has killed them.

    "It's always a nightmare, it's never a dream
    The promise we make to kill the days between
    They live in the heartbeat and sleep til the light is gone"

    This is referring to the promise they made with themselves - to not get caught, to not kill anymore because they don't want to get caught. But, it's a nightmare trying to keep the urge to kill down.

    "It's been so long
    Feels like pins and needles in my heart
    So long
    I can feel it tearing me apart"

    The desire to kill is almost like a "pins and needles" feeling, always there in the back of their mind, egging them on. But, it must be contained and the struggle is tearing them apart.

    "To the bed the left unsaid
    Crawl in from outside my window
    Hands red and cold as the dead
    A pity they're not pretty like they used to be"

    This is the wish and the need to not get caught welling up inside and causing a nightmare - they imagine that they went out and killed someone, but were sloppy about it and came home covered in blood, it's not as pretty anymore because they're freaking out about the police instead of savoring it.

    I absolutely adore TBM! And Chibi's vocals here were hauntingly amazing - they were the whole reason I couldn't see this song just being a love song, the vocals were a little too dark to be just a love song, and really - it's the Birthday Massacre! When are any of their songs "just" one thing? =D
    UsagiHellon October 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a lost relationship.

    Once a night my bedroom light
    Sneaks out from inside my window

    -awoken in the night by a nightmare

    Eyes white, I keep out of sight
    This city's just not pretty like it used to be

    -withdrawn, the city's lost is beauty now that she's alone

    It's always a nightmare, it's never a dream
    The promise we (MADE!) to kill the days between

    -whoever submitted lyrics made a HUGE mistake, this practically defines the meaning. regret is her nightmare, the memory of lost promises to be together forever

    They live in the heartbeat and sleep til the light is gone

    -the past haunts her dreams

    It's been so long
    Feels like pins and needles in my heart
    So long
    I can feel it tearing me apart

    -"pins and needles", the sign of a waking limb. her heart has been without feeling and the only thing that makes it feel anymore is the pain of the lost love.

    To the bed the left unsaid
    Crawl in from outside my window

    -great metaphor for her always thinking of what was left unsaid

    Hands red and cold as the dead
    A pity they're not pretty like they used to be

    -she is aging, the relationship was quite a ways in the past

    so there you have it. it's not even that complex, how could you think it was about a serial killer...
    fiction11on November 15, 2010   Link
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    General Comment*** A promise we made
    perfectxtacticson November 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the point of view of a teenage girl, who's probably around age 15 or 16.
    Her life isn't as great as she thought it was when she was little... like her parents fighting and her struggling.

    "This city's just not pretty like it used to be"

    -When she was a little girl, she thought that the city was pretty and perfect, everything was perfect.

    "It's always a nightmare, it's never a dream"

    -She only lives in a nightmare, she doesn't have a dream life anymore like when she was a child. She lives in reality.

    "It's been so long
    Feels like pins and needles in my heart
    So long
    I can feel it tearing me apart"

    -It's been so long since everything seemed to be going good in life, and it's starting to tear her apart emotionally inside, which results to this line: "Hands red and cold as the dead
    A pity they're not pretty like they used to be"

    -She's referring to the fact her hands are probably torn up and rough, due to being in fights, and having anger (punching walls, etc)

    "Sneaks out from inside my window
    Eyes white, I keep out of sight"

    -She sneaks out of her house to go be with friends, the only comfort she really has, but she keeps out of sight because it's late and past curfew.

    "It's never a whisper, it's always a scream"

    -The sounds of her parents arguing and yelling, which she thought when she was little that they were a perfect family.

    I feel like this song is interpreting what a lot of teenagers go through during a divorce, and how their world gets turned upside down.


    DreamingGason January 07, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that this song is from a vampire's perspective.
    HowDoIPoston May 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a lost relationship and living with the guilt of losing hold of the promises and dreams you had with this person for the future. The world loses its meaning and beauty.. The regret eats away and is always worse at night time because that is usually when you're the loneliest. Shes left with the memories and words that were once exchanged replaying in her mind.
    MissxMorticiaon December 07, 2011   Link

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