Her voice cuts through the walls
Rings through everything that's hollow
These bitter words recall
All that's left and hard to swallow

She was always good for nothing when the good broke bad
All she's got to lose is everything she never has
(Every back turned to her)

We put her down in a shallow grave
She wears a dress like a body bag every day
And this way she won't have to run away
And she can keep her regrets at bay every day

Her blood runs hot to cold
Always breaking while she borrows
Her favors bought and sold
She lives like she's dead tomorrow

Just another reason looking for the next because
Just another has been wishing that she never was
(Every back turned to her)

We put her down in a shallow grave
She wears a dress like a body bag every day
And this way she won't have to run away
And she can keep her regrets at bay every day

Tomorrow's not a new day
Or time to think things through
As patience starts to fall away
A day can feel like two
When we gave her a new face
The past was out of view
She never fooled us
Because she could never fool herself

We put her down in a shallow grave
She wears a dress like a body bag every day
And this way she won't have to run away
And she can keep her regrets a bay every day



Lyrics submitted by joca13, edited by matmcv

"Shallow Grave" as written by Sara Taylor, Michael Hanmer, Matthew O'halloran, Michael Rainbow

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +1
    General Comment:I think this song is about forced prostitution.

    "She was always good for nothing when the good broke bad
    All she's got to lose is everything she never had
    Every back turned to her"

    This is talking about how society views all sex workers, even ones that were forced into the profession.

    "We put her down in a shallow grave
    She wears a dress like a body bag every day
    And this way she won't have to run away
    And she can keep her regrets at bay every day"

    The first line is about society again, "we" put prostitutes down, even if they were forced into the profession as children. In many places if these girls go to get help, they can be arrested for being a prostitute still! Thus, the majority of them just don't try to get help, they wear their clothes "like body bags", hoping this is the last day they have to do this.

    "Her favors bought and sold" is the most blatant line about prostitution.

    "Tomorrow's not a new day
    Or time to think things through
    As patience starts to fall away
    A day can feel like two"

    And this is describing the view point of the prostitute - they are in a helpless situation, they will die like this, there is no help, no hope.

    "When we gave her a new face
    The past was out of view
    She never fooled us
    Because she could never fool herself"

    And this is about the few that get out of the industry by going to the police. They send her to jail, she serves her time, they give her a "new face", but she's still viewed as a "whore" because she never felt she was anything else - after all when she went to get help, she was imprisoned.
    UsagiHellon September 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Her voice cuts through the walls
    Rings through everything that's hollow
    These bitter words recall
    All that's left and hard to swallow

    She was always good for nothing
    (???)
    All's she got to lose is everything she never had.
    Every back turned to her...

    We put it down in a shallow grave
    She wears a dress like body bag every day
    And this way she won't have to run away
    And she can keep her regrets at bay every day

    Her blood runs hot to cold
    Always breaking while she borrows
    Her favors bought and sold
    She lives like she's dead tomorrow

    Just another reason
    Looking for the next because
    Just another has been
    (???) never was
    Every back turned to her...

    We put it down in a shallow grave
    She wears a dress like body bag every day
    And this way she won't have to run away
    And she can keep her regrets at bay every day

    Tomorrow's not a new day
    Or time to think things through
    As patience starts to fall away
    A day can feel like two
    When we gave her a new face
    The past was out of view
    She never fooled us
    Because she could never fool herself

    We put it down in a shallow grave
    She wears a dress like body bag every day
    And this way she won't have to run away
    And she can keep her regrets at bay every day
    eizohon August 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:UsagiHell is spot on.
    hundredskieson October 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think I might agree with UsagiHell or she might be being forced to work like a slave.(if that sentence makes sense). Basically, whatever situation she's in, she figures she might as well be dead and so lives like she's going to die tomorrow. She might as well because it really wouldn't make a difference where she is and in fact death might be better.
    maneatingmangoon November 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's...So...Catchy!!! I love it!!! xD
    By the way, I agree with UsagiHell. 100%.
    Asylum306on November 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:based solely from the lyrics it sounds like usagi is right, but in an interview chibi said that this was based loosely on the story of elizabeth smart (black dahlia), who had nothing to do with prostituion.
    eizohon November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:adding to that, she also mentioned something how it was basically about trying your hardest to get famous and it being for nothing because your got murdered, by society and your killer a like. i wish i could find this interview again lol.
    eizohon November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:In Chibi's own words:

    "It ends up being sort of a dancy song, but the lyrics are sort of dark and speaking about a character. I remember when I was originally being interviewed I mentioned that it was sort of inspired by a Black Dahlia. It wasn’t specifically about her, but it was sort of a concept. It’s about a tragic character who only achieved fame through suffering or having something horrible happen before anyone really paid attention. That was the case in the Black Dahlia, she was a struggling actress. That is the case for a lot of people. They get their fame and notoriety through the tragedies in their lives, so for me that is where that song comes from."

    muenmagazine.net/2010/08/birthday-massacre-balances-on-pins-and-needles/
    hundredskieson November 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction:Also from the lyricbook it's "always breaking all she borrows" and "more time to think things through."
    hundredskieson November 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:When I first heard the song it reminded me of the movie Mommy Dearest.
    YersiniaPon December 13, 2010   Link

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