According to the Urban dictionary "alligator blood" is a, "Term used in poker. ...
Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
Tell me who will make it out alive.
Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
Tell me who will make it out alive.

Over, and over, and over again.
We play the same old games.
Cards kept close to my chest:
That way the secret's kept.
So wear your poker face.
Here's to the fool, here's to the thief.
Fiction is bitter and you got a taste.

My alligator blood is starting to show.
I know that you know that I know that you know.
Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.
My alligator blood is starting to show.
I know that you know that I know that you know.
Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.

Cut me up and wear my skin.
Show me how to live.
Tear me down, clean me up.
Now spill my fucking guts.
Just help me find a way.
Just help me find a way.
Just help me find a way.
Just help me find a way.

My alligator blood is starting to show.
I know that you know that I know that you know.
Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.
My alligator blood is starting to show.
I know that you know that I know that you know.
Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.

Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
Put a gun to my head and paint the walls.
Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
Put a gun to my head and paint the walls.

Now you know.
Now you know.
Now you know.
Now you know, you can go.
You can give up trying.
Should have just called it quits.
Should have just called it quits.
Leave before it's too late.
Now you know, you can go.
You can give up trying.
Should have just called it quits.
Should have just called it quits.
Leave before it's too late.

Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
Tell me who will make it out alive.
Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
Tell me who will make it out,
Alive.

Blegh.
Yeah!

So put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my fucking brain.

Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
Put a gun to my head and paint the fucking walls.


Lyrics submitted by xdaysivediedx, edited by AdamArtz

Alligator Blood song meanings
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    My InterpretationWhen I heard this song, I believed it to be about two people misbehaving or acting dangerously together, like in "Russian Roulette",and on the outside appearing to not really care about the consequences. But they keep their "secrets" close to them about the situation. I think the "Alligator Blood" refers to the narrator being cold-blooded, either emotionless, lacking courage, or both. Because of this, he (or whoever) can't keep his secret hidden very well, "My alligator's blood is starting to show..." He really is feeling suicidal because he can't seem to live life "Show me how to live...help me find a way..." but he thinks in the end he can't be saved, so he tells his friend to "Leave before it's too late.." but there is still that doubt of whether his friend can make it: "Tell me who will make it out alive." So basically, they spiralled out of control. That is my take on the song. I have not seen the movie Fight Club.
    Evebree13on November 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think what they mean with "alligator blood" is being cold-blooded, show no emotion and bluff your way out.
    Deadfoggon February 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTbh I think this whole damn song is about Fight Club. I'm watching this movie right now and when he said "Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brains." I was like "whoa, I never noticed that Alligator Blood says the exact same thing." and so I looked up the lyrics, and thinking about it, it just reminds me of the movie in general. Especially the whole Tyler/Narrator relationship. Am I right? This song makes me think of the end of the movie. Call me crazy but that's just my opinion. (:
    shimsharon June 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song makes me think of Media and how corrupt it is and I also see it as someone be bullied.

    "Over and over and over again, we play the same old game- "

    I see that as we fall for the same trap and we build up a mask and cover up who we really are, secrets and all.

    "Now you know you can go, you can give up trying- "

    Basically I see it as you should have stopped listening to everybody else and the media and then you wouldn't be dead or "destroyed"


    My rambling probably makes no sense lol
    SilenceisMinetoDestroyon May 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTechnically the song is just about a bet in a game of chance. Russian roulette seems to be the choice, but it doesn't fit with Alligator Blood. Alligator Blood is a term used to describe a person who wins a poker game on bluff alone. They put all in and out bluff the person or people they're playing against.
    sooshishefon November 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI love it when it says 'Paint the fucking walls'.
    Taken out of context it makes me giggle whenever I hear him say it with so much passion.
    Therefore I conclude that this song is aimed at Oli's interior decorator. :P
    RoxyDoodleon January 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAlligator Blood means someone who is short stacked in Poker bluffs anyways and wins. His "Alligator Blood is starting to show" aka everyone realizes he's faking it.

    This song references many different forms of chance games. Russian Roulette, Poker, Tarot,

    I see the song as simply saying "I've played. I've been playing for a very long time. Why do I bother when I am so close to losing. I give up."

    "Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand."
    Can't call me out on my fake face (smile, demeanor) if I'm dead.
    nooneinparticularyouknowon September 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWell, alligator blood is what you call a poker player who, although they have all the odds against them, they are still able to win. The song seems like its about living life and having everything go against you all the time, but at the end, you can win in some way.
    bellamouse16on March 05, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionNo one else has implied anything to do with divination... Tbh, i only found about this from, In Hearts Wake...

    I believe this song is about 'Divination".

    "Divination (from Latin divinare "to foresee, to be inspired by a god",[2] related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.[3] Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency.

    Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a more formal or ritualistic element and often contains a more social character, usually in a religious context, as seen in traditional African medicine. Fortune-telling, on the other hand, is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.

    Divination is dismissed by the scientific community and skeptics as being superstition. In the 2nd century, Lucian devoted a witty essay to the career of a charlatan, "Alexander the false prophet", trained by "one of those who advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, charms for your love-affairs, visitations for your enemies, disclosures of buried treasure, and successions to estates",[4] even though most Romans believed in prophetic dreams and charms."

    This idea is supported by the music video, where Oli is playing a sort of spin off of, Russian Roulette, Poker (and other gambling games), with divination card, with a masked individual, who we later find out to be OLI himself... Confusing? IKR. Some examples of Divination cards are, The Fool (in the music video), The Star, Wheel of Fortune (in the music video), The Thief (mentioned in the song), The Lovers (in the music video), The Hierophant (see here for more details, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… ), and then there is even, Death (in the music video).

    Hope you enjoyed my opinion of this amazing song!! XD
    kellan1070on November 27, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLet's play a game of Russian Roulette.
    I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
    Tell me who will make it out alive.
    Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
    I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
    Tell me who will make it out alive.

    Over, and over, and over again.
    We play the same old games.
    Cards kept close to my chest:
    That way the secret's kept.
    So wear your poker face.
    Here's to the fool, here's to the thief.
    Fiction is better and you got a taste.

    My alligator blood is starting to show.
    I know that you know that I know that you know.
    Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.
    My alligator blood is starting to show.
    I know that you know that I know that you know.
    Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.

    Cut me up and wear my skin.
    Show me how to live.
    Tear me down, clean me up.
    Now spill my fucking guts.
    Just help me find a way.
    Just help me find a way.
    Just help me find a way.
    Just help me find a way.

    My alligator blood is starting to show.
    I know that you know that I know that you know.
    Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.
    My alligator blood is starting to show.
    I know that you know that I know that you know.
    Can't call a bluff with a dead man's hand.

    Or put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
    Put a gun to my head and paint the walls.
    Or put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
    Put a gun to my head and paint the walls.

    Now you know.
    Now you know.
    Now you know.
    Now you know, you can go.
    You can give up trying.
    Should have just called it quits.
    Should have just called it quits.
    Leave before it's too late.
    Now you know, you can go.
    You can give up trying.
    Should have just called it quits.
    Should have just called it quits.
    Leave before it's too late.

    Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
    I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
    Tell me who will make it out alive.
    Let's play a game of Russian Roulette.
    I'll load the gun, you place the bets.
    Tell me who will make it out,
    Out alive.

    So put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my fucking brain.

    Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brain.
    Put a gun to my head and paint the fucking walls.

    *Straight from CD cover*
    xdaysivediedxon October 11, 2010   Link

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