I wouldn't kill to win a war
I don't get what they do it for
It's all so terribly vague
I see the pictures from a thousand years of battle
And I think it's such a bore

I walk New Orleans with a knife
Like Mackie hidden out of sight
But I'd be useless if they jumped
I'm really not the killing type
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I'm not the killing type
I'm not the killing type
I'm not, I'm not
I'm not the killing type, I'm not

I've got a picture of your mum
Before the war when she was young
She's got an etching to her right
I think it's funny that she's looking to the left
And it's her son

I wouldn't kill to get you back
And I've officially been asked
I couldn't kill to save a life
I'd rather a die a peaceful piece of shit-bait
Shame-filled coward
Thanks

I'm not the killing type
I'm not the killing type
I'm not, I'm not
I'm not the killing type, I'm not

But I would kill to make you feel
I don't mean kill someone for real
I couldn't do that, it is wrong
But I can say it in a song, a song, a song

And I'm saying it now
I'm saying it so
Even if you never hear this song
Somebody else would know
I'm saying it now
I'm saying it so
Even if you never hear this song
Somebody else will know, know, know, know

I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't describe

I once stepped on a dying bird
It was a mercy killing
I couldn't sleep for a week
I kept feeling its breaking bones

I heard that if you see a star at night
And the conditions are just right
And you are standing on a cliff
Then you can close your eyes
And make a wish and take a step
And change somebody's life

I'm not the killing type
I'm not the killing type
I'm not, I'm not
I'm not the killing type, I'm not

But I would kill to make you feel
I'd kill to move your face an inch
I see you staring into space
I wanna stick my fist into your mouth
And twist your Arctic heart

Yes, I would kill to make you feel
I don't mean kill someone for real
I couldn't do that, it is wrong
But I can say it in a song, a song, a song

And I'm saying it now
I'm saying it so
Even if you never hear this song
Somebody else would know
I'm saying it now
I'm saying it so
Even if you never hear this song
Somebody else will know, know, know, know

I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't explain how good it feels
I just can't describe-ibe-ibe-ibe
Die, die, die, die, die, die, die, die
I'm not the killing type


Lyrics submitted by Sharanya

"The Killing Type" as written by Amanda Palmer

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +4
    General CommentI just heard this for the first time. I can't even describe how amazing it is. Amanda has done it again. It's an amazing song about feeling so strongly about someone and wanting them to feel something. Anything. It's so incredibly beautiful, and the video is fantastic.
    demolitionlover4on September 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis entire song sounds like a denial. She repeats "I'm not the killing type" constantly like she's trying to convince herself. "I wouldn't kill to save a life" and "I wouldn't kill to win a war" shows that she wouldn't kill a fellow human being for all the regular reasons, but right after listing this she basically screams, "but, I would kill to make you feel!" Who? The "you" makes the whole song a bit ambiguous. She could be talking about how she's desperate to move her lover, to make them love her the way she loves them. Or she could be talking about her audience. Theatre, music...art in general sparks emotion in people..but sometimes when it doesn't, it loses its purpose. So this desperation she or any artist has for a reaction causes such an intense feeling it needs an outlet like murder..but again she's "not the killing type", her morals wouldn't allow it (like when she stepped on the bird), so she uses this song.
    "I would kill to make you feel, but I couldn't do that it is wrong, but i can say it in a song"
    IdleButterflyon July 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just insane love.
    zeroZon September 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you've ever been a schizoid woman in love with a schizoid man who, paradoxically, is also in love with you, this just might be your occasional theme song.

    You know, when you've reached your wit's end for the moment.
    mindhuntresson June 03, 2015   Link

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