"Possum Kingdom" as written by and Todd Lewis....
Make up your mind
Decide to walk with me
Around the lake tonight
Around the lake tonight
By my side
By my side
I'm not gonna lie
I'll not be a gentleman
Behind the boathouse
I'll show you my dark secret
I'm not gonna lie
I want you for mine
My blushing bride
My lover, be my lover, yeah

Don't be afraid
I didn't mean to scare you
So help me, Jesus
I can promise you
You'll stay as beautiful
With dark hair
And soft skin, forever
Forever

Make up your mind
Make up your mind
And I'll promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me, Jesus
(hey, hey, hey)
Give it up to me
Give it up to me
Do you wanna be
My angel?

So help me!
Be my angel
Be my angel
Do you wanna die?
I promise you
I will treat you well
My sweet angel
So help me, Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus


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"Possum Kingdom" as written by Todd Lewis

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  • +2
    General Commentno dumbass I wasn't talking about a movie....READ THIS:
    "It's just a story I heard long ago;
    it's just a really cool, eerie lake, and some stuff I heard and some stuff I
    just make up. I tend to do that," Lewis explains about the watering hole
    where his family used to hang out and barbecue. "They dammed up this big
    river up there, and it's got all these spooky names like Hell's Gate. It's
    really cool."
    Okay, no real vampire, but is there a real stalker in Tyler, Texas?
    "Yeah, I was down there for Thanksgiving, and after the family got
    through talking about who died and who's got cancer and all those things that
    families talk about, they started talking about this guy who was peeping in
    windows and started breaking into people's houses," Lewis recalls.
    HA!!!!! YOU IDIOTS I GOT THIS STRAIGHT FROM AN INTERVIEW AFTER THE ALBUM WAS RELEASED IN 1995.
    KOOLKRISon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy god, you guys who are yelling at the vampire theorists for being "idiots" are completely ridiculous, and you are giving Toadies fans a bad name. Who cares if that's what the song means to some? To be honest, I had no idea what it meant at first, just thought it was a cool song, and when I heard that it was about vamps I was kind of confused... Due to the title of the song. But seriously, if that's what these people want to believe, lay off. Who cares? Just enjoy the song for you.
    alisynon October 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is about some murderer in love with someone and he is going to kill his love behind a boat house therefore making her his angel. Then she will look the same, with dark hair and soft skin, he will take care of her while she is dead. Kreepy but I guess it makes sense-

    Wont be a gentalman behind the boat house.-Is going to kill her there.
    Make her his angel-Killing her and keeping her body
    do you wanna die-explains itself
    You'll stay as beutiful-SHe will look the same with a dead body

    you get the point.

    and the showing the dark seceret could be dead barried bodies or a bloody axe or something.

    why make a meaningless song about NON EXISTANT vampires.
    GibsonGoldTopon June 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song doesnt mean much to me.. but isnt a great kick a** song to listen to while driving?? ;-)~
    joeytucciaroneon February 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really don't care what the song is actually ABOUT...it's just what I think it's about...
    EmoKiddieon July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about having sex with jesus
    incuon May 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningits about a murderer, he kills young girls so they stay young forever, he keeps the bodies behind the lake house, It is not about vampires
    ILIKEPIEDOODon March 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's just a story he made up. There is no history of murder, kidnapping or rape in Possum Kingdom. It is being devastated by the wildfires at the moment however. The lake has wicked names for places on it like Hell's Gates and Todd kinda liked that about it.

    In a 1995 interview with RIP magazine, Toadies lead singer Todd Lewis said: "It's just a story I heard long ago; it's just a really cool, eerie lake, and some stuff I heard and some stuff I just make up. I tend to do that. They dammed up this big river up there, and it's got all these spooky names like Hell's Gate. It's really cool."

    Lewis went on to say that there was a real stalker in Tyler, Texas who became a folk hero: "I was down there for Thanksgiving, and after the family got through talking about who died and who's got cancer and all those things that families talk about, they started talking about this guy who was peeping in windows and started breaking into people's houses. He'd go out of his way to be seen, and everyone is like armed to the teeth, and he's like tapping on windows. The whole family was freaked out about it."
    katbriannaon April 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, I'm very well aware that this song is about a psychopathic murderer who enjoyed killing women, HOWEVER, there is nothing wrong with labeling this a vampire song as well. That's the great thing about poetry and music. Lyrics can mean anything the reader or listener want them to mean.

    I know the story of Possum Kingdom, but I like to think of it as a vampires song and here is why:

    Anne Rice- In The Vampire Chronicles when someone is a vampire they are often described as having 'the dark gifts.' This can easily be paralled with the "behind the boathouse I'll show you my dark secret." You can also parallel the lyric, "I'm not going to lie. I'll not be a gentleman," with the vampire Marius who is known to be kind hearted and honest (at least in The Vampire Lestat). There's also the line, "I will treat you well, my sweet angel, so help me Jesus." One could relate this to the way Lestat is known to seduce his prey with sweet promises and his charm. Also, the repeated "make up your mind" line can be paralleled with the decision Louis must make in the beginning of Interview with the Vampire to either die and cease to exist or die and become a vampire.

    Basic Vampire myth- In many stories/legends to be turned into a vampire means never aging or dying; "I can promise you you'll be as beautiful with dark hair and soft skin forever." Of course, in order to attain this trait, one has to die as a human first; "Do you want to die?"

    So, there you have it. Yes, it's literally about a sociopath that murdered women at a place called Possum Kingdom, but the lyrics can easily be compared to popular culture vampire stories.
    Metheshrewon August 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see how/why people want to see this song as being a darkly romantic song about vampirism, but that is not what this song is about. The song is about rape, murder, and possibly necrophilia not some Ann Rice romanticism of vampires. Take the time to look at the origination of the song. If you want this song to be about Vampires that fine, but realize you are misrepresenting the origination of the song in the same way as someone saying "Ring Around the Rosey" is a reference to the Black Death.
    metuonemoon January 30, 2013   Link

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