"Killer's Lullaby" as written by Rollo Armstrong, Ayalah Deborah Bentovim and Maxwell Alexander Fraser....
I'm sittin' at a coffee table, unable to see straight
Watchin' parallel lines unwind and undulate
Behind the rain-streaked windowpane, the scene's bleak
Another train leavin' home,
Conceding defeat with a low moan

Hangin' in A sky, made of stone
Everybody's leavin' home, I called my man Jerome
To come meet me in the twilight zone
Leave your mobile phone at home and come alone

I bought him coffee and a snack,
Settled back, started speakin'
He was tweakin' with the peak of his cap
While I'm seekin' to discover what it takes to stay sober
Not cover my mistakes,
Try to maybe make sense of the evidence
It's over, she's gone for good
Why should I lie, singin' a killer's lullaby
Identified by the dying ring of her goodbye
The last thing you hear before your life disappear

Now it just gets worse, like my stomach 'll burst,
Feel like I've been cursed.
With seven centuries of bitter memories
And inadequacies, previous he's and she's
I'm movin' round this old house for the last time
Scene of my past crimes, been here for lifetimes
Hearin' the chimes of the old clock that used to mock
You got eternity for takin' stock,
This place is like a padlock
You look shocked.
Trust me, nothing ever moves but the dust,
There's just us and I'm here to torment and tease
And that's how it was for centuries
Me and my memories, till you brought the keys
Took the couple of Saturdays
I moved in runnin' from tragedies and boozing
Seven hundred years since I came here
You appear, same hair, same quizzical stare
I couldn't get near,
And the sheer frustration was more than I could bear
I was really cursed, thought I'd been through the worst part

That was just the first part, just the start
Every night I'd be sittin' with dread pickin' my heart
In case the man she'd been chasin' gets to first base
An' I just can't escape, I'm in bad shape
You making love to someone else is more than I can take
And so I make all the movement I can to no avail
Scream and yell, sinkin' deeper into my personal hell

I'm getting heated, I'm sorry, have another coffee
I needed to release my sparrow chest from just a piece of this pressure
Unless an escape route is found,
I'm going down underground
Into lifetimes of pain, it's absurd
The heaviest chain is contained is the sound of one word
So I'm referred back to hell, huh
Just as well, I hate needles an' get twinges at the thought
Of syringes

J, I'm going insane with shame
I dream and watch her makin' love over and over again
With what I call a farmer's swain
Unintelligent, pea-brained retard who's dick is always hard
Oh God, of course I'm jealous, fellows,
Oversexed flexing his pec's
Jesus, what's he going make her do next?
I'm mad vex, the way she gently scratches his chest
You used to do that to me back in 1253
Pity me, while you lie with your lover
I stare and suffer in despair while you ruffle his hair
Unaware of who else is there
I move quick, I want to try my trick one last time
You know it's possible to vaguely define my outline
When dust move in the sunshine
So I'm tryin' to change, vibrate myself to near-human pitch
Which reminds me how I used to come unstitched
And switch 'round the house in a blind rage
It took years and an ocean of tears to find the key to this
Cage
And write another stage into a new age,
It's difficult to gauge
But I know that I'll see you again, on that you may depend
I just don't know how or when
Sleep on, my lost love on gone

Jerome took me home under steel skies
Knowing I'm prone to dramatize but unknown for telling lies
And what I verbalize he can see behind my eyes
The why oh why's that identify killer lullabies
And he surmised
No surprise couldn't hear that
Closed my eyes as he steered that old black BM home again
Not knowing how and not knowing when.


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"Killer's Lullaby" as written by Rollo Armstrong Bentovim Ayalah Deborah Bentovim Ayalah Deborah

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  • +2
    General CommentDidn't you miss out a verse here?
    After "syringes" it goes:

    J - I'm going insane with shame
    I dream I watch her makin' love over and over again
    With what I call a farmer's swain, unintelligent
    Pea-brain retard whose dick is always hard, oh God
    Of course I'm jealous, fella's oversexed flexing his pecs
    Jesus what's he gonna make her do next?
    I'm mad vexed; the way she gently clutches his chest
    Used to do that to me back in 12 53
    Pity me while you lie with your lover
    I stare and suffer in despair while you ruffle his hair
    Unaware of who else is there

    ..then it goes into "I move quick..."
    Styluson May 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot only that, there's a verse at the end (at least on the album version) that goes:

    Jerome took me home under steel skies
    Knowing I'm prone to dramatise
    But unknown for telling lies
    And what I verbalise he can see behind my eyes
    The why-oh-whys that identify killer lullabys, he surmised
    No surprise couldn't hear that, closed my eyes
    As he steered that old black BM home again
    Not knowing how and not knowing when...
    Styluson May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song. I've listened to it literally thousands of times and know it by hart and it still puzzles me.

    It seems that the narrator has killed some female companion ("try to maybe make sense f the eveidence, It's over. She's gone for good. Why should I lie singing a killer's lullaby?"), and in the shock of the feeling he goes to a bar with Jerome and tells his story.

    What puzzles me is how the "ghost" part ties in. I mean:
    "I'm movin' round this old house for the last time
    Scene of my past crimes, been her for lifetimes"
    ...
    "Seven hundred years since I came her you appear
    Same hair, same quizzical stare"
    ...
    "the way she gently clutches his chest used to do that to me back in 1253"

    So, it almost sounds like he (the narrator) is a ghost:
    "I move quick I wanna try my trick one last time
    you know it's possible to vaguely define my outline,
    when dust move and the sun shine".

    But is it that, or is it just a hallucination, an exagerated feeling of overwhelming guilt? It does say earlier "FEELS like I been cursed with seven centuries of bitter memories".

    In the end Jerome drives him home and the song ends with "12:37" which sounds almost like an alarm clock or something. So, was this all just some dream or hallucination. Is the narrator just jealous and/or missing someone and this was all a vivid dream that felt like a "twilight zone"?

    Thoughts?
    phlojoon May 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a trip! So sick!
    green_skizoon April 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI consider it's about jealousy... nice song from Maxi Jazz!
    TheSamePersonon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is purely about jealousy to the point where he feels he's in hell and he only appears to have got over it in the last part of the song. And he's told Jerome everything.

    Lyrically this song is awesome. I went through similar feelings...
    Sirius1on September 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, this man in the middle ages was cursed by someone/thing for stealing ("You got eternity for takin' stock") and his curse was to be reborn every time aware of his past lives, and he's being living so for the past 700 years, and at the time he's singing this, it's 199-something, 700 hundred years after 1253.

    The curse is that even though time passes, the people he knew back in the 13th century, mostly his friend Jerome and the girl he loves, are reborn as well, but they have no idea of that, and he's bound to relive all the same moments over and over ("With seven centuries of bitter memories", "Trust me, nothing ever moves but the dust", "Seven hundred years since I came here/You appear, same hair, same quizzical stare").

    Now, because his love for his girl is kind of "eternal", he's always managed to be with her in every other past life with the exception of this one. She told him on the phone she didn't love him anymore and that it was over between the two of them ("Identified by the dying ring of her goodbye"). She fell in love with someone else, the "farmer's swain", and it's killing him ("You making love to someone else is more than I can take").

    It's likely he killed her or him (because of all the "killer" references) and he confessed to Jerome ("what I verbalize he can see behind my eyes/The why oh why's that identify killer lullabies/And he surmised") and Jerome is probably driving him to the cops where he'll be put in jail ("home under steel skies") and he'll be sentenced to death by lethal injection ("I hate needles an' get twinges at the thought of syringes")
    jimbo87on April 10, 2015   Link

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