"American Nightmare" as written by and Glenn Danzig....
Hot cherry on Friday night
When the sun goes down my spine
I put an axe in my baby's head
I'm gonna end up doing time

She looks so good in red
American nightmare running scared

She shoulda been hard to get
She shoulda been hard to kill
She shoulda been hard to kill, hey

I had to split your head
American nighmare running scared

I'm heading down the highway
Sign has three inverted nines
If the lord don't get me the devil will
But not without a fight

Does this highway never fucking ends
American nightmare running scared
American nightmare running scared

I'm heading down the highway
Sign has three inverted nines
If the lord don't get me the devil will
But not without a fight

This highway never fucking ends
American nightmare running scared
Hey, American nightmare running scared



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"American Nightmare" as written by Glen Danzig

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  • +2
    General Commentby far the best "elvis" song
    Dangerdaveon October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could have been based on the 1980 movie of the same name. Some people believe that this song was written for The Cramps; in fact, there was no Misfits song originally written for The Cramps. This song was recorded in one take by Danzig, Only, and Googy, with Jerry nodding his head to cue Googy when to hit the drums. The hand clapping was added later.
    •·¨Pøisøn·Päle¨·•on June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow what a great song.... The Misfits kick ass. Danzig is a genious
    Danzig215on April 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpoison pale always right on the mark, nice
    the clap makes the song haha
    iminheaton March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe best misfits song ever, to me, and itll be stuck in my head forever thanks Glenn! haha wouldnt you love to just sit with him and just ask him what was going through his mind the whole time he wrote songs for the misfits. haha
    thexspecialiston May 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe best mifits song besides in the doorway and hybrid moments.
    phantasmic187on January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is a crazyily good misfits song. it just works so well.
    insane metal fanon July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obvious that this song is about a murder. I personally can see it has being about this guy who has an obsession with a specific girl and he lusts after her so, but she is a virgin and turns him down. He gets ticked off because he wants to sex it up with her and she won't give him the time of day so he kills her. I think the song is him reflecting on his actions as he's driving down the highway on his way out of town and he's thinking how bloody easy it was to off her. I first heard this song about two years ago in my English class. Our final was to pick a song, write down on a piece of paper all the poetic devices in it and then play a part of the song for the class. I will always remember Sam Rither playing this song and thinking how horrible it was that somebody would go kill some chick. I don't think the same way any more. I don't think it's a terrible song.
    devilslittlesisteron December 19, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song may have been based on the 1980 movie of the same name. Contrary to popular belief, this song was not written for The Cramps; in fact, there was no Misfits song originally written for The Cramps. This song was recorded in one take by Glenn, Jerry, and Arthur with Jerry nodding his head to cue Arthur when to hit the drums. The hand clapping was added later.
    •·¨Pøisøn·Päle¨·•on June 14, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commentit IS based on the 1983 movie titled AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. The bass player from the band, American Nightmare told me yesterday, but they had to change their name to American Nothing cuz of shome shitty bar-band (might I add they are the best band EVER) I just bought it, it's trashy horror. Go figure.
    stylelikeuson October 07, 2002   Link

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