"Valentine's Day" as written by and Mark/fry White....
She was the color of TV
Her mouth curled under like a metal snake
Although Holy Wood was sad
They'd remember this as Valentines day
Flies are waiting

In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
They slit our wrists and send us to heaven
The first flower after the flood

I saw that pregnant girl today
She didn't know that it was dead inside
Even though it was alive
Some of us are really born to die
Flies are waiting

In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
They slit our wrists and send us to heaven
The first flower after the flood

In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death
In the shadow of the valley of death



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"Valentine's Day" as written by Jeordie White Brian Warner

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    General CommentFirstly, the title - Columbine happened on Valentine's Day. I think we can safely assume that the themes he references in his songs that are more overtly about Columbine can be applied to this song as well. Themes such as death or martyrdom making you famous, Celebretarianism, being heard only after death, the media's exploitation of violence and their subsequent witch hunts, et cetera.

    Of course, the most ironic part about the title is that Valentine's day is supposed to be about love, and this song is more about death.

    "She was the color of TV
    Her mouth curled under like a metal snake
    Although Holy Wood was sad
    They'd remember this as Valentines day
    Flies are waiting"

    Honestly, this section kind of confuses me. I don't understand the significance of these lines. I do feel that the first line is very reminiscent of the Mechanical Animals lyrics and themes.

    "In the shadow of the valley of death
    In the shadow of the valley of death"

    This is a play on the Biblical phrase "In the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me". I believe he switched the order to be a more overt reference to the present day Death Valley which is near Hollywood.

    "They slit our wrists and send us to heaven"

    A reference to death and stardom. They'll kill you, then you'll become a god. You'll be remembered and known even more than what you were when you were alive. Just a reference to the theme of Celebretarianism in general.

    "The first flower after the flood"

    A reference to the Biblical flood. Noah knew the water level was lowering and land could be reached when a turtledove came back with an olive leaf in it's beak. It is also a reference to the last song in the soundtrack for El Topo by Alejandro Jodorowsky which goes by the same name.

    "I saw that pregnant girl today
    She didn't know that it was dead inside
    Even though it was alive
    Some of us are really born to die
    Flies are waiting"

    I think this is a reference to the boy/worm in ACSS. There are two reasons for that - he mentions that the child is dead inside (a reference to being alive, but dead in sin as Christians like to say), born to die, just like the AntiChrist. Secondly, "Flies are waiting" seems like a blatant reference to Tourniquet where he sings "I never wanted it to ever spoil, but flies will lay their eggs". This may be reaching somewhat, but when flies lay eggs they hatch into maggots (or worms), spoiling the meat. The worms of the flies infected the boy, turning him into a "monster" as referenced in Man That You Fear.
    Rawrishlyon April 18, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure Valentine from Holy Wood was a guy, not a girl. The "pregnant girl" most likely refers to Coma White, the book's female protagonist.

    He needs to get that damned book published already so we can finally understand the whole album; he's only released one chapter so far.
    tuviaon August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"She was the color of tv"

    "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel"
    -Neuromancer by William Gibson

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    laurelinwyntreon August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song by a great band
    Man§oni†eMaGg0T666on June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome
    MuRdErDoLLz_PuNkon September 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMartyrism?
    mjk ninon April 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo idea. But cool song.
    Karlon June 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm sure there was some sort of massacre on valentines day once (I'm probably wrong) maybe its about that
    Sweaty-Gothon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat, the valentines day massacre? lol... if u mean that, that was with al capone and the mafia... could be but i doubt it
    Sick My Duckon July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLove this song, Marilyn Manson would be god if there was a god! New fav song!.... this cant be about the valentines day massacre.. he says "although HOLYWOOD was sad" not ChicAGO
    sAINT_frm_hellywoodon July 15, 2005   Link

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