"Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" as written by and Johnette Lin Napolitano....
There's a crack in the mirror
And a bloodstain on the bed
There's a crack in the mirror
And a bloodstain on the bed

Oh, you were a vampire
And baby, I'm the walking dead
Oh, you were a vampire
And baby, I'm the walking dead

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I'm going down by the river
Where it's warm and green
I'm gonna have a drink and walk around
I got a lot to think about

Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah

There's a rocking chair by the window
Down the hall
I hear something there in the shadow
Down the hall

Oh, you were a vampire
And now I am nothing at all
Oh, you were a vampire
And now I am nothing at all

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I'm going down by the river
Where it's warm and green
I'm gonna have a drink and walk around
I got a lot to think about

Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah

They used to dance in the garden
In the middle of the night
Dancing out in the garden
In the middle of the night

Oh, you were a vampire
And I may never see the light
Oh, you were a vampire
And I may never see the light

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I'm going down by the river
Where it's warm and green
I'm gonna have a drink and walk around
I got a lot to think about

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I'm going down by the river
Where it's warm and green
I'm gonna have a drink and walk around
I got a lot to think about

Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah
Yeah


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"Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" as written by Johnette Lin Napolitano

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    General CommentMethinks it is based on Anne Rice's "Interview With The Vampire".
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i think this song is based on Anne Rice´s Vampire Chronicles
    punk_rocker_on August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think Chloe le Fey and punk rocker don't know shit. The song was released about 3 years before Anne Rice put word to paper. All of Concrete Blonde's songs are dark, this is no exception.
    DonDiavoloon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNo DonDiavolo you just happen not to know shit. Anne Rice wrote Interview With The Vampire in 1976.
    The song was inspired by the novel.
    instigatoron April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about cocaine.
    -There's a crack in the mirrorand a bloodstain on the bed
    There's a crack in the mirror
    and a bloodstain on the bed

    One is refered to as a vampire, meaning addicted. They thrive on that vital source.

    He call's himself the walking dead, overdone on cocaine.

    It's a beautiful song. The mirror is an obvious reference.
    glamourjunkie18on June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely inspired by the novels of Anne Rice. Plus, 'New Orleans'... I doubt that's co-incidence. There's an interview on youtube in which Johnette does actually say that it was inspired by the author. But onto the song...

    To me, the line 'Oh, You Were A Vampire, And, Baby, I'm The Walking Dead' is a reference to Louis and Lestat... Lestat is obviously a vampire, but Louis, when he was still mortal, was living in a ghoul-like state, and very depressed after the death of his brother/wife and child (novel/film). Basically, he had a death wish, but wouldn't, or couldn't, end his life himself, and so put himself in situations where another might do it for him. In this manner, the mortal Louis was like the walking dead.

    Oh, and he certainly had 'a lot to think about' once Lestat made an offer to turn him.
    Dagoraon March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe novel Interview with a Vampire was written in 1976 so it was around before the song came out, which was already established in a post by instigator. Debora is right on Johnette admitting it was inspired by the author.

    I've also heard it was about a friend who contracted HIV, although I don't know how true this is. But the lyrics would fit. "You were a vampire and baby I'm the walking dead" and someone with HIV would definitely have a lot to think about.
    chelseysmileon December 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it is talking about being with a narcissist.

    "There's a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed"

    Narcissists are often viewed as vampires because they suck the life force out of people, and they are constantly projecting an image of themselves, so she sees a crack in the image that they try to project almost like the true self is coming out.

    "There's a rocking chair by the window down the hall"

    It could mean looking outside of herself seeing what she let this person do to her, the lyric "I hear something in the shadow down the hall" could mean a shadow of the person she once was.

    "They used to dance in the garden in the middle of the night"

    That could mean all of the promises that were made.

    Anyway that is what I think it means.
    tokai82on May 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt was based on Anne Rice's works, though the author would repay the band by keeping the video off of MTV via legal maneuvers. I lost a ton of respect for Anne Rice at that point.
    Zanaryon November 23, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt sounds like it could be used in an episode of "True Blood" ("I got the ways and means to New Orleans/I'm going down by the river where it's warm and green") since that show takes place in Louisiana.
    seeingon October 21, 2015   Link

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