three heavy stones will keep them from floating
weigh it down to the bottom
food for the fishes
and i know that it won't be discovered
cuz i will be careful, so very careful

what if it doesn't rain for days,
and the river is reduced to it's muddy bed?
with the corpse exposed, i would work in haste
and i might bury the bones in a shallow grave
and the rain comes and moves the rocks and the stones
washes away all the dirt and the mud flows
bones are exposed and well, you know how that goes
i wait for the day when i'll finally defile
the bodies of my ex lover's lovers
i'll pile, high to the sky, the bodies of my ex lover's lovers
die die die die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die
die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die

i saw you with him, you look so happy
all of that can change, cuz i am so lonely
and i have lots of time to send you straight to the devil
i'm taking my time to plan your demise

what if i were to cut you up?
and mail each part to a different town
it would take the most brilliant private eye
the rest of his life just to put you together
a piece in each mailbox all over the planet
from moscow to tokyo to guadalajara
i wait for the day when i'll finally defile the bodies of my
ex lover's lovers
i'll pile, high to the sky, the bodies of my ex lover's lovers
i wait for the day when i'll finally destroy the bodes of my
ex lover's lovers
i'll pile, high to the sky, the bodies of my ex lover's lovers
die die die die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die
die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die

i saw you with him, you look so happy
that will never change
because i know myself too well
i don't have the courage to carry out my dreams
and only there will i see them
die die die die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die
die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them
die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die
die die die die die die die die die die die
i'd watch them die


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  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Voltaire songs. I listened to this over and over after a breakup and it helped. Fantasies about murder are healthy.
    freakishfaeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty straight-forward, but it's saying that Voltaire hates seeing the ex- that hurt him so much with another, better man. He wants to kill are her lovers, and get revenge. This song is so funny and very cool! I love the minstrel-style 'die die die's, they're funny!
    hotarukatakion August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, in my opinion, is something we all repress within ourselves and Voltaire himself has the balls enough to express. I think that this song has a lot of anger put into it and that's healthy. everyone needs to find a means of release, and he's found his, and in doing so, has helped others find their release (by listening to this song). its an excellent song.
    IvyBekketon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe end is so sad... i want to cry... unrealized dreams of brutal slaughter... sigh
    eternityawaitson April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite line:

    "die die die die die die die die die die die "
    CÆTon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've felt just like that; to kill my ex lover's lover
    DeadMan_Incon January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of someone id like to watch die slowly and painfully.
    It also makes me sad that others must feel this way... i suppose it is the way of life.
    denneirdaon June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite Voltaire songs, it's so over-the-top and self-consciously hilarious. The moody cello, the growling backing vocals, "die die die die die die..." - it knows it's ridiculous, and yet it's both touching and entertaining. Wonderful song.
    LisaCharlyon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's obvious that this song is about wanting to murder one's ex-lover's lover. What people seem to be missing is that it's also about the fact that it is just a fantasy that he doesn't really plan to carry out. In true Voltaire fashion,he wraps it all together with the last verses:

    "that will never change
    because i know myself too well
    i don't have the courage to carry out my dreams"

    He wants to kill the new guy, but he knows he doesn't have it in him to follow through with it. He's basically accepted (if reluctantly) that life goes on.

    On the surface, the words paint the picture of missing your ex-lover and the feeling of hatred directed towards their own new lover. But deeper, beneath all that, the song is about accepting that stuff happens and deciding to move on. It's okay to still be upset about it, but you have to put it behind you eventually.
    EmeraldLanceon February 11, 2014   Link

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