I remember when I was told the story of crushed velvet, candle wax, and dried up flowers.
The figure on the bed all dressed up in roses, calling, beckoning to sleep, offering a dream.

The words were as mystical as purring animals.
The cricle of rage, the ghost on the stage appeared.
Time was so tangible I'll never let it go.
Ghost stories handed down reach secret tunnels below.
No one could can see me


Whoooooaaa
I fell into yesterday
whooooooaaa
Our Dreams seemed not far away
I want to, I want to, I want to stay
Whoooooaaa
I fell into fantasy



The girl on the wall always waited for me
She was always smiling
The teenage death boys
The teenage death girls
And everyone was dancing
Nothing could touch us then
No one could change us then
Everyone was dancing
Nothing could hurt us then
No one could see us then
Everyone was dancing
Everyone was dancing


Our dreams seemed not far away
Our dreams seemed not far away
Our dreams seemed not far away
I fell into fantasy


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The Days Of The Phoenix song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentThere's some speculation that the song is about when AFI used to play at The Phoenix on the East Bay, San Francisco. They never were an East Coast band, but however, an East Bay, West Coast band. Get it straight.
    division2roninon May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'd like to believe it was a deeper meaning than just missing the past times as a band.
    i think it's a pass time in his actual life.
    that sounds confusing
    but what i mean is like its a past time when he was a teen..hes seeing back to where he was and who he was and what he was afraid of. i don't agree with the old band thing. some of their songs are about fame but there are much deeper meanings built into that definitely.


    X Bye the way.. a phoenix is a bird in Egyptian mythology that that lived in the desert for like forever years and then consumed itself in fire, Incinerating itself into ashes to later rise reborn. X
    -that was writting by ka11itkarma
    and that actually is significant to the song.
    i agree with them on many points.
    they said she he was a teenager going to a funeral and realizing how it was impossible to avoid death. when he was a teen he didn't realize death..he saw life as going on forever..he could dance and nothing could touch him, not death, not pain, just dancing and parties. now look back at the phoenix definition. [lived in the desert forever, incinerated, and reborn] and they've actually used the word incinerate in songs. incinerate...turning your self into? morphing. so he'd be morphing himself into something. it says that the pheonix "consumed itself in fire", so that tells me the death wasn't accidental.
    disasterwarningon December 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis songs about their old days of performing on the east coast, when they were a local band.
    A.Fire.Insideon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno it's about his broken heart....Crushed velvet is his broken heart.....candle wax are his tears and dried up flowers is how he wanted to die.
    morningstar44on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgood lord, think you could send the same reply ANY more times?!

    it sounds like the song is reminiscing about love -- he's hurt now, but back when they were in love and carefree things were perfect...

    "And everyone was dancing
    Nothing could touch us then
    No one could change us then
    Everyone was dancing
    Nothing could hurt us then
    No one could see us then"

    they were invincible, but everything fell and the flowers "dried" and the velvet "crushed"... etc, etc.
    sapphireskieson May 21, 2002   Link

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