"Satin in a Coffin" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Dann Gallucci and Tom Peloso....
You were laying on the carpet
Like you're satin in a coffin.
You said, "Do you believe what you're sayin'?"
Yeah right now, but not that often.

Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
God I sure hope you are dead.

Well you disappeared so often
Like you dissolved into coffee.
Are you here right now
Or are there probably fossils under your meat?

Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
God I sure hope you are dead.

Now the blow's been softened,
Since the air we breathe's our coffin.
Well now the blow's been softened,
Since the ocean is our coffin.
Often times you know our laughter
Is your coffin ever after.
And you know the blow's been softened,
Since the world is our coffin.
Well now the blow's been softened
Since we are our own damn coffins.
Well everybody's talkin' about their short lists.
Everybody's talkin' about death.

You were laying on the carpet
Like you're satin in a coffin.
You said, "Do you believe what you're sayin'?"
Yeah right now, but not that often.

Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
God, I sure hope you are dead.


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"Satin in a Coffin" as written by Eric Judy Dann Gallucci

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  • +6
    General CommentThere are some secondary metaphors here. "Like satin in a coffin" - You have the "like" aspect of what the "You" on the floor is. "Satin in a coffin," however, on it's own, is a wordplay. Satin: luxury, refinement, wealth. what good is it really if it's lining a coffin? In other words... "You're lying there looking (sounding) pretty, too bad you're dead" or "What you're saying sounds so pretty, so good - too bad it's bullshit (hollow)." Same goes for the dissolving into coffee phrase. Usually sugar disolves into coffee, it's sweet, but dissapears, dies, dissolves. MM seems to have an anti-material bent, what good is anything? Air, oceans? But I think that they're double-edged, why complain, just enjoy it, enjoy the satin, the sugar - even if it is all just ending in death. What's the point of being depressed over the inevitable? MM might have struggled over that for a while... I think this album deals w/ that struggle in part.
    Ouroboroson April 11, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy friend and I performed this song as a lipsinc at a school drama event. I played the subject, who was ODing on heroin, while my friend played the narrator, who was trying to live his life and was sick of my irresponsible and self-destructive ways.

    My favourite part was right after the "is our coffin" part, where I finished with the monologue and then fell to the ground, going down on my knees, my seat, and then my shoulders in quick succession, to the beat of the song. I then writhed around on the stage for the last part of the song while my friend stomped off in a trenchcoat.

    Every other performance was comedic, so the audience didn't react well to seeing a drug tragedy. Ours was the only performance that didn't get an applause, but rather, a stunned silence lasting several seconds until the next performance started.
    Lionboyon February 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsomeone told me that this song is about life and stuff
    dexteron April 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti get the feeling this song is about how people are so focused on dying that they neglect to really live... the 'are you dead or are you sleeping' line refers to people living as though they are asleep, and isaac thinking that it would be better to be dead than to live like that.

    orrrr else it's not really about anything. EITHER WAY IT'S A GREAT SONG.
    r0sesinhereyeson November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsomeone told me that this song is about life and stuff
    dexteron April 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is impossibly catchy. The damn banjo gets me every time.

    I think this song is about how we surrounded by things that can cause our death.

    Ex:
    Now the blow's been softened, since the air we breathe's our coffin
    Well now the blow's been softened, since the ocean is our coffin
    Often times you know our laughter is our coffin ever after
    And you know the blow's been softened, since the world is our coffin
    And now the blow's been softened, since we are our own damn coffins
    radiobreakdownon May 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou were laying on the carpet
    Like you're satin in a coffin

    for some reason, this lyrics makes me think of someone who's doin a crazy crazy drug and all they can do is lie there. and drugs obviously kill ppl when they overdoes. prob not the right meaning,but just an idea...
    thecoralgirlon January 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe beginning of the song it sounds like he is talking about an abusive father, maybe he found his father or someone else abusive or that he hated in his life lying on the floor and he though/said

    You were laying on the carpet
    Like you're satin in a coffin
    You said, "Do you believe what you're sayin'?"
    Yeah right now, but not that often
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    God I sure hope you are dead

    Well you disappeared so often
    Like you dissolved into coffee
    Are you here right now or are there
    Probably fossils under your meat?
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    Are you dead or are you sleepin'?
    God I sure hope you are dead

    those first 2 really sound like he was talking about what I thought
    BosniaParvaBonaon May 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen he says "God I sure Hope You Are Dead" he is not talking about GOD, if he did it would probably be "God, I sure hope you are dead" or "I sure hope you are dead, God"

    He is talking about a person. I say it all the time to people I can't stand. "God I Sure Hope You Are Dead or you Die"
    BosniaParvaBonaon May 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs a series with the rest of the album, the overall meaning is "The Good Times" have been killing Isaac. This song, I believe, takes place after partying and Isaac is drunk next to another person, who has passed out on the carpet. So he wonders "are they dead or are they sleeping?" the person responds "do you believe what your saying?".
    Overall, this song is a realization for Isaac that his party life is killing him. After this song, an Interlude is played with the sound of a baby, signifying that he is reborn.
    NicolausLawlieton June 29, 2008   Link

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