Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one

He holds the gun against my head
I close my eyes and bang I am dead
I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy

And here I go
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
And here I go
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

He holds my body in his arms
He didn't mean to do no harm
And he holds me tight

He did it all to spare me from
The awful things in life that comes
And he cries and cries
I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy

And here I go
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
And here I go
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh

He holds my body in his arms
He didn't mean to do no harm
And he cries and cries

He did it all to spare me from
The awful things in life that comes
And he cries and cries

Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah

Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
Five, four, three, two, one
The gun is gone
And so am I
And here I go


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Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) Lyrics as written by Odd Martin Skalnes Aurora Aksnes

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  • +2
    Song MeaningI think there is no methaphore hidden in this song, and that's the beautiful thing about it.

    When I listen to it I just imagine a man shooting his... daughter maybe? Because he feels the world is too ugly and he doesn't want her to suffer, but then he regrets doing it and cries because she's gone.

    I think you could sum up the story with the lines "he did it all to spare me from the awful things in life that comes and he cries and cries"
    Luciawwon May 20, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis may not be what was intended, but listening to this song always makes me think of the ending scene of 'Of Mice and Men', in which George has to sacrifice his friend Lennie by killing him quickly in order to avoid being tortured. ("I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy"). This song truly shows both of them so well that I will always think of that now.
    emily11447on January 11, 2020   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't think it's a mercy killing in the literal sense, like one might do for someone who is gravely ill and suffering.
    He is also too emotional to make it a "jealousy/rage/non-one else can have you" type of atl.

    My interpretation is that this is one verse short of a murder/suicide scenario.
    He suffers from mental illness/depression, his life may be in shambles and he can't see a way out.

    "I close my eyes and bang I am dead
    I know he knows that he's killing me for mercy"

    He doesn't want to leave her behind, alone and unprotected. She could be his mate or child.

    "He holds my body in his arms
    He didn't mean to do no harm
    And he cries and cries"

    This to me solidifies that he is not the "jealous, abusive" egotistical type that kills his mate so no-one else can have her.
    In his mind, he truly believes he is doing what is best.

    "He did it all to spare me from the awful things in life that comes
    And he cries and cries"

    This part makes me feel that likely, he killed his child.
    Just my 2 cts worth... :) Love the song!
    SomeBlueDevilon October 07, 2020   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my naive and humble opinion, writing a song of this caliber, can leave it open for one's own interpretation. This song, this powerful song, to me is a story about a young lady (or young person) that has been told about the reality of the world and how terrible it can be killing the innocence of that young person.
    The person wielding the gun: Parent or Guardian
    The gun: Reality of how the world can be
    Bang, I am dead: The child's innocence is gone

    I love everyone else's take on the song. I believe them all to be correct.
    matsuiflexon May 09, 2021   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think the lyrics are metaphorical.

    "The gun is gone
    And so am I
    And here I go"

    The person narrating the story doesn't really die in the end. "Here I go" suggests that she is still alive even though a part of her is "gone." The murder therefore is figurative and symbolic--not literal.

    Aurora said that the songs in the album are about "bad experiences." If you ask me this song is about sex and the lost of innocence:

    "He holds the gun against my head
    I close my eyes and bang I am dead
    ...
    He holds my body in his arms
    He didn't mean to do no harm
    And he holds me tight"

    The line "I close my eyes" is very important. See the lyrics of her song "Through the Eyes of a Child."

    Closing her eyes = Losing the eyes of a child
    UtterMundaneon June 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMaybe i am wrong, but for me, this song is about euthanasia where its not allow. Helping someone to die, even if its hard for you because you love him so much.
    dubos10585on January 07, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI interpret this song as a story of an abusive or obsessive partner killing their love out of anger/jealousy because when she says “I know he knows that he’s killing me for mercy” she doesn’t leave it at the fact that only she knows, instead she expresses that he really believes that. So what I see is that they possibly had an argument or maybe the male partner misread some situation and ended up killing the girl in a brief moment and now he regrets it but maybe he was like an obsessive fan that kills their idol.

    His thought process could be something like, “If I can’t have her no one can”. Maybe he thinks anyone that isn’t him is in enemy or danger so that he can justify killing her as an act of mercy in his mind. Of course he still has remorse for his actions and acknowledges he made a terrible mistake by pulling the trigger.

    The ending lines
    “The gun is gone
    And so am I
    And here I go”
    are exactly as they are no metaphor the guy gets rid of the gun and body, and she passes on to the next life, etc.
    Rockyroad0309on January 26, 2020   Link

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