High up on you, you display good traits though few.
We've found time alone will tell.
This disease keeps holding me down.
Try to run when bear sleep.
To imagine us away.
He said come, fly around my he'll.
And know this, you seem to be
Too scared to run.
Wish I had your faults
Nothing seems to phase you
Lies, you're much more than just human.
I was high up on you til the shadows began to crawl.
Some say we can never know from just how far down this beast has come.
Too scared to run
So scared to run
Wish I had your faults
Nothing seems to phase you
Lies, you're much more than just human."

Lyrics submitted by flashflatliner, edited by GingaNinja14

"An Evening with El Diablo" as written by Peter Loeffler Joseph Loeffler

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    General CommentKNAC.COM: “An Evening with El Diablo.” What is that about?

    LOEFFLER: Uh, “An Evening with El Diablo” it's kind of ... that's a little bit of a joke, too. It's about meeting a person that you sort of randomly meet. I think it's about a specific time when Pete met somebody, and thought “Wow, this person's really cool” and then finds out later on that they're exactly the opposite of everything good. Essentially that they're the devil. Um, not literally the devil, but everything that you would say that is bad in this world that person is about that.

    KNAC.COM: The devil's spawn.

    LOEFFLER: Yeah. But your first impression is that this person's really cool -- I wanna hang out with them and do this and that, and then you go out with them and find out that they're snorting everything they can get and that they're bagging every girl they come across... all this stuff. It was about a time you met somebody like that and it's funny how people can cover up the real things that they're about so that they can get to a certain point and then they unload on you. So it's about finding out later, “Wow, I just spent an evening with the devil.” It started out cool and in the end I realized that this guy was crazy.
    Alexis507on May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's written form a third person point of view, and isn't referring to the actual devil so much as to a situation that is horrible to the point where it can easily be referred to as "El Diablo"
    onemanorgyon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis songs refers to when you first meet a person... they seem cool and when u get to know them better they run out to be creeps and try to suck u in, them representing el diablo. You know that being with this person is bad for your spiritual walk but you are "to scared to run". He just wants gods help to get out of this hell he is in.
    jakeob02777720on November 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, the lyrics are wrong:

    *Try to run when YOU sleep*
    *Fly around my HELL*
    *Nothing seems to FAZE you*
    *I was high ABOVE you* (different the second time)
    *Some say we can never know - just how far down* (No "from" there)
    The last time he screams "so scared", he screams "to lie" after it instead of "to run".
    And he says "Wish I had your faults" twice more at the end.

    As far as the lyrical interpretation, it seems to obviously be about the devil, but that's as far as I got before it made no sense. The meaning doesn't matter as much to me because the music is awesome!
    MusicStuff0405on June 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really dramatic, I just listened to it for the first time, it's actually just finishing up right now. I think it's really heavy, and I think that this new album they have out is a lot more out there then their last one. Perhaps their inpiration changed?? Anyways, it's all gravy with Chevelle, rock on, farewell! *FSQ*
    flyschoolequalon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok,this is an evening with the devil,as the title tells by itself,but whats the conclusion?he is within or against the devil?
    dort_kwkon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this song shows that humans are constantly tempted by the devil in many different forms. The singer admits that the devil presents him with things that are fun ("I wish I had your faults/Nothing seems to phase you"). But hey, if sin weren't fun there would be no incentive to do it then, right? I think so. And yes, the conculsion is a bit unclear, but I believe that the singer doesn't choose the devil ("I was hung/Up on you/'Til the shadows/Begin to crawl"). I really like this song. One of the best on the album. Also check out "Don't Fake This" and "Wonder What's Next?". Excellent album!
    punkrockchick217on March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpunkrockchick217 very true....yea they do refer to the actual devil...most of their songs are christian based..but words are changed for the sake of the general public...if you search the internet..you may find two versions of this song and many other chevelle songs..you will clearly see the orignal lyrics are very religious and then the modified version seem more applicable to everyday life.
    HaveAGreenDayon March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou are spectacularly stupid. The point of religion isn't to know lots about God and get into heaven. It's to apply what you learn to your life and do well on earth. All preaching should be applicable to everyday life.
    bizarreon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe guys from Chevelle are pricks, at least the bassist, Joe, is... read my post in "The Red" to see what I mean.
    PumaManon April 10, 2003   Link

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