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I have to say that I am astonished at how good this band is. I wish I knew what the lyrics to this song meant.
So, I don't quite understand all of it...but, I think it's safe to assume that she stabbed him (brass knife sinks into my shoulder) and he shoots her 3 times.He's saying that after he gets off these 3 rounds, he's going to be in good company with HER in hell because he still loves her.
There's a "hang me from a tree" line towards the end, too. So maybe she stabbed him, he shot her, and he expects to hang for it?
I'm kind of assuming that it's talking about relationships that didn't work out, and how the singers will be in better company out on their own than with their prospective matches. But that's a general impression, rather than any sort of close reading.
Killed his wife and was wounded in the struggle. Likely will be hung or die from the bleeding. The good company in hell will be his wife.
Count off three rounds, onefor cheating wife, one for cheater, one for himself? Brass knife on shoulder, might mean wounded, but where dies one get as brass knife?
If you read all the lyrics in the album the story is clear. Double murder and his suicide. These guys are great a story in each song and when you put them all together the whole album can be summed up in the title track
Hm. Yeah, that would work...
These are all great ideas, but here's what I think this song is about.I think the cheating part was right. He walks in on/finds out his wife cheating, surprised (proud) and upset (disgusted) (by her) he kills her. Soon after he regrets it. He talks about the smell of the stage [be it the stage of the murder or cheating, or both] (The stage it smells, tells, hell's bells, miss-spells, Knocks me on my knees) Most likely the cheating. The smell of sex is in the air, tells him everything he needs to know.The 3 counts I believe are him counting down before he hangs himself.I'm not a lyric analyst, but this is what I've gathered from reading over the lyrics a couple times.
I was just having this conversation with a friend... I assumed the song was about a man catching his woman (I see my red head, messed bed, tear shed, queen beeMy squeeze) with another man possibly somebody he knew (Brass knife sinks into my shoulder) stabbed in the back - but could also be referring to her... and I think the 3 counts are shots... "dead wife" ... why he's not going home with the lord and also why he'll be in good company in hell. And the "hang me on a tree" bit I thought was him admitting guilt ... a reference to old tyme punishment for such crimes. Hanging til dead. Just my thoughts ...
Its just random. Come on man, the guys are probably heavily facepalming and having a laugh that people would actually waste their precious lifetime taking apart the lyrics. Its lika every dio song. It just rhymes. They probably wrote it in an hour. Both instruments are barely working hard.... Its a good sounding fluke.
That's great, starts with an earthquake...
Go turn Beyonce back on and leave the rest of us alone.
Most important part... the wife is a redhead! I've had a husband who probably wanted to kill me (although I didn't cheat on him). lol
Well, naturally. I mean, ain't nobody going through that for a blonde...
Except for OJ!
One interpretation was that the song is from an abusive husband who was killed by his wife and she finally stood up to herself and killed him. He didnt really see it coming, it didnt really hurt, but now hes in hell and soon his wife will be for his murder.
The song is a retelling of the relationship between Shadow and his "Dead Wife" from the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it. But it fits perfectly. There's also a Starz series based on the book called American Gods. Check it out.
Huh. That's an interpretation that had never crossed my mind at all. But it does rather fit, doesn't it? Incidentally, if you're reading this and you're not already acquainted with American Gods, go give it a look. It's worth the read.
When he travels "three times down around hell" (sees his friends and gets to know everyone else that are obviously a lot like himself) he'll be in good company. And my money would be on a murder, likely his wife or her lover - or himself.I think one day they will discuss it. I hope so.
The story I'm seeing here is a "lady" who is in an abusive relationship with her "husband" who's looking for another man, or is being suited by one. "Dead love couldn't go no further." The singers are playing the part of the "guy". One of them is reluctant, "Oh Lord I ain't comin' home with you."The next verse may be the "husband." His life is colder as his wife is virtually dead to him. The "guy" stabs and kills him. I wonder if there's any signifigance to the brass?The third verse is the "guy" is describing his prize, "My Squeeze." The second two lines are perhaps the murder scene and their lover's bed simultaneously "The stage it smells..." Lines 5 and 6 describe how easy it all was, the flirting, the murder of an idiot, and finally finding himself hanging from a tree. Finally, the 7th line, In Hell I'll be in good company means he's as stupid as the guy he killed for the "lady" and so he'll be in good company.
I think the brass knife is symbolic of brass bed. So she stabbed him in the back using the big ol brass bed. i.e. she cheated on him. The stuffed shirt is her new fellow, as in just some random guy he did not know.
Wow! Hadn't dug as far into this as you guys have. Just love the song.
It's a classic Bluegrass murder ballad. She shoves him, knifes him, he retaliates, figures he'll hang for it, off to hell with both of them.
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