If I Was Your Vampire

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"If I Was Your Vampire"
If I Was Your Vampire cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Eat Me, Drink Me
Released April 16, 2007
Recorded December 25, 2006 in Hollywood, California
Genre gothic rock, dark rock, industrial rock
Length 5:56
Label Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Tim Skold
Producer Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold
Media

"If I Was Your Vampire" is the first track on the 2007 release Eat Me, Drink Me. The song was inspired by an experience in Manson's life where he was finally uplifted by a close friend's morbid gesture of devotion. "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, 'Here, you can stab me,'" he says. "When someone was willing to drown with me, I really didn't want to drown anymore," said Manson. Manson has also called it "the new 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'. It's the all-time gothic anthem."

In an interview with Revolver magazine, Manson said, "It’s the centerpiece of the album, I woke up Christmas Day and wrote it. It's kind of my death wish fantasy."

Music details[edit]

Begins with a slow and oppressive melody which leads into choruses that saturate the listener with the juxtaposition of screaming vocals against desolate guitar. From here just when one thinks the song is over it launches into an outro of the mid-section repeated.

On April 16, 2007 the song was uploaded to Manson's MySpace.

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Lyrics[edit]

    6 a.m. Christmas morning.
    No shadows,
    no reflections here.
    Lying cheek to cheek
    in your cold embrace
    
    So soft and so tragic
    as a slaughterhouse.
    You press the knife against your heart.
    And say that,
    "I love you, so much you must kill me now."
    And say that,
    I love you
    so much
    you must kill me now.
    
    If I was your vampire,
    Certain as the moon,
    instead of killing time, we'll have each other 
    until the sun.
    If I was your vampire
    death waits for no one.
    Hold my hands
    across your face,
    because I think
    our time has come.
    
    Digging your smile apart 
    with my spade tongue
    The hole is where the heart is.
    We built this tomb together,
    and I won't fill it alone.
    beyond the pale everything is black
    no turning back.

    If I was your vampire,
    Certain as the moon,
    instead of killing time,
    We'll have each other 
    until the sun.
    If I was your vampire
    death waits for no one.
    Hold my hands
    across your face,
    because I think
    our time has come.
    
    Blood-stained sheets
    in the shape of your heart,
    this is where it starts...
    Blood-stained sheets
    in the shape of your heart,
    this is where it starts.
    This is where it will end.
    Here comes the moon again.
    
    6:19 and I know I'm ready
    Drive me off the mountain.
    You'll burn, I'll eat your ashes
    The impossible wheels seducing
    our corpse
    
    If I was your vampire,
    Certain as the moon,
    instead of killing time, we'll have each other 
    until the sun.
    If I was your vampire
    death waits for no one.
    Hold my hands
    across your face,
    because I think
    our time has come.
    
    Beyond the pale
    everything is black
    no turning back.
    Beyond the pale
    everything is black
    No turning back.
    
    This is where it starts.
    This is where it will end.
    Here comes the moon again.
    
    This is where it starts.
    This is where it will end.
    Here comes the moon again.
    
    Here comes the moon again
    
    Here comes the moon again

Trivia[edit]

  • Manson stated at his April 2007 press conference in Paris that If I Was Your Vampire will be the opening song on the forthcoming European tour.
  • Manson was inspired to use the term 'Vampire' after watching The Hunger, a 1983 film starring David Bowie.
  • This is one of two songs Manson wrote on Christmas day, the other being "Into the Fire" two years later.
  • The song's working title was "I'm Not Your Vampire".
  • It can be heard in the trailers for the film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and the film adaption of the video game Max Payne.