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March 10, 2010

Vampires Will Never Hurt You

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Welcome to the Land of Thieves and Ghosts!  I think it’s fairly safe to say that vampires are taking over society lately, what with highly grossing novels like Twilight, and new television shows like TrueBlood and Vampire Diaries.  I’ve always been an avid reader, and I do enjoy a good vampire novel, but I’ve begun to wonder where all this hype originated from.  What is the history of the vampire myth?  What folk tales or legends have influenced the current popular vampire stories?  I’m on a quest to decipher the vampire.  I plan on discussing legends, folklore, and historical events/people on this blog that have influenced or added to vampire literature.   I hope you enjoy!  Feel free to leave comments and suggestions, they are always appreciated!

More information regarding my personal credentials and the topics covered in this blog can be found on the “About” page (a link is available at the bottom of this page).   I also have a “Bibliography” page, located at the bottom of this site that will be updated with helpful academic sources that I come across while researching the vampire.

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“Vampires Will Never Hurt You” is a fantastic song by a brilliant band.  This song is catchy and it illustrates a lot of themes found in vampire literature.  One theme found in this song is that certain items can be dangerous to vampires.  According to My Chemical Romance, the sun is dangerous to vampires, holy water and other religious items can also be threatening to vampires, along with a slew of seemingly random objects, like garlic and silver.  Garlic can give you bad breath, but why is it dangerous to vampires? 

Here’s a rundown of the lyrics:  

My Chemical Romance: Vampires Will Never Hurt You

And if they get me and the sun goes down into the ground
And if they get me take this spike to my heart and
And if they get me and the sun goes down
And if they get me take this spike and
You put the spike in my heart

And if the sun comes up will it tear the skin right off our bones
And then as razor sharp white teeth rip out our necks I saw you there
Someone get me to the doctor, someone get me to a church
Where they can pump this venom gaping hole
And you must keep your soul like a secret in your throat
And if they come and get me
What if you put the spike in my heart

And if they get me and the sun goes down
And if they get me take this spike and

(Come on!)

[Chorus]
Can you take this spike?
Will it fill our hearts with thoughts of endless
Night time sky?
Can you take this spike?
Will it wash away this jet black feeling?

And now the nightclub sets the stage for this they come in pairs she said
We’ll shoot back holy water like cheap whiskey they’re always there
Someone get me to the doctor, and someone call the nurse
And someone buy me roses, and someone burned the church
We’re hanging out with corpses, and driving in this hearse
And someone save my soul tonight, please save my soul

[Chorus]
Can you take this spike?
Will it fill our hearts with thoughts of endless
Night time sky?
Can you take this spike?
Will it wash away this jet black now?

(Let’s go! Come on!)

And as these days watch over time, and as these days watch over time
And as these days watch over us tonight
[x2]

I’ll never let them, I’ll never let them
I’ll never let them hurt you not tonight
I’ll never let them, I can’t forget them
I’ll never let them hurt you, I promise

Struck down, before our prime
Before, you got off the floor
Can you stake my heart? Can you stake my heart?

Can you stake my heart? Can you stake my heart?
(And these thoughts of endless night
bring us back into the light
and this venom from my heart)

Can you stake my heart? Can you stake my heart?
(And these thoughts of endless night
bring us back into the light
kill this venom from my heart)

Can you stake me before the sun goes down?

Whispers at the end:
(And as always, innocent like roller coasters.
Fatality is like ghosts in snow and you have no idea what you’re up against
because I’ve seen what they look like.
Becoming perfect as if they were sterling silver chainsaws going cascading…)

I hope you enjoyed the music video, and that its lyrics made you think a bit more about vampires!  I am so excited to begin this blog, and I hope to discuss many of the concepts and ideas from this song in later blog posts, so check back later for more!

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