I Trust You To Kill Me

October 11, 2008 1:16 AM

My very first MeFiMuCh entry, this one is Halloween themed. It is dark and spookily minimalist electronic pop with ghostly vocals and lyrics about being at the end of the world (via zombie apocalypse) with a loved one and the logistics of love in the time of zombies. Interesting to note, this song was originally written on banjo as a folk song. But when trying to add some electronic elements to it experimenting with the recorded version I decided to make it a straight electronic song.

I wrote this song a while back on banjo. I wanted to write a zombie song that wasn't nakedly about zombies, but was still dark and had the menacing death-is-inevitable tone to it that was primarily folk based. Because I had, and still haven't ever, heard an old timey folk song about zombies*. Lyrics are as follows:

"I Trust You To Kill Me"

I don't mind being here with you
At the end of the world
But if our minds are sharp
And our aim is true
Then we just might make it another night through

I don't know if there's any hope
Or a God in the sky
But in this hole, I'll fight and die
Just to spend another night with you

Now my dear I gather men
For supplies we must ride
But swear this to me, swear on your life
For humanity

If by chance we should meet again
And in my eyes, the darkness you see
Remember the words once sworn in love
I trust you to kill me

Remember the words once spoke in love.

*I don't count Jonoathon Coulton's "Re: Your Brains" as it's too tongue in cheek, I wanted a serious folk song about zombies

posted by mediocre (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I'd also like to clarify just so there is no doubt, though this song was originally written a year or so ago.. it was never recorded, in fact I had forgotten entirely about it until I ran across the sheet of paper I wrote it on two days ago. That's when I started recording, and ended up with this.
posted by mediocre at 4:57 AM on October 11, 2008

This is sweet! Instant spot on Halloween Mix '08!
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 2:08 PM on October 11, 2008

Powerful - love in desperate circumstances, very romantic, yet sad. For some reason, I have the mental image of (zombie) film credits rolling while this plays. Love the fuzzy perc. Thanks for posting the lyric, too. Minor quibbles: this is a bit drawn out, and the line "And in my eyes, the darkness you see" threw me a bit. Please keep posting.
posted by AppleSeed at 7:48 PM on October 26, 2008

"In my eyes, the darkness you see" is to say, "If we meet again, and you see that I am not me but a zombie, then kill me."
posted by mediocre at 3:02 AM on October 29, 2008

Cool - usually not a fan of that vocal style, but I liked it.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:45 AM on January 7, 2009

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