I Love You But You're Dead

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"I Love You But You're Dead"
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Don't Be A Stranger cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album Don't Be A Stranger
Released 2012
Format CD/LP
Length 4:35
Label Merge Records (US) / Decor Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Sheldon Gomberg
Don't Be A Stranger track listing
  1. "I Love You But You're Dead"
  2. "The Bill Is Due"
  3. "All My Love"
  4. "Oh Mercy"
  5. "Costume Characters Face Dangers In The Workplace"
  6. "Why Are You With Me"
  7. "Lament For Bobo The Clown"
  8. "Break The Champagne"
  9. "We All Have To Find Our Own Way Out"
  10. "You're Waiting"
  11. "Nowhere To Run"

"I Love You But You're Dead" is the first song on Mark Eitzel's 10th album, 2012's Don't Be A Stranger. Its working title was "Destroy All Monsters" and in a 2010 blog post Eitzel wrote that, "yes, the song 'Destroy All Monsters' is about the band from Detroit.'"

Lyrics

Let's go toast the twilight at the old horror house
It's a graveyard, the music's loud, the future's bleak
And we'll say hi to Lead Pipe
Books the bands, says he's free
Squeals like a pig when forced to speak

The speaker stack is covered in thick pile of dust
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up
Give me something I can use
I wanna get messed up, and give up, and end up somewhere else
Sometimes you don't wanna choose

It's a plywood stage and the carpets are rotten
The band is so loud, they're lighter than air
The singer's heart and soul had long since been bled
And like the ocean, she didn't care

The music, it was blasting
And I couldn't hear what she said
Oh, but when she signed my poster
She wrote, "I love you, but you're dead"

The guitar was pure evil, like the engines on a jet
The singer is beautiful and oh so bored
When she started crawling around on the ground well, honey,
You bet I've been down on that beer-soaked floor

Lead Pipe fell in love and said, "Would you look at that slut?"
Beauty brought what was left of him to the edge of despair
He said, "For a little I bet, she would do a whole lot
'cause you'll do anything when you're not really there"

The music, it was blasting
And I couldn't hear what she said
Oh, but when she signed my poster
She wrote, "I love you, but you're dead"

Now tonight, I wanna disappear
So wish me godspeed
For a membership to the human race I'd give up all claim
And I'll control my arms and my legs and my hands, and my hair and my face
Like I'm holding a gun in a video game

Video

Mark Eitzel performing "I Love You But You're Dead" on February 16, 2013 in Paris, France.

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