Sunday, July 27, 2008

I See Hell in Your Eyes...

My Winamp randomed to another old favorite earlier today. I like this song due to three aspects of it.

The first being the fact that it is a part of the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of "Queen of the Damned" by Anne Rice. I've had this obsession with vampires for quite a while in the past eversince I've read a few of Anne Rice's books. Although the movie tore the story in the novel apart (i.e. Lestat's band isn't supposed to comestically appear like a Goth band), my overall interest in vampires still drew me to the movie. Lestat is portrayed more of a bad-ass in this movie compared to "Interview with a Vampire".

The second aspect is that the meaning of the song has some relevancy to my life late last year. I was largely an involuntary hermit dealing with my own idiosyncracies and emotions back then. Some of the lines in the song speak words that were in my head at the time; like "Did you think it's cool to walk right up, to take my life and fuck it up?!" and "I see hell in your eyes".

Before we get to the third aspect, below is a music video of the song with scenes from the "Queen of the Damned" movie. It's a little eerie to watch Aaliyah since she past away quite some time ago. And although in the novel, Akasha is actually a white female vampire with firey red hair, Aaliyah portrayed a very sultry and seductive Akasha nonetheless. Check out the music video below along with the song's prose.

The song in the video below was sang by Orgy's Jay Gordon, and is the version that is in the movie soundtrack CD.



Slept So Long
by Jonathan Davis


Walking, waiting
Alone without a care
Hoping, and hating
Things that I can't bear

Did you think it's cool to walk right up
To take my life and fuck it up
Well did you
Well did you

I see hell in your eyes
Taken in by suprise
Touching you makes me feel alive
Touching you makes me die inside

Walking, waiting
Alone without a care
Hoping, and hating
Things that I can't bear

Did you think its cool to walk right up
To take my life and fuck it up
Well did you
I hate you

I see hell in your eyes
Taken in by suprise
Touching you makes me feel alive
Touching you makes me die inside

I've slept so long without you
It's tearing me apart, too
How'd you get this far
Playing games with this old heart

I've killed a million petty souls
But I couldn't kill you
I've slept so long without you

I see Hell in your eyes
Taken in by suprise
Touching you makes me feel alive
Touching you makes me die inside

I see Hell in your eyes
Taken in by suprise
Touching you makes me feel alive
Touching you makes me die inside
(repeat to fade)


The third aspect of this song that drew me to it was the fact that it was written by Jonathan Davis specifically for the movie. Jonathan Davis is the vocalist and primary songwriter for a Nu Metal band named "Korn". In Korn, he writes songs about being bullied, of depression, and of anger during his adolescent years. Which is the 90s angst that everybody who grew up with Grunge music went through back then. So the words of "Slept So Long" provided a personal color coming from Jon.

Below is a snippet from the "Queen of the Damned" movie where it shows Lestat and his band performing this very song. But unlike in the earlier video and the track in the movie soundtrack CD, the vocals of Lestat are sang by Jonathan Davis himself. This version of the song, in my book, shows much more power and emotion.



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