Thursday, November 3, 2016




The song "Zombies" isn't about the walking dead. It is about drug addiction and withdrawals, but also uses the idea of "zombies" as both a metaphor of the public psyche AND the mental state of a drug addict when he's between highs. It is not necessarily referring to street drugs, because I want to include the mentality of the person who is on way too much prescription medication as well.

When you listen to the lyrics about how this guy feels, you can see that he's willing to ignore the consequences for the sake of his drug. He goes from "willingly ignorant" to "totally apathetic".

The red part in the log represents the chemical structure of the main ingredient in Xanax, a powerful antidepressant.

Lyrics:
(Verse 1)
I see the Storm a-comin'
I see the coulds a-formin'
I'll pay no attention to the weather today
Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes
(Verse 2)
Ain't no emotion stirrin'
ain't no ideas a-formin'
I'll pay no attention to the wind and the waves
Cuz it's cold inside that hardened mind
But could it be
that as we're livin' in a fantasy
we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead
and so I, turn up the bottle and try to forget tomorrow
like it doesn't really matter to me
cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light
and all I see is the gray in between
(chorus)
when the lights go out and the darkness falls
how long will you hold on?
when the push comes to shove and the time finally comes
how far are you willing to go?
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
fighting the Zombie Virus off
(Verse 3)
I don't care what you're saying
Can't hear the song you're playing
I'll pay no attention to the kids in the way
Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile
But could it be
that as we're livin' in a fantasy
we've given over our minds to a life we never wanted to lead
And so I, I pop another pill
I take the chaser like it doesn't really matter to me
cuz these eyes have been blind to the dark and the light
and all I see is the gray in between
(chorus)
when the lights go out and the darkness falls
how long will you hold on?
when the push comes to shove and the time finally comes
how far are you willing to go?
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
fighting the Zombie Virus off
(Final Chorus)
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
Cuz it's dead behind those darkened eyes
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
Cuz I'm numb behind this hollow smile
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
I knew I wouldn't be the only one
fighting the Zombie Virus off

released October 28, 2016

Credits:
Vocal Performance, Musical Arrangement, & Lyrics by J. Slaughter
Live Drums performed by Sam Shaw
Mixed and Mastered by Christopher Lewis of Fire Hyena Studios
Model: Danielle Kasony - www.instagram.com/dkasony

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