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Black Dahlia
Black Dahlia
Length: 3:46
Released: September 13, 2010
Writers: Deuce, J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears
Producer: Deuce
Key: F# minor
Tempo: 140 BPM
Album: Swan Songs
Black Dahlia Remixes
Desperate Measures (live)
Last single: Dove and Grenade
Next single: Hear Me Now

Black Dahlia is the sixth single released by Hollywood Undead from their debut album, Swan Songs. The release of this single spawned the remix album, Black Dahlia Remixes, which was released on the same day as the single. 

Background

J-Dog has stated, upon being asked why they chose to write this song, "Anybody who has ever been in a relationship and gone through some fucked up shit - like we all have - sometimes wants to kill the other person in the worst way possible. People are just scared to say it. So we did a song about how everyone really feels but doesn't want to say."

He also touched upon the song in an interview with Artist Direct. He stated, "Black Dahlia" is obviously an old Hollywood tale. It's about a girl who was brutally murdered and cut up. Anybody who has ever been in a relationship and gone through some fucked up shit—like we all have—sometimes wants to kill the other person in the worst way possible. People are just scared to say it. So we did a song about how everyone really feels but doesn't want to say.

Johnny 3 Tears also spoke with Artist Direct about the song. "For us, I know why we wrote the song. It's based on our own situations with that. It's that classic story. You like someone so much, and then they leave and you feel like you could kill them. J-Dog titled the song. He's fascinated with old Hollywood. He does a magazine called Hollywood Land. He's studied how Hollywood developed into what it is. I don't even know what a Dahlia is. That's an emotion a relationship can bring out. I've never felt like stabbing someone's eyes out until I went through that experience. We just made it as graphic and real as possible. It's a real love song. "

J-Dog and Johnny chose Black Dahlia as one of five essential Hollywood Undead songs in 2017 mainly because how personal it is to them. They were living together, felt depressed and had little to no money. They had to take turns of eating when they recorded their verses.

Official Lyrics

Johnny 3 Tears: I loved you, you made me
Hate me, you gave me
Hate, see? It saved me
And these tears are deadly
You feel that? I'd rip back
Every time you tried to steal that
You feel bad? You feel sad?
I'm sorry, hell no, fuck that
It was my heart, it was my life
It was my start, it was your knife
This strife, it dies
This life and these lies
And these lungs have sung
This song for too long
And it's true, I hurt too
Remember, I loved you!

Deuce: And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No!)

J-Dog: I wish I could have quit you, I wish I never missed you
And told you that I loved you every time I fucked you
The future that we both drew and all the shit we've been through
Obsessed with the thought of you, the pain just grew and grew
How could you do this to me? Look at what I made for you
It never was enough, and the world is what I gave to you
I used to be love struck, now I'm just fucked up
Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!

Deuce: And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No!)

Deuce: Seems like all we had is over now
You left to rest
Charlie Scene and Deuce: And your tears are dried up now!
Deuce: You just lay without a sound

Seems like all we had is over now
You left to rest
Charlie Scene and Deuce: And my fears are over now!
Deuce: I can leave with my head down

And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No!)

(I'm sorry)
J-Dog: I used to be love-struck, now I'm just fucked up
Deuce: (I'm sorry)
J-Dog: Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!
Deuce: (I'm sorry)

(I'm sorry)
J-Dog: I used to be love-struck, now I'm just fucked up
Deuce: (I'm sorry)
J-Dog: Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!
Deuce: (I'm sorry)
I’m sorry, no

Background vocals

  • Deuce sings "and these tears are deadly", "I'm sorry, hell no, fuck that", "this life and these lies", and "this song for too long" behind Johnny 3 Tears.
  • Charlie Scene sings "I'm sorry, no" behind Deuce on every chorus.
  • Deuce screams "grew and grew", "love-struck", "fucked up", and "the pattern of my cuts" behind J-Dog.

Personnel

Additional
  • Ben Grosse - mixing

Trivia

  • Shady Jeff originally did J-Dog's verse.
  • J-Dog was the one who came up with the title of the track.
  • At live shows, Charlie Scene claims that he wrote Black Dahlia after Johnny 3 Tears had "fucked his sister in his mother's car on his mother's birthday on his sister's period."
    • Though, J-Dog states in many interviews that the song is actually about the death of a close girlfriend/wife, and wasn't written from anyone's point of view.
  • A live version of this song is featured on Desperate Measures.

My Black Dahlia
7 Song Sampler
Length: 3:46
Released: 2005
Writers: J-Dog, Tha Producer, Tha Server
Producer: Tha Producer
Key: F# minor
Tempo: 140 BPM
Album: 7 Song Sampler
Hollywood Undead

My Black Dahlia was posted on the band's MySpace in 2005. After it got very popular among the fans, the band included it on their first EP, the 7 Song Sampler, which included seven of their most popular tracks at the time.

Official Lyrics

The Server: I loved you, you made me
Hate me, you gave me
Hate, see? It saved me
And these tears are deadly
You feel that? I'd rip back
Every time you tried to steal that
You feel bad? You feel sad?
I'm sorry, hell no, fuck that
It was my heart, it was my life
It was my start, it was your knife
This strife, it dies
This life and these lies
And these lungs have sung
This song for too long
And it's true, I hurt too
Remember, I loved you!

Tha Producer: And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
Shady Jeff and Tha Producer: I'm sorry, no (No!)

J-Dog: I wish I could have quit you, I wish I never missed you
And told you that I loved you every time I fucked you
The future that we both drew and all the shit we've been through
Obsessed with the thought of you, the pain just grew and grew
How could you do this to me? Look at what I made for you
It never was enough, and the world is what I gave to you
I used to be love struck, now I'm just fucked up
Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!

Tha Producer: And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
Shady Jeff and Tha Producer: I'm sorry, no (No!)

Tha Producer: Seems like all we had is over now
You left to rest
Shady Jeff and Tha Producer: And your tears are dried up now!
Tha Producer: You just lay without a sound

Seems like all we had is over now
You left to rest
Shady Jeff and Tha Producer: And my fears are over now!
Tha Producer: I can leave with my head down

And I've lost it all, fell today, it’s all the same
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no (No)
And I've been abused, I feel so used because of you
I'm sorry, oh (I'm sorry)
Shady Jeff and Tha Producer: I'm sorry, no (No!)

Tha Producer: (I'm sorry)
J-Dog: I used to be love-struck, now I'm just fucked up
Tha Producer: (I'm sorry)
J-Dog: Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!
Tha Producer: (I'm sorry)

(I'm sorry)
J-Dog: I used to be love-struck, now I'm just fucked up
Tha Producer: (I'm sorry)
J-Dog: Pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts!
Tha Producer: (I'm sorry)
I'm sorry, no

Background vocals

  • Tha Producer sings "and these tears are deadly", "I'm sorry, hell no, fuck that", "this life and these lies", and "this song for too long" behind The Server.
  • Charlie Scene sings the entire chorus with Tha Producer.
    • His voice is more noticeable on the last line of the chorus.
  • Tha Producer screams "grew and grew", "love-struck", "fucked up", and "the pattern of my cuts" behind J-Dog.
  • Shady Jeff screams "pull up my sleeve and see the pattern of my cuts" behind J-Dog.

Personnel

Trivia

  • On the 2008 version of the song, Shady Jeff's screams are all redone by Charlie Scene and Deuce.

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