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Dark Places
Day of the Dead cover
Length: 4:39
Released: March 31, 2015
Writers: Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears
Producer: J-Dog
Key: D minor
Tempo: 88 BPM
Album: Day of the Dead

Dark Places is a song from Hollywood Undead's fourth album, Day of the Dead.

Background

J-Dog spoke to Artist Direct about the track. "We wrote that at my house. I produced it. It's the same shit from the frustrations of what we used to have back in the day. We used to say and do whatever we wanted, but you get sidetracked when you have people who are down your ear constantly telling you, 'You're going to be rich' and 'You need bigger and more popular songs.' It goes to your head because you think that might happen. You have so many people in your ear steering you in the wrong direction. It's hard to not listen sometimes. When we were writing that song, it was like, 'Fuck you, I'm going to say whatever I want on this song. No one is going to get us to go anywhere but us.' Everyone took their own frustration they had and talked about it. On my voice, I'm referring to the music industry. Johnny and Charlie are talking about totally different things. You worked your fucking ass off, and it could be over any day. It's just over and done because some guy in a suit doesn't want to put your record out."

Johnny 3 Tears also spoke to Artist Direct about the track. "I still listen to Eminem a lot. He was always ragging on the industry and his label. You go, 'Whatever that's about, it sounds good!' Now that I've experienced the industry itself and how clique-y everything can be, we wanted to convey our frustrations. That's my take on it anyway."

The meaning of each verse was revealed in the interview. J-Dog wrote his verse about the music industry. Johnny 3 Tears wrote his verse about their former label, A&M/Octone. The reason Charlie Scene wrote his verse was left undisclosed in the interview for unknown reasons.

Lyrics

Danny: (Dark places, dark places)
(Dark places, dark places)
(Dark places, dark places)
(Dark places, dark places)

I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

J-Dog: People say that I'm pissed off 'cause I like to shit talk
But people are fake so just wait till they jaws lock
Tick-a-ti-tick-tock, the click of the wrist watch
Time is running out, on my way to the tip-top
So fuck it, I can't stop, been waiting for too long
Started my own plot, it's starting with this song
Damned if I'm dead wrong, who wants to fight a lion?
Motherfuckers who hate, just wait for me to die trying
Like I'm gonna stop now? Like I'm gonna cop out?
Show these motherfuckers I ain't willing to drop out
So maybe I'm pissed off because I feel ripped off
This industry's a bitch and she'll rip your dick off
Famous and broke and into a joke
But I've come way too far, not giving up hope
I'll keep breaking my back and I ain't gonna choke
Show these faggots on top that I keep climbing the rope

Danny: I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

Johnny 3 Tears: When you come from nothing you wanna die for something
So I started to run and just kept on gunning
Dark heart, dark thoughts in a blacked out room
Magged out Cadillac, click-clack, ka-
Sung you a song, the words went right through
Then I can't haunt a house if it haunts me too
So let's draw the line in it's me and it's you
I do it all the time and Johnny 3 don't lose
Can you write some checks that you can't cash?
So I'm a little bitter-baby? Keep on coming back
Yeah, there's just some things that I can't stand
A little trigger-happy, so come on, let's dance
And fuck your virtue, you lie and you mean it
With the writing on the wall but you just can't read it
Comes back around, man, you better believe it
If you got a dark heart, I'm gonna motherfucking bleed it

Danny: I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

Charlie Scene: Who's that walking up your block, pissed off with two glocks?
With a 40 in his fist and a fifth of moon rocks
Got his sleeves cut off with marijuana tube socks
Smoking pot in the drop-top, bumping Kid Rock
I'mma smoke another spliff and chase it down with six shots
That guy's cockier than shit like a guy with six cocks
And I can't stop saying dick, dick, dick and then cock
Hick-a-dickery-dick-a-dick-a-dickery-dock
So talk shit and get socked or kick rocks and get lost
Or get dropped then get tossed, this hip-hop shit gets hot
This is not a pit stop and I'm not gonna stop
Until I'm on the top like your mom on a cock
So when you see me in your hood, yeah, you better think twice
Let me give you all a muy poquito piece of advice
If you push me any further, it's the end of your life
And I'll kill you like the sixteen bars I killed on this mic

Danny: I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

I've come way too far for this
I've put in too much work, I've dealt with too much hurt
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

(Dark places, dark places)
I've come way too far for this
(Dark places, dark places)
I've worked way too hard for this
(Dark places, dark places)
I've come way too far for this
(Dark places, dark places)
I've worked way too hard for this
But we live in dark places, dark places

Background vocals

  • Da Kurlzz shouts "I've come way too far for this" and "I've worked way too hard for this" behind Danny on every chorus.
  • Da Kurlzz and J-Dog shout "I've come way too far this" and "I've worked way too hard for this" behind Danny during the outro.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional

Trivia

  • This song was written at J-Dog's house.
  • J-Dog wrote his verse about the music industry. Johnny 3 Tears wrote his verse about their label. What Charlie Scene wrote his verse about was left undisclosed.
  • Johnny 3 Tears claimed his verse was inspired by Eminem.
  • Charlie Scene's claim of "Who's that walking up your block/Pissed off with two glocks?" is a reference to Eminem's song Just Don't Give a Fuck, where Eminem raps "So when you see me on your block with two glocks screaming fuck the world like Tupac, I just don't give a fuck."
  • This is the second diss track directed at one of their labels, the first one being Undead.

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