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Pray (Put 'Em in the Dirt)
California Dreaming
Length: 4:24
Released: October 27, 2017
Writers: Griffin Boice, Johnny 3 Tears
Producer: Griffin Boice
Album: V

Pray (Put 'Em In The Dirt) is a song from the band's fifth studio album, V.

Background

In an interview with Kerrang, Johnny 3 Tears said the song is about the egotistical needs everyone has in their adult lives that are tempting but ultimately take us down the wrong path. He stated that the song is a story about himself.

Lyrics

Johnny 3 Tears: Born on the right side of the wrong side
I wear my fucking insides on my outside
You can see my heart beat, it beats right through
And till the day it stops I'm gonna motherfucking persecute
Every single one of you
I'm not alone, I got the devil and he's coming too
Coming through to straight motherfucking bury you
Someone's gotta die and I'm fucking bulletproof
(I'm fucking bulletproof!)

Let me tell you a story, it's about a little kid
Who never really understood much of anything he did
He had a chest full of heart in a body full of scars
And a broke down palace on a broken boulevard
And he was faithless, but he lived through all the hurt
'Cause every time it did he knew he got what he deserved
Had to hold on to the fire even if he had to burn
Then the pain became the only way that he could ever learn
So thankless, but he knew that he could take this
Everything then came apart so one day he could make this
It's a song for the nameless that's ageless
Hold onto my hand, I'll show you scripture in these pages
(They're bulletproof!)

Danny: Hold on, hold tight, it's not your turn to die yet
So long, goodnight, there's not always tomorrow
Hold on, hold tight, it's not your turn to die yet
So long, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

Johnny 3 Tears: Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt!
(Now it's your turn to die)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)

Feel the fire, the heat, the pyre
The angel you know is the devil admired
Everything ends like a voice in the choir
Telling the truth to you motherfucking liars

It’s the come down, I know I gotta hold out
Can't fucking fall down, the mirror says I sold out
God had a vision and that vision is me
And I hold it in my heart every second that I breathe
So Holy Ghost, hold me please
I don't need these needful things
What are these songs that I'll leave?
I see this image when I dream
So I’ll live it ‘cause it's the only motherfucking thing I got
'Cause I'm motherfucking Three and you're motherfucking not
I got a motherfucking gun and the motherfucker's cocked
And I'll put it to my head until a motherfucker drops
So thankless, but he knew that he could take this
Everything then came apart so one day he could make this
A song for the nameless that's ageless
Hold onto my hand, I'll show you scripture in these pages
(They're bulletproof!)

Danny: Hold on, hold tight, it's not your turn to die yet
So long, goodnight, there's not always tomorrow
Hold on, hold tight, it's not your turn to die yet
So long, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight

Johnny 3 Tears: Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt!
(Now it's your turn to die)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)
Johnny 3 is gonna put you in the dirt! (Now!)

Most men lead lives in quiet desperation
Eventually, that desperation has to end
But first, head back to the crucible
Resistance will come to pass

Now it's your turn to die (Now!)
Put you in the dirt, p-p-put you in the dirt
Put you in the dirt, p-p-put you in the dirt
Now it's your turn to die (Now!)
Put you in the dirt, p-p-put you in the dirt
Put you in the dirt, p-p-put you in the dirt
(Now it's your turn to die)

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Griffin Boice - guitar, piano, strings
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing
  • Tommy Lee - drums
  • Danny Lohner - bass, guitar
  • Rhys May - mixing assistant

Trivia

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