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We Own the Night
California Dreaming
Length: 4:02
Released: October 13, 2017
Writers: Charlie Scene, Danny,
Funny Man, J-Dog,
Johnny 3 Tears, Sean Gould
Producer: Sean Gould
Album: V
Last single: Renegade
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We Own the Night is the fourth single from the band's fifth studio album, V.

Background

In an article by Scene for Dummies, a description of the song was given:

"[The song] struts between stadium-size guitars and a visceral volley on the verses punctuated by lines like, “If you fuckers want to die, fucking with Undead is like committing suicide.” “It’s the quintessential Hollywood Undead song,” exclaims J-Dog. “It’s got that shit talking. There’s a fresh vibe with the organ though. We were inspired by Hans Zimmer’s use of it in Interstellar, so we added this cinematic element to the track.”

In an interview with Loudwire, Johnny 3 Tears talks about the song:

"That is very specific. One night, after the studio, we were out getting drunk, I'll be honest. And we went down to Hollywood Boulevard and which, to be honest with you, I don't do very often anymore. I used to live down there, pretty much, but all the bars are different now. Anyway, we were doing it. We were walking around and we really wanted to write a song about the nocturnal qualities of the city.

It's weird because you can be in one spot and it's a different world than that 12 hours later, it's completely different. You've got everything going on, there's the bank and there's the supermarket and everyone's doing their normal thing, and then 12 hours later, instead of selling food they're selling crack and all these other things.

It was a take on the nocturnal aspects of our lives and we thought it would be cool to tell that story. We've always been on the darker side, subject matter wise with music. I suppose that's just the way we are. It was our take on those things. I never liked "party music" you know, 'Let's party all night.' I've always looked at the other sides of those things. It's just a take on that activity and where we were at at that point."

Music video

The music video for the song was released on October 13, 2017 and was directed by Amber Park.

Official Lyrics

Funny Man: Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa

Johnny 3 Tears: Got the top down
Gonna baptize you bitches 'cause you know you cop out
Calm down, all you motherfuckers do is talk loud
You sold out and every single one of you is cold now
My town, thirty-deep, about to fucking roll out

J-Dog: Look alive as I light up the sky
And pump up the twelve-gauge and blow off your disguise
No surprise, there ain't no compromise
They dumbed up these motherfuckers, hit 'em straight in the eyes

Danny and Johnny 3 Tears: And the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind
And so you wanna live forever, but today you will die
Funny Man: (It's your time!)
J-Dog: Hear you lie as I crucify
You're the boy who will cry and I'm the wolf, well, goodbye

Danny and Johnny 3 Tears: And every single page is drawn in blood, can't you see?
J-Dog: Fucks, it's because you're triple six feet in the deep
Johnny 3 Tears: And I'll send you straight to the afterlife for fucking with me
J-Dog and Johnny 3 Tears: Hollywood to the death, Undead put you to sleep

Danny: Can't fall, can't die
Tonight we're so alive
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night
Danny: We call, you rise
With you, we never die
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night

Funny Man: Broke in 'Wood, so I've been told
If you wanna throw some blows
We can go toe to toe
Kick the door in, throw it open

Charlie Scene: No one knows? I thought I told 'em
Thought you had it, now you're choking
People dropping, bodies folding
Stay Undead, two coffins open

Funny Man: Praying to that Holy Ghost
He can't save you, there's no hope
Looking through that barrel smoke
Pull the trigger, let it go

Charlie Scene: The game is done, send in the closer
You can't sink down any lower
We couldn't get any colder
With these devils on our shoulders

Funny Man: Is someone popping shots now? Someone called the cops
Charlie Scene: And when the dust settles, you know we gon' be on top
Funny Man: Smoke until I'm under six feet on the dock
Charlie Scene: Welcome to the jungle, we got beef on the block

Charlie Scene and Funny Man: Charlie's rolling through your hood, Funny at his side
Looking like a fucking pimp parade passing by
And we hopping out the Jeep, if you fuckers wanna die
Fucking with Undead is like committing suicide

Danny: Can't fall, can't die
Tonight we're so alive
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night
Danny: We call, you rise
With you, we never die
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night

All: This time, this time we will all rise
All rise for the lost lives, lost lives for the last time
For the last time, we will all rise
For the last time, we will all rise
For the last time, we will all rise
For the last time, we will all rise

Danny: Can't fall, can't die
Tonight we're so alive
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night
Danny: We call, you rise
With you, we never die
Danny and Funny Man: Singing whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night

Whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night
Whoa, we own the night

Background vocals

  • Funny Man says "top down", "cop out", "calm down", "talk loud", "you sold out", "cold now", "my town", and "roll out" behind Johnny 3 Tears.
  • Funny and Johnny say "light up the sky", "blow off your disguise", "compromise", "dumbed up", and "hit 'em straight in the eyes" behind J-Dog.
  • Danny sings "And the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind/And so you wanna live forever but today you will die" behind Johnny.
  • Funny says "crucify" and "the wolf, well, goodbye" behind J-Dog.
  • Danny and Funny sing "Every single page is drawn in blood, can't you see?" behind Johnny.
  • Funny says "triple six feet in the deep" behind J-Dog.
  • Danny and Funny shout "Undead put you to sleep" behind J-Dog and Johnny.

Alternative version

An alternative version of the song is featured in the music video. It features different instrumentals, some differing vocal takes, an aggressive metal scream by J-Dog in the background of the chorus, and a completely different verse by Funny Man and Charlie Scene.

The alternate verse contains these lyrics:

Funny Man: Broke in 'Wood so I've been smoking
If you wanna throw some blows then
We can go straight toe to toe and
Kick the door in, throw it open

Charlie Scene: No one knows? I thought I told 'em
Thought you had it, now you're choking
People dropping, bodies folding
Stay Undead, two coffins open

Funny Man: Praying to the Holy Ghost and
He can't save you, there's no hope and
It's too late, the barrel's smoking
Pull the trigger, now it's over

Charlie Scene: The game is done, send in the closer
You can't sink down any lower
We couldn't get any colder
With these devils on our shoulders

Funny Man: Is someone popping shots now? Someone called the cops
Charlie Scene: And when the dust settles, you know we gon' be on top
Funny Man: Smoke until I'm under six feet on the dock
Charlie Scene: Welcome to the jungle, we got beef on the block

Charlie Scene and Funny Man: Charlie's rolling through your hood, Funny at his side
Looking like a fucking pimp parade passing by
And we hopping out the Jeep, if you fuckers wanna die
Fucking with Undead is like committing suicide

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing
  • Dean Butterworth - drums

Trivia

  • When Johnny 3 Tears says "My town, thirty-deep, about to fucking roll out", he could be making references to three of their older songs:

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