Electrocution, necrophilia, underage foreign lovers... Interesting musical ways of saying "I love you."

Don’t bother making a mix of mushy songs for your lover this Valentines Day. As we perused the annals of rock we realized there’s a myriad of music with a slightly different approach to displaying one’s affection. In the case of Deftones, it’s electrocution. How about a teacher tormented by his infatuation with an underage student? The Police have you covered. In the case of Morrissey, putting her in a coma trumps those annoying candy hearts any day.

Here are 13 tracks to scare your significant other on this completely bogus Hallmark holiday.

The Smiths “Girlfriend In A Coma”

One of Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s most notable songs together, the track only reached #13 on the UK singles chart.

There were times
When I could
Have ‘murdered’ her
(but, you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)

Watch the video here.

Radiohead “Creep”

Did you know Thom Yorke based his classic tune off The Hollies’ 1972 track, “The Air That I Breath?” Radiohead famously refuse to play the song in concert, except on very rare occasions. The track has been since covered by numerous musicians.

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so very special
I’ll have that special

Watch the video here.


Metallica “Nothing Else Matters”

Although early reports site James Hetfield having penned the song about a former girlfriend, the singer later countered, explaining that the track was an ode to Metallica’s fans, without whom nothing else matters.

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters

Watch the video here.

Deftones “Digital Bath”

According to frontman Chino Moreno, “It was probably 5 in the morning – we were still up partying – and I just pictured this whole scenario of having this girl, bringing her downstairs and taking a bath and like, out of nowhere, just reaching back and electrocuting — basically throwing some kind of electrical device in the bathtub and then taking her out of the bath and drying her off and putting her clothes back on.”

you make the water warm
you taste foreign
and I know you can see
the cord break away
cause tonight I feel like more
tonight I feel like more

Watch the video here.

Slipknot “Snuff”

In the music video, frontman Corey Taylor plays a psychopath, who can’t trust his girlfriend, although he loves her dearly. Distraught, he murders and becomes her.

So save your breath, I will not hear.
I think I made it very clear.
You couldn’t hate enough to love.
Is that supposed to be enough?
I only wish you weren’t my friend.
Then I could hurt you in the end.
I never claimed to be a saint…
My own was banished long ago
It took the death of hope to let you go

Watch the video here.

Jimmy Eat World “Night Drive”

The Arizona alt-pop band has a knack for writing catchy hits, but Night Drive offers a slight departure, one that is slower and sexier than their familiar exuberant sound. In this track, frontman Jim Adkins sings about a steamy affair taking place in the drivers’ seat of a car under the moonlight.

Kiss me with your cherry lipstick
Never wash you off my face
Hit me I can take your cheap shots
Leave you with the love we made

Listen here.

WeezerAcross the Sea”

Frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote this song after receiving a letter from a female Japanese fan. In the track, Cuomo fantasizes about the school girl, but keeps himself in check by admitting it would be wrong to meet her.

Why are you so far away from me?
I need help and you’re way across the sea I could never touch you
I think it would be wrong
I’ve got your letter, you’ve got my song

Watch a live version here.

Nine Inch Nails “The Only Time

A lesser known track from Trent Reznor’s debut album Pretty Hate Machine, the song saw little mainstream success but still remains a fan favorite.

Lay my hands on Heaven
And the sun and the moon and the stars
While the Devil wants to f*** me
In the back of his car

Listen to the song here.

Demon Hunter “My Heartstrings”

The Christian metal band recently made headlines after the Osama bin Laden-killing Navy Seal revealed that his team’s assault on bin Laden’s compound was inspired by the band. In “My Heartstrings,” singer Ryan Clark goes on about his unwavering love, even in death.

When my heartstrings come undone
I will wait for you, pray for you
Before I make my final run
I will stay with you, decay with you

Listen to the song here.

R.E.M. “The One I Love”

Frontman Michael Stipe related in 1987 to Rolling Stone, “I’ve always left myself pretty open to interpretation. It’s probably better that they just think it’s a love song at this point.” However, in an interview in the January 1988 issue of Musician magazine, he said that the song was “incredibly violent” and added, “It’s very clear that it’s about using people over and over again.”

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind
A simple prop to occupy my time
This one goes out to the one I love    

Listen to the song here.

The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”

The 1980 best-selling single tells the tale of a teacher who lusts after one of his students. Sting went on record as saying the song was not written from personal experience.

Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it’s not so easy
To be the teacher’s pet
Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
Wet bus stop, she’s waiting
His car is warm and dry

Watch the video here.

Guns n Roses “I Used To Love Her”

Even after killing his lover, the song’s character can “still hear her complain.” Can’t live without them, can’t let them live…

I used to love her, but I had to kill her
I knew I miss her
So I had to keep her
She’s buried right in my back yard

Listen to the song here.


Avenged Sevenfold “A Little Piece of Heaven”

The tender sounding love song accented with a horn section was set to an animated video in 2009. Man loves a woman so much that he kills and eats her organs, all the while having her propped up as if still alive. The tables are turned when her corpse awakens from the dead to reverse their roles. Surprisingly, they live happily ever after as zombies.

‘Cause I really always knew that my little crime
Would be cold that’s why I got a heater for your thighs
And I know, I know it’s not your time
But bye, bye
And a word to the wise when the fire dies
You think it’s over but it’s just begun
But baby don’t cry

Watch the video here.

— Jay Tilles / Scott Sterling, CBS Local


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