Old Music Tuesdays: Showbread “Dead By Dawn”
For the month of October, my ongoing Old Music Tuesday series features songs that have something to do with horror movies, monsters, and/or Halloween. The qualifications are pretty flexible. If the song is about a famous monster, something scary, something evil, or about Halloween, it’s fair game. Last week, I shared a song about being a vampire. This week, I’m sharing a song by Georgia’s Showbread called Dead By Dawn.
Yes, you guessed it! The song’s lyrics are based on Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy. Showbread is a post-hardcore band from Georgia who is calling it quits this year. (I should probably do a proper Old Music Tuesday biography on them soon.) The band formed in 1999, hit it “big” in 2004 (in the indie Christian rock scene, so they were still struggling artists), and released eight albums. Four of them are excellent; the other four are fair but not fantastic.
Dead By Dawn is track #2 off of their Solid State Records 2004 debut album, “No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical.” That’s one of the “excellent” albums; get it by clicking my Amazon link.) This album has a lot of horror imagery on it, including references to George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Check it out if you’re into post-hardcore or horror music.
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy is regarded as one of the best, if not THE best horror movie series in history. It expertly blends horror and comedy and has had many imitators. There was an Evil Dead remake a couple years ago that was better than it had any right to be, and Bruce Campbell is coming back for a TV show based on the Evil Dead this month. (Check your listings.) I’ve included a link to Evil Dead 2, the best in the series. (You can watch them in any order, really.) I’ve also included a link to a Bruce Campbell caricature that I drew last year. You can buy it on a phone case, pillow case, tote bag, t-shirt, print, and much more in my store. Please support this blog!
The video is a fan-made video that cuts scenes from the movies together over Showbread’s song. It’s totally unauthorized, but the band loved it. (No word from Mr. Raimi.) I hope you enjoy it as well!
Tonight’s twilight will be the last seen by our eyes,
So if it seems so beautiful, kiss the beauty goodbye,
Oh my little cornea, please say that you are no more,
And ears please swear you did not hear this creaking in the cabin floor,
I’ll forgive my eyes for lovely lies, so certainly within my will,
Please declare this piercing stare,
So false, at a clock that’s standing still.
Such pretty skin, give it to us,
The sun won’t wise my spirit dies,
All hope has withdrawn,
So here I lay because either way,
I know we’ll all be dead by dawn,
Dead by dawn.
Arming shotgun shells this rotting smell lingers on words that were said,
Her body in pieces, my hand cut away,
the ever-enchanting book of the dead,
The sun won’t rise, my spirit dies, All hope has withdrawn,
So here I lay because either way I know we’ll all be dead by dawn.
A chainsaw can remove a limb or act as a replacement,
Smell the gas as hours pass, contrary to my statement,
The corpses wish to cover me with kisses,
So just maybe I’ll cover this cabin with their blood,
Hail to the king baby.
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