If I Was Your Vampire
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|"If I Was Your Vampire"|
|Song by Marilyn Manson from the album Eat Me, Drink Me|
|Released||April 16, 2007|
|Recorded||December 25, 2006|
|Writer(s)||Marilyn Manson Tim Sköld|
|Producer(s)||Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold|
"If I Was Your Vampire" is a song by Marilyn Manson, and is the first track on the album Eat Me, Drink Me. Marilyn Manson wrote the song on Christmas Day in 2006. The song was uploaded to Manson's MySpace on April 16, 2007 and was officially released on June 5, 2007 on the album.
The song was inspired by an experience in Manson's life where he was finally uplifted by a close friend's morbid gesture of devotion. "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, "Here, you can stab me"," he says. "When someone was willing to drown with me, I really didn't want to drown anymore," says Manson. Manson has also called it "the new Bela Lugosi's Dead. It's the all-time gothic anthem." In an interview with Revolver magazine, Manson said, "It's the centerpiece of the album, I woke up Christmas Day and wrote it. It's kind of my death wish fantasy."
"If I Was Your Vampire" opens with a slow and oppressive melody which leads into choruses that saturate the listener with the juxtaposition of screaming vocals against desolate guitar. From here just when the song seems to be over, it launches into an outro of the midsection repeated. The lyrics "You press the knife against your heart. And say that 'I love you, so much you must kill me now'" is a reference to a close friend of Manson's whom Manson says, "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, 'Here, you can stab me'". The lyrics for the song were written by Marilyn Manson while the music was written by Tim Skold.
The song was first released on April 16, 2007 when it was uploaded on Manson's MySpace page. It was then released on June 5, 2007 as the first song on Eat Me, Drink Me. An instrumental of the song appears on Bonus Tracks and Instruments from the Album Eat Me, Drink Me, and a remix of the song by Sam Fog of the band Interpol was made available exclusively.
"If I Was Your Vampire" is also heard on the trailers for the film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and also for the film adaptation of the video game, Max Payne. "If I Was Your Vampire" was used in the soundtrack to the 2010 parody flick film Vampires Suck. In the film, it used in the end credits.
The working title for the song was "I'm Not Your Vampire". Manson was inspired to use the term 'Vampire' after watching The Hunger, a 1983 film starring David Bowie. "If I Was Your Vampire" was the opening song on the European leg of the Rape of the World Tour. The song has come to be considered a Manson classic, despite not being released as a single.