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Living Dead
Electra Heart album artwork
Released April 27, 2012
Length 4:04
Label 679, Atlantic
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Producer Greg Kurstin
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
Electra Heart (UK edition) track listing
"Living Dead" is track number 8.
Previous track
"Power & Control"
Next track
"Teen Idle"

Living Dead is a song by Marina and the Diamonds on her second studio album, Electra Heart.

Background and compositionEdit

The first song written for Electra Heart, "Living Dead" details Diamandis's depression. She stated that she "wasn't very happy the first year of making the record," and her state of mind at the time inspired the song, going on to call the track "one of the more depressing songs" on the album.[1]

LyricsEdit

  Verse 1.  

Every day I feel the same
Stuck and I can never change
Sucked into a black balloon
Spat into an empty room

  Pre-chorus.  

Now was it really worth it?
Did I really deserve it?
It happens when you're hurtin'
And cut me at the surface
Of my heart, of my heart heart heart

  Chorus.  

I'm living dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
When I pretend-tend-tend-tend
That I have died died died died died died
I haven't lived life, I haven't lived love
Just bird's eye upon sky above
I'm dead dead dead dead
I'm living dead dead dead dead, dead

  Verse 2.  

Got bubble wrap around my heart
Waiting for my life to start
But every day it never comes
Permanently at square one

  Pre-chorus.  

When it's late at ni-ight
I'm so dissatisfi-ied
The weight of an empty li-ife
Will lessen in the moonlight
In the light, in the light light light

  Chorus.  

I'm living dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
When I pretend-tend-tend-tend
That I have died died died died died died
I haven't lived life, I haven't lived love
Just bird's eye upon sky above
I'm dead dead dead dead
I'm living dead dead dead dead, dead

  Middle eight.  

I lay back in a glittering mist and I
I think of all the men I, I could've kissed
I haven't lived my life, I haven't lived love
It's just a bird's eye view from, from up above

  Chorus.  

I'm living dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
When I pretend-tend-tend-tend
That I have died died died died died died
I haven't lived life, I haven't lived love
Just bird's eye upon sky above
I'm dead dead dead dead
I'm living dead dead dead dead, dead

  Outro.  

Dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
I'm living dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
I'm living dead dead dead dead
Only alive-live-live-live
I'm living dead dead dead dead
I'm living dead dead dead dead, dead

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Marina and the Diamonds | "Electra Heart" Album Interview. Part 3." YouTube. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2015.

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