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"Buried Alive by Love" is the first track on Love Metal. The song was performed mainly on the Love Metal Tour in 2003, and is still a set list staple to this day. Out of all the albums tracks this was the first one to be written, with its earliest live performance in 2002. Before the release of the album the earlier versions of this song had different lyrics.


Song Details
Writers Ville Valo
Also Known As Rescue, Buried Alive by You, BABL
First Known Performance September 7th, 2002
Last Known Performance June 8th, 2008
Total Times Played Live -


Song History

Originally titled "Rescue", "Buried Alive by Love" was a part of the new basic material that was recorded in October of 2002. The song was done to show off their aggressive side fusing their love for Black Sabbath and The Stooges, with Ville mentioning they were trying to rip off Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" as much as possible. The song made its live debut on September 7th when the band opened up for the Skreppers under the name Black Salem featuring non-finalized lyrics. Ville has mentioned that this song seems like a transportation of "Your Sweet Six Six Six" to the current time.

"We really wanted to hold this song as hard as possible. But also this song has dynamic differences in its parts, rivaling refrains. It was our idea, that we take such hard Black Sabbath guitars. We wanted to hold it as melodically as possible, in the same time without losing depth."

Music Video

Bablvideo

The band appearing in the music video for "Buried Alive by Love"

The music video for the song, being the first one directed by Bam Margera, started production in 2002. The filming began in December and ran from the 14th to the 19th. The actress discovered for the video was Juliette Lewis, best known for her movie roles in Kalifornia, Natural Born Killers and What's Eating Gilbert Grape? With Bam being friends with pro skateboarder Steve Berra, the husband of Juliette, he thought she was perfect for the role and sent a copy of the song off. Upon listening to the song after its arrival she loved it and agreed to do the video.

The video was filmed at the publicly closed Los Angeles Theater in Angeles Los Angeles, California. This shoot was plagued with problems. The main one was that they had a problem with the person who rented the theater to them. They had been put in contact with the wrong theater manager. He charged them an extra five thousand dollars for a setup fee on the Tuesday they were filming. They were lead to believe that the day was free with a prep day. After that disaster, the person who was hired to take care of the P.A. system decided to bail after not caring to do the job, but found a suitable replacement. The replacement wasn't capable of doing the job at all, and Ike had to take care of it. The total cost of the video was sixty four thousand dollars.

The music video begins features performance footage of the band, with video of Juliette and Ville trying to find each other. In the end they eventually find each other and walk through a set of doors with lights encasing them as they walk through. While the significance of that is unknown, frames from earlier in the video flicker at a rapid pace while Ville closes the set of double doors.

Lyrics

Buried Alive by Love

Again the burden of losing rests upon my shoulders
And its weight seems unbearable
"Your tomb is where your heart is",
I should have told her
But within me hid a secret so terrible

To cry is to know that you're alive
But my river of tears has run dry
I never wanted to fool you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
There ain't no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

The kiss of vanity blessed me with a spiritual murder
And fed the gods of war insatiable
"Your home is where the dark is"
I should have told her
Embrace the fire indestructible

To die is to know that you're alive
And my river of blood won't run dry
I never wanted to lose you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

Oh, they say to cry is to know that you're alive
But my river of tears has run dry
I never wanted to fool you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And a deserted soul is gone
A cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
There ain't no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
And If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

I've been buried alive by love
(Buried alive by love)
I've been buried alive by love
(Buried alive by love)
I've Buried alive by love
(Buried alive by love)
I've been buried alive by love
(Buried alive by love)
I've been buried alive by love
(Buried alive by love)
I've been buried alive by love

Buried Alive by Love (616 Version)

Again the burden of losing rests upon my shoulders
And the weight seems unbearable
"Your tomb is where your heart is",
I should have told her
But within me hid a secret so terrible

To cry is to know that you're alive
But my river of tears has run dry
I never denied your truth
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And I'm in love with you

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

I took a grave so deep in my heart,
So much colder
Then I ever thought was possible
"Your home is where your dark is"
I should have told her
And embrace the fire indestructible

Oh to cry is to know that you're alive
And my river of tears has run dry
I never denied your truth
A cold heart is a dead heart
And I'm in love with you

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
And if I wake before I die,
rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
And if I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

Oh to cry is to know that you're alive, yeah
And my river of tears has run dry
I never denied your truth
A cold heart is a dead heart
And I'm in love with you
A cold heart is a dead heart
And I feel like I've been buried alive by you

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
And if I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

(If I should die before I wake)
(Pray no one my soul to take)
(Ooh, ooh, yeah)

(If I should die before I wake)
(Pray no one my soul to take)
(Ooh, ooh, yeah)

Buried Alive by Love (Deliverence Version)

Again the burden of losing rests upon my shoulders
And its weight seems unbearable
"Your tomb is where your heart is",
I should have told her
But within me hid a secret so terrible

Oh, to cry is to know that you're alive
But my river of tears has run dry
I never wanted to fool you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

The kiss of vanity blessed me with a spiritual murder
And fed the gods of war insatiable
"Your home is where the dark is"
I should have told her
Embrace the fire indestructible

Oh to die is to know that you're alive
But my river of blood won't run dry
I never wanted to lose you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

To cry is to know that you're alive
But my river of tears has run dry
I never wanted to fool you, no
But a cold heart is a dead heart
And a deserted soul is gone
A cold heart is a dead heart
And it feels like I've been buried alive by love

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile

If I should die before I wake
Pray no one my soul to take
Oh yeah
And If I wake before I die,
Rescue me with your smile
Oh your smile
Oh your smile
Oh your smile
Oh your smile
Oh your smile, with your smile
Oh with your smile, yeah

I've been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by love
Been buried alive by ... love

Versions

Buried Alive by Love

This is the regular version found on Love Metal.

Buried Alive by Love (616 Version)

This is an earlier version of the song. It is played a lot faster and features alternate lyrics and chorus changes. It is exclusive to Uneasy Listening Vol. 2. The song had been known to exist much earlier due to hearing it in the lawsuit replacements of Bam Margera's CKY4: The Latest & Greatest. While the music contained on both are identical, the length of the time on the DVD is longer. While the song kicks in with the unwinding some words are heard being spoken. This beginning bit of audio has been truncated from the audio on Uneasy Listening Vol. 2.

Buried Alive by Love (Deliverence Version)

This is an acoustic version which is very stripped down. The dustbin being played on the song is credited to Cajun Mike. It's found on a few singles and on the compilation album Uneasy Listening Vol. 2.

Buried Alive by Love (Digital Versatile Doom)

This live version is taken from one of the two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. This performance can be found only on Digital Versatile Doom.

Buried Alive by Love (Live)

This live version is taken from the Love Metal Preview show, which took place on March 8th, 2003. This performance can be found on the German single for The Sacrament.

Buried Alive by Love (Live at the Semifinal)

This live version is taken from one of their performances at the Semifinal during the No Sleep Till Vaappu Tour, which ran from April 24th, 2003 to April 30th. This performance can also be found either in the live clips section of Love Metal, or the "A-Z" section on Love Metal Archives Vol. 1.

Buried Alive by Love (Live in Helsinki)

This live version is taken from one of their performances at the Semifinal during the No Sleep Till Vaappu Tour, which ran from April 24th, 2003 to April 30th. This performance can be found on the German single for Buried Alive by Love.

Buried Alive by Love (Radio Edit)

This version is designed to fit the time specifications of a radio edit.

Appearances

Albums

Compilations

Singles

Videos

Performance Dates

2003/12/17 - Prinzenbar: Hamburg, Germany

2003/12/19 - Astoria: London, England

2003/12/31 - Tavastia Club: Helsinki, Finland

2004/01/19 - Alcatraz: Milan, Italy

2004/01/21 - L´Elysée Montmatre: Paris, France

2004/01/22 - Den Atelier: Luxembourg, Germany

2004/03/26 - Grosse Freiheit 36: Hamburg, Germany

2004/03/27 - Pier 2: Bremen, Germany

2004/04/06 - Capitol: Offenbach, Germany

2004/04/03 - Palladium: Cologne, Germany

2004/04/07 - Muffathalle: Munich, Germany

2004/04/24 - Majestic Theatre: Detroit, Michigan

2004/10/11 - Olympia Theatre: Dublin, Ireland

2004/10/12 - Mandela Hall: Belfest, Ireland

2004/10/17 - Corn Exchange: Cambridge, England

2004/10/19 - UEA Hall: Norwich, England

2004/10/20 - Civic Hall: Wolverhampton, England

2004/10/21 - Academy: Liverpool, England

2004/10/23 - Corn Exchange: Edinburgh, Scotland

2004/10/24 - Aberdeen Music Hall: Aberdeen, Scotland

2004/10/25 - Northumbria University: Newcastle, England

2004/10/26 - University of Leeds: Leeds, England

2004/10/27 - Carling Apollo Manchester: Manchester, England

2004/10/30 - Hammersmith Apollo: London, England

2004/10/31 - Hammersmith Apollo: London, England

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