The Horror Honeys: Murder Monday Jam ~ 'Deep Red Bells'

Murder Monday Jam ~ 'Deep Red Bells'

He led you to this hiding place
His lightning threats on silver tongue
The red bells beckon you to ride
A hand print on the driver’s side
It looks a lot like engine oil
And tastes like being poor and small
And popsicles in the summer
Deep red bells, deep as I’ve been done

Songs about serial killers are probably a lot more common than you even realize. They're often hiding underneath cryptic lyrics, or masked by bouncy melodies (The Beatles were masters at this). My favorite kind of serial killer song is one that performed by a voice as sweet as honey: this is exactly what you're getting with Neko Case's "Deep Red Bells." Case wrote the song based on her memories of living in Washington state as the "Green River Killer" was making a name for himself as the most prolific serial killer in American history. Gary Ridgway killed 49 women throughout the 80s and 90s, and was only at last arrested in 2001 when DNA evidence linked him to four of the murders. It was a terrifying time to be a woman in Washington, and Case put all of these fears and memories into "Deep Red Bells." 

So just remember: the voice may be beautiful, but there may be some history hiding inside those lyrics. And that history could be horrifying... ~RH