Camus | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/09

Camus was not a nihilist. He actually spoke out AGAINST nihilism. So, all the artists are not nihilists. I think the song is saying that life does have something to live for, and while sometimes it doesn't look that way, you need to draw the line at suicide.

a few notes | Reviewer: Drew | 1/22/09

I think what he is basically saying 'how could you do this?' because those people were heroes and all created great works of art (writing, painting, songs) and he is saying you shouldn't give up on life or your career or whatever. Also in case you didn't know K.D.C stands for Kurt Donald Cobain, although his death has many mysterious circumstances and has no definate proof as of if it was suicide.

why do i have to enter a title this is dumb | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/20/08

>It isn't all about suicide, but quitting in general.

>Salinger didn't kill himself, and in fact isn't even dead. He simply chose to stop publishing works in 1965.

Kalnoky knows this, and set him up as the hero of the song. He sees it as a much better way of dealing with the stress of becoming famous. He didn't quit anything, he just retreated from the public eye because he couldn't stand it.

And in the liner notes, he said that he believes Camus' death was a suicide, and while it was "never proven either way," you should look up the details for yourself.

The liner notes for the song: | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/20/08

"Ahh, this is an old one. Written a good three years ago, I'm just ecstatic that the song finally made it onto tape (metaphorically of course; we're much too technologically advanced to bother with "tape", haha). I'd finished it while still in another group I was running with at the time and somehow I wasn't crazy about how it sounded. I then decided a new type of band was necessary to bring a song like this to fruition and the Bandits were born. As for the subject matter, yeesh, I guess it's on the heavier side of things. Why does it seem that all my favorite artists/writers/musicians decide to remove themselves from our world by violent means? After writing this song I unfortunately got to experience the ripple effect of a suicide and needless to say, the song took on new meaning and importance. When an individual takes his own life, he kills a lot more than himself. I think I've said more than I wanted to on this subject so I'll move on. (And for the fact-nerds: I know Camus' death was never proved to be self-inflicted, read the details and make your own conclusions) And I know Salinger didn't commit suicide: he's the hero here. So many talented people can't grasp or even withstand the pressures of a public life following success. Salinger, in my opinion at least, handled it so much more beautifully than the others that are mentioned: he simply disappeared from the light that seemed to hurt him more than help him. OK, I'll shut up now."

Meh | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/12/08

It isn't all about suicide, but quitting in general.

Salinger didn't kill himself, and in fact isn't even dead. He simply chose to stop publishing works in 1965.

Camus didn't commit suicide either, and was vehemently opposed to the taking of one's own life in his novels and essays on absurdism. Seen in this light, the first verse is more of a joke used to establish the singer's philosophical knowledge and viewpoint than anything else. Camus is associated with forging on and creating your own purpose in a universe that lacks meaning.

The other three artists did, of course, kill themselves: Hemingway and Cobain with shotguns, Van Gogh with a revolver.

Caulfield is apparently just another reference to depression and Kalnoky's adoration of Salinger, as Holden is the main character in The Catcher in the Rye.

sorta | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/17/07

i dont think he's saying he is a nihilist and i dont think he's choosing not to commit suicide because he has something to live for. to think that would negate the purpose of the entire song. where he can understand what all these great artists were thinking who were nihilists, he sees the beauty in living and chooses life

nihilism? | Reviewer: Taja | 11/25/07

First off I'd like to say this is a very beautifully written song...

Yes, well anyways
I have a question:
Is Tomas saying he is nihilistic but he won't commit suicide(because he has something to live for), or is he saying that while all of his heroes were nihilists, he refuses to accept that system of belief and continues to live as a protest??