“I Love The Dead” Lyrics:

I love the dead before they’re cold
Their blueing flesh for me to hold
Cadaver eyes upon me see… nothing

I love the dead before they rise
No farewells, no goodbyes
I never even knew your now rotting face
While friends and lovers mourn your silly grave
I have other uses for you Darling

La la la la la la la la la la la la la
Da da da da da da da da da da da da dead

I love the dead
I love the dead
I love the dead so

I love the dead
I love the dead
I love the dead

I love the dead
I love the dead
I love the dead

I love the dead
I love the dead
I love the dead

I love the dead
I love the dead
I love the dead
(Da ga dang, dang ga dang ding dong)

I, I love the dead
I, I love the dead
I, I love the dead

I love the dead before they’re cold
Their blueing flesh for me to hold
Cadaver eyes upon me see…
Nothing

Released on February 25th, 1973, Billion Dollar Babies was the Alice Cooper band’s 6th studio album. Overall, the record is very tongue-in-cheek – a dark comedy of sorts. Songs like “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Sick Things,” “Elected,” “Generation Landslide,” and the title track either poke fun at or call attention to the ironic, darker truths of reality. Cautionary tales of humanity and how messed up the world can often be. At this point, Bob Ezrin was firmly at the production helm. He and the band had come up with a winning formula for success. Fresh off the Top 10 song and album “School’s Out,” they continued full steam ahead with Billion Dollar Babies. At this point in music history, Alice Cooper was a world-wide name and success story. Something even they couldn’t believe. Alice states that “How could we, this band that two years ago was living in the Chambers Brothers’ basement in Watts, be the Number One band in the world, with people throwing money at us?” Even in their disbelief, Billion Dollar Babies would go on to set new heights – becoming a #1 album in both the US and UK.

“I Love The Dead,” the last song on the LP, is arguably one of the most notorious Alice Cooper songs of all-time. A taboo, dicey account of sexual attraction to corpses – AKA necrophilia. The song is used as an example of the vices and crimes of humanity. An illustration of just how low sin will carry you – if you allow it. Accompanying the track during the show, Alice’s villainous stage antics ultimately lead him to his punishment – death by beheading. Over the years, what critics, naysayers, and pious folks fail to see is the morality play at hand. In the end, evil is always punished. Just as before and many times over, Alice Cooper is punished for his crimes and poses as an example for those viewing the show. As if to say, “Don’t try this at home. Don’t choose the path of evil!”

If this topic disturbs you, it should…but please bear with me on this one. The song itself is pretty straightforward, the dude in the song loves dead things. He’s aroused by them. The question is, why? One line in the song, “Cadaver eyes upon me see…nothing” points out that there’s no judgment or emotion (good or bad) shown from the stares of a lifeless face. It’s creepy, but there’s some truth to it. Now stop and think about the song from two other perspectives. The “I” in “I Love The Dead” can also be seen from the viewpoint of the enemy and our Heavenly Father as well.

From Satan’s position, he loves the thought of someone being spiritually dead. Someone caught in the web of his lies. Living life as if they have no other cares in the world. As if we are” just here” for no reason at all. Live once, play hard, care nothing for anyone or anything but yourself. The enemy loves every minute of such an existence. It’s easy for him. There’s no tempting, swaying, poking, or prodding. Satan is literally lying in wait for the day when those that remain spiritually dead leave this life. Once they leave this world and dwell in the pit of Hell, he will indeed “have other uses for (them).

From our Father’s position, He sees death as a beginning. Not just the beginning of our eternal existence after our physical end, but the beginning of our spiritual journey as well. Before we can truly live, we must first die. Matthew 10:39 reads, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” With that being said, are we not called to be dead? Dead to sin (Romans 6:1-2), dead to the ways of the world (Galatians 6:14), and dead to self (Colossians 3:5), yet ALIVE in CHRIST (Romans 6:11). Before we can truly live, aren’t we required to die? To shed our flesh (our earthly self) and allow Him to transform us into something new. A new creation brought closer to our original purpose and self by His brilliance and righteousness. It’s a metaphor, of course. No one is calling for self-mutilation or for you to shave off your skin or anything of that sort, but when you stop and think about it, the symbolism is not only rhetorical; it’s precise.

Have you ever seen a photo like the one pictured here? A similar one is shared on social media quite often. Of course, the diversity of humanity is actually an exhaustive list (not just the ones shown in the picture), but is the imagery not true? Stripped of our flesh, are we not all the same? And isn’t that the way our Creator sees us? As being the same. We are linked together through creation and the Father’s love. And while our individual walks and divisions of humanity may not accept one another, our Father has adopted us ALL through the blood of His Son. We live or we die by the blood in our veins, but we live life anew by the blood that was spilled on the cross. The invitation for us to dwell with Him in Spirit (on this earth) and eternally (in Heaven) has been given (Matthew 11:28-30). He’s willing to accept all that call upon His name (Ephesians 1:3-6). But He needs an answer (John 6:29).

Through the same scenario seen in the above photo, our hearts and minds still influence and somewhat determine who we are, but all outward bias is gone – removed from the situation. By adopting such an outlook, would we continue to allow our stereotypical slants and misconceptions to keep us from loving one another? Instead of seeing the world through our own eyes, wouldn’t we instead see it through the eyes of Christ? A world in need of love and acceptance. A world that is dead to the things of this earth yet alive in Him. And that’s what we, as believers, should all aspire to – unconditional love for one another, including all walks of life (Romans 15:7). As we let go of our selfish nature, we should become more and more comfortable with the idea of laying aside our old mentality. Our minds become new through Him and His Word. A new outlook that bears fruit and brings us closer to our Lord (John 15:5).

Wrapping this up, did you ever expect to see so much beauty in death? In many ways, it’s the great equalizer. It’s the only thing sure in this world. We will all die a physical death. However, how many will continue to find life after death? It’s a daunting question. One that isn’t always pleasant to ponder. The truth is many of us haven’t learned that life is found through the absence of self, some of us also believe that we’ve already found a new life but haven’t fully submitted to that decision, and even still, some of us get it and do our best to die daily knowing that we will fall short, yet we continue to strive for a more perfect life lived by His example. Honestly, it’s a process. A journey. A battle. But fortunately, it is His stripes that heal and save us (Isaiah 53:5-6). Every lash Christ took on our behalf was a healing blow for our sins, our sickness, our downfall, and in return, He merely asks that we show up and answer His call. To believe and know that Jesus Christ is Lord.

In conclusion, “I Love The Dead” rattles many. The song is just too dark, gruesome, and grotesque. But be willing to see it from more than just the viewpoint of someone that’s perverted and lost. Be willing to look at the lyrics and ask yourself which of the narratives written above pertains to your outlook. The thought of death, sin, temptation, and darkness rocks us to our core. We detest the sins of others, yet we are all “guilty.” It’s interesting how certain flavors of sin are even labeled okay if they are well-intentioned. A white lie here, a little shoplifting there…the vanity of it all, that attitude of “I deserve this” shoving its ugly head into our being. However, when you spin that sort of thinking around and look at things from the perspective of His Word, you might begin to think and consider things you never expected. For example, “I Love The Dead.” I love walking with them, worshipping with them, and fellowshipping with them. I love that they are willing to strive for a life lived apart from themselves. I love that they are eager to confess and share where their ways didn’t work and reveal where His path prospered. “I Love The Dead (to self)” because we shall live forever in His glorious presence free from fear, pain, temptation, sin, and darkness. Forever His, basking in His glory. I Love my dead Brothers and Sisters who are ALIVE in CHRIST, wanting the world to see His Word and magnificence through the sacrifice of self and the acceptance of our Father’s eternal gift – redemption through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this way and for this reason, we are all dying to live.

Father in Heaven, we thank you for our brothers and sisters in this life. We lift up those that are lost and in need of your spiritual guidance and awakening. We are thankful for your Light, and that no darkness comes from you and your presence. We know that you love all creation and want them to know you and accept you as Lord. We thank you for giving us Salvation through the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, and that no man or any living creature can separate us from You once we’ve fully accepted Him and His name. We ask that anyone reading this post that may doubt you or your Love would begin seeking you with all the desires of their heart, and we ask for your blessings and guidance as we strive to live according to your Word – as vessels of your love, dying daily that we may live anew. In Christ’s name, Amen.

That’s it for this week. Be well and catch you next Friday.

In the meantime, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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