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Marilyn Manson with girlfriend Lindsay Usich supporting pal Johnny Depp at the “Transcedence” movie premiere in Los Angeles on April 10, 2014.
The meaning behind the song “Putting Holes in Happiness” from Manson’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” album.
A day late and a dollar short is a major underestimate of how long this post has been delayed. But here it is! As always, this is just my interpretation, you’re always free to make your own.
Manson’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” album was about heartbreak and the inner turmoil that romance can really cause a person to go through. The album was released when his marriage to Dita Von Teese was failing and there were rumors circulating that he had started an affair with a young actress, Evan Rachel Wood. The song, “Heart Shaped Glasses” is also rumored to be solely about Wood and his attraction to her, although there was never any confirmation.
The album itself has heavy references to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland”, as the title of the album itself reflects two items which were labeled such in the story that Alice ingests. Since Manson has confirmed that Eat Me, Drink Me was a concept album, it’s safe to say that even in this song there are references to Lewis and his work.
Lewis Carroll was speculated to have been a repressed pedophile, and there are no records of him acting upon any of his supposed thoughts. He painted children and in the nude and those who had known him said he always had a fascination with children. Sighting Manson’s and Evan’s significant age difference, it’s possible to say that Manson himself was conflicted in his attraction towards Evan, seeing as she was only 19 when they had met.
The song starts out slow, with lyrics such as:
“Sky was blond like her; it was a day to take the child out back and shoot it
I could have buried all my dead up in her cemetery head
She had dirty word witchcraft; I was in the deep end of her skin
Then, it seemed like a one-car car wreck, but I knew it was a horrid tragedy
Ways to make the tiny satisfaction disappear”
The first phrase of connecting the sky to the color hair of Evan, who was blonde, Manson is singing about the very first time he had become attracted to Evan. But he quickly hints at how he feels about Dita at this point in time, noting that she had “dirty word witchcraft”, maybe hinting that Dita was verbally abusive and manipulative. But going on with, “I was in the deep end of her skin. Then, it seemed like a one-car car wreck but I knew it was a horrid tragedy”. Is this Manson saying that he felt the heartbreak was only one-sided? That he felt more pain and distrust in himself than Dita had felt, realizing that her husband had broken the trust of their marriage?
Then we hit the chorus of the song, which reveals the core meaning more than two verses of the song:
“Blow out the candles
On my Frankensteins
At least my death wish will come true
You taste like Valentine’s, and we cry
You’re like a birthday:
You should have picked the photograph; it lasted longer than you”
"Blow out the candles" can imply a celebration of any sort, where there is usually a cake present, like a birthday! It can also mean that there is an ending to something, as usually people blow out a candle when they’ve finished using the light it emits. "On all my Frankenstein’s", now I find this particular part interesting, because Frankenstein was the scientist which created a monster. It’s possible that Manson saw the "mad scientists" inside of himself, his faults and shortcomings not only as a musician and artist but as a husband. Maybe now that his marriage was failing and he had unexpectedly, "fallen in love", with a young new actress, he wanted a new beginning. Maybe this was his way of saying that he wanted to put his past behind him and try to be a better person.
Now, the, “You’re like a birthday” is maybe a way of Manson saying that his birthday became a bit like a reminder that he was aging. In Manson’s work, he has never hid the fact that he will always be a child at heart. Now that was about 36 when he met Evan, maybe his insecurities really ate away at the fact that he was so much older than her, and that the age difference intimidated him; that his birthday was just another nail in the coffin.
“Put holes in happiness
We’ll paint the future black if it needs a color
Death sentence is now a story we’ll be digging when you finally let me die
Romance of our assassination
If you’re Bonnie, I’ll be your Clyde
But the grass is greener here, and I can see all of your snakes
You wear your ruins well; please, run away with me to hell”
The second, and last, verse of the song emits an extreme, black and white view of his choice to be with Evan and officially end his marriage. By using Bonnie and Clyde as an allusion, the famous couple who committed robberies across the country and who had died together, he’s saying that, “If we do this, we can’t go back.” There were many criticisms of his relationship with Evan, saying that he was just trying to find his fountain of youth again. The relationship was considered taboo, and Manson makes a note that you’re either with him, or you’re against him.
"But the grass is greener here, and I can see all of your snakes." This is no doubt a dig to Dita. Saying that he has found happiness in his relationship with Evan, and that the "rose-colored glasses" have come off, and that he has seen Dita for the person that she really is.
"Putting Holes in Happiness" is a title that is very blunt indeed. A title saying, "I am happy and here are all these people trying to destroy it. Trying to only focus on the flaws, or the taboo, than to see what positives there are." It’s definite Manson behavior and ideology, preaching to do what you want to do and if it makes you happy, that’s what matters in the end.