Days of the Phoenix


I remember when I was told of story of crushed velvet, candle wax, and dried up flowers. The figure on the bed all dressed up in roses, calling, beckoning to sleep offering a dream. The words were as mystical as purring animals. The circle of rage the ghosts on the stage appeared. The time was so tangible I'll never let it go. Ghost stories handed down, reached secret tunnels below. No one could see me. I fell into yesterday. Our dreams seemed not far away. I want to stay. I fell into fantasy. The girl on the wall always waited for me and she was always smiling. The teenage death boys, the teenage death girls and everyone was dancing. Nothing could touch us then no one could change us then, and everyone was dancing. Nothing could hurt us then, no one could see us then, and everyone was dancing. Everyone was dancing.

Days…is very introspective and it’s clear that a lot of it is either a dream or a memory. The Phoenix theatre is a venue that AFI have played in the past, so that would explain the title. The ‘ghosts on the stage’ means either the band or perhaps even the bands that Dave used to go and see when he was younger. Dave has said that the ‘ghost upon the stage’ explains the way he feels after the band has a great deal of shows and he is very tired. However, here it seems to have a different quality referring to the band in the past. The imagery of everyone dancing also lends itself to the idea of a people at a show.
Posted by: Steve

I agree with your interpretation of days of the phoenix and just want to expand on it. The Phoenix theater, like you said, is where AFI have played before. I feel that their show there meant a lot to them and it conjures up feeling of nostalgia. His dreams of this show remind him of past shows as a kid and therefore he is not only dreaming but also remembering. He is being reminded of shows he attended as a youth, "ghosts on the stage" reffers to memories of these previous shows- shows that were held highly in his eyes and talked about, hence they were "ghost stories handed down reached secret tunnels below" (secret tunnels meaning underground scene?) The lines talking about falling into fantasy and wanting to stay adds to the idea of nostalgia. The dim lighting could indicate why no one could see him and it also portrays the idea of equality much like in the song porphyria. the lines "nothing could touch us then... no one could change us then... nothing could hurt us then.. no one could see us then" this again reffers to equality in the drakness and it also expresses unity amongst the crowd. The crowd standing as one- not being touched, harmed, or changed by anyone. Everyone was dancing is interpretted quite literally- the crowd is dancing. this is what I feel the song days of the phoenix means, I may be wrong, but this is just my interpretation.
Posted by: CHRIS NICHOLAS

I remember when I was told of story of crushed velvet, candle wax, and dried up flowers.

-Back in the days that the members of AFI were younger and attend shows at the Phoenix, crushed velvet was very popular. I'm unsure but I'm guessing that candle wax and dried up flowers were decorations in the phoenix at the time.

The figure on the bed all dressed up in roses, calling, beckoning to sleep offering a dream.

-The figure on the bed could be a metaphor (or dream) of someday playing at the phoenix.

The words were as mystical as purring animals. The circle of rage the ghosts on the stage appeared.

-Obviously the concerts meant a great deal to Davey.The circle of rage could be like a circle pit,and this was place right around the days that bands started wearing make-up.

The time was so tangible I'll never let it go. Ghost stories handed down, reached secret tunnels below.

-If you've ever had something happen so dear to you,you will remember it forever,and you'll never let it go. I heard somewhere that the Phoenix in the olden days would throw concerts that housed a lot of drunk people. In order to flee from authority, they built secret tunnels underneath the Phoenix. I believe if this is true it's like a secret within the town. and the ghost stories handed down could have been the songs.

No one could see me. I fell into yesterday. Our dreams seemed not far away. I want to stay. I fell into fantasy.

-All of the misfits,the out casts from society, punks, goth, whatever would come to the shows,and for once you could be the person that doesn't stick,hence no one could see me.Good memories often make people want to relive it. And their dreams were to be musicians, so being able to be there made them feel like they were almost on stage performing themselves.But to be doing that can seem impossible or a fantasy.

The girl on the wall always waited for me and she was always smiling.

-Once again,I'm not sure, but I heard that on the side of the stage at the Phoenix they have pictures of girls. So maybe what Davey meant was the smiling girls pictures were waiting for him to be up on stage performing.

The teenage death boys, the teenage death girls and everyone was dancing.

-Teen goth/punk boys and girls. Dancing could possibly be the pit or the crush.

Nothing could touch us then no one could change us then, and everyone was dancing. Nothing could hurt us then, no one could see us then, and everyone was dancing. Everyone was dancing.

-Everyone there was like one another,so the feeling of for once fitting in is remarkable
Posted by: Roadogg

Hey well I just wanted to add on Days at the Phoenix about the "ghost stories handed down to secret tunnels below". The Phoenix club was believed to be haunted in the secret tunnels under the stage.
Posted by: Bobby