The Meaning of Rob Zombie's "Living Dead Girl"

by Hans Fredrick
Rob Zombie's other significant hit from

Rob Zombie's other significant hit from "Hellbilly Deluxe" was "Dragula."

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Rob Zombie -- originally the lead singer of White Zombie -- scored a big hit with the song "Living Dead Girl." "Living Dead Girl" was the second single from Zombie's first solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe." The track took inspiration from a number of old films that Zombie was a fan of. "Living Dead Girl" itself was later used in a number of television shows and films.

Song Title

The title of this song is taken from the alternate title of Jean Rollin's "La Morte Vivante," which as known as "The Living Dead Girl" in English. The title character of the film is a type of vampire that been resurrected by toxic waste. The title of the song comes from this movie, and many of the lines in the song are taken from other films in the horror genre.

Goldfoot's Machine

The line "Goldfoot's Machine. Creates another fiend." refers to the film "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine." The plot of the film revolves around a machine that creates beautiful women to seduce fortunes away from rich men in order to build wealth for their master. In the song, the line alludes the potential dangers that a beautiful woman may be hiding.

Dangerous Women

The song is about how dangerous a woman can be, though it's framed in the context of a horror movie homage. The chorus contains a strongly sexual message with "crawl on me, sink into me," but the next line, "die for me," suggests a strongly violent overtone. Essentially, the song is about the power that women have to control men, whether it's to entice them or lure them to their death.

Chorus Shift

Further meaning in the song can be deciphered by looking at the differences between the primary chorus of the song and the similar section at the end of the song that contains different lyrics. The last two times, the chorus section changes to a final refrain that goes: "Blood on her skin, dripping with sin, do it again, living dead girl." This is a much more violent and vampiric or cannibalistic image than the initial chorus, which is more sexual. Another possible interpretation is that the initial choruses are from the point of view of the female creature, while the final two are from the point of view of her enthralled male victim.

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