Ok I’ll do it, only for you lovely people. <3
The basic premise in my head for My Nightmare was that it would jump around constantly between who was singing (Tavros or Vriska or both) and also who they were singing ABOUT (themselves or eachother) so this might get messy explaining…
I’m gonna have a nightmare tonight
I’m gonna be my nightmare tonight
Self explanatory, I think.
You’re pretty picky, you’re a clique of one
I’m right though, surely I’m not the only gun you’ve got loaded?
How do you keep from gloating?
This whole first part is Tavros singing about Vriska, however, he’s a bit snarkier than he would usually be cause he’s got her confidence now, right? Vriska was always bragging about how many plans she had on the go, and many of her plans involved him, toughening him up and making him into what she wanted him to be. Now that he can feel her intent from the inside (ew) and also her self-confidence, he’s marveling at the overwhelming experience of it (of course Vriska never stops herself from gloating but hey, maybe that would be more important to Tavros?).
You’re pretty tricky, did you pick that shade
just to distract from the flash of the shining blade you’ve got hidden?
Deep wounds overwritten
Here they are both talking about Gamzee, his new god-tier duds, his (from my interpretation) betrayal of Tavros by putting him in the same body as his murderer. Also now that they’re in sprite form they’re not all hacked apart and filled with holes anymore so…that’s something.
I had so many new friends to see
so many possibilities
now I couldn’t possibly feel worse
I had so many fires left to nurse
Tavros, wishing he were still dead. Fires left to nurse = sick fires in case you didn’t catch it.
In my nightmare tonight I’ll see giant leviathans
breaking the water in half with their shining skin
riding them laughing you’ll be in my nightmare tonight
Ooohkay I’m not sure how to explain the choruses other than they describe nightmare scenarios for each of them, in turn and sometimes combined.
Tavros, as a lowblood (and as a sane person), would probably be pretty scared of Gl’bgolyb, the power she possesses that he can only fathom at, and the knowledge that she could crush his mind in an instant if she’s not kept calm…Vriska paralells anyone?
In my nightmare tonight I’ll see beasts all stampeding
your signia burned onto haunches still healing
and leading the pack on their backs in my nightmare tonight
You’ll be in my nightmare tonight, tonight….
Vriska knows Tavros could be formidable with the right confidence, what with his psychic beast controlling powers and all. Before they were prototyped this would’ve been a good thing, but now her own personality is being encroached on and it’s a fight for dominance, which I think really frightens her. The idea of loosing herself.
“Signia burned onto haunches still healing” is a reference to the branding of cows and bulls just fyi.
You’re pretty ugly when you get down to it,
I do love ugly trolls! But this is actually about how they now have access to the inner workings of each-others minds (just my headcanon), and can see the very worst of eachother and themselves like never before.
combined, I’ve half a mind to just say screw it and break completely,
or surrender so sweetly
To fight or to flee? To try beat the system or play the cards they’ve been dealt? Tavros and Vriska can’t even decide on that (well obviously Vriska decided for them but this was written before they exploded keep that in mind haha).
I thought I’d have a chance to be my own,
free from the tyranny of your tarnished throne.
Now I see that kingdom belongs to me, oh no….
Tavros was finally free of Vriskas terrifying attentions, and Vriska was free of the confusing feelings she had for Tavros. But obviously that didn’t work out and they are now, for all intents and purposes, one and the same as their tormentor.
I had so many irons in the fire
so many brands and swords
To their backsides I had even more
So many plans on what they’re for
In my nightmare tonight, there’s volcanoes erupting
A red hot web veining the land, it’s disgusting
Sprites know stuff about the mechanics of the game! Erupting volcanoes do seem to be a reoccuring theme especially in the alpha session. This is meant to be like “I’m having all these wierd visions right now and I know stuff I shouldn’t know, gah!”
Also “red hot web”… red hot fires for tavros, and webs for spiderbitch. :)
cracked mountains of madness, your hand in my nightmare tonight
The erupting volcano could also parallel Tavrisprite themself, pressure building until they explode? Obviously I didn’t know they were going to explode until after I’d written it but I think it’s cool it worked out that way.
In my nightmare tonight I’ll see me all consumed,
and attempting to sing disharmonious tunes with you.
My favorite lines of the song tbh. And pretty straightforward, just some genre aware dual-perspective angsting.
The rest of the song is just repetition and literalness so….yeah! guess that’s it. :) Hope you enjoyed and sorry for
corpse party rocking dash clogging.