Cavetown: Devil Town Meaning
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Devil Town Lyrics
Yeah, right, no one's gonna catch us now
Dad has bought a new car now
We're fine, no one's gonna catch us now
You said something dumb again
She's mad, at least that's what they say
Mum and daddy aren't in...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Nov 21st 2020 report
I think that this song is about two siblings that went through their parents divorce. They were very close and were always there for each other. One of them committed suicide or died for another reason. The other sibling is left on Earth and is talking to his/her deceased sibling. They are conversing about the after life and how the parents are doing. The sibling that’s still alive is having suicidal thoughts and wants to go to devil town with his sibling. Idk that’s what i think but the holocaust theory is interesting as well.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Aug 6th 2020 report
I found this on youtube:
Y'all realize that 'Devil Town' is kinda representative of a family coming apart and two children dying?
Because of the song literally having lines of ''You said something dumb again, shes mad.'' Maybe its in the perspective of a child seeing a sibling (Or friend) being yelled at,
Since the person obviously had a dysfunctional family, with the lines of "Mum and Daddy arent in love".
The person had some issues because the line of "Ill lose my mind another thousand times" and the child had found comfort in the Sibling or friend because of the line of "I feel safer when I am with you." and "Hold my hand tight, We'll make it another night"
And maybe the Sibling or friend committed suicide, and the Child also followed the sibling (Or friend) to hell (Hence the name "Devil Town").
The line of "Falling doesn't feel so bad when I know you've fallen this way too." The child committed suicide because his Friend (Or sibling) left him/her alone.
Together, they live in hell.
And the lines to prove that they are in Hell (Devil Town) together are:
"We're all DEAD in Devil Town"
"That's fine, cause nothings gonna scare US now"
"I forgot my name again, I think that's something worth remembering.." (They are forgetting who they are)
"Spiders in your favorite shoes" (His/her shoes are left in the overworld, abandoned)
and that's all.
and if you made it this far, you truly deserve a cookie <3
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 16th 2021 report
i guess its about a child being affected by their parents divorce. The child has a close friend who has dealt with their parents divorce,"falling doesnt feel so bad when i know youve fallen this way to"could show this.
other things ive noticed in the song is the line "devil town is colder in the summertime" ,to me this could mean that everything that normally seems happy and bright,has become dark.
once again, another line that caught my eye is "how do you feel so proud" , this could indicate that the parents beleve that the child will get over the divorce quickly, but its not easy to get over it.
one last thing i want to point out is the line "i forgot my name again" ,memory loss is one of the symptoms of depression, which is understandable considering everything that is going on.
anonymous Nov 19th report
just my opinion :)
i think this song is about two siblings (older and younger, the oldest being the one who’s singing the song) who’s parents are getting divorced and the oldest is basically protecting the younger sibling from their abusive parents and they like to hide and pretend they’re somewhere else (devil town) given the lyrics “we’re fine no one’s gonna catch us now” “hold my hand tight, we’ll make it another night” “we’re all dead in devil town, that’s fine cause nothing’s gonna scare us now”.
i also like the holocaust theory and i think it makes more sense than my interpretation
anonymous Nov 8th report
I think this song is about divorce and mental illness. There are many lines referring to divorce like “mom and daddy aren’t in love” as well as “Dad has bought a new car now”. Other lines have double meanings, such as “she’s mad, at least that’s what they say” where mad can mean either angry (presumably about the pronoun “she” as the singer-songwriter is a trans man) or insane. The themes of mental illness are shown later in the song with the line “I’ll lose my mind at least another thousand times”. Also, the lines “we’re all in our dressing gowns/mine’s white and stripy, yours is green and brown” could refer to clothing worn in a mental hospital, possibly one which the protagonist refers to as Devil Town. The other character mentioned could be a friend that the narrator has met while in the hospital. Furthermore, “I forgot my name again” could either reference the narrator forgetting their deadname because they’re trans, their last name because of their parents divorce, or any name at all because of their mental illness and isolation in a psych ward. Other theories about Devil Town referring to an abusive household, an imaginary place for the narrator to go, or hell itself are equally likely, I just wanted to share my take :)
anonymous Oct 22nd report
I think that it has two meanings. Someone coming out as non binary or transgender because of the line ‘you said something dumb again, she’s mad at least that’s what they say’ maybe suggest that people always misgender the person and it’s a dumb thing someone said and the she’s mad is someone saying that the person is mad because they got misgendered and is being teased about it. Also at the same time it’s also about the parents divorcing and two of the kids commit suicide or something like that and one kid commits because of being bullied for coming out and their parents divorcing and the other one missed their sibling and committed or it could be about two kids getting sent somewhere after their parents divorced therefore explaining the line ‘we’re all in our dressing gowns mines whit and truly and yours is green and brown suggesting that they both got sent somewhere? This is my personal opinion
anonymous Aug 18th report
TW: divorce, poverty, violence, spiders
My interpretation isn't that much different than much others in the aspect- the overall idea is divorce. Anyways, remember that line about the white striped outfit and the green and brown one? Well, I think the song is about a kid who has a parent in the military (green and brown meaning a military uniform). I think the kid was placed with his/her father, which is why the song references what the dad did more than the mom. I think they were poor/loved in poverty because of the whole spider thing. The spiders were in the shoes, so you can assume the house has many bugs. I can assume it's because the family is more on the poor side and they can't afford to fix the issue. I think the other person they mention in the parts where it references somebody who is going though/went through the same thing is their sibling.
I also think the kid's parents were abusive. I have a very close friend who is being abused because CPS temporarily placed her with her father. She is still there and her mom is fighting for her back. Summer was difficult for her since she couldn't go to my house (30 minute walk), her mom's, or school. I think the kid in the story went through something similar, and that's why is says "devil town was colder in the summertime". It said it because the rest of the year was sunny and happy for the most part, but summer was rainy and depressing. I personally think when it says "devil town", it means this person's hometown. It could also mean their neighborhood or even their home. Any of those make sense in my opinion.
anonymous Jul 28th report
TW: Suicide, Divorce
This is just my opinion :)
This is about a child who's parents are going through a divorce, saying their 'fine' with having two birthday celebrations. The child develops depression and ends up 'seeing thing that aren't real'. They meet a deceased child who tells them all about the afterlife and comforts them. On the day the child dies they are wearing a white and stripy dress while their deceased friend is wearing a green and brown dress. As they put on their shoes the child finds spiders in them. Her deceased friend tells her that their more scared of her. As the two are falling the child gets scared but then says that they feel better because their deceased friend did this too. I assume they reach devil town and live a happy life their and keep their friendship strong.
anonymous Jul 28th report
The part where it says "Devil town is colder in the summertime", for me, when things were hard at home summertime was the worst because there was no escape to school or support from friends. So it could be referring to something like that.
anonymous Jul 11th report
Ok I just wanted to say theirs a line we’re their talking about clothes and he says “mine is white and stripy yours is green and brown” are they talk about the jail grown and military uniform?
anonymous May 5th 2022 report
I believe that this is mostly, as most of this has shown, 2 sibling that have gone through a divorce, and abusive parents. The line “you said something dumb again” is evidence of such as well as the kids going through suicidal thoughts.
anonymous Apr 27th 2022 report
Has anyone ever noticed that when you listen to something, you stay to it because you relate to it? Personally, my dad has always shown more love to me. I've recently noticed this through looking at the things my parents do and say to and around me. So my interpretation is kind of off that. That the Dad has a new car so they can move away and the parents are splitting(For me sadly it was the opposite). They forgot their name because they are building a new world and if the characters are anything like me, you don't want your real name in your fake, escape home(I even made plans to try and be happier and to look like the imaginary future self I had created). They probably have a sibling that they were very close to but they are slowly drifting apart as time goes by(Again, something I sadly am going through with my sister). They are hoping to hold on to the memories of their happiness so that they can be that again(..you already can piece this together).
Though this is only my take on it and everyone's take on it is different. Lots of them are going to be from their experiences or their dreams and hopes, but they all are different because humans are different. Anyway, TED Talk over.
anonymous Apr 16th 2022 report
Cave Town (singer-songwriter of Devil Town) came out as transgender in September 2020, and now goes by he/they pronouns. Personally I believe he is talking about both his parents divorce and him coming out as trans.
“you said something dumb again” could signify someone misgendering him. “SHE’S mad - at least that’s what they say” could be describing how some people may still use feminine pronouns with him.
As a fellow trans person many people still misgender me and call me “mad” for transitioning.
Later in the song Cavetown says “I forgot my name again”. I often forget my deadname, and when I first transitioned I changed my name several times until I eventually found the right one. Due to the fact my name was constantly changing, I did forget my name and I felt ashamed as my parents spent months choosing my deadname and I should at least honour the name by remembering it “i think that’s something worth remembering”
anonymous Apr 7th 2022 report
When I hear this song I think of a duo, any gender and any close relationship between the two, facing something together. The divorce is clearly the issue here, so I believe it's about two siblings who are suffering through their parents' divorce. "You said something dumb again" makes me think the parents are arguing and have turned to abuse or violence as a way of coping through the divorce.
anonymous Apr 4th 2022 report
Adding to a line here: I feel like “Devil Town is colder in the summertime” could mean that in summertime there is no school and they spend more time at home where the problems are so its “colder.” Since at school they are away from everything but at home they are reminded of the divorce.
anonymous Mar 20th 2022 report
I think that Devil Town is about someone with an inferiority complex that's parents are getting a divorce or someone with amnesia (from 'I forgot my name again'
anonymous Mar 9th 2022 report
I believe this is about a boy (or girl) that is transgender, and when they came out his/her parents got in a fight and divorced.
The devil town is where all the Dead Genders go, the line "i forgot my name again" comes from forgetting your new name being a different gender.
"devil Town gets colder in the summertime'' i like to believe this line is suggesting Pride Month, being in summer, and all the haters that come during it.
when he says, "falling does not feel so bad when i know you have fallen this way to" suggests to me hanging out with other Transgenders and relating to them
just my opinion about it!
anonymous Feb 28th 2022 report
I personally think this is a song about someone who went through a rough childhood which caused them to go through depression but they still had a friend or family member to go through it all with.
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