The Kill (3:54)

Cover of A Beautiful Lie

From A Beautiful Lie and 14 other releases

“The Kill” (written along with the subtitle “Bury Me” in parenthesis on its single release, and with “Rebirth” on the remix’s single released in the UK) is a song by 30 Seconds to Mars, the song was released as the second single from their second album, A Beautiful Lie.

Jared Leto described the meaning of the song as, “It’s really about a relationship with yourself. It’s about confronting your fear and confronting the truth about who you are.” He has also said it is about “confrontation as a crossroads” — coming face-to-face with who you really are. In September 2007, “The Kill” was re-released again in the UK. It is currently available as a Compact Disc with a A Beautiful Lie poster and two stickers, and a special limited edition 7” vinyl version. The song is played in 6/8 time, commonly found in ballroom songs and almost all waltzes.

Being entirely based on the American film The Shining, several scenes are versions from the movie, such as when Shannon Leto enters Room 6277 and encounters the woman in the bathroom, when Matt Wachter being served drinks at the bar by an apparition while both films culminate in an elegant ballroom.

As for the cinematography, Jared Leto has clearly adopted the split screen visual from working with Darren Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream.

The number 6277 is used for the room number because it spells out “Mars” on a telephone keypad. The number also makes an appearance in the video for “From Yesterday”.

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