Torch Song
by AFI

Album: Crash Love (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track of American rock band AFI's eighth studio album, Crash Love.
  • Lyrically this is a literal "torch song" (i.e. a sentimental love song in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love, where one party is either oblivious to the existence of the other, or where one party has moved on). The phrase comes from the term "to carry a torch for someone," which comes from the metaphor of a burning flame, to keep a fire burning. Examples of torch song, which are generally sung by female vocalists, include Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," (which is often misinterpreted as a song about people who will be together forever) and Susan Boyle's "Cry Me a River."

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