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Area 11 - Red Queen -Official Lyric Video-04:56

Area 11 - Red Queen -Official Lyric Video-

Red Queen is the 6th song on the album Modern Synthesis. It was written by Kogie, during the band's stay in Italy. On June 11, 2016, Area 11 released a photo of Sparkles* working on handwritten lyric sheets (see right), specifically ones for Red Queen. Only a part of the lyrics could be seen, as the rest was obscured by a hand.
Red Queen Lyrics

Lyrics

I said I don't mind, but you've touched a nerve
The way you frame it, well, I got all I deserved
Transgress imitation, machination, tears
That bring a little rust to slow the gears

Breathe deep and comfort the disturbed
Allies cause you both disrupt the herd
In the cave you fear what would you find?
Begin to think and soon you're undermined

We played our hands together
You lose me in your blood chemistry
Too rare to water down now
So we'd better try to match her speed

Toast to the red queen and all she has seen
Is it time to drink at your table?
We can only wait and watch for so long

Toast to our red queen, all those who have been
Sidelined, a lifetime's conviction unstable
Where you fall is not where you belong

Unify behind false enemies
Arms race in hive mentalities
Down other lines we would have been the same
More than the ice that wears this mask of flame

Stay and reflect about them
Beauty fades but still my charm deceives
This night is shared and so we use each other
Cause misery, loves company

Toast to the red queen and all she has seen
Is it time to drink at your table?
We can only wait and watch for so long

Toast to our red queen, all those who have been
Sidelined, a lifetime's conviction unstable
Where you fall is not where you belong

And so it goes again
A wasted day to vie for my affection
You're just another one
You gravitate to my defection
Soon you'll come undone

Spiny bottle blacks and blondes
Can't fake a smile so they draw it on

Acoustic Version

An acoustic version of Red Queen was released on December 9, 2016 with the Let It Resonate EP. Although the song was performed in a very different musical style from the original, the lyrics remain unchanged. One other difference of note is that several of the later lines are sung by Kogie rather than Sparkles*.

Promotional Image

Red Queen
As part of the Modern Synthesis Tour Part 2 merchandise, a Red Queen T-shirt was sold on the Area 11 Store. Later, a full image of the design was posted, shown to the right.

It depicts playing card, apparently the queen of hearts, faded with slight bloodstains. The queen shown is not rotationally symmetric, as per a standard playing card, and is instead drawn in the anime style seen in other Area 11 promotional images. The words "Red Queen" are in the top right in a Gothic font, with Area 11 in the center bottom in their standard style.

The queen has a sinister appearance, adopting a smirk. She has long, flowing, black hair and appears fairly tall. She wears a red crown, red earrings, a red necklace, and a red ring. She also wears a red dress, notably a modern-style one. Two traditional heart symbols are present on the waistband of her dress.

The queen holds a different version of the Digital Eye Logo, warped in three dimensional space to form a heart. The eye also is far more realistic, making the item appear very uncanny. The lines that normally come out straight from the right of logo droop like strings through her fingers.

Trivia

  • Kogie wrote the lyrics and the chorus structure. The rest of the song was then filled out by the band.
  • He has stated that the song is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, with the concept of remaining competitive being the main theme of the song.
  • It is also about what one seeks in life, and what one is looking for.
  • One line of the song comes from a eulogy of a family friend that Kogie heard.
  • As for the guitar solo, Kogie wrote the first half and Parv wrote the second half.

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