The song was written and recorded in 1980, it is one minute long. The song's narrator speaks of a woman he once knew, who wished to Die In Terror. He wonders where she went, and if she in fact died, in terror.
From 1985 to 1986 the song was performed as part of The 13th Anniversary Show.
In 2004 two music videos were produced of the song for The Commercial DVD. The first one, directed by The Residents, features a hand feeling a knife, which pulls away to reveal an eye, with more eyes hidden beneath it, that start to move anti clockwise. A pair of eyes appears and begins to spin. The eyes spin onto a CGI face with curly hair, which rapidly ages, the head disappears, and the eyes spin onto a heart.
Incorect animated another video for the song, featuring silhouetted cartoons of The Residents walking through an ice cave. A strange creature appears, and begins to drum out the beat of Die In Terror. Another creature appears, with a cube head and a top hat, as well as a bat. The Cube-Headed creature sings Die In Terror, and walks off stage.
The final re-arrangement of the song came in 2005, for The Way We Were live show.
- Commercial Album (1980)
- Assorted Secrets (1984)
- Hell! (1986)
- The Eyeball Show (1986)
- Live In The USA! (1986)
- Liver Music (1990)
- Stranger Than Supper (1990)
- In Memoriam Torso (1994)
- Commercial DVD (2004)
- The Way We Were (2005)
- 13th Anniversary Show - Ritz NY - Jan 16, 1986 (2010)
- The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland (2014)
- Commercial Album pREServed edition (2019)
- 1980 Version (1:00)
- 1982 Rehearsal Version (2:17)
- 1985 Live Version (1:00)
- 1986 Live USA Version (1:26)
- 1985 Rehearsal Version (1:22)
- 1987 Live Version (1:12)
- 2005 Live Version (0:59)
- 1986 Ritz Live Version (1:21)
- 1986 Live Cleveland Version (1:25)