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Snuff by Slipknot

Album: All Hope Is GoneReleased: 2008
  • Lead singer Corey Taylor (from Kerrang! July 19, 2008): "This is the slow one. It's another personal one. Again, not naming names, it's about someone who helped me through a lot and I thought she felt the same way that I did and then she really let me down. At the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory."
  • This song is about how the protagonist's soul is too dark to let love in, telling somebody to get away from them. It's dark and brooding, representing the pits of depression or at least the bottom of the cycle in a manic-depressive. Slipknot being a particularly dark Nu-Metal band, it's pretty typical.
  • In the short-film video, the white-haired desk clerk with the dapper bow-tie behind that sheet of glass is none other than actor Malcolm McDowell - best known as the lead droog in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. O my brothers, this has been a most exquisitely horrorshow moment of fannish squee.
  • Despite Slipknot having a somewhat stumbling chart record - doing far better on the UK singles' charts than in their home country - their albums continued to sell gold and platinum worldwide. "Snuff" comes from their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone, which ranked a couple of fewer platinums than their previous albums but sold gold and platinum in more countries worldwide than ever before, also hitting #1 on album charts in 5 countries. This indicates that maybe Slipknot is headed for "cult" status, dodging mainstream success but being in for a very loyal niche popularity. Even in their home town of Des Moines, Iowa, they seldom make news.

    It also says something that one of those #1 album sales happened in Sweden, home to some of the most distinguished metal bands in history and arguably one of the birthplaces of death metal. They take their metal very, very seriously in Scandinavia.
  • The word "snuff" originally meant a tin of crushed tobacco leaves, meant to be nasally inhaled, which practice swept the world (especially Europe and Asia) by the 17th century. As the general rabble smoked tobacco, snuff became the upper-crust way to enjoy nicotine.
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Comments: 16

The video is pretty simple: he promised her that he will never let go,
so he finds his own way to never let go. Even now if you don't understand the meaning of the video then only God can help you out.
Mr.rmth - Karachi, Pakistan
This song does not have to be translated!!! Corey said himself that this song was about: "This is the slow one. It's another personal one. Again, not naming names, it's about someone who helped me through a lot and I thought she felt the same way that I did and then she really let me down. At the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory." If you couldn't figure out what the song meant by the lyrics, you should be listening to nursery rhymes!Cinder81 - Baltimore, Md
finally understand the song meaning, deffo dont understand the f--king video though??Shane - Melbourne, Australia
I believe this song is about a guy who wants to break up with a girl, but at the same time does'nt. What i'm comfused about is why is at the end of the video, the blonde girl is a guy. And also who is the second woman with the dog? Does anyone know??Graham - Mobile, Al
i take this song as a guy that is in a relationship with a girl and loves her very much but the relationship is tearing him apart and he has to get out of it.
bury all your secrets in my skin--- she is keeping secrets from him
if you love me let me go--- he has to get out of the relationship
my heart is just to tired to care--- he has pain and doesnt care anymore
i still press your letters to my lips--- still in love with her

i only wish you werent my friend so i could hurt you in the end--- whats to tell her how he feels but doesnt want to hurt her
angels lie to keep control--- she has been lieing to him
if you still care never let me know --- cuz he cant and wont go threw the pain again.
great song
Justin - Greenwood, In
Corey is the man!Immensely talented songwriter, contrasting lyrics in songs from both Slipknot and Stonesour validate my belief. How lyrically and precisely has he described what many of us have experienced atleast once this lifetime...hats off to you #8!Hengul - Simla, India
I absolutely love this song. I had to play it a half a dozen times before I could hear it without breaking down into tears. Just the poetry of the lyrics, and the raw emotion in the singers voice. Truely beautiful.Ang - Columbus, Oh
Zulu same here man, drugs got picked over me. f--k being a decent guy.Chase - Bridgewater, Nj
That was an ok song. NOt very punk for slipknot. 7/10Ivy - Springfield, Ne
It's hard to explain... But I guess he;s saying I needed you but you didn't need me...Kadie - Easton, Pa
This song is very meaningful for me. It sums up about 2 years of my life. whenever i hear this song I think about my past, how I've changed, and how I miss that girl who has drifted away from me. Mainly cause she does drugs now... and I don't. Its a sad song. The video on Fuse is even depressing.Zulu - Victor, Ny
This song sums up what i went thru recently. I love that its sad but has that element of getting thru it. I got burned badly by a girl and this really did help when it came on. Thanks heaps CoreyDaniel - Auckland, New Zealand
this song means a lot to me because the samething happened to me. and after we broke up i learnd a lot about my self so i guess it wasn't so bad that this happened but it still hurt a lot because we talk a lot of marrying each other.Aaron - Edinboro, Pa
god this song makes u wanna cry....seriouslyMike - Denver, Co
I think this song goes along with sulfur and dead memories its a sad songDean - Lakeland, Fl
i was told by a person i was very very close with that this was his song for me.. everytime i hear it it makes me sad. it's one of those songs that fills you with so much emotion you don't know whether to smile or cry. i still don't know whether to smile or cry when i think of him.Jennifer - Brisbane, Australia