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The Red by Chevelle

Album: Wonder What's NextReleased: 2002Charted:
56
  • This is about being angry at the world and then stepping back to look at your anger. (thanks, emily - Olney, IL)
  • Chevelle is made up of 3 brothers from Chicago. This is the first single from their second album, and their first hit.
  • There was a bio on Chevelle where Pete (vocals) said that this song was about someone getting so angry at the world, life, and just about anything and everything, that he actually begins to see red. (thanks, Elise - guelph, Canada)
  • The video for was filmed in a Baptist church. In it the lead singer goes to an anger management class and sees all the anger which is inside the people there. (thanks, Carl - Hannibal, MO)
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Comments: 19

i dont remember where i heard it but "the red" is a refrence to the red shift... its the theory that things are moving away on some kinda spectrum... its the only thing close enough to proof of the big bang theory and proof the universe is expanding... so the term "the red" is meaning to be heading away from people. like when ur angry and it consumes you so much that u are moving away from everyone and everything. definately a freakin bad a$$ songErik - Brownwood, Tx
Hmm...who knows for sure though. This song has possibilites of being about Communism. As a communist, "seeing red" is a sign that you are a communist. Communism is considered a "threat" to America and democratic countries around the world, therefore "The threat is real" could mean that communism shouldn't be taken as a joke. There aren't many communists, so they're often laughed at and ridiculed, and were often imprisoned during the 1930's-50's. Therefore, "They say freak when you're singled out" could mean something after all...Jake - Cadillac, Mi
chevelle is underrated... they are fabulous... my fav band... and i think the meaning of this song is pretty self explanitory in the video... great song... they are great and steered me toward rock music :]Diana - Houston, Tx
Chevelle is an amazing band, and so underrated. This is such a great song, and its a song that i listen to when im angry because it will help me to stop and think about why im angry. Wonderful song... amazingly talented group of men!Becky - Waukesha, Wi
just gotta say that chevelle can rock anyones sox right off...this is by far their best song!Desiree - Powers Lake, Nd
Chevelle rocks! They're my homeboys lolz.Sammy - Chicago, Il
I Love Chevelle.. theyre my favorite band and how i got into rock and that kinda music... Wonder What's Next is their best album!! :)Rachel - Algonquin, Il
chevelle the red is an awesome song i can really relate to it and i get what he is saying,i mean i feel the same way wheni get mad or im upset chevelle kicks a$$. Rock onKenna - Dallas, Tx
They say that when some people get extremely mad they see red.Phil - Youngstown, Oh
I honestly think that the lyrics are best explained by,"they say freak
when your singled out, this change
he won't contain slip away to clear your mind
When asked What made it show?
The truth He gives into most, they say freak
when your singled out
the red it filters through." I could be very wrong but i think it is about how someone gets pushed so hard and so far, just for being different that they finally snap.
Kevin - Independence, Mo
I heard that this song was about about how one brother was having issue with his anger... they said so in a interview, or the making of the video or something like that, but yeah, it's about one of the brothers. (I think Joseph)Charnette - Brooklyn, Ny
I just love at the end when it screams "Seeing red" This is an awesome song, and is one of my all-time favourites, probably in my top 15 all-time favourites.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
This song was written about the drummer, Sam. He used to have really bad anger problems and would freak out about things.Nora - Munster, In
It is a very nice song. Well writen. The part "they say freak when your singled out"...mabey he got so mad at something he just snapped and everyone thought he was crazy.Jake - Chicago, Il
This is by easily one of my favorite songs! This is such a well done song.Joe - Lawrenceville, Ga
Best song ever. I love Chevelle! <3Ashley - Monroe, La
This was the first "rock" song I ever liked. Kick @$$ song! Chevelle rox! ((Listen to this song when ur mad! It helps!)) =)Mary - Moulton, Al
Great song. Chevelle rocks!Elise - Guelph, Canada
This song is about how one of the brothers would get so angry and he would "see red", but its one the of the greatest songs in the worldJeff - Amarillo, Tx