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Album: DanzigReleased: 1988Charted:
The song is rather vague and cryptic. One interpretation is that the narrator is beginning a descent into something evil, probably Satanism, and his family is concerned. Throughout the song he tells his mother and father not to try to help him. Some lines include, "Tell your children not to walk my way" telling them not to send his brothers and sisters; and "Not about to see your light" meaning he doesn't want to go the way of his parents.
This was the first single released by Danzig, which is the band fronted by former Misfits leader Glenn Danzig. He was going to record this song with his group Samhain, but when producer Rick Rubin sat in on a rehearsal, he didn't think Glenn's bandmates were up to snuff. Glenn brought in drummer Chuck Biscuits, but it still wasn't working, so they held auditions and found guitarist John Christ. Samhain bass player Eerie Von stayed on, and the group was christened Danzig.
An an interview with Big Brother
magazine, Glenn Danzig claimed that the inspiration for this song was Tipper Gore, who as a member of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) pushed for regulations on music she felt was harmful to children. As a result, the record industry agreed to place warning stickers on albums with explicit content.
This was later included on various hard-rock/heavy metal/alternative music compilations, including the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (where it plays on Radio X) and Guitar Hero II (to which a final solo was added).
American folk rocker Lissie covered this in 2014 for the soundtrack to the Evolve video game.