Degausser

Album: The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me (2006)

Songfacts®:

  • A Degausser is a device that de-magnetizes an object, commonly used to erase magnetic tape and film. Brand New lead singer Jesse Lacey has given various accounts of the song at concerts, sometimes saying, "this song is about magnets," and explaining what a degausser actually does. He has also said, "this song is about De Loreans" and "this song is about the beginning of the end of the world." Lacey also said that the line "take apart the demon in the attic to the left" was taken almost directly from a song by Roky Erickson. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ross - Philadelphia, PA

Comments: 10

  • Emerson from CaliforniaI think... it's a perfect description of being in a relationship with someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. To a T. Skim through a book called "Walking On Eggshells". Theories aside, it's a song so good it moves me in ways I still can't fully put my finger on. Incredible...perplexing...provocative... and so magnetic that my attraction to it can never be degaussed.
  • AnonymousHe's listening to his headset while lounging on his sofa incline. And there are metaphors to the more to it and situation...
  • Leischa from Montreal, QcI think this song has a deeper meaning than just a typical relationship between two people. It's about a relationship, but the type of relationship that changes your whole life because it gets so deep inside of you that you can't control your feelings anymore. The type of relationship that could be categorized as ''twin flames'' (I'm not saying this is it but it looks a lot like it). Actually, if you go read about twin flames theory, one thing they say about it is that it's as if two people were once part of the same soul and were separated. They lived many lives and then one day get reunited. (''When we were made we were set apart'')

    I've been living this type of relationship for years now and I totally relate to these lyrics. Actually, the whole song makes me relate. It's hard to explain it to people who've never lived such a poweful thing and I could be wrong but I really think this could be it. I'm not saying that the whole twin flames theory is true but I sure know that there is a type of attraction that exists that compares to nothing else, and you have to live it to understand. It's characterized by a huge magnetic pull between two poeple (hence the ''Degausser'' title).

    ''Goodbye to love, it's a ride that'll push you up... right against the wall'' refers to getting so high off the loved one but in the end leaves you feeling like you're stuck there and can't get out of it.

    ''Life is a test and I get bad marks'' This could mean two things. Either he feels like he's made bad choices and/or that people are judging him because of these, or it has to do with the fact that they say twin flames can only reunite when they've accomplished certain things, when they've become a higher self.

    The thing is that, when twin flames meet again, their lives are not always set out to just ''receive'' the other. One can be married, the two of them get scared of their feelings for each other and often, one of them acts as a ''runner'', running away from the other one, but always comes back. Hence the ''You're brought back but you're running''.

    ''Goodbye to sleep'' could be that he can't sleep because he keeps thinking about the person, is trying to understand what's been happening to him.
    ''I love you so much that it hurts my head... I don't mind you under my skin, I'll let the bad parts in.'' This part is about how much you want the other, how attracted you feel for them but you have all these questions going through your head because s/he makes you feel like you're on a rollercoaster. Even if the feelings you have for the other one is almost making you sick to your stomach at times, you're willing to let them live under your skin because you feel like it's just the way it should be. It's not like you have a choice, the person IS there.

    Perhaps the ''I'll never say anything right'' is because he feels like it's his fault that the other person keeps rejecting him, or because of people judging him about his life choices or something. ''I'm on my own'' could refer to the fact that, when you live such a relationship, your friends don't understand what you're going through. You feel lost, stuck, happy/sad, and you feel alone if the other person isn't ready to commit.

    The ''storm'' refers to the mess this brings into your life. I don't know how to put it, but like I said earlier you can feel sick to your stomach, feel like your head is about to explode, like your world has been turned upside down.

    The ''I'll find sleep in the end tonight'' and ''Goodbye my love'' could mean that he's decided to try and move on and says that he'll finally get to sleep peacefully.

    I realize this song could have many different meanings though. This was just how I see it, based on my own personal experiences.
  • John from Watertown, SdI personally think this song is basically about fighting off your demons and Jesse's experiences with people around him thinking he is bent on failure. "Now some saint got the job of writing down my sins, the storm is coming" I guess translate this as Jesse's past experiences of failure and everyone around him believes that he will always be a failure because of those experiences but he is determined to change their minds.
  • Jssmchh_rawr from Fayetteville, Nctake me, take me back to your bed. i love you so much taht it hurts my head. i dont mind you under my skin, i'll let the bad parts in, the bad parts in. when we were made we were set apart, but life is a test and i get bad marks. now some saint got the job of writing down my sins, the storm is coming in." that's my favorite part. and i think that it's about sex. hah. it really does remind me of my ex though. like, saying take me back to your bed, because i love you. and i don't mind that you're under my skin and screwing my life up, because i accept you. and i feel like we were meant to be together from the begining, but i've never been very good at life anyway. and now i feel like everyone is watching for me to do something wrong, because i always have in the past. and it feels like a storm is coming in again.
  • Julia from Escondido, CaPersonally, I think this song is about a girl who cheated on her boyfriend, and wont admit it, and even though she cheated he will always take her back 'cause he loves her SO much. First he says "good-bye to sleep I think this staying up is exactly what I need..Well take apart your head"
    meaning he can't sleep without her, and he is replaying everything that happen in his head. Then he says "good-bye to love" 'cause he feels like he will never find what he had with her again. Then he says "Goodbye you liar,
    Well you sipped from the cup but you don't own up to anything..well take apart your head" He knows she cheated, but she never admitted to it and its killing him. The very last verse says
    "Take me, take me back to your bed I love you so much that it hurts my head, I don't mind you under my skin, I'll let the bad parts in, the bad parts in, Well you're my favorite bird and when you sing, I really do wish you'd wear my ring
    No matter what they say, I am still the king
    And now the storm is coming, the storm is coming in" meaning he took her back even though she cheated, so he will let the bad parts in. And no matter what people say about their relationship he still thinks that he is number one to her.
    (and if you listen to the way he sings the last verse you can tell he loves her so much, but is hurting badly)
  • Tyler from Denver, CoI believe this song is about the feelings of failure in life and dealing with them accordingly. That's my opinion anyway. The most amazing song I have ever heard however.
  • Deryck from Nacogdoches, TxThis song seems to be about a failed relationship. The first verse seems to be addressed to the girl, whereas the second verse appears to be from the girl to Lacey.

    "Goodbye to sleep
    I think this staying up is exactly what I need
    Take apart your head
    Take apart the counting and the flock it has bred"

    No one's had one of those nights? Where staying up is exactly what you need? He can't sleep, and tonight, he doesn't want to. He wants to take apart his head, analyze himself, figure out what's going on inside. Take apart the counting and the flock it has bred, as in, why do I spend every night endlessly counting sheep in hope of sleep?

    "Goodbye to love
    It’s just a ride that will push you
    Up right against the wall
    Take apart your head
    Chew it up and swallow it
    (Does everybody really need to know everyone?
    Do you really think you're really a part of it?
    And is your army really one of some thousands?
    And will you declare war on the loony bin?)"

    The first few lines are self-explanatory: comments on love. "Take apart your head, Chew it up and swallow it." As in "f--k it." I think the words in parentheses, which are said in the background, are some of the questions he's asking himself when he "takes apart his head."

    "Goodbye you liar
    Well, you sipped from her cup
    But you don't own up to anything
    And you think you will inspire

    (When I arrive will God be waiting and pacing around his throne?
    Will he feel a little Old Testament?
    And will he celebrate with fire and brimstone
    Yeah, I admit, I am afraid of the reckoning)

    Take apart your head
    Take apart the demon up in the attic to the left"

    This second verse appears to self-addressed, as if coming from someone to whom Lacey had done wrong, which would explain the parenthetical questions. [Which, conversely, are asked from Lacey's perspective.] "Take apart the demon," as in, figure out why you're being evil.

    Now for the chorus:

    "Goodbye my love (You burnt bright but you run out)"
    A reference to electricity here, keeping with the theme. The love was strong, but it's over now.

    "You wait right here, and they will come and pick you up (Let's sleep at the incline)"
    This one is ambiguous, but I imagine it's a reference to something that only Lacey would get.

    "(I've been on pause
    But I’m shaking off the rust
    I’ve lost my charge
    I've been degaussed
    I've been degaussed
    I've been degaussed)"

    In other words, something like, "I was down, but I'm picking myself back up." "I've lost my charge, I've been degaussed" is a fairly clear metaphor.

    "I can't shake this little feeling.
    I'll never say anything right."

    (Frustration over his inability to deal with love?)

    "Take me, take me back to your bed
    I love you so much that it hurts my head
    Please say, 'I don't mind you under my skin
    And I’ll let your bad parts in. the bad parts in'
    When we were made we were set apart
    But life is a test and I get bad marks
    Now some saint got the job of writing down my sins
    The storm is coming
    Here is your storm again"

    This is more development of the failed relationship theme. "Here is your storm again," could be a musical way of indicating an approaching chorus. [The chorus plays again right after this stanza.]
  • Ervo from Muncie, Inhonestly i dont really even have a clue to what this song is about, but it sounds like maybe it has to do with drugs....but only cause the lines "goodbye to sleep, this satying up is exactly what i need" that kinda gives of some drug usage. but Hell if i know, either way this song is amazing.
  • Mary from Dublin, Irelandthis song is about violent sex
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