This is rumored to be about oral sex, but it isn't. It is about a man who had to work with the band on a T-Shirt design. He either had a pierced tongue or a wart on his tongue and he gave the band a really hard time.
During the chorus, lead singer Jon Davis shouts a lot of unintelligible things. He claims it is just gibberish, but many fans believe there are actual words being said.
Suggestion credit: Nick - Paramus, NJ, for above 2
Ory from Frederick Md Jeff Creath?/ (Carebear) Donnington '96 3rd Video.
Ma from MarylandThey explain what the song was about in this interview: http://www.metalinjection.net/shocking-revelations/korns-reveal-they-were-high-on-meth-most-of-the-time-while-recording-their-debut-album
The quote: "Recording "Ball Tongue" high on meth:
Head: We tricked Ross into taking us on a drug run, and then we ended up tracking the vocals for "Ball Tongue" high on drugs. When Ross found out, that he drove us on a drug run without knowing it, he got pretty upset with us.
Davis: Went to my dealer and got a big ol' fat rock of meth, chopped that s--t up and I did vocals. "Ball Tongue" was about our close friend and kind of manager, from Huntington. That was his nickname because when he was tweaking, he'd just sort of seize up and his tongue was like a ball. All that crazy, scatting s--t, that was all from me probably being up too long [laughs]."
Zero from Nowhere, NjThe main riff IS similar to one part of "Angel Of Disease" but I doubt the members of KoRn were actually listening to Morbid Angel's "Covenant" album (which came out just a year before) and said, "Hey lets use that riff in one of our songs!"
Ian from Chilli, Oh@ Ed: That is the guitar
Karl from Ingatestone, United KingdomThis is a very good Korn song because i believe that that's a fire extinguisher Jonathan Davis is hitting at the end, out of his angst-ridden frustration. i have recently got the album this song off and i cant work out why he does this
Tyler from Fall River, MaHead was saying that this song was about when they would get so f--ked on speed , They would get some little ball at the tip of thier tongue.
George from Philadelphia, Pathe jibberish is called scatting by the way
Ed from York, Pawho was making that wierd "whining" noise during the 1st and 2nd verse?
Nick from Paramus, NjIt is said that the guitar riff is a rip-off of the one from Morbid Angel's "Angel of Disease".
Nate from Santa Cruz, CaThese "Davis-isms" that you speak of are nothing more than well orchistrated primal screams. I found this out way back in the day, I hit 3 shows on his 'Issues' tour, none of the sounds lined up with the concert before, and sounded nothing like what was on the cd.
Neil from London, EnglandI always got the impression from the 'jibberish', or 'Davis-ism's' as they seem to be called here, to be symbolic of being so angry that you cannot actually form words. I always imagined that there were words underneath them, but they were so distorted that you were no supposed to know what they meant. I have read the korn do not actually publis their lyrics and and you see on-line of something have been intpretated by a 3rd party.
Kevin from Indepence, MoWTF is a "davis-ism"? the following is the true meaning of the song, "The meaning of ball tongue is simple. Some thought it had to do with oral sex, but infact its about a guy we had to work with on a t-shirt. He either had a pierced tongue or a wart or something on his tongue and he was a dick to us" - Jonathan Davis
Danielle from NorthumberlandDavis-isms.... hehe. True, true... I believe the best song for that would be in the middle of Seed. If you aint heard it... godsakes LISTEN!!!
Felicia from Collins, Nyi found somewhere that these were the lyrics for the so called jibberish
There you are alone With no hope of ever having something to be proud of Something earned without begging Yes, I know you're a person, a person, a person close to me Who do you think you are? What more do you want from me?! Ball Tongue! -You got the dykes off, I think they'll mind me Ball Tongue! -The rag I'm on, we are justified Ball Tongue! -Congrats you just f--ked up my make-up and s--t Ball Tongue! -What have you done for me?!
Why are you at home buried in your own self pity? Why do you insist on living the life clean out of me? Yes, I know you're the person, the person that took time with me Does it give you the right to expect your life revolves around me?! Ball Tongue! -You have come to take from your buddy Ball Tongue! -You have never been so funky Ball Tongue! -The higgle got sick of me Ball Tongue! -Ahh, the dick is fine for the day Ball Tongue! -Your brother took it from me Ball Tongue! -Unidetified enemy Ball Tongue! -Come f--king back to save us and gave up Ball Tongue! -They've come to deliver me
You were my brother, Where does our friendship end? [repeated]
I'm not going to give in
How can you f--k'n doubt me, but not again [repeated]
Ball Tongue! -They've driven right by my friends Ball Tongue! -They've taken the take above me Ball Tongue! -You're a psycho monkey Ball Tongue! -They've come to enslave me Ball Tongue! -They've jacken themselves onto me Ball Tongue! -Your f--k'n gangster signs Ball Tongue! -They've come not to save them, but they take Ball Tongue! -F--k'n death to f--k'n me
You're psychopaths [repeated]
Ball Tongue! -Berome's dead at the technodrome Ball Tongue! -You're right, he's dead, tear gas dropped, but who was it? Ball Tongue! -It dosen't of the rhythm of the damn monger Ball Tongue! -Can I die?! Can I die?! Ball Tongue! -And then, the man kept kick'n me Ball Tongue! -He gets him on, they're cool Ball Tongue! -He wasn't dead, and then they knocked him on the head Ball Tongue! -No more, he's rid of you. You're a Dyke! ~~felicia,springville ,ny~~
Luke from Manchester, EnglandThe gibberish is just gibberish... They're Davis-isms, used in a lot of Korn songs:
Twist, Ball Tongue and Freak On A Leash to name three
Nick from Paramus, NjA picture of Balltongue(the person) can be found in the "skrapbook" that comes with their "Take a Look in the Mirror" CD.
Kevin from Webster, Mawhoever found that the "jibberish": were words, is crazy. I don't know how, but they are actual words. Holy crap, I never noticed them.