Album: .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)


  • This song is about the big changes that the band has seen in the six years since they released All Hope Is Gone and lost their bassist Paul Gray. Corey Taylor explained to Kerrang!: "It's basically trying to deal with this love-hate situation that we have, with not only the business side of it, but just the way that the game is played."

    "We are great students of the game, but at the same time it's like there were so many people who want to take advantage of the fact that people pour into their hearts into this industry, and their love and creativity into the music, and they tried to take advantage of that," he continued. "This is us trying to make peace with the evils that can come with that. The vultures are definitely circling the meat half the time."
  • Speaking with the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Corey Taylor expanded on the track's meaning. "The song is my reflection on my relationship with music," he said. "That's who the 'she' is. And not just music, but the music industry in general. So there's a love-hate relationship there that really kind of comes into view."

    "There's the old adage, 'Be careful what you wish for,' and, 'Be careful doing what you love, because sometimes it will turn on you.' And, you know, anytime you mix something that you love and business, you're gonna find the rusty cracks in there that piss you off," Taylor continued. "So that song, really, is about how much I still love making music, but also how much I just hate the business side, the numbers side, the people in the suits who try to run stuff, and having to deal with them and having to learn how to talk to them."

    "And, you know, it's frustrating sometimes, but it is what it is," he concluded. "And luckily, we got a great song out of it, and we were able to really paint something really cool with it and just be able to put it out there for people to dig."

Comments: 1

  • Marilynsmansion from California I am disappointed that Corey had to give that bulls--t story about the love-hate relationship with the music industry. I was hoping he would have been honest about why he wrote the lyrics to this song. Everyone has a dark side. Some of us hide it better than others. Regardless, this song is the s--t! I love the music, lyrics, subject matter and spiritual message behind the song. It really is one of the best songs I've ever heard and I'm completely into music of all genres. This song is full of energy and blood. It hits the deep psyche in ways that I've never experienced before. These musicians are ahead of their time. They are also talented, creative, versatile and enigmatic. I've always loved them and hope they will be indicted into the Hall of Fame someday. They deserve it.
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